[ExI] Change of thought (was Just curious, it's not natural!)
aiguy at comcast.net
aiguy at comcast.net
Tue Sep 4 21:06:28 UTC 2007
Come on Spike if Anna Nicole Smith could figure this out, I'm sure you can too!
>> What a racket this could be, for high earners to marry a low earner when the
rich person has only months to live. An old rich person could marry a young
low earner, and thus the social security system could be looted. It isn't
clear to me what the rich terminal person could be given in exchange.
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From: "spike" <spike66 at comcast.net>
> > bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Anna Taylor
> > Subject: [ExI] Change of thought (was Just curious, it's not natural!)
> > I had the privilege last weekend to attend my first
> > gay marriage. Before the wedding, I thought deeply
> > about what my conviction was regarding gay marriage.
> > Anna
> I have some questions for the legal eagles of the group. It would be even
> more interesting if the Brits and Europeans comment.
> If a spouse perishes, I understand that the surviving spouse gets the social
> security payment that is the higher of the two. So if the survivor made
> more money longer, then no change in benefits. But if the lower paid spouse
> is the survivor, he or she gets a raise when the richer spouse perishes.
> What a racket this could be, for high earners to marry a low earner when the
> rich person has only months to live. An old rich person could marry a young
> low earner, and thus the social security system could be looted. It isn't
> clear to me what the rich terminal person could be given in exchange.
> If gay marriage becomes legal, would that problem be worse? Could a sick
> rich person marry her grandson's girlfriend in order to provide them with a
> generous pension while they are in their twenties? Is it any different than
> the kinds of abuses that could theoretically be pulled off now? For
> instance, an old sick person could marry her granddaughter's boyfriend in a
> fake marriage, while the young couple still carries on as before. So from a
> social security pension point of view (the only reason I care about who is
> allowed to marry) would gay marriage have any impact? Does Europe have
> similar issues?
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