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  • 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...
  • Using Your Money to Create a Tower of Babel

    05/06/2014 10:28:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 05/06/2014 | Dave Blount
    The most efficient way to destroy a society is to fragment it and turn the pieces against each other. Language plays a big part in getting America out of the way so that a liberal utopia can be constructed in its place. Here is one way our rulers are using our money to encourage foreign colonists not to learn English: The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits. Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of...
  • Too Many Federal Agencies Have Created Their Own Private Armies

    04/21/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    TRNS ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Istook
    Does the Environmental Protection Agency really need armed agents? Outside of law enforcement, federal agencies now employ over 25,000 people as armed agents. They are more than guards. They’ve become like private armies that can push around private citizens. Over 70 non-military federal agencies now have their own armed agents. You expect armed agents with the FBI, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Border Patrol. But the EPA? The Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, even the Social Security Administration and the National Institutes of Health? Even the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • IG: SSA Sent Estimated $1 Million in Improper Payments to Prisoners

    02/26/2014 8:31:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 26, 2014 - 12:07 PM | Ali Meyer
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued an estimated $1 million in improper payments between 2000 and 2010 to people who were in prison, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report entitled Special Disability Workload Payments Made to Incarcerated Beneficiaries. The investigation over the payments began after the SSA discovered certain beneficiaries were not receiving their disability insurance (DI) checks. As the report states, “Studies SSA conducted identified SSI recipients who had their entitlement based on applications before January 1, 2000, and appeared to be insured for, but were not receiving, DI benefits. The Agency categorized these individuals as...
  • Social Security Administration instructs employees to warn recipients about debt ceiling

    10/05/2013 1:12:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 4, 2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Social Security Administration employees are being instructed to tell people who ask that if the debt ceiling is not raised, their social security benefits could be in danger. In an email sent Friday, obtained by The Daily Caller, employees are instructed: “If a member of the public asks whether their Social Security payment will be affected if the federal debt ceiling is not raised, you may give the following response: ‘Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk.’ “Direct all program–related...
  • New Evidence: Obama's Mother Formally Changed Last Name To Obama In 1963. Not February 1961.

    08/09/2013 11:39:21 AM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 217 replies
    Orly Taitz | 8-9-2013
    <p>This is new information received today from a FOIA request to the Social Security Administration by attorney Orly Taitz. She posted it on her website which Free Republic will not let you post a link to in the Source URL box above. Here is an excerpt from the press release she posted. The link to the press release in typed in below.</p>
  • Social Security Office

    07/30/2013 12:00:36 PM PDT · by chittlin · 50 replies
    Went to the local Social Security Administration Office today with my wife who will be retiring in near future. The office is in a rural low crime area in Western Kentucky. We were greeted by two armed, courteous "Rent-a-Cops" upon entry. While waiting to be served we observed the Rent-a-Cops doing a thorough search of a an elderly lady's purse prior to her being allowed to see the Social Security worker. These guys were opening every thing in the purse, unzipping every zipper. Voicing our disapproval over the search, we departed. The entire scenario was ridiculous. Does anyone know the...
  • Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

    06/27/2013 7:35:14 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 12 replies
    McClatchy ^ | June 20, 2013 | Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landa
    President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.
  • Social Security Administration takes back reprimand of flatulent worker

    01/11/2013 12:25:09 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    WAPO ^ | 1-11-13 | josh hicks
    The Social Security Administration officially reprimanded an employee whom colleagues accused of continuously “passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor” that created a “hostile work environment.” After the Smoking Gun posted the reprimand letter online, the agency said it had withdrawn its disciplinary action against the flatulent worker. “When senior management became aware of the reprimand it was immediately rescinded,” agency spokeswoman Dorothy J. Clark said in an e-mail to The federal Eye. The agency did not respond to requests to provide a date for its rescinding action. It also did not answer questions about the status of the employee...
  • St. Paul woman, 3 others charged in Social Security fraud (SSA employee)

    11/17/2012 5:24:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    PIONEER PRESS ^ | 11-17-12 | John Welbes
    Four Twin Cities residents -- including a Social Security Administration employee in St. Paul -- have been indicted in a scheme that generated real Social Security cards with fake identities. The conspiracy's start date was unknown, but it went back to at least May 2001 and ended in 2010, the indictment claimed. Dianne Josephine Chess, 49, of St. Paul, was a service representative for the SSA whose responsibilities included inputting data provided by applicants seeking a number and a card.
  • Prayer service praises illegal employment; shows no love for the victims

    10/13/2012 4:17:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | October 11, 2012 | Jeremy Beck
    On October 10, congregants at a multi-denominational religious gathering in Maryland offered prayers for the DREAM Act and praise for illegal employment, but no love for the unemployed or identity theft victims. According to WBAL radio in Maryland, religious leaders including Archbishop Lori of Baltimore urged attendees to pray for Maryland's DREAM Act, which would grant in-state tuition for illegal aliens who have graduated from a Maryland high school, or "who can prove that they or their parents have paid taxes in Maryland for at least three years." As many advocates for rewarding illegal immigration do, Lori "notes either the...
  • Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?(SSA explains)

    09/05/2012 2:42:50 AM PDT · by EBH · 64 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/2012 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets. Why is the agency that provides benefits to retirees, disabled workers, widows and children stockpiling ammunition? Whom are they going to use it on? "It's not outlandish to suggest that the Social Security Administration is purchasing the bullets as part of preparations for civil unrest," the website Infowars.com said... ...The bullets are for Social Security's office of inspector general, which has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes,...
  • Who Does The Government Intend To Shoot?

    08/20/2012 12:14:50 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/17/2012 | Major General Jerry Curry, USA (Ret.)
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirms that it is purchasing 174 thousand rounds of hollow point bullets to be delivered to 41 locations in major cities across the U.S. No one has yet said what the purpose of these purchases is, though we are led to believe that they will be used only in an emergency to counteract and control civil unrest. Those against whom the hollow point bullets are to be used — those causing the civil unrest — must be American citizens; since the SSA has never been used overseas to help foreign countries maintain control of their...
  • Social Security Administration Explains Plan to Buy 174,000 Hollow-Point Bullets

    08/17/2012 4:19:34 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/16/2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Social Security Administration posted a blog on Thursday to explain why it was planning to purchase 174,000 hollow point bullets. SSA posted a "Request for Quote for Ammunition" on the FedBizOps.gov website on Aug. 7. The request listed the commodity that SSA desired as ".357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point pistol ammunition." The quantity listed was "174 TH." The SSA’s Office of the Inspector General’s said it posted a new blog on the agency’s website, “Beyond the Numbers,” “as we strive to be a transparent and accountable government organization for all of our stakeholders. “With...
  • Social Security Administration stocking up on Ammo!

    08/15/2012 10:01:08 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 35 replies
    FBO.gov ^ | 8/15/2012 | Me
    DHS is stockpiling almost 1.5 billion rounds, then the National Weather Service and now the Social Security Administration is buying on short notice 174,000 rounds. You'd think DHS would have enough for everybody, but I suppose you're not a real federal agency unless you have SWAT teams, ammo stockpiles and regular practice taking on the American people. SSA request for Quote
  • The Social Security Administration Is Buying 174,000 Rounds Of High-Powered Ammunition

    08/15/2012 9:27:17 AM PDT · by blam · 77 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-15-2012 | Robert Johnson
    The Social Security Administration Is Buying 174,000 Rounds Of High-Powered Ammunition Robert Johnson Aug. 15, 2012, 11:47 AM First the DHS needed 450 million rounds of ammunition, then the NOAA requested 46,000 rounds, now we've discovered an online request at FBO.Gov calling for 174,000 rounds of ammunition for the Social Security Administration. The request actually calls for 174K .357 hollow points that arguably have as much stopping power as any bullet out there, and hollow point to do as much damage to soft tissue as possible on top of that. R.K. Campbel at Gun Blast mentions his experience with .357...
  • Sebelius Claims Power to Gut Welfare Reform, Contrary to Law

    07/13/2012 11:55:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – In a bid to expand federal welfare rolls, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed on Thursday that HHS had the authority to waive the key requirement in President Clinton’s welfare reform law – the requirement that beneficiaries find and maintain a job. A plain reading of the law, however, does not seem to support this claim. On Thursday, HHS issued what it called guidance to state welfare agencies, claiming that it could absolve states of the requirement that some welfare recipients work in order to continue receiving benefits. HHS claimed that its authority to approve innovative...
  • SSA suspends social security statements; expects shortage by 2036

    07/13/2011 5:31:27 PM PDT · by Crush · 18 replies
    The US Report ^ | July 12, 2011 | Kay Day
    If you’ve ever held a job and paid into the social security fund, you’ve received statements from time to time telling you what benefits to expect once you retire. Most assume the government provides an accurate account. Do any of us actually keep up with what we’ve deposited? Fact is you’d be wise to hang onto the last social security statement the government sent you. The Government Accountability Office provided a report on July 8 about the social security statements the government has used to inform the more than 150 million workers who have paid into the social security system....
  • Major study: changing sexual orientation is possible (Being gay is a choice)

    09/30/2011 10:59:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 29, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WHEATON, Illinois, September 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Therapists who favor normalizing homosexuality say that it is impossible to change sexual orientation, and that the attempt to change is inherently harmful. However, the final results of a long-term study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy has joined hundreds of other studies in concluding that such therapy is both possible and potentially well-indicated for many individuals. Psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University are the authors of the longitudinal study, which tracked individuals who sought sexual orientation change through involvement in...
  • Disability claims by the unemployed skyrocketing

    09/26/2011 8:04:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 09/24/11 | Sally Kestin
    Laid-off workers desperate for money, many of them aging baby boomers, are flooding South Florida Social Security offices like never before to apply for disability benefits. Demand is so great nationwide that congressional estimates show the disability program will run out of money and won't be able to cover all beneficiaries in just six years. n Florida, applications are up more than 40 percent since 2007. Many are coming from people with mental or physical conditions who once were able to work and now can't, or who lost their job and are unable to find a new one.
  • ‘I’m Not Dead’: Social Security Agency Makes Grave Mistake for Thousands

    07/09/2011 12:27:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Naples News ^ | July 8, 2011 | Thomas Hargrove
    The Social Security Administration each month falsely reports that nearly 1,200 living Americans have died. These clerical errors, found in a federal database ominously titled the “Death Master File,” might be darkly humorous — evoking Mark Twain’s famous quip that death reports can be greatly exaggerated — were not the consequences so severe. “It has just been one thing right after another since I found out that I was dead,” said an unsmiling Judy C. Rivers, 58, of Jasper, Ala. “Right now, I am still looking for a job. I hate to give out my Social Security number because I...
  • “Teens and SSA” Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Ph.D

    06/28/2011 9:38:05 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 11 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | May 23, 2011 | Dr. Joseph Nicolosi
    “Teens and SSA” Dr. Joseph Nicolosi
  • Social Security needs proof man born in 1871 is dead. (Genealogy vanity!)

    06/22/2011 4:03:22 PM PDT · by stylecouncilor · 28 replies
    me | 6-22-2011 | stylecouncilor
    Months ago I filed and paid $27 for a copy of my great-great grandfathers social security application as part of my genealogy research. He was born in PA in 1871 and died in NY in 1940. Today I received a letter from the SSA stating that they cannot send me a copy because they have no information that he is deceased! It goes on to thank me for my payment to cover the cost of searching the records and if I can send proof he is dead (lol) they can provide the record at no additional cost. I have 30...
  • George Bush Admits Failure

    10/28/2010 9:10:43 AM PDT · by facedodge · 65 replies
    Gather ^ | 10/28/2010
    George Bush finally admitted failure, but not about what many would think. Former President Bush believes his biggest failure was on Social Security reform. Bush wanted to implement a semi-private . . .
  • No cost of living raise for Social Security

    10/11/2010 2:22:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 10, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — As if voters don't have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits. It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year. "If you're the ruling party, this is not the sort of thing you want to have happening two weeks before an election," said Andrew Biggs, a former deputy commissioner at the Social...
  • Considering Taking Social Security Early? Think About What This Might Mean for Your Spouse

    09/15/2010 6:46:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2010 | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie: My husband and I are both considering taking Social Security next year at age 62. I'm told that I could draw on my husband's account and potentially collect more monthly than I would if I draw from my own earnings without it affecting what he gets. Is this true? Also, should my husband die before me, would I collect his full monthly benefit or a portion of it? -- Mary Dear Mary: Your question is interesting because it brings up several issues about spousal and survivor Social Security benefits that can be confusing. Whether to take benefits at...
  • The Safety Net Shreds

    03/29/2010 4:15:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,250+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Entitlements: Social Security's chief actuary reports that the social safety net will run a deficit for 2010, nine years earlier than predicted. Put down that big gavel, Madam Speaker, we're about to hit the iceberg. No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying the gavel used when Medicare was enacted, taken a victory lap around the Capitol Building after passage of the health care bill than did the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration report that his part of the social safety net had a big hole in it and would run a deficit for all of 2010. Stephen...
  • ACTION NOW Mexican Pres Calderon demands the US send SS monies to the Mexican govt

    03/09/2010 5:45:39 AM PST · by Liz · 31 replies · 322+ views
    3/9/10
    Back in 2003 a Congressional bill was offered to give credit to Mexicans who work here that would have enabled them to collect Social Security. Again, in 2004, Pres George W. Bush wanted to give SS to illegal temps after they returned to Mexico. It never passed b/c there was poor data WRT the large numbers of Mexican workers who violate our borders, and work under several false identities. There was no way to control this so the SS giveaway bill was filed away. Now this bill is being revived because Mexican Pres. Felipe Calderon wants the United States to...
  • Bishop Gene Robinson claims Bible does not address ‘monogamous’ same-sex relationships

    02/05/2010 6:01:10 AM PST · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,039+ views
    cna ^ | February 5, 2010
    Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson Washington D.C., Feb 5, 2010 / 03:20 am (CNA).- The first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson, has claimed that the Bible does not address the ethics of “monogamous, lifelong” homosexual relationships. He suggested that the people of St. Paul’s times did not realize that some people were “affectionally oriented” to their own sex.On Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., CNSNews.com spoke to Bishop Robinson about St. Paul’s condemnation in the Book of Romans of “unnatural” relations and “indecent acts” between members of the same sex. CNSNews.com asked if St....
  • Third-Rail Shocker (Social Security Going Bankrupt Sooner)

    01/08/2010 5:17:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 36 replies · 1,422+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 8, 2009 | Investor's business Daily staff
    Entitlements: While a massive health care entitlement is fashioned in secret, another one, Social Security, is running deficits decades earlier than expected. We've been kicking the can down the road. We're out of road. As Bernie Madoff found out, any Ponzi scheme depends on a continuous inflow of new cash and new customers or the ever-expanding pyramid will totter and collapse. Social Security, dependent as it was on new workers paying the expanding benefits of retirees, is about to, much sooner than expected. As Ed Morrissey over at HotAir.com reminds us, Peter Orszag, now director of the Office of Management...
  • Archbishop of Washington counters critics of Church statement on effects of same-sex ‘marriage’ law

    11/19/2009 9:58:19 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 439+ views
    cna ^ | November 18, 2009
    Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2009 / 06:32 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Washington’s announcement that services would have to be cut if the District of Columbia City Council recognizes same-sex “marriage” without religious exemptions was not a “threat” or “ultimatum” but a simple recognition of the policy’s consequences, the Archbishop of Washington said in an opinion essay in the Washington Post.Without strong religious freedom protections, the proposed legislation would force the Church to choose between expressing Christ’s love in service to others and defending the nature of marriage, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl wrote in his...
  • Social Security to make it official: No COLA

    10/15/2009 6:18:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 44 replies · 1,386+ views
    CaribbeanBusinessPR.com ^ | October 15, 2009 | CB Online Staff
    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration makes it official Thursday: There will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year, the first year without one since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. The announcement comes as President Barack Obama and key members of Congress call for a second round of $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors, veterans, retired railroad workers and people with disabilities. The payments would be equal to about a 2 percent increase for the average Social Security recipient. The cost: $13 billion. Obama called on Congress Wednesday to approve the payments,...
  • Appalled by ‘The’ Psychological Association

    09/04/2009 10:11:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 1,489+ views
    nc register ^ | September 4, 2009 | Father Benedict Groeschel
    As a member of the American Psychological Association for 36 years, I am filled with indignation at the recent statement of the APA that deems it “inappropriate” for therapists to treat homosexual clients. Such therapy is called reparative therapy and has as its goal the establishment of a heterosexual orientation in place of a homosexual one. This statement of the APA has been issued despite the fact that there are a number of outstanding members of that organization, including two past presidents, who have strongly supported reparative treatment.Issued in August, “Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation” advises treatments that “increase...
  • Ask Carrie: Social Security Benefits

    08/05/2009 10:59:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,464+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2009 | Carry Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie: I am planning to start collecting Social Security at age 66, since I fall in the age group from 1943 to 1954. Will I still be able to work without restrictions on the income I make even though I am receiving Social Security benefit payments? If I understand it correctly, there is no cap to my earnings at that point. Is that correct? -- A Reader Dear Reader: Thanks for your question -- it raises a number of important issues for the millions of Americans who are approaching retirement. And for the benefit of other readers, let me...
  • Social Security spends $700,000 on Phoenix conference (w. video links)

    07/16/2009 7:22:39 AM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 17 replies · 785+ views
    abc15.com ^ | 7/16/2009 | Josh Bernstein
    PHOENIX -- A Social Security Administration motivational management conference held at a high-end Valley resort last week cost $700,000, the SSA told the ABC15 Investigators. Costs for the conference at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa included airfare, hotel entertainment, dancers, motivational speakers, and food, an administration official said. A spokesperson outside the SSA's Phoenix office declined to comment. A spokesperson from the SSA's regional office said the conference was essential, that teleconferencing was not an option, and that all 675 managers needed to meet in person. The SSA provided ABC15 with a list of courses provided at the conference,...
  • Gov junketeers keep luxury hotel busy

    07/16/2009 1:52:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 567+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | July 15, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Now that corporate conference travel has fallen off a cliff, federal bureaucrats are stepping into the vacuum, providing customers for a luxury hotel in Phoenix, to help each other feel better. ABC News' Political Blotter reports: Claiming they needed to learn how to reduce stress because of a growing number of death threats being made against them, nearly 700 executives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) gathered for a lavish three-day conference in Phoenix, AZ last week, costing taxpayers about $700,000. "We received threats against our employees by people who are in the American public," said SSA Regional Commissioner for...
  • Shocking study finds your Social Security number can EASILY be guessed

    07/07/2009 7:02:27 AM PDT · by sdw2009 · 11 replies · 788+ views
    This week's "scare the heck out of you" post…
  • Democrats Target 401k and IRA Retirement Accounts

    11/12/2008 7:56:41 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 48 replies · 2,649+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 11/10/08 | Karen McMahan
    Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers' personal retirement accounts - including 401(k)s and IRAs - and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. Triggered by the financial crisis the past two months, the hearings reportedly were meant to stem losses incurred by many workers and retirees whose 401(k) and IRA balances have been shrinking rapidly. The testimony of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, in hearings Oct. 7 drew the most attention and criticism. Testifying for the House...
  • Dems Target Private Retirement Accounts

    11/09/2008 12:58:49 PM PST · by 4buttons · 266 replies · 1,644+ views
    carolinajournal.com ^ | 11/4/08 | Karen McMahan
    RALEIGH — Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts — including 401(k)s and IRAs — and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. Triggered by the financial crisis the past two months, the hearings reportedly were meant to stem losses incurred by many workers and retirees whose 401(k) and IRA balances have been shrinking rapidly. The testimony of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, in hearings Oct. 7 drew the most attention and criticism. Testifying for...
  • Social Security unveils new online benefits calculator

    07/22/2008 12:31:10 PM PDT · by rawhide · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Fyi. Neat tool. Social Security Administration unveiled its new retirement estimator on its Web site Monday. On it, it takes just a few points and clicks and some personal information to produce benefit estimates within a few minutes.http://www.ssa.gov/estimator/
  • Social Security Office Rules

    01/02/2008 2:05:53 PM PST · by Bear_Slayer · 79 replies · 122+ views
    1/2/08 | bear_slayer
    I had to visit the local SS office today. There were copious signs which demanded that no cell phones were permitted in the building. If you used your cell phone you would be ejected. I understand that disturbance that devices can cause, but that was not the reason listed. Cell phones were forbidden because many have picture taking capabilities and it is against federal law to take photos in an SS office. I known that their are strong longs that protect photography in public places. Why the restriction in this public place?
  • Woman Gets Doctor's Note To Show Social Security She's Alive [Govt says she's dead]

    12/23/2007 7:27:55 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 17 replies · 309+ views
    KIRO 7 ^ | 12/20/2007
    Not allowed to post article: Essence of it -- Social Security declared a woman to be dead, cut off her checks, her bank closed her account, and she won't know until next month whether she has been re-instated or not. Social security says these mistakes do occur. Just the kind of folks you want in charge of your healthcare...
  • Help! Social Security says I don't exist?

    12/07/2007 9:03:41 PM PST · by BellStar · 59 replies · 86+ views
    12/07/07 | BellStar
    I went to get a new S.S. card and was told I don't exist.
  • Immigrant backers rally at Social Security office (TEXAS)

    10/13/2007 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Dubya · 9 replies · 98+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Oct. 13, 2007 | PATRICK McGEE
    DALLAS -- A small band of pro-immigrant groups rallied outside the Social Security Administration's Dallas office Friday and called on the agency to keep its data out of immigration enforcement efforts. About half a dozen demonstrators, including state Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, delivered letters asking the administration not to allow its "no match" letters to become part of immigration enforcement. The administration mails the letters to workers and employers when the employees' names do not match the Social Security numbers they filed with their employers. Under current law, the administration's no-match database is not available to immigration officials. And it...
  • Clinton Promises to Save Social Security

    09/04/2007 4:19:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 59 replies · 1,101+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 4, 2007 | NEDRA PICKLER ap
    Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton promised retirees that if elected president she will not cut Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age or privatize the taxpayer-funded system. The New York senator told the AARP's legislative conference that she would bring a "renewed national commitment to Social Security" to the White House. "This is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States," Clinton said to applause from seniors gathered in Washington to push their policy agenda. "When I'm president, privatization is off the table because it's not the answer to anything." She also said she does not support...
  • Clinton Judicial Appointee Blocks Enforcement of Law

    09/01/2007 7:12:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 797+ views
    Blogs for Bush ^ | September 1, 2007 | Mark Noonan
    Eventually it will become completely clear that each and every judge appointed by a Democrat will just have to be given the boot - it is all too often that it is precisely these liberal judges who throw up roadblocks to, well, common sense: A federal judge has put a halt on a planned White House crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants while she considers a lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO claiming the move would harm citizens and those working in the U.S. legally, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. The ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge Maxine M....