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Social Security Card Used to Read "Not for Identification"
According to an article run yesterday, the Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) program is quickly approaching insolvency.
"Much of the focus in Washington has been on fixing Social Security's retirement system. Proposals range from raising the retirement age to means-testing benefits for wealthy retirees. But the disability system is in much worse shape and its problems defy easy solutions.
This year, about 3.3 million people are expected to apply for federal disability benefits. That's 700,000 more than in 2008 and 1 million more than a decade ago." (Source)
Statistically, there is a 40% chance that you will suffer a long-term disability before you reach age 85. When I sold insurance, I always recommended purchasing a disability policy. Blue collar workers have a higher probability of being disabled than white collar workers. Now, with the ecomnomic collapse on the near horizon, I wouldn't trust in any insurance company to remain solvent enough to pay long-term disability benefits. Insurance companies rely on investment income to stay in business.
But I digress. Here is a list of potential benefits from the Social Security Program, besides retirement:
Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) – You are only eligible for these benefits if you have paid a certain amount of Social Security tax over a period of time, enough to have disability insurance coverage in force. In general, you must have paid at least a certain amount of Social Security tax in at least twenty calendar quarters during the forty calendar quarters before your total disability began. In other words, you must have worked and paid Social Security tax for about five out of the last ten years before you became totally disabled. There is a different, easier rule for people whose disability began before age 30. Everyone must prove that he or she became disabled while disability insurance coverage was in force or they are not entitled to benefits, no matter how serious the medical condition is now. If your DIB claim is approved, the monthly payment you will receive is set by your earnings (and Social Security tax payments) during your working career. There is no minimum rate, and the maximum a person can receive at this time is $1,300 a month. There is a cost-of-living raise in the monthly payment at the start of most years. In many cases, your dependent children will also get benefits in addition to your own.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI can be paid whether or not a person has paid in enough Social Security tax to get disability insurance benefits. You must be disabled under the same rules as for disability insurance, or be blind, or be over 65. You must also have very little income or property, because this benefit is based on financial need. Social Security looks at all other income and property in the household you live in, not just your own, and the value of any support (like free room and board) you may get from others, to determine whether you are financially eligible for SSI. Social Security does this in addition to deciding if you are disabled. Also, some children 18 or younger with a severe disability can get a monthly benefit if their family income is low enough.
Disability Widow/Widower Benefits (DWB) – This is a special disability benefit for certain widows and widowers, based on the Social Security tax paid by his or her deceased spouse. In order to qualify, you must be between ages 50 and 60, have been married for at least 10 years to the person who was covered under Social Security at the time of his or her death. Also, you must have proof that your disability was severe enough to meet the rules within seven years of your spouse’s death, with some exceptions for those already receiving other kinds of Social Security benefits. If you are awarded DWB benefits, your monthly rate is determined by your spouse’s income and Social Security tax payments. However, a surviving spouse’s pension can usually be paid at the age of 60, regardless of any disability.
Disabled Adult Child Benefits (DAC) – In order to be eligible, you must be a child of a person already receiving Disability Insurance Benefits or Retirement Benefits, or who died while covered for Social Security. You must be at least 19 years old, and you must prove your total disability began before the month you turned age 22, and is continuing. The monthly benefit rate is based on a percentage of your parent’s rate. Therefore, it is different in each particular case. (Source)
The Social Security Administration states that about 10 million people get benefits for disability in the U.S. The annual cost is about 9 billion dollars. (Source) This is a drop in the bucket when you realize that Wall Street got 1.2 Trillion dollars in secret loans from the Fed. (Source) Morgan Stanley alone got the equivalent of 10 years of what this country spends on SSI disability benefits.
Satanic Psychopathic lusts come first in Amerika. Unfortunately, so do those that aren't U.S. citizens:
"Here’s something hard to believe, but true. Our government is paying Social Security benefits to thousands of Mexicans who don’t live in this country, or were never entitled to benefits based on their own work record. A new report from the Social Security Office of Inspector General details the growing problem of thousands of Mexicans who routinely visit the United States once a month to establish a claim to Social Security benefits.
Who are these beneficiaries? The Inspector General’s report refers to these beneficiaries as dependents and survivors of other Social Security beneficiaries and subject to the Social Security Alien Nonpayment Provision (ANP) law. The ANP forbids payment of retirement, survivor and disability benefits when non-citizens have been outside the United States for more than 6 months. But as is so often the case with Social Security law, there are several exceptions; for example, if the non-citizen is from a foreign country that has its own social insurance system and meets certain conditions. Mexico is on the list of countries that meet the conditions of the exception." (Source)
What most don't realize is that these illegals are double dipping. They collect welfare benefits from both the United States and Mexico.
"The Inspector General’s Office recently surveyed 4 field Social Security field offices along the border with Mexico in California and Texas. Each office provided services to about 1,000 such beneficiaries every month. Personnel say the number is increasing for three reasons:
1. Beneficiaries are telling other Mexicans about the Social Security benefits.
2. Mexican consulate officials are informing people about the availability of such benefits.
3. Survivor claims are increasing due to recent violence in Mexico.
One further reason for the growth is undoubtedly the growth in the primary beneficiary rolls, upon which the benefits of ANP dependents and survivors are based. According to the Inspector General, older non-citizens workers are now at the age and have worked in this country long enough to be potentially eligible to file claims for retirement or disability. The Inspector General has also said that those who worked using invalid, or non-work Social Security numbers issued prior to January 1, 2004, did not need valid work authorization in order to file a claim. Under current law the Social Security Administration uses all earnings, including those for illegal work, to determine entitlement to benefits.
U.S. law requires that, in order to meet the requirements, ANP beneficiaries must “establish physical presence” in the United States to receive benefits. One of the easiest options is to “enter the U.S. for any part of 1 day before 30 days elapse.” (Ibid)
Sobering statistics when you consider that the Mormon Church and one of its Apostle's, Melvin Ballard, lobbied heavily to stop law enforcement in Utah from enforcing immigration laws. An estimated 440,000 illegal aliens in Utah are also eligible for State Welfare benefits, thanks to the Mormon Church and its allies, Orrin Hatch and Bill Marriott.
Whatever happened to the "poor huddled masses yearning to breathe free"? It seems that the search for the American dream has transformed itself into a search for a government check. All of it borrowed from the Banksters.