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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Privatize Social Security (like Chile has)

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From: Adakin V., Charleston, SC

Please note that "poverty" is relative. According to "The Economist" magazine, what is called poverty in the United States is equal to the same standard of living that the "average" worker in Europe has.

Take a look at this:

http://www.etftrends.com/2009/06/7-reasons-like-chile-its-etf/

Please note item six: "Chile boasts a poverty rate of 13%, down from 39% in 1990."

So what happened in Chile over the past 20 years?

What happened was the maturity of Chile's social security paradigm, where individuals own their accounts -- they invest what would have gone to government-run Social Security into a private retirement account. And when a worker dies, the lifetime of accrued contributions and compounding interest is part of his or her estate, going to heirs and favorite charities.

Just think of the macro-economic benefits to a young family when grandparents die and leave them with enough to pay off their mortgage, or fund their kid's college, or allow them to buy that business franchise, or invest in whatever opportunity avails itself. Just think of the young couple whose grandparents die when they are in their 20s or 30s, and whose parents die when they are in their 50s or 60s. These periodic slugs of capital are outside of this couple's normal earnings. And it's these slugs of capital that blossom into real wealth creation once that family's normal everyday needs are satisfied.

The Chilean Social Security paradigm is the best solution to systemic poverty, because it allows multi-generational wealth accrual.


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Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

Featured Documentary: King's Last March

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. More than four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

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