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  • The Ticking Fiscal Time Bomb of Social Security

    05/12/2015 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Finance Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    America has a giant long-run problem largely caused by poorly designed entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. So when I wrote last month about proposals by some Democrats to expand Social Security, I was less than enthusiastic. …demographic changes and ill-designed programs will combine to dramatically expand the size of the public sector over the next few decades. So it’s really amazing that some politicians, led by the clownish Elizabeth Warren, want to dig the hole deeper. …I’m surprised demagogues such as Elizabeth Warren haven’t rallied behind a plan to simply add a bunch of zeroes to...
  • Mike Huckabee: Americans dont want Social Security reform

    05/10/2015 12:21:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that his opposition to reforming Social Security doesnt make him sound like a Democrat but like an American. The former Arkansas governor has broken with his party and his rivals for the nomination by opposing GOP proposals to cut benefits or raise the retirement age for Social Seucurity and transform Medicare into a voucher-style program, measures aimed at preventing the popular programs from going broke. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/10/mike-huckabee-americans-dont-want-social-security-/#ixzz3ZlVVjFNC Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Harvard, Dartmouth: Social Security forecasts have been too optimistic and increasingly biased

    05/09/2015 2:14:24 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 9, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    [snip] Studies from Harvard and Dartmouth this week corroborate Bushs warnings on Social Security, and further accuse the SSA of increasing bias in its analyses in order to maintain the illusion of a slower decline: [snip] researchers find that the SSAs actuarial forecasts have been consistently overstating the financial health of the programs trust funds since 2000. These biases are getting bigger and they are substantial, said Gary King, co-author of the studies and director of Harvards Institute for Quantitative Social Science. [Social Security] is going to be insolvent before everyone thinks. Researchers examined forecasts published in the annual...
  • Study: Social Security 'going to be insolvent before anyone thinks'

    05/09/2015 10:53:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2015 | Rick Moran
    <p>According to the government, the Social Security trust fund is due to go broke in 2033. But two recent studies show that the Social Security Administration is using incorrect accounting procedures and that the fund will run out of the money years before that.</p>
  • Iowa Kingmaker Ditches Huckabee: He Sounds Like Hillary; Im Going with Cruz

    05/08/2015 11:19:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Despite his socially-conservative bona fides, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially lost the support of Iowas influential talk radio host Steve Deace a dramatic shift from their supportive relationship in the 2008 Republican Party primaries. Deace has been described as a hitmaker and one of the most powerful Republicans youve never heard of because his stumping for Huckabee was seen as a substantial contributor to the former governors 2008 Iowa caucus victory. But, in 2016, Deace is not thrilled with Huckabees support for entitlement programs. As MMfA first reported, during the May 6 edition of the Steve Deace...
  • Trump: Huckabee can't protect entitlements like I can

    05/07/2015 8:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York real estate mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) could not prevent funding cuts to entitlement programs if elected president in 2016. Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid, Trump tweeted. I will. Trump, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also argued Huckabee was stealing his potential campaign ideas. Huckabee copied me, Trump wrote. I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare &...
  • Americans don't like big government - but like programs like SS & Medicare

    04/30/2015 2:45:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    Yahoo.news ^ | 04/30/15 | Amanda Becker
    a new poll shows that Republican voters who rally to that cry still want to maintain many federal programs. The results, from an online poll of 4,770 adults from April 10 to 24, highlight a dilemma for Republican candidates such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who have made reducing the size of government a top campaign theme.
  • Christie's Social Security Reform Hurts America, Particularly Minorities

    04/22/2015 5:28:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Star Parker
    Some are touting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to take an ax to Social Security as an act of bold political leadership. Sorry, I see the opposite. America needs leadership to replace old dysfunctional baggage with new programs and ideas fitting for a free 21st-century country. We don't need those who think leadership is retrofitting the country into our old baggage. It's the latter that Christie proposes. His "solution" to the impending bankruptcy of Social Security is to phase out benefits for retirees earning $80,000 to $200,000 and above and increase the retirement age from 67 to 69, and...
  • Cuts in Social Security, Confiscation, or Wealth Redistribution?

    04/20/2015 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If anything needs cutting or confiscating is the politicians' power and insatiable desire to spend the taxpayers' money The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, gave a speech on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in which he proposed, among other things, raising the retirement age from 67 to 69. He stated that, We should remember that Social Security at its core should be retirement insurance. Im suggesting that Americans pay into the system throughout the course of their life, knowing that it will be there, if they need it, to support them in their later years, so seniors will not grow...
  • Two Republicans Advocate Entitlement Reform: Because We Have To, Christie Says

    04/20/2015 7:27:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2015 - 6:58 AM | Susan Jones
    Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are speaking bluntly about entitlement reform, advocating means-testing for Social Security retirement benefits as a way to save the system for those who need it. These are real ideas, Christie said in New Hampshire on Friday. And, you know, Ive had a lot of people say, Well, why would you possibly want to suggest those things? Because we have to. We have to. And if you want to start a national conversation, lets start one that matters. Were $18 trillion in debt, Graham told Fox News Sunday. Eighty million...
  • Obama amnesty granted 500K+ Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants

    04/15/2015 12:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration has granted about 541,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants under President Obamas original 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, officials told Congress in a letter made public Wednesday. That means almost all of the illegal immigrants approved for the amnesty are being granted work permits and Social Security numbers, opening the door to government benefits ranging from tax credits to drivers licenses. Social Security officials, in the April 10 letter to Sens. Jeff Sessions and Ben Sasse, said they dont keep track of how many illegal immigrants have been denied numbers, and defended their process for granting the...
  • Christie to propose overhaul of Social Security benefits (means-testing)

    04/14/2015 10:23:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Framing himself as a politician who's unafraid to share "hard truths" with the American people, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing an income cap on Social Security benefits as part of major restructuring plan announced ahead of a likely presidential bid. The Republican is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in New Hampshire outlining his ideas on reforming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid so-called entitlement programs. As part of the plan, he'll propose phasing out Social Security payments for those making more than $80,000 in other income and eliminating them for those making $200,000...
  • How Do We Get Those Able to Work Off of Disability?

    04/09/2015 4:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by ROMINA BOCCIA
    With the Social Security disability-insurance (SSDI) program heading toward insolvency before the end of next year, lawmakers are looking for reforms to help individuals with disabilities but the capacity to work to return to work. Why it is so hard to get them to do so? Olga Khazan explores the question in a new piece in The Atlantic. Even those awarded benefits for a temporary condition tend to stay on Social Security for the rest of their lives. Its a tough but urgent question. The disability program has seen tremendous growth in both costs and the number of beneficiaries in...
  • Obamas Latest SCREW UP Revealed After Accidently Giving Away Your Money

    04/08/2015 5:01:57 AM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    madworldnews/com ^ | 4/7/15 | Alisha Rich
    It has been revealed that thousands of taxpayer dollars have been approved to pay for disability benefits of hundreds of people that never should have received a dime, and it was all done because of an accident. The Social Security Administration (SSA) was approving some Puerto Ricans for disability benefits because they dont speak English as their first language, but they all were residing in Puerto Rico where Spanish is the predominant language.
  • Puerto Ricans Getting Disability Checks Because They Don't Speak English

    04/08/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2015 | John Merline
    Is not knowing how to speak English a disability? According to the Social Security administration, it can be.
  • Feds Consider Puerto Ricans Disabled Because They Speak Spanish

    04/06/2015 12:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | April 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    95 percent of Puerto Ricans speak SpanishThe Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.“We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the...
  • Ted Cruz accused of wanting to repeal the 20th Century

    04/05/2015 1:40:14 PM PDT · by Marcus · 51 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | April 5, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    With Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the first major announced presidential candidate, surging in the polls and raking in campaign cash, it was inevitable that the push back would follow. The Stop Ted Cruz campaign got off to a roaring start in Salon, a magazine that has always disdained the man from Texas, with a Sunday article by Heather Cox Richardson, a college professor who teaches 19th century American history. Richardsons indictment against Cruz is a beaut, accusing him of being part of a conspiracy started by the late William F. Buckley and furthered by the late Sen. Barry Goldwater to...
  • Warren: Increase Social Security Benefits,And Make It Solvent

    04/01/2015 8:11:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 88 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 1,2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that Social Security should be be made secure while increasing benefits in an interview broadcast on Tuesdays Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.
  • Questions still being asked about Obamas Social Security numbers

    03/27/2015 8:59:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 103 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/27/15 | George Spelvin
    President Obamas Social Security numbers do not verify he even is a U.S. Citizen. A mismatch, two differing numbers at least, an imagined flight by a 15 year old from Hawaii to Connecticut to apply in person, and other anomalies are causing confusion yet again over the true identity of the man sitting in Americas Oval Office! A Notice of Mismatch on a Social Security Administration (SSA) Records form displays an incongruent match which was somehow sent to the President on 08/17/11. This mismatch refers to ss# 042-68-4425. The case verification number is 2011229111431GY. (1) The form contains a chilling...
  • Ted Cruz: Im EMPHATIC Balanced Budget Supporter, Want Means Tested Social security

    03/25/2015 8:13:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/25/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he was an emphatic advocate of a balanced budget amendment, and expressed support for means testing Social Security and raising the retirement age on Mondays Hannity on the Fox News Channel. I think the penny plan has an awful lot of force to it, and I am an emphatic advocate of a Balanced Budget Amendment Cruz stated. Cruz added, youre going to be hard pressed to come up with a cost-cutting program that Im not going to support. I do think the military, we need to look at the growing national security...
  • Obama's Immigration Nightmare: Exponential Executive Lawlessness

    03/17/2015 7:41:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I wonder whether most people truly understand the scope and import of Obama's lawless order to halt deportations and allow work permits for up to 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. Do they understand that he doesn't have the constitutional authority to do this? Do they understand that he admitted not having the constitutional authority to do this? Do they understand that Congress considered and rejected such action when it declined to pass the DREAM Act? Do they understand that under Obama's rule, these immigrants will be eligible for Social Security payments and even receive credit, in...
  • Social Security Rolls Show 6.5 Million Centenarians SATIRE

    03/16/2015 9:19:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    Although the worldwide population of persons older than 112 years of age is estimated to be only three dozen, an investigation by the inspector general revealed that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has active accounts for 6.5 million persons over that age. Obviously, there arent really 6.5 million persons that old living in America. Obviously, many recipients who have been long dead are regularly mailed benefits checks by SSA. Obviously, millions of identities have been stolen and are being used to rack up potential benefits. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) and Tom Carper (D-Del), who head the Senate committee that oversees...
  • IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year - 6.5m people in the US are 112

    03/14/2015 7:04:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/14/15
    IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year as Social Security records show that 6.5m people in the US are 112 Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report...
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: When People Tell You Social Security Is Going Broke, Tell Them Theyre Lying

    03/12/2015 7:02:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 12, 2015 - 2:20 PM | Ali Meyer
    When people tell you Social Security is going broke, you look them in the eye and tell them theyre not telling you the truth, said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to petition Congress not to cut Social Security or Medicare. Today, the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.8 trillion surplus, Sanders said. [] As CNSNews.com previously reported, however, the Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 billion for benefits and overhead expenses, according...
  • Social Security IG says 6.5 million people claim to be 112 or older

    03/10/2015 7:19:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/10/2015 | Rick Moran
    The inspector general for the Social Security Administration has found that 6.5 million active Social Security cards belong to people claiming to be 112 years old or older. Worldwide, the number of people currently living to be 112 stands at 35. Clearly, most of those people are dead, and relatives never bothered to tell Social Security about it. But a significant number of those claiming to be 112 years old are thought to be stealing the identity of dead people. From Washington Post: "The Social Security Administrations inspector general said in a report on Monday that the questionable identification numbers...
  • Brilliant: 6.5 Million Social Security Numbers Exist for People Over the Age of 112

    03/10/2015 4:46:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Sarah Jean Seman
    There are more than 6.5 million Americans over the age of 112, according to the Social Security Administration. If you are wondering about the accuracy of this count, youare not alone.After a man attempted to open bank accounts using active Social Security Numbers from both 1869 and 1893, the Office of the Inspector General decided to audit the SSA. They found that as of Oct. 2013, only 35 known individuals over the age of 112 are still living worldwide.The SSAs Numerical Identification System (often shortened to Numident), contains all the Social Security Numbers tracing back to 1936 when they were...
  • IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older

    03/09/2015 9:38:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    CNS ^ | 06-09-2015 | By Susan Jones
    Many people are living longer, but not to age 112 or beyond -- except in the records of the Social Security Administration. The SSA's inspector general has identified 6.5 million number-holders age 112 -- or older -- for whom no death date has been entered in the main electronic file, called Numident. The audit, dated March 4, 2015, concluded that SSA lacks the controls necessary to annote death information on the records of number-holders who exceed "maximum reasonable life expectancies." "We obtained Numident data that identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders born before June 16, 1901 who did not have a...
  • IRS defends giving refunds to illegals who never paid taxes

    03/03/2015 3:56:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar. 02, 2015 - 4:50 | Fox News
    IRS defends giving refunds to illegals who never paid taxes Mar. 02, 2015 - 4:50 - Agency tells Congress in a new letter that lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number justifies illegal immigrants' ability to go back and ask for previous refunds [Video]
  • Social Security debate reignites

    02/14/2015 3:57:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Social Security is surging to the forefront of the political debate ahead of the race for the White House in 2016. The entitlement program has been thrust into the spotlight by a fight over the Social Security disability fund, which is expected to run dry by the end of next year. The looming shortfall is stirring a burst of activism on the left, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a likely 2016 candidate, and liberal hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warning of an assault on the program from Republicans in Congress. "Weve known for years that Social Security Disability Insurance is...
  • S.S. Check

    02/10/2015 3:52:10 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies
    Self ^ | 2/10/15 | Self
    Did anybody else fail to receive the 01.6% raise on their S.S. check? I dread it but I have to go to the S.S. office to see what's going on or rather to see what's not going on. I suspect that raise went straight into Obama's stash. I'm 69 years old and am betting that I will be 30 years older than the next oldest person in that waiting room.
  • The Global Private Social Security Revolution

    02/08/2015 2:16:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last month, I posted the cartoon argument for Social Security reform. My main goal, as an American, is to achieve this important reform in the United States. And Ive tried to bolster the argument by citing lots of hard data, including the fact that funded accounts already exist in nations such as Australia, Chile, Sweden, and the Netherlands. In this spirit, I wrote an article for the most recent issue of Cayman Financial Review, and I looked at the issue from a global perspective. I first explained thatdemographics are destiny.
  • Massive Data Breach At Health Insurer Anthem Reveals Social Security Numbers And More

    02/05/2015 5:38:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-5-15
    Today, Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in America revealed that hackers broke into the companys servers and stole social security numbers and other personal information. This is a massive data breach with the potential to expose the information of nearly 80 million Anthem customers and has the potential to be the largest health care related data breach in history. The company notes that accounts associated with Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare were all part of...
  • Even with Volatile Stock Market, Personal Retirement Accounts Are Better, Safer than Social Security

    02/04/2015 11:18:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    International Liberty ^ | 02/04/2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Early last year, the Center for Freedom and Prosperity released this video, narrated by yours truly, making the case that the United States and other nations should shift from a tax-and-transfer entitlement scheme to a system of personal retirement accounts.Some left wingers criticized the idea, saying the big drop in the stock market in 2008-2009 is proof that personal retirement accounts are too risky.You won’t be surprised to learn, though, that they are wrong. It is true that retirement income fluctuates with a system of personal accounts, but that simply means that it is difficult to predict how much...
  • Left claims GOP is trying to destroy Social Security on day one of new congress

    01/09/2015 3:05:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Some new media critics really need to make up their minds. It’s either a Do Nothing Congress or a Do Something Awful Congress. If you ask the folks at Talking Points Memo, we’ll be leaning toward the latter because the House was getting busy taking care of business before half of the new members had located the bathrooms. A minor rules change was put in place which modifies the way tax revenues are occasionally shuffled between the Social Security trust fund and the Social Security disability program. There’s a reason for this, as we’ll get to below, but to...
  • Charles Krauthhammer: The Case for a Revenue-Neutral Gas Tax (. . . and a Social Security-tax cut)

    01/09/2015 8:10:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    For 32 years Ive been advocating a major tax on petroleum. Ive got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more. The only time you can even think of proposing a gas-tax increase is when oil prices are at rock bottom. When I last suggested the idea six years ago, oil was selling at $40 a barrel. It eventually rose back to $110. Its now around $48. Correspondingly, the price at the pump has fallen in the last three months by more than a dollar to about $2.20...
  • Searching for Immortality and Social Security

    01/02/2015 6:52:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    When that old man in a long white beard turns over the New Year to a robust round baby in diapers, they share framed edges of life, one at the end and one just beginning. With the help of science, an old man today passing the baton has a greater life expectancy than his predecessor did in 1840 when data began to show steady increases. The baby this year is lively and bouncing, and need not worry as much about infant mortality. At the beginning of the 20th century, a baby born in America was expected to reach the ripe...
  • The Social Security Collection Agency

    12/28/2014 6:01:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    To those nattering nabobs of negativity who dont trust government to do the right thing, or even to stop doing the wrong thing once discovered, I just want to say: Youre right. Again. Last April, a Washington Post expos about a bizarrely tyrannical debt collection program caused the Social Security Administration (SAA) to publicly promise it would cease and desist from said program. The Social Security bureaucracy had been snatching the income tax refund checks of grown children whose parents, many decades ago, had allegedly been sent excess money intended for the care and feeding of these then-youngsters by this...
  • Well .. it's official<br>Social Security pays same sex couples!

    12/20/2014 1:36:41 PM PST · by knarf · 11 replies
    www.socialsecurity.gov/same-sexcouples ^ | December 20, 2014 | social security administration
    Just got my annual 1.7% increase notice and with it the statement ;
  • Despite promises, Social Security still trying to collect old debts from kin

    12/14/2014 3:13:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/14/14
    The Social Security Administration, which announced in April that it would stop trying to collect debts from the children of people who were allegedly overpaid benefits decades ago, has continued to demand such payments and now defends that practice in court documents. After The Washington Post reported in April that the Treasury Department had confiscated $75 million in tax refunds due to about 400,000 Americans whose ancestors owed money to Social Security, the agencys acting commissioner, Carolyn Colvin, said efforts to collect on those old debts would cease immediately. But although some people whose refunds were seized were reimbursed in...
  • Why Social Security Hurts Society and Isnt Secure

    12/11/2014 7:51:01 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Dr. Robert Owens
    This so-called insurance meant from the beginning not merely compulsory insurance it also meant compulsory membership in a unitary system controlled and enforced by the state. The concept of a social safety net is well accepted throughout the Western World. The idea that some provision should be made for those who through no fault of their own are unable to provide for themselves first appeared as a state policy in Germany in the 19th century as the Iron Chancellor, Bismarck, sought to co-opt the popular appeal of socialism and strengthen the newly founded German Imperial state. The idea struck a...
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...
  • Obamas Amnesty Will Loot Social Security To Give Your Money To Illegal Aliens

    11/18/2014 6:57:42 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 41 replies
    conservative hq ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | George Rasley,
    One of the issues that killed the Senates hated Gang of Eight amnesty for illegal aliens bill was that it allowed the amnestied illegal aliens to immediately access public benefits reserved for citizens and legal immigrants. House conservatives correctly argued that the Gang of Eight bill and its various House companion bills would allow illegal aliens immediate access to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and various other welfare programs, such as food stamps. While the proponents of the Gang of Eight bill tried to finesse the issue the bottom line was and is that once the government gives a Social Security...
  • LETTER: Felix Sanchez: Our nation is lost (Sniff, sniff ... boo-hoo)

    11/13/2014 2:02:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Martinez News-Gazette ^ | November 13, 2014 | Felix Sanchez
    Dear Editor, Considering all of the craziness that weve all had to deal with when it comes to this past election, I figured that I would hold off on anything politically related for a while. Plus for me, I tend to note things more on a national level anyway, and Im not wanting to write anything national for a local paper. However, considering the opinion piece that was put into Sundays issue, I felt that this basically gave me the entrance that I need to get a few things clear for the people in the first place. Now, considering that...
  • Social Security Benefits to Go up by 1.7 Percent

    10/22/2014 8:18:18 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 61 replies
    abcnews ^ | Oct 22, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.
  • Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    10/20/2014 4:51:36 PM PDT · by knak · 16 replies
    OSIJEK, Croatia Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger packed a pair of suitcases and fled to Germany. He later settled in this pleasant town on the Drava River, where he lives comfortably, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers....
  • Waiting on a Social Security disability appeal? Get in line. A very long line.

    10/19/2014 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/19/14
    In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washingtons backlog of backlogs a queue of waiting Americans larger than the populations of six different states. It is bigger even than the infamous backups at Veterans Affairs, where 526,000 people are waiting in line, and the patent office, where 606,000 applications are pending. All of these people are waiting on a single office at the Social Security Administration. Social Security is best-known for sending benefits to seniors. But it also pays out disability benefits to people who cant work...
  • Pelosi: When Obama Won the Election, He Took Us Out of That [Economic] Brink

    09/21/2014 8:53:57 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/19/2014 | Ali Meyer
    At the Americans United rally Hands Off Social Security & Medicare at the Capitol on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blamed Republicans for the economic recession of 2007-09, saying their "lack of regulation and supervision took our country to the brink, and so when President Obama won the election, he took us out of that brink. I know you've heard from many members of the House and Senate about the importance of the three pillars of security for Americas seniors: about Social Security, about Medicare and about Medicaid, she said. And Im here to add my support to...
  • Social Security as a means relieve unemployment (FDR's words...not the popular meme)

    There was an open call-in on the radio this morning on Social Security. It got my blood boiling. On a whim, I went looking for 1933 news on the reality of Social Security before it was passed and the current meme posited by libs & the media. First, I found this:George Will says Social Security was created in the 1930s 'as a way of getting people to quit working' The pundits at Politifact wrote, "Wed always believed Social Security stemmed from a desire help keep the elderly out of poverty... George Will asserted:"People forget Social Security was advocated ... in...
  • Why Iowas Senate race is one of the closest in the nation

    09/17/2014 1:11:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Public Broadcasting Service ^ | September 16, 2014 | Judy Woodruff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: A quick look at the calendar reminds us that today is just seven weeks away from this years midterm elections, when voters across the country will be deciding ballot issues and choosing state and local officeholders and members of Congress. With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs, I headed to Iowa this past weekend, the site of one of the closest contests in the nation. If you love college football, the place to be in Iowa this past weekend was Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, as they hosted the Iowa...
  • Passport and social security number in one day if you are illegal

    09/14/2014 7:05:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Stop the flood of illegal aliens into our country who claim bogus refugee status I spent three hours yesterday at the Romanian Embassy trying to obtain a passport renewal for my 82-year-old mother who wants to travel to visit her sister and brother she has not seen since 1996. It may be her last trip.