Friday, February 18, 2011

Social Security is not an “entitlement” program

Marti Oakley, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

A long coveted cut to Social Security and Medicare is going to happen.  This will occur for reasons none of the politicians in the District of Criminals will ever speak about publicly.  There is far more at stake here than what the District terms an “unfunded liability”.  When you hear those in the District speak about this liability, you need to understand what they are really saying.  This is an intra-governmental debt, meaning; a debt accrued within the government. It is a liability to the federal government because it is owed to “you” and they have no way of paying it back without taxing you more heavily.  You are the “full faith and credit” of the United States corporation.  That means government runs up the bills and we pay it.

The federal government now includes Social Security in its debt portfolio, not because the program is insolvent or ever was, and not because the Federal government has to fund it in any sense (SS is funded by your investments) but because the Federal government has stolen so much money from the fund, then sold special treasury securities on those stolen funds to countries like China to finance the massive debt accruing across the board.  Since there is no chance the national debt can ever be repaid, the Fed is now in the position of finagling the discharge of internal debt from the books.  Look at it as a form of back door bankruptcy.
 
The federal government DOES NOT fund Social Security!  Social Security funds the federal government.

Since the Johnson Administration of the 60s, the S.S. fund has been plundered and the surplus from the fund used to finance wars and the daily operations of the federal government. This came as a result of Johnson declaring that these surplus funds would be added to the general fund.  Once there, the funds could be used for anything and everything.


As only one example:  The Bush2 Administration had to cover the loss of revenues from the welfare tax cuts to the upper 3%.  It was imperative that the administration be able to cover up the loss by showing a presumed increase in revenues that was supposed to have resulted from this preferential treatment of the uber wealthy.  Surplus funds were stripped from SS, along with any unused funding from any other program, then added to the general revenue column as though these increases were generated as an actual result of the welfare tax cuts. These stolen funds with their new designation as “revenue” were then used as proof that these welfare tax cuts were beneficial. Its all a lie, and one the middle and working classes are about to pay the bill on.

Every administration has, without exception used the same tactics to hide preferential treatment of their buddies; to cover up expenditures for things most of us would find highly objectionable.
 Most of the American public is totally clueless as to the deceptive accounting practices being used to fool them, and most still have no idea that the budget presented to the public is the simplified budget and only includes carefully presented revenues and expenses meant to portray a specific picture of the nations financial dealings. And many more of us are totally unaware that there is another budget referred to as the “unified budget” which shows all revenues from every source and every expense of any kind and a budget which, if we were to view it and understand the true implications, would most likely scare the beetlejuice out of most of us.

Note** Even the unified budget does not itemize, contain or otherwise acknowledge the funds diverted to “black ops”…no one can know that for some reason.  Black ops are the clandestine operations performed by various organizations within the government and usually the CIA and are said to cost the country billions each year.

The stolen SS funds are now approaching 3 trillion.  That is 3 trillion dollars of FICA taxes gleaned from generations of workers for a specific purpose that the federal government stole and then sold special treasury notes on.   This is a debt owed by the federal government (USA Corp) to the investors (all you workers) that they never had any intention of paying back and is why it is referred to as an “unfunded liability”.  It is a massive cash liability for a debt owed to generations of working Americans.  As the amount stolen from the investments of workers grows so does the unfunded liability incurred.

At this point, one or more things must happen to protect the thieves.

In what can only be described as a another case of nationalizing the losses and privatizing the profits, we have the District career criminals calling for raising the age of retirement as one option to curtail the number of people able to access their investments in Social Security.  This means fewer people leaving the job market and conversely, fewer jobs available to those entering the job market.  A really crappy idea considering the millions out of work now and only one job available for every five applicants.

Another option proffered is cutting the amount of benefits.  This one is really sneaky!  You are supposed to think that by cutting benefits this will somehow offset any future shortfalls in Social Security.  Here’s what it really does:  It increases the amount of SS surpluses accrued because it lowers the amount being paid out of the fund and increases the funds available to the ongoing theft of your investment.  While millions are out of work and not investing in Social Security, this scam will reduce payouts while maintaining virtually the same level of surplus the Federal government is going to steal.

The favorite of course is to collapse Social Security altogether.

“Therefore, Obama’s commission may recommend a variety of tactics to strip the program: instituting benefit cuts, increasing the age in which benefits are received, and introducing a limited option for personal accounts. Also possible is the implementation of a tiny, ineffectual tax on the rich to give the illusion that everybody is making sacrifices.”

I am always amazed at the hyperventilating of those who scream “It’s a ponzi scheme!”  I have news for you; so is the stock market and so are your insurance policies.  You invest in each of these with full expectation of reaping more than you sowed.  In each of these situations, a system of perpetual funding is devised with a promise of future profitable expectations by you.  The difference is this; Social Security is not operated with the intent to profit, but the insurance company and stock market is.

Social Security is NOT an unfunded liability.  Social Security is very well funded by American workers.  The federal government is the unfunded liability but covers this liability by stealing the retirement investments of workers.  Yet there are those out there who are now trying to reframe this issue by claiming that there never was a Social Security trust fund, and, that FICA taxes collected to cover your investment in that fund aren’t really investment taxes..this is just an additional tax levied on you for some vague reason and therefore its quite alright for the federal government to seize these funds for other purposes.

Many people believe that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the same as Social Security.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/  The program is administered by the Social Security administration so that the costs of administration are shifted to SS, but the funding for claims is not from your investment in Social Security.

Those who are beating the drums for ending social security as they allow themselves to be consumed by political rhetoric that bears little resemblance to the truth, need to do some real research on the actual benefits of this program as opposed to allowing those doing the talking to paint this program as an “entitlement” and some form of welfare that was unearned.  Social Security is an investor funded program that has also been used to fund the government, it is NOT an entitlement program nor was it intended to be any form of welfare.  The “entitlement” the government speaks of would be more aptly applied to them; they feeling they are entitled to avail themselves of our investments and use that money for whatever they choose to.  This amounts to a second and third round of taxes as many of our payees are forced to pay taxes on their benefits each year after being taxed over their working lifetime to fund their investment.  The third tax is exemplified in the theft of surplus funds the government can’t pay back.

Extra demands are put on Social Security as illegal aliens are granted access to the fund without actually having contributed to it to any degree.  An illegal alien from Mexico, can come here, work under an admitted assumed name, work as little as three quarters and return to Mexico and make a claim against Social Security. The summary of the GAO report contained this statement:

GAO report
“Under the Social Security Act, all earnings from employment in the United States count towards earning social security benefits, regardless of the lawful presence of the worker, his or her citizenship status, or country of residence. Immigrants [both legal and otherwise] become entitled to benefits from unauthorized work if they can prove that the earnings and related contributions belong to them. However, they cannot collect such benefits unless [or until] they are either legally present in the United States [hence the Administration's Guest Worker Program], or living in a country where SSA is authorized to pay them their benefits. [Hence an SSA office in Mexico City] Mexico is such a country.”

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03993.pdf

The upshot of all of this is: Social Security is not only paying for wars, government expenses, and other non-related purposes, it is also covering the loss of revenues resulting from the welfare tax rates given to the uber wealthy and to fund illegal immigration, an activity that is bankrupting communities across the country. At the same time it is still producing a surplus above and beyond all claims of any kind made against it, although if a real effort isn’t made soon to create and secure jobs here in the US, many things along with Social Security are going to disappear.

And many of you think this would be just great as long as long as you are left untouched by it all, and many of you for some reason believe you will somehow be exempt; that your life will be unaltered or unaffected.  I have news for you: No one will be spared.
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Resources: 
Mexico Totalization Agreement
http://www.tscl.org/NewContent/Totalization_Agreement.pdf
GAO pdf.
Proposed Totalization Agreement with Mexico Presents Unique Challenges
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03993.pdf
SSI Fund
http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/
Special Treasuries Securities
http://www.ustreas.gov/ffb/
Social Security funds stolen by government
http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/social-security-money-stolen-by-government/
The Drive to eliminate Social Security in America
http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/the-drive-to-eliminate-social-security-in-america/
The real unfunded liability —the federal government 2008
http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/the-real-unfunded-liability%e2%80%a6the-federal-government/

Marti Oakley is a political activist and former op-ed columnist for the St Cloud Times in Minnesota. She was a member of the Times Writer’s Group until she resigned in September of 07. She is neither Democrat nor Republican, since neither party is representative of the American people. She says what she thinks, means what she says, and is known for being outspoken. She is hopeful that the American public will wake up to what is happening to our beloved country . . . little of it is left.  Her website is The PPJ Gazette 

 


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10 comments:

Jesse said...

The problem I have is that I don't like that somebody, the Government, comes and takes a percentage of my earnings under the premise that it's good for me. Let me decide whether I want to participate in such a retirement program or not.

I would not like to participate and opt out if given the chance as the Social Security System is a ponzi scheme...
http://www.wtffinance.com/2011/02/the-legal-ponzi-scheme-social-security/

Why have we become a Nation of weak people that no longer can make decisions for themselves? Why do we have become a Nation where irresponsible financial decisions are rewarded and bailouts have become a part of life?

Michael said...

Social security is a blessing to those who cannot work and do not have large assets they can sell of to pay for the years when they cannot work. As it is, many on Social Security cannot buy food and pay for their medicine as it is.

The government needs to be bailing out the people, not the banks. Fund the people, with a stipulation that if one has any debt, it goes to the debt first. That way banks are bailed out too.

It's time to financially feed our country from the bottom up.

Anonymous said...

The stock market is not a Ponzi scheme. It is a scam, but for a different reason:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/33424.html

And insurance also is not a Ponzi scheme. You don't expect to get more than you put in because you hope the potential harm that you and/or your property are insured for doesn't ever occur to you. An insurance policy is not an investment. Insurance was one of the greatest creations of modern civilization.

Social Security is a Ponzi scheme because the money that is taken out of your paycheck for Social Security is not set aside for you in an individual account. It's put into a general fund. In order for this system to keep working, you need more people paying into the system than are being paid benefits out of it. When it started decades, there were more workers paying in to cover retired workers than there are now. Had it been a true forced savings system in which the money you put in was put aside specifically for your retirement, the SS system wouldn't be in trouble now.

Anonymous said...

1. Stock Market = Crap Shoot, i.e., legalized gambling of your money by others at your behest.
2. Insurance Premiums = Mafiaoso "protection money" paid, at your behest, to reduce a created "fear" of imagined future loss which then results in the inflation of the costs of those possible losses thus increasing cost of the "premium" paid by you, and on it goes.
3. Social Security = Simply that...Social Security for the people originally designed to protect the average and less affluent from the predations of the first two which has been under attack by those profiting from the first two since its inception.

The predators may be very close to realizing their dream of driving those not as clever and crafty as themselves back into poor houses, debtors prisons, insane asylums and cardboard boxes on the streets...all funded again by...the tax-payer! Heads - they win; Tails - we lose! What a deal!

Anonymous said...

@Michael
"The government needs to be bailing out the people, not the banks. Fund the people, with a stipulation that if one has any debt, it goes to the debt first. That way banks are bailed out too. "

Where the hell do you think that money comes from? That money that you want to "bail out the people, not the banks." IS STOLEN FROM THE PEOPLE to begin with you idiot.

This article is completely wrong with respect to " Social Security is very well funded by American workers." That "funding" that you mention is THEFT by the government from the working class.

Social Security is not an option, we can't opt out of it, and if we don't pay our taxes we go to jail. That is THEFT. END Social Security.

Marti Oakley said...

You can withdraw from SS at any time. Go to the main site and do a little search.

Anonymous said...

Social Security is not a retirement program. Right-wingers don't realize that because they are not too bright. SS is a government sponsored insurance program first conceived by Thomas Paine a guy loved by George Washington. If you plan on retiring and invested in the stock market, chances are you'll lose some or all of your retirement. That is a fact. Ask those who invested in Enron. The only people who make money in the stock market are the grifters on Wall Street, the 1%.

Anonymous said...

Sign here to make Obama accountable.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/cease-using-term-entitlement-describe-social-security/kcK36Ry3

Anne Lawrence said...

Do you think hiring a social security disability attorney would make any difference to this? I mean, could they help us citizens fight for it not to be cut? I need my social security!

Anonymous said...

millions of ex-spouses are collecting benefits from their ex's earnings even though they are not entitled. SSA is careful to comply with state law RE GLBT marriages but SSA is ignoring stae law RE heterosexual couples. SSA is refusing to determine how long people were married by state law. State law states marriage ENDS when neither spouse is supporting the other spouse. Rather than using separation orders divorce petitions or protection orders to determine length of marriage SSA uses only divorce DECREE. Decree means the person can REMMARRY. Support means married under state law not end of marriage,

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