Radio: Weak Debt Deal and U.S. Credit Downgrade

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Marotta on Radio Talking

On August 9, 2011, David John Marotta appeared on 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show to discuss the weak government debt deal, the U.S. Credit downgrade, and the subsequent drop in the Stock Market.

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Partial transcript:

Caller: “I was forced by the point of a gun to pay into Social Security and I want at least what I paid in back plus a little interest. And the bottom line is, that sounds selfish, but if I had to pay it, I want it back. I want my Social Security because I had to pay it by the law.

“Now if the give me a tax credit for the rest of my life starting right now for the amount I paid in, I will go with that. Or a means test where if you make a whole lot of money you don’t get it. But if I’m forced to pay something it I want my money back.”


David John Marotta’s answer: “I completely understand your feelings, every now and then those same feelings well up inside of me.

“I’m sure you, like every other American, has two parents and four grandparents, and there are the six people who have gotten what you paid in. So at least it has gone to your family members

“The real question is: ‘Do we want to hold a gun to our children and grandchildren’s heads just like the gun was held to our heads and make them pay into our system?’ Because the money just isn’t there. That’s the problem. And if anyone says the money is there, why did we need to raise the debt ceiling?

“If the money is there you ought to be able to with current revenue pay everything and you shouldn’t need to raise the debt ceiling. You can’t both argue to raise the debt ceiling and then say that the money is there. It just isn’t there.

“If it is any consolation, just say, ‘We are not going to hold a gun to our children and grandchildren’s heads and force them to endure what we endured.’ Two wrongs just don’t make a right.

“I mentioned Thomas Sowell’s article which ends with, ‘Since the law does not allow private pension plans to be set up in the financially irresponsible way Social Security is, that is where young people’s money should be put if they ever want to see that money again when they reach retirement age.’

“We need to have a private system where when you put your money in it is your money and did not get spent on someone else. And we need to have a system where no one is holding a gun to someone else’s head forcing them to pay for someone else’s retirement.

“It is a hard pill to swallow, but some generation has to be heroic. My parents and grandparents’ generation had to fight World War II. We are going to have to fight the leviathan of Social Security and Medicaid and we are going to have to sacrifice for that by not taking it ourselves in order to privatize it for future generations.”

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David John Marotta is the Founder and President of Marotta Wealth Management. He played for the State Department chess team at age 11, graduated from Stanford, taught Computer and Information Science, and still loves math and strategy games. In addition to his financial writing, David is a co-author of The Haunting of Bob Cratchit.