I saw this the first time it went around in '94, most of it is crap. If you want to see how things really work, see here:
Forget the specific application it discusses, it's just a microcosm of how the system works.
I bookmarked the entire thread to pass on to others. Your link is excellent, thanks for pinging me to it.
I've received an unpleasant education today. Unpleasant because now I know more about what I've suspected, and there really isn't a damn thing I can do about it...at the moment. One last thing that no one has mentioned. For those of you who are younger than I am, or don't have kids, the Federal Government made it a requirement that your infants and children must be registered with Social Security numbers in order for the parent to claim them on tax returns. I distinctly recall the sinking feeling I got when I heard that. I can't remember if I was pregnant with the 22 yr old or the 17 yr old when that came about.
My ex wanted his money back, so of course they all got SS cards....
The car ownership issue is interesting. Somewhere I read in the RCW that by "registering" your "vehicle" with the state you are creating a trust. A trust with you as the beneficiary, and the state as trustees.