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  • 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.
  • Memphis,TN. SSA Office Transforms IA's into "Documented" in One Day

    09/10/2014 6:17:31 PM PDT · by magna carta · 4 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | September 10,2014 | Liz Theiss
    This citizen story came to my attention on Facebook on September 9,2014, it had been filmed a few weeks prior. Stop the Magnet is here to assist in getting this valuable insight out to the grassroots activists and beyond. I will simply post Mike Morrison's narrative of the event. The three videos are available for your perusal. Please note also recent headlines illustrating Obama's "Memorandum Agreements" with Mexico. It appears the free traders are blowing off sovereignty full stop.
  • Bused Aliens Videoed, Interviewed, Lining-up at Social Security Office, Memphis TN

    09/10/2014 11:10:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 66 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/ ^ | Sept 10, 2014 | Arlen Williams
    (Memphis, TN) Monday, September 8, Mike Morrison of Memphis, Tennessee, did a video interview of Mexican nationals bused into the city’s Social Security Administration office, potentially to receive Social Security cards, Mexican passports in hand along with letters from our federal government (photos shown below). As Morrison also attests, leaving the scene in his vehicle, he was pulled over by a police officer, not for any traffic violation, but to be issued a vague and ominous threat for what he had just done. His entire video is posted below with the comments he attached to them in Facebook and YouTube....
  • The Insiders: Democrats’ 5-point campaign plan for the fall

    09/03/2014 4:53:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | September 2, 2014 | Ed Roger
    <p>Now that Labor Day has passed, the 2014 campaign season is officially underway. By any measure, the Republicans seem to have the advantage and are poised to take control of the Senate in the midterm elections. The Democrats are struggling on just about every front. They do not have a credible economic agenda, and under President Obama, our country’s foreign policy has gone from bewildering to frightening.</p>
  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62

    09/01/2014 7:52:57 AM PDT · by shove_it · 140 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Robert Allan Schwartz
    Summary When should I start Social Security? How will I receive the highest annual income? How will I receive the highest cumulative income? When will I be able to retire? Every year, more than 2 million people turn 62. Many of those people will wonder, "When should I start receiving Social Security benefits?" The earliest age of eligibility is 62. The benefit increases each year you delay starting, until age 70, after which point there is no additional increase. When should I start - age 62 or age 70? [...]
  • Disability Insurance and the Social Security Stripping of Funds

    08/26/2014 8:49:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/26/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Illegal aliens have more rights and benefits than American citizens, personal property is fair game because it was not earnedJohn Q Taxpayer wrote in a commentary on the web: “I woke up this morning and the whole world was backwards. Right is now wrong, illegal immigration is an act of love, self-defense is not permitted, the rich are evil, God is banned, the government of the people is out to get the people, the truth is forbidden, the ignorant are in charge of the intelligent, communism is good, robbery is overlooked, free speech is regulated, money is evil.”
  • Spain Robs the Pension System to Pay its Bills

    08/22/2014 2:19:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The "recovery" news in Spain keeps piling up. Via translation from El Economista, Government has already taken 37% of the total 'pensions piggy bank'. If extractions continue at the current rate, the fund would be exhausted in 4 years. The Government of Mariano Rajoy has released 24.65 billion euros of the Social Security Reserve Fund in less than two years. Such amount represents nearly 37% of the total 66.815 billion fund accumulation. That figure marks the highest cumulative piggy bank draw-down in history, following its commissioning in 2000 and after eleven years in which successive governments did not need to...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • US: Living dead man’s family must repay benefits

    08/17/2014 10:04:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2014 12:32 PM EDT
    The government wants to recoup benefits paid to the daughters of a man who was declared legally dead and then turned up alive years later. Donald Miller Jr. disappeared in the 1980s, and a death ruling in 1994 allowed his family to get Social Security benefits. […] Now the Social Security Administration wants his two daughters to return more than $47,000 to cover benefits they received as teenagers, plus interest, his ex-wife, Robin Miller, told The Courier in Findlay. …
  • FDR signs Social Security Act

    08/14/2014 2:17:49 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 2 replies
    On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act. Press photographers snapped pictures as FDR, flanked by ranking members of Congress, signed into law the historic act, which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. FDR commended Congress for what he considered to be a "patriotic" act. Roosevelt had taken the helm of the country in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, the nation's worst economic crisis. The Social Security Act (SSA) was in keeping with his other "New Deal" programs, including the establishment of the Works Progress Administration and...
  • Would Roosevelt recognize today’s Social Security?

    08/14/2014 2:17:38 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2012 | Robert J. Samuelson
    Would Franklin Roosevelt approve of Social Security? The question seems absurd. After all, Social Security is considered the New Deal’s signature achievement. It distributes nearly $800 billion a year to 56 million retirees, survivors and disabled beneficiaries. On average, retired workers and spouses receive $1,839 a month — money vital to the well-being of millions. Roosevelt would surely be proud of this, and yet he might also have reservations. Social Security has evolved into something he never intended and actively opposed. It has become what was then called “the dole” and is now known as “welfare.” This forgotten history clarifies...
  • Social Security’s Looming Fiscal Nightmare

    08/11/2014 9:07:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    With all the controversy over the failed and costly Obamacare program, it’s understandable that other entitlements aren’t getting much attention. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t serious problems with Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Indeed, the annual Social Security Trustees Report was released a few days ago and the updated numbers for the government-run retirement program are rather sobering. Thanks in part to sloppy journalism, many people only vaguely realize that Social Security is actuarially unsound. In reality, the level of projected red ink is shocking. If you look at the report’s annual projections and then adjust them for inflation...
  • How to Save the Soviet Security System

    08/01/2014 8:53:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    In early 1989, grime-covered coal miners, leading troglodytic lives filled with dust and danger, gathered one morning by their lockers, changed into their work gear, and, with helmets in place and headlamps lighted, refused to decamp into the their underground workplace. At issue wasn’t mine safety; nor was it wages, but rather things more mundane: soap and toothpaste. Neither was available to miners and their families in the isolated mining town. Like coal mining towns in West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia, this town was bent to the exigencies of industry and commerce—the quality of life for miners often suffered as...
  • Economist: Social Security Is Insolvent, In Worse Shape Than Detroit’s Pension Funds

    07/30/2014 7:59:50 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 38 replies
    CNS News ^ | 07/29/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Social Security is insolvent,” Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff told the House Subcommittee on Social Security at a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “And it’s not bankrupt in 30 years, or 20 years, or 10 years. It’s bankrupt today.” “This is not my opinion. This is the only conclusion one can draw from Table IVB6 of the 2013 Social Security Trustee’s Report." The economist also accused the system’s trustees of a “disinformation” campaign to keep Americans from finding out that “Social Security is in dire financial shape.” “To their great credit, Social Security’s actuaries have been reporting the system’s...
  • Give Low Income Americans Exit Option From Social Security

    07/28/2014 6:09:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Star Parker
    America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. But as we become bogged down in our many problems, I see, unfortunately, a mentality in which we are becoming increasingly a nation of the unfree – the victim – and the timid, in how we’re approaching these challenges. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman wrote a column this week drawing attention to the latest dire projections from the Congressional Budget Office. CBO projects the nation sinking deeper and deeper into an ocean of red ink. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the Senator notes, we’ll pile...
  • How and Why the CPI Was Destroyed as an Accurate Measure of Price Inflation

    07/25/2014 3:11:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    EPJ - Shadowstats ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Williams
    In the early-1990s, political Washington moved to change the nature of the CPI. The contention was that the CPI overstated inflation (it did not allow substitution of less-expensive hamburger for more-expensive steak). Both sides of the aisle and the financial media touted the benefits of a “more-accurate” CPI, one that would allow the substitution of goods and services. The plan was to reduce cost of living adjustments for government payments to Social Security recipients, etc. The cuts in reported inflation were an effort to reduce the federal deficit without anyone in Congress having to do the politically impossible: to vote...
  • Beware All the Retirement 'Crisis' Reports

    07/23/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/23/2014 | Andrew Biggs & Sylvester Schieber
    If the amount of press ink used to report a study is any indicator of its contribution to public understanding, the National Institute on Retirement Security's (NIRS) 2013 report, "The Retirement Savings Crisis: Is It Worse than We Think?" might be the gold standard on the subject of retirement security. The report concludes that 84% of Americans are falling short of reasonable retirement savings targets and, even when total net worth is considered, two-thirds are at risk of an inadequate retirement income. The total "retirement savings gap," NIRS claims, may reach $14 trillion. According to New York Times writer Nancy...
  • DOW at 17,000 -- But You're Not Invited

    07/10/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Larry Elder
    The stock market reached a record high last week, closing over 17,000 for the first time. Good news, of course. As President John F. Kennedy famously said, "A rising tide lifts all boats." But it sure helps if you own a boat. In this case, the "boat" would be the dynamic American stock market. But investors in the stock market disproportionately come from the top 1 percent, and they hold about 35 percent of all stocks and mutual funds. The next-richest 9 percent control about 45 percent. The remaining 90 percent have less than 20 percent. While nearly half of...
  • Bill Would Increase Certain Social Security Payments

    06/18/2014 10:29:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Plan Sponsor ^ | 06/17/2014 | Rebecca Moore
    Two U.S. Senators have introduced the Retirement and Income Security (RAISE) Act. The bill would increase Social Security payments for divorced spouses, enhance benefits for widows and widowers, and extend eligibility for children of retired, disabled or deceased workers. The additional benefits included in the RAISE Act would be offset by the application of a 2% payroll tax rate on annual earnings over $400,000—an offset that means Social Security will continue to be fully funded, according to a news release by Senator Mark Begich (D-Arkansas), who introduced the bill along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington). “The RAISE Act would ensure...
  • Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

    06/18/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 10:53 AM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits, in person and on the phone, the report said. Social Security has closed 64 field offices since 2010, the largest number of closures in a five-year period in the agency’s history, according to a report by the bipartisan staff...
  • Social Security components going bankrupt in 2016!

    05/24/2014 9:54:22 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 84 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | May 21, 2014 | Brianna Ehley
    For years, the Social Security Administration has warned lawmakers that unless they do something soon, the entitlement program for disabled workers will run out of cash by 2016. Still, as the program’s funds dry up and its insolvency hovers less than two years away, Congress remains quiet on the issue.
  • Marco Rubio’s Right on Social Security

    05/15/2014 7:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/15/2014 | The Editors
    The funny thing about third rails in politics is that there are many of them. Senator Marco Rubio seized two important ones on Tuesday. If the quality of his ideas this week are any indication, we believe he’ll live to do so again. His comprehensive speech addressed how the federal government ought to support the elderly, laying out a plan to shore up Social Security and explaining and endorsing Paul Ryan’s approach to Medicare reform. The two key planks to Rubio’s Social Security proposal are a gradual increase in the retirement age, tied to increases in American life expectancy,...
  • Disability Policy Reportedly Fast-Tracks Applicants Who Can’t Speak English

    05/03/2014 8:39:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 03 2014 12:00PM
    No English? No problem! A little known Social Security policy considers a person’s ability to learn English when determining disability eligibility. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sent a letter to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin last week to express concerns about a disability policy that may fast-track Americans who can’t speak English. The policy allows people to qualify for benefits more quickly if “they are incapable of communicating in English.” […] Disability applications have gone up 230 percent in the last decade, according to a report. …
  • Harrington Discusses Story on Non-English Speakers Getting Fast-Tracked (VIDEO)

    05/03/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 3 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Full Title: Harrington Discusses Story on Non-English Speakers Getting Fast-Tracked for Disability Approval Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington appeared on Fox and Friends Saturday to discuss her story on non-English speakers being fast-tracked for federal disability approval. Harrington reported: Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin on Thursday, raising concerns regarding revelations that individuals who cannot speak English are fast-tracked for disability approval. “I write to express my concerns about the expanding number of individuals now...
  • Social Security Basics -- 5 Things to Think About Before You Apply

    05/03/2014 9:55:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie: Several of my friends and I (all in our early 60s) are understandably thinking about Social Security. Everyone seems to have different ideas -- and different information -- about when to apply for benefits, how to apply, and how much we can expect to get. Can you give us a straightforward answer on what we should know? -- A ReaderDear Reader: Since Social Security plays such a big part in people's lives, you'd think we'd have a better idea about how it all works. But on the contrary, a lot of folks don't fully understand their benefits or,...
  • Did Illegals Misusing SSNs Earn More on Average Than US Women?

    04/30/2014 8:38:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    If you simultaneously accept estimates published by the Census Bureau and the Chief Actuary of Social Security, then illegal aliens who misused Social Security numbers to work illegally in the United States in 2010 earned more on average than American women did. The Office of the Chief Actuary published an analysis in April 2013 entitled, "Effects of Unauthorized Immigration on the Actuarial Status of the Social Security Trust Funds." It included this question and answer: "Question: Of the unauthorized workers paying OASDI (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) taxes, what is the average level of earnings upon which the taxes are...
  • Social Security

    04/22/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 36 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Eric Patrick
    "Some think Social Security is going bankrupt, but since the program uses taxes from current workers to pay current retirees, it is impossible for it to go bankrupt. The program also doesn’t contribute to the national debt or the deficit as some have suggested. All taxes and spending for the program happen independently of the federal budget." "Social Security took in more money than it paid out in benefits until 2010, which created an enormous trust fund, but since 2010, the program has paid out more in benefits than it has received in taxes. Should this trend continue, the trust...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 32 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • Government suspends controversial program to recover money from adult children of dead taxpayers

    04/15/2014 7:44:17 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/2014 | Fox Mews
    The Social Security Administration announced Monday it is suspending a controversial program that goes after adult children of deceased taxpayers who the government claims were recipients of overpayments more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she has directed an immediate halt to the three-year-old program while the agency does a review. The controversial program seized tax refunds in an effort to recoup the funds. The move to stop the program came after many of the recipients and members of Congress complained to the federal agency.
  • Shakedown: Treasury now seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents’ decades-old SS debts

    04/13/2014 6:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 11, 2014 | Allahpundit
    When I say “debts,” I don’t mean loans that the parents willingly sought from SSA. It would be bad enough to hold a kid responsible for that (since when are children responsible for their parents’ obligations?), but at least it would have been voluntarily incurred by mom/dad. The “debts” here are overpayments of Social Security benefits, the product of SSA’s own errors. The parents who received them might not have even realized they were getting money they weren’t supposed to have. And now, somehow, it’s junior’s problem. But wait. It gets worse. When [Mary] Grice was 4, back in 1960,...
  • Government Can't Say No

    04/13/2014 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program's trust fund is expected to run out of money. When that happens, there will be "large across-the-board cuts for all beneficiaries," warn James Lankford, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees entitlements, and Jackie Speier, the subcommittee's ranking Democrat. Those cuts will be painful for the "truly disabled," whom the system originally was designed to serve. Washington has a choice to make: provide for the truly disabled or the newly disabled. The definition of disability was expanded to include mental disorders, such as anxiety...
  • Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    04/11/2014 12:34:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 118 replies
    Washington Post | 4.10.13 | Marc Fisher
    The Washington Post reports that hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check. http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/social-security-treasury-target-hundreds-of-thousands-of-taxpayers-for-parents-old-debts/2014/04/10/74ac8eae-bf4d-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html?tid=HP_more
  • Shakedown: Treasury seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents' Social Security debts

    04/11/2014 12:33:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2014 | AllahPundit
    When I say “debts,” I don’t mean loans that the parents willingly sought from SSA. It would be bad enough to hold a kid responsible for that (since when are children responsible for their parents’ obligations?), but at least it would have been voluntarily incurred by mom/dad. The “debts” here are overpayments of Social Security benefits, the product of SSA’s own errors. The parents who received them might not have even realized they were getting money they weren’t supposed to have. And now, somehow, it’s junior’s problem.But wait. It gets worse. When [Mary] Grice was 4, back in 1960, her...
  • Bill Clinton on voter ID: Why not solve problem by putting a photo on every Social Security card?

    04/10/2014 5:01:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | AllahPundit
    After years of lefty rhetoric about how even the smallest ID requirement at the polls is some sort of pogrom against minority voters and the poor, I … did not see this coming.But maybe I should have. Per some polls, support for voter ID reaches 80+ percent. Maybe Bill’s already thinking about purple states in 2016. With 34 states now requiring some form of identification at the polls, former president Bill Clinton and civil rights leader Andrew Young on Wednesday endorsed the idea of adding photos to Social Security cards as a way to prevent voter suppression…Clinton and Young, a...
  • GHEI: Millennials, the Social Security sucker generation

    03/29/2014 11:04:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/29/2013 | By Nita Ghei
    Their golden years aren’t looking so golden. A mere 6 percent of the so-called millennial generation think they will receive the same level of Social Security benefits as current retirees, according to a study recently released by the Pew Research Center. It is hard to decide the appropriate reaction to this finding. On one hand, I am relieved that the vast majority of this generation understands that there is little hope Social Security will be around for their retirement — regardless of how much they pay in taxes. On the other hand, I am incredulous that 6 percent of this...
  • Top Dem Hints at Forbidden Entitlement Cuts (Steny Hoyer)

    03/25/2014 11:36:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Rob Garver - The Fiscal Times
    The Republican Party is currently trying to sort out an internal battle between its dwindling stock of moderates who are occasionally willing to work with Democrats, and its hard-right base, which views compromise with Democrats in general, and President Obama in particular, as heresy. But in a speech Monday, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the House showed that there are significant fissures in the Democratic Party as well. Hoyer, though nominally Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s second-in-command, is starkly different from Pelosi and many others on the party’s left wing when it comes to economic and fiscal issues....
  • Health care act no more a 'job killer' than Social Security or Medicare

    02/21/2014 4:33:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-19-14 | Edward Lotterman
    The critics are right, however, that some people will choose to work less because they qualify for a tax-credit based subsidy. If not for this government program, they would have to work harder and employment numbers would be higher. So might total output or gross domestic product. This aspect of the Affordable Care Act distorts economic efficiency. But don't kid yourself that this is anything new. Social Security has the same effect. About 41 million people currently get Social Security retirement benefits. Many still do work, at least part-time. But most do not. If not for their monthly checks, which...
  • Putting Social Security on Solid Footing: It will require a fundamental change to the system.

    02/17/2014 10:44:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/17/2014 | Jon N. Hall
    If you lend yourself money, should you charge interest on the loan? It would depend on how badly you need the interest income, wouldn't it? If you were desperate for cash, you'd pay yourself a hefty interest rate. After all, you need the money, right? If you fail to see the absurdity in those questions, you might be a member of Congress. But what may be even more absurd than those questions is federal finance. You see, the federal government "lends" itself money and pays interest on those "loans." The prime example of this practice is the surpluses generated by...
  • Obama faces budget dilemma (Hussein's Social Security & Medicare cuts)

    02/16/2014 5:52:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/15/14 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama is facing a deepening dilemma about whether to abandon cuts to Social Security in his next fiscal blueprint, which is due out in March. Obama touched the third rail of American politics last year when he proposed a new formula for Social Security and other entitlements that would result in benefits being cut over time. Now congressional Democrats and unions are ramping up their pressure on Obama to drop the proposal, which many fear could become an albatross for the party in the midterm elections. “We want the president to make very clear that he is going to...
  • Retired and broke: Social Security and the struggle to make it last

    02/13/2014 9:40:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/13/14 | Mandi Woodruff
    Over the course of their 60-year marriage, Bernard “Bernie” Karpinkski and his wife, Violet, took few chances when it came to their retirement. “From the time we were married, we started saving,” says Bernie, 89, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado. “We lived much more conservatively than most people. We had three cars our entire lives and drove them until they had close to 200,000 miles on them before we bought another. We didn’t buy our second home until we had enough saved to pay cash.” While their friends moved into bigger homes, took vacations and put their life on plastic,...
  • ‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat

    01/25/2014 11:42:54 AM PST · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A “blind” Wisconsin man’s $175,000 Social Security disability fraud scheme ended when federal agents caught him driving a speedboat, according to the inspector general. Lawrence Popp, 58, was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday for defrauding the Social Security Administration... Popp, a wealthy businessman, continued to work and go on lavish vacations in the Cayman Islands while collecting disability benefits for five years. A record 10,988,269 people received federal disability benefits in December 2013, according to the SSA. A 2012 report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) found that more than 25 percent of benefits are awarded with...
  • 7 Lies Liberals Tell Young Americans

    01/18/2014 3:58:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Saying that life is hard is kind of like saying the sun is hot, water is wet, or noting that politicians lie a lot. It's so obvious that anyone who's paying attention already knows that it's true. That being said, life's even harder when you're working under false assumptions that have been drilled into you by your teachers, college professors, Hollywood, and politicians in D.C. Much of what liberalism drums into the young skulls full of mush simply isn't true and millions of lives have been ruined by people finding it out the hard way. The good news is that...
  • Judge Makes Order To Investigate Obama’s Social Security Number

    01/13/2014 5:33:39 PM PST · by Jayster · 70 replies
    The Patriot ^ | 1/12/2014 | The Patriot
    It took years for Watergate to unravel fully. The controversy over Barack Hussein Obama and his past, along with fraudulent documents continues to make headlines. Yet, the items needed to actually verify who Obama is continue to be kept from the public eye. Well, that all may be about to change. Attorney Orly Taitz may have just found a chink in the federal government’s armor in protecting Barack Obama from scrutiny, following a judge’s ruling over her Freedom of Information Act request from the Social Security Administration.
  • Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut

    01/12/2014 10:18:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections. The president proposed a new formula for calculating benefits in his budget last year, in hopes that the olive branch to Republicans would persuade them to back tax increases in a broader fiscal deal. But Democratic lawmakers say Obama should shelve the idea now that they are facing a difficult midterm election where they need to turn out the liberal base to preserve their Senate majority. “I’m not sure why we should be...
  • The out of touch GOP: Clueless, gutless, heartless

    01/05/2014 4:29:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | January 5, 2014 | Ken Vegotsky
    Whose side are you on? Theirs or yours? While the Republican Party opposes virtually every social advance in the past 100 years, the Democratic Party gives us: Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, job safety laws, child labor laws, consumer protection, clean air and clean water laws, aid for the poor (food stamps) and middle class, student aid (Pell Grants, lower loan rates), financial safeguards (Consumer Financial Protection Agency), pending immigration reform and DREAM Act, veterans’ aid, saving the auto industry (and jobs), support for public education, building America (stimulus, jobs bills)....
  • Nearly 11 million Americans on disability at the end of 2013

    01/01/2014 10:49:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2014 | Rick Moran
    For the 202nd straight month, the number of Americans receiving disability benefits rose. The end of 2013 saw another record set - 10,988,269 Americans now on disabilty, up 6,000 from the end of November. CNS News: The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year.Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average monthly benefit of...
  • Your government’s message to you, “Happy New Year! Now start paying more tax!”

    01/01/2014 8:59:32 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/1/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Barack Obama and the Republican House have a New Year’s greeting for you that you might not have heard about. The thieves in Washington are hitting us with a series of taxes that will take a noticeable bite out of your income. Here are some of these increases. The amount we pay for Social Security will jump from 4.2% to 6.2%. If you earn just $50,000 a year, this will mean an additional $1000.00 bite out of your wallet. The top marginal rate will rise to 39.6% from the previous 35%. This will impact couples earning over $450,000 and singles...
  • Don't Let Death Stop your Social Security

    12/29/2013 5:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Uncle Sam, always generous to a fault with taxpayers' money, doled out about $108 billion in Social Security benefits to the dead in 2012.  Give or take a few billion, over a decade that's about $1 trillion going to folks who crossed the River Styx.  Or more likely their kin, who may or may not take portions of the proceeds to decorate their loved ones' graves.     The Washington Times reported on Friday that the Social Security Administration does a spotty job tracking Social Security recipients' deaths, hence the dollars for the dead.  Reports the Times:      "Because SSA does not verify death...
  • Dead or alive? Social Security can’t always say (spotty data on recipients)

    12/28/2013 6:02:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/27/13 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Federal auditors said Friday the Social Security Administration still struggles with a basic problem — figuring out who is dead and who is not. The question is a crucial one, since federal agencies rely on the administration to cross-match data on deceased persons and avoid paying out federally funded benefits to people who aren’t alive, or to establish accurate benefits for survivors. The administration also maintains a “Death Master File” that is available to the public. “SSA’s methods for processing death reports may result in inaccurate, incomplete or untimely information for users of its death data,” the Government Accountability Office,...
  • Military Retirement Cuts: Prelude To Coming Social Security Changes

    12/28/2013 5:50:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 60 replies
    Forbes ^ | 20 Dec 13 | Robert Laura
    As someone who is constantly researching retirement, I find the recent funding cuts to military retirees very disheartening. Worse yet, I see this as a move to establish ground zero for the testing of changes to Social Security benefits. On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget that scales back cost of living adjustments for working age military retirees starting in 2015. Several sources including Military.com suggests that qualified participants could lose between $3,700 and $6,200 per year, or an aggregate between $83,000 and $124,000 before they retire based on rank, age and years of service. Despite some protests, a...