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Another (incredibly trivialized) attack on Social Security

The National Journal, an elite newsmagazine that claims to be “regarded as the most influential publication in Washington,” is trumpeting a big scoop about Social Security on its homepage.

“Social Security Doles Out More Than $500,000 to Sexual Predators,” the Journal reports.

Since the National Journal also claims to be “fiercely honest and scrupulously non-partisan,” this sounds like something worth looking into.  Full Article

Related

http://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/full/pdf/A-06-14-14087.pdf

Social Security Doles Out More Than $500,000 to Sexual Predators

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  1. Bluewall

    and we can see this leading to banning Register Citizens from SS benefits like section 8 and food stamps

    • td777

      And yet, if we are among those fortunate enough to find a job, we will still be forced to pay into the SS system even though we could be unable to receive benefits.

      • Bluewall

        They did it to section 8 and food stamps… and those are tax payer funded

        • td777

          Yes, but unlike those two programs, higher percentage of your earnings is taken for Social Security. And it is taken directly from your paycheck. For Income Tax Withholding, the percentage varies and is based on the number of dependents you have. This is not true for Social Security, it is based on the amount you earn regardless of any other factors. You can adjust the W-4 form with your employer for Income Tax to not be withheld. You cannot do anything to keep them from taking money out for Social Security. You can make use of deductions to get an Income Tax Refund. There is nothing you can do to get back what they take for Social Security aside from retiring under their terms. And if you aren’t able to retire under their terms, such as this, you will never get it back at all. Besides, the system is already broken and going to be bankrupt within a few years as it is. For those of us who aren’t already retired, we will never get back what we’ve put into it. And in my former life(pre-registration days), I was a financial consultant, so this whole thing still gets me a bit worked up.

  2. Dr

    I’m not sure what this means, sex offenders do not get social security benefits?

  3. David

    Dr: No, that is not what the article pointed out. It only noted that anyone in jail or prison does not receive SS benefits and that Sex Offenders, if housed in “Civil Commitment Centers” after prison, also are not eligible to receive SS benefits while at those centers.

    • Joe

      When a civilly committed person is (supposed or deemed to be) ineligible to receive SS Benefits, like a person in prison is, I make the logic leap that Civil Commitment is punishment, specifically Ex Post Facto punishment – and as such unconstitutional.

  4. nvmike

    Sounds like another “loophole” that needs to be closed ASAP. Good thing someone is always trying to take something else away from registered citizens…now that this has been brought to light, we’re going to have to pass a law and rewrite policy so that victims don’t have to bear the anguish of thinking about an offender having more rights than them. There is no sarcasm capable of keeping up with reality anymore…

  5. Avig

    I love the National Journal. I have never read it and plan to avoid it. But the value system they represent reminds me of garbage.

    Recently I have been reading a book from the 1930’s entitled, Lower Middle Class Morality and Moral Indignation. As is well known, many scholars have cited strong parallels between lower middle class morality, and the ideology of the Nazis.

    There is no arguing with foolish and ill informed people. But here is what you CAN do, and what I am working on, now that I have completed parole: you can offer a positive point of view, minus the nastiness of middle class morality. Unbeknownst to the National Journal, many who have served their time are busying themselves to create a more positive future for ALL people—-including the foolish, including the ill-informed.

  6. Ron

    When I started paying into Social Security, the retirement age to receive my benefits was 65. I thought that was guaranteed like an insurance policy. But in the early 1990’s I got the letter stating the “new” retirement age would be 67 1/2. This in itself seems wrong to change the agreement after I had already paid into the fund for over 12 years. So now I suppose I’ll have to worry about some politician passing a (vote-for-me) law banning S.S. benefits to all Registered Citizens?

  7. Q

    Oh boy; here we go again. Won’t anyone ever ask those making these kind of statements to prove their statements are true? Are people that unthinking? I’m beginning to think so.

  8. Bluewall

    The federal government needs to print out a pamphlet about what programs you are now available has a Registered Citizen

  9. michael

    I know THIS issues if not one of “protection”, but at least they are trying to distinguish between high risk/level vs. low risk/level offenders that the law would apply to.

    Unlike Orange County, CA (and other cities in the state) that say they want to “protect children against SEXUAL PREDATORS”, then go and pass ordinances that only list “registered sex offenders” as being who it applies to.

    Still, like all such laws, it should not be retro active.

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