Human life begins anew around the country every day. Sometimes infants are born with multitudes of medical problems which doctors will assess and make recommendations. These educated men and women know from years of study and diagnostic medicine if these babies will ever become productive members of society. In the coming months the medical providers will speak with social services and the child’s family in order to make a decision whether to file for disability. Under the Social security act signed by President Franklin D Roosevelt August 8th 1935, benefits will begin to be disbursed to the family including all medical bills will be paid. This is one example of our tax dollars at work.
Social security was for a short time called the Economic Act. This term was first used in the United States by Abraham Epstein in connection with his group, the American Association for Social Security. The name was changed while the bill was put through Congress. The intent in 1935 was to establish a retirement fund for Americans.
In 1939, Social security amended the law. This change brought on board survivors benefits and benefits for the retiree’s spouse and children. In 1956, additional benefits were added to include monies for various disabilities.
What began as a needed resource for aging Americans. Quickly became a way for loafers to get their slice. People rushed to their local office having been told by friends and family the government had a program to help. Social security was young and innocent filled with some great ideals.
We now have an estimated 50 million on the program. You and I have met those who claim to be disabled yet they appear to function daily without any need of assistance. Perhaps many of the social security recipients who would have been unable to work a decade ago are now able to secure gainful employment.
With the growing concern in Washington and around our nation regarding fraud, why isn’t there a stringent policing of Social Security and Food Stamps? The social security system has many questions to harness or gauge if one is lying during their application and renewal process. Those who want to manipulate the system will find a way. If not caught by these trip questions, a person becomes eligible for program benefits and with minimal effort remains in the program for a lifetime.
The program provides opportunities to return to school or receive job training. Many do not take advantage of these offers in fear of jeopardizing their monthly check. This is not true. They can maintain a modest increase in their monies without affecting their benefits. If they do not successfully complete their education/training, information is gathered and analyzed in efforts to assist them towards any future hearings.
We all know of the girl who wouldn’t stop having babies: the one who continues receiving increased food stamps and welfare checks. So for her, baby-making has become a small business with few out-of-pocket expenses. Social security has not initiated benefits to new mothers – it doesn’t need to as there are plenty of other programs for that. Without proper checks let’s say every six months, this same woman becomes so dependent on the system she continues her procreation.
Those in authority tell us Social security has been borrowed against and will soon be broke yet Congress has not passed any laws to prohibit borrowing against Social security. Every time one of our leaders decides they need a special program funded they tap into this program. Perhaps if this practice were eliminated we would have plenty of funds for generations to come. If this ‘borrowing’ continues, at some point our government will be forced to disable the program just as a bank closes your account when you’re overdrawn.
With plenty of funds available to keep this program running, the program needs a cleanup. Just like your house, a good cleaning is in order. If we allow the dust to build up in our homes our health is compromised. If we continue to allow our leaders to bleed the system, it will collapse. Although privatization has been put on the table, let’s not forget Enron. This was a company that ran amuck with your private funds. We have all paid into the system. Let us help our leaders by demanding more scrutiny with our monies.