Bernie Madoff vs Social Security, according to Richard Russell
The paragraphs below come courtesy of Richard Russell, author of the Dow Theory Letters.
“Why did Bernie Madoff go to prison? To make it simple, he talked people into investing with him. Trouble was, he didn’t invest their money. As time rolled on he simply took the money from the new investors to pay off the old investors. Finally there were too many old investors and not enough money from new investors coming in to keep the payments going.
“Next thing you know Madoff is one of the most hated men in America and he is off to jail.
“Some of you know this. But not enough of you. Madoff did to his investors what the government has been doing to us for over 70 years with Social Security. There is no meaningful difference between the two schemes, except that one was operated by a private individual who is now in jail, and the other is operated by politicians who enjoy perks, privileges and status in spite of their actions.
“Do you need a side-by-side comparison here? Well here’s a nifty little chart.”
Source: Dow Theory Letters, February 7, 2011.
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