Describing Social Security as a ‘benefit’ is wrong

I received the March issue of the AARP bulletin recently and am again irritated by the continued use of the word “benefits” as related to Social Security. It is a return on investment from money that I and my employer, and for the past 40 years as a self-employed person, paid into the system and am now drawing it out.

I understand why Social Security was set up – because many people don’t have the willpower to save for the future, to save them from extreme poverty.

It is not a benefit.

The use of “benefits” sounds like a Democratic propaganda trick, and I resent it.

Bob Hanusa