February 16, 2007

Teachers and Social Security

BOR has a nice piece up about once again allowing teachers to draw social security as well as teacher's retirement. For many teachers, this is only right since they have had, at one time or another, a job in which they pay social security taxes. In other words, they should receive both and would... if it weren't for Lamar Smith and Congressional Republicans who foreclosed that option.

It's time to let them back in... it's not exactly double dipping considering how much SS actually pays. Consider as well that more and more people are choosing second careers as teachers. They've spent 20-25 years in the private sector and are now willing to take a pay cut and enter the classroom. They'll pay into TRS and will receive payments from it when they finally retire. Why shouldn't they also be entitled to receive SS payments?

North Texas Liberal has a concurring opinion on this issue that you should take a look at if you want more detail on the mechanics behind keeping people from benefits to which they are entitled. It's really kinda like keeping me from a bar (get your drink, then MOVE... damn you!)

Posted by mcblogger at February 16, 2007 12:53 PM

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