Reading about former California gubernatorial candidate George "Nick" Jesson, who recently finished pleading guilty to state and federal tax evasion charges, reminded me of conversation I'd had with a friend a couple of weeks back.

I don't remember the specifics of what started the discussion, but a talk about long-term health care led to a conversation about which of her siblings would be responsible for her parents down the line. Speaking (mostly) in jest, she made the point that as far as she was concerned, she was already making a sizable regular contribution to helping address the looming problems of an aging baby boomer on a national level -- through payment of her Social Security taxes. "It's not only that I'm never going to collect a dollar," she said. "But it's that I don't even ever expect to."

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