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    A progressive alternative to retirement savings: universal pension

    A progressive alternative to retirement savings: universal pension

    Call it what it is, wealth redistribution. But it is much better than the pyramid scheme of social security.

    In the midst of the chaos of this election cycle, some important themes are emerging. In particular, voters are highly worried about retirement security. Indeed, 91 percent of voters in four swing states agree that most Americans are not prepared for retirement. Thatís according to apoll by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), in partnership with veteran Democratic pollster Peter Brodntiz.

    Thatís why itís time for a Universal Pension system that would help all U.S. workers save for retirement by eliminating the need to navigate the maze of tax-favored retirement plans, and making their job-based pensions portable. Specifically, the UP would reduce todayís welter of tax-favored retirement accounts into one universal IRA account (with a choice between a traditional or Roth-style IRA).


    The accounts would be managed by private firms, under the supervision of the individual rather than the employer, giving workers more control over their investment choices. Furthermore, when workers switch jobs, they can rollover their existing 401(k) or other company pension plans into their Universal Pension reducing paperwork burdens and financial fees for both employers and employees.


    And by helping all workers start saving for retirement from their very first day of work, the Universal Pension would harness the power of compound interest for everyone. It would help to close a yawning wealth gap at a time when wealth inequality is roughly 10 times wider than income inequality.

    This proposal is a natural for this election season, where voters are looking for real solutions to tough problems. Our poll surveyed voters in four states that could play a pivotal role in the coming presidential and senate elections: Florida, Ohio, Colorado, and Nevada. In particular, we focused on swing votersópeople who have recently voted for candidates from different parties. These voters, constituting about a fifth of the electorate in these battleground states, have the potential of holding the balance of power at the ballot box.
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    Wealth redistribution is unavoidable in any economic system. Capitalism has it too.
    "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Arrow View Post
    Wealth redistribution is unavoidable in any economic system. Capitalism has it too.
    It should be kept to the bare minimum.
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    Retirement - not as easy as it looks...

    Survey: 51% of Nonretirees Expect to Have Enough Money to Retire, 46% Don't
    May 9, 2018 -- In its annual survey of Americans' concerns about retirement, Gallup discovered this year that 51% of nonretirees believe they will have enough money to retire comfortably, but 46% of nonretirees think they will not have enough money.
    However, for people already in retirement, the survey found that 78% said they have enough funds to live comfortably. In its telephone interviews of 1,015 adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Gallup asked, "Nonretirees: Expect to have enough money to live comfortably when retired?" 51% said yes and 46% said no. Back in 2002-2004, when Gallup started asking this question, "a much lower 32% to 36% of nonretirees said they wouldn't have enough money to be comfortable in retirement -- setting a benchmark so far not attained again, despite the recovering economy," reported the polling firm.


    Gallup also reported that having enough funds to retire is the "top financial worry among those not retired," more important a worry than having enough money for a medical emergency. In its analysis, Gallup said, "Current retirees may be more likely to have pensions than those still working; may have saved more in their early years; and are likely to be enjoying Social Security benefits that have been essentially unchanged for decades. Once Americans retire, they may also learn to be frugal and get by comfortably on less than they thought would be required."

    "For their part, nonretirees may be estimating that the Social Security system will have its own financial problems going forward; may worry because they have no personal pensions; may be pessimistic about the nation's economic future; and are subject to a consistent message from financial experts that Americans are not saving enough," said Gallup. Also in the survey, Gallup asked retirees, "Do you have enough money to live comfortably, by household income?"


    For those making less than $30,000 a year in retirement, 45% said yes and 54% said no. However, for those making between $30,000 and $75,000 a year, 83% said yes, they have enough money to live comfortably; 17% said no. Also, for those making $75,000 or more, 98% said yes and 2% said no to having enough money to live comfortably. "Gallup over the past 16 years has consistently found that those who are already retired are more financially comfortable than the projections of those not yet retired would seem to indicate," said the polling firm. "No one knows what the future will bring, and retirement may not be as financially positive in the future as it has been for retirees Gallup has interviewed on a yearly basis since 2002. But over this 16-year period, the positive views of retirees appear pretty consistent."

    "One reason retirees are positive about their finances may be that they can get by on less money than they thought," said Gallup. "The significant majority of retirees who have incomes of $30,000 or more are financially comfortable. Only below the $30,000-a-year level does financial discomfort reach the majority level."

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article...retire-46-dont

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