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Reforming social security - the cruel hoax

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Devvy Kidd
By Devvy Kidd

“Force [is] the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.”
--Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:321

Please read Dr. Edwin Vieira’s very factual, and painful, column on social security published in 2005 on I want you to see that nothing has changed since. In fact, how many times have we all heard about reforming that monstrous Ponzi scheme that tens of millions of Americans depend on for the very food on their table and heat in the house? My entire adult life. One can read State of the Union addresses for every president going back to George Washington on the Internet. Of course, you would start later down the road as social security gradually turned into the "sacred cow" of politics.

Bill Clinton's State of the Union addresses always carried practically the same sentences: "... we must agree to a bipartisan process to preserve (save) Social Security" (1997); "... we must save Social Security for the 21st century" (1998); "... we must save Social Security for the 21st century" (1999).

Of course, none of this reforming has ever come about because this is a mathematically flawed system that can't be saved. The only result of all this chatter has been greater expansion of programs under Social Security, further luring Americans into dependency. Unfortunately, the American people didn't heed the warnings when FDR rammed through Social Security and his "New Deal."

"The New Deal will bring the Communist Party within striking distance of overthrow of the American form of government," (1935) Arthur Henning, Chicago Tribune.

"The New Deal is to America what the early phase of Nazism was to Germany," (1935) Mark Sullivan, Buffalo Evening News.Ironically, in the same year, Feb. 7 to be exact, John D. Rockefeller was printed by the Department of Justice to kick off a public campaign for a national fingerprint registration law.

In 1932, William Z. Foster, then chairman of the Communist Party USA, authored a book titled, "Toward Soviet America." On page 281, Foster states that in order to Sovietize America, there would have to be social insurance against unemployment, an old-age insurance (Social Security), free medical services as well as socialized housing. Three years later, Social Security was up and running and the rest has fallen neatly into line to meet communist goals in America.

Think tanks which make their living writing about how to "fix" Social Security have been talking up their latest ideas which amount to nothing more than rehashing the same old worn out Band-Aids. Popular conservative columnists and talk-radio hosts parrot the same, Republican or Democrat. Few ever get to the meat of the legal details. Remember: There's no money in the cure, only the treatment. Before one attempts to fix this federal taxing scheme cleverly called "Social Security," they must understand how it works – something politicians religiously avoid telling the American people.

Social Security was ruled constitutional the second time around by the Supreme Court because it is a voluntary program. No one can be forced to participate, numbers are not automatically issued to anyone, they must apply for one through the Social Security Administration. There is a provision in the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 passed by the Republicans and signed into law by Bush that will require Social Security numbers on a national ID. This will be challenged in court, so stay tuned on that one.

The Social Security Administration merely keeps a bookkeeping account which credits you with a certain amount and when the times comes for the government to "let" you retire, you apply for whatever pittance in benefits the system will allow. The government doesn't want you to know this system is voluntary and they won't "let" you out unless you know the law – and even then, it's a fierce battle because of corrupt federal judges. This is a grotesque travesty of injustice against the American people. The system is parasitic and needs victims to stay in business ... even to the point of lying to the American people about how it works. Most Americans aren't even eligible to apply for this insidious number, they're tricked into applying. That is a legal fact.

Social Security has been a political football for over 60 years. The Democrats use it as a scare tactic each election and the Republicans spend an equal amount of time trying to counter this meaningless rhetoric. Lawyers make tens of millions of dollars on perpetuating this federal taxing scheme. It's time to expose this game for what it is and the only real solution – a solution which will be embraced by the American people once they understand how it will benefit them.

As I write this column, SS liabilities total $15.3 TRILLION dollars and counting. Add the "free" prescription drug liabilities, $20.2 TRILLION dollars and Medicare's unpaid liabilities, $80.6 TRILLION dollars and one can see there isn't enough funny money (I call confetti) on earth to even begin to pay just those three debts alone. Pay as you go systems? With what? With 53 MILLION babies aborted who won't be paying into the SS system and 23 MILLION unemployed Americans who have no income and can't even pay their rent? Millions have been unemployed for as long as two years.

In order for "social" programs like that to work, revenues have to be built in that will cover costs. As you can see by the numbers above, all three taxing schemes totaling $115 TRILLION dollars have always been destined to be buried in mountains of unpayable debt simply because they are Ponzi schemes that require more and more money that in the end still will not cover liabilities.

If obtaining an SSN is voluntary, how is it that this tax then becomes mandatory? Since when is it legal to force any American to join a voluntary "insurance" plan that is in reality nothing but another tax - especially when an individual must apply for a number that puts them into this taxing system? Many of us have letters from the SSN which says: "No one is required to have a social security number to live or work in the United States."

Even if you never voluntarily apply for a SSN (and many don't) you will be taxed separately. Decades ago, corrupt politicians knew independent minded Americans did not want to join the SS taxing scheme, but also knowing the system had to continue being fed by as many as possible, they simply passed a law which says that even if you never apply for the number and never apply for the benefits you will still have to pay SS taxes until the day you die

An even bigger question: Am I even eligible to obtain this number? This is a very important legal question that seldom is raised about Title 42, the so-called "The Federal Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits Program." After a thorough review of Section 405, it would appear there are only certain classifications of individuals who are legally eligible to apply. To be specific, see:

42 U.S.C. Section 405(c)(2)(B):

"(B)(i) In carrying out the Commissioner's duties under subparagraph (A) and subparagraph (F), the Commissioner of Social Security shall take affirmative measures to assure that social security account numbers will, to the maximum extent practicable, be assigned to all members of appropriate groups or categories of individuals by assigning such numbers (or ascertaining that such numbers have already been assigned);

"(I) to aliens at the time of their lawful admission to the United States either for permanent residence or under other authority of law permitting them to engage in employment in the United States and to other aliens at such time as their status is so changed as to make it lawful for them to engage in such employment;

"(II) to any individual who is an applicant for or recipient of benefits under any program financed in whole or in part from Federal funds including any child on whose behalf such benefits are claimed by another person; and

"(III) to any other individual when it appears that he could have been but was not assigned an account number under the provisions of sub clauses (I) or (II) but only after such investigation as is necessary to establish to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Social Security, the identity of such individual, the fact that an account number has not already been assigned to such individual, and the fact that such individual is a citizen or a noncitizen who is not, because of his alien status, prohibited from engaging in employment; and, in carrying out such duties, the Commissioner of Social Security is authorized to take affirmative measures to assure the issuance of social security numbers;

"(IV) to or on behalf of children who are below school age at the request of their parents or guardians; and

"(V) to children of school age at the time of their first enrollment in school." We find more government lie-speak and the obligation or duty to apply for and obtain a Social Security card or number at 20 C.F.R., section 422.103 (2002):

"(b) Applying for a number. (1) Form SS-5. An individual needing a social security number may apply for one by filing a signed Form SS-5, 'Application for a Social Security Card,' at any social security office and submitting the required evidence...

"(2) Birth Registration Document. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may enter into an agreement with officials of a establish, as part of the official birth registration process, a procedure to assist SSA in assigning social security numbers to newborn children. Where an agreement is in effect, a parent, as part of the official birth registration process, need not complete a Form SS-5 and may request that SSA assign a social security number to the newborn child.

Another (2): "(2) Request on birth registration document. Where a parent has requested a social security number for a newborn child as part of an official birth registration process described in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the State vital statistics office will electronically transmit the request to SSA's central office....Using this information, SSA will assign a number to the child and send the social security number card to the child at the mother's address."

Today, parents are being forced at hospitals all across this country to fill out documentation to obtain an SSN for their baby before they are "allowed" to take their newborn home. What an outrage. Anyone can go to SSN's web site to read this:

"Must my child have a Social Security number? No. Getting a Social Security number for your newborn is voluntary."

Of course, without the big carrot you will not be able to use your child(ren) as a deduction on your "federal" income tax return.

Every American has the right to be fully informed of the law and the consequences of entering into any agreement that binds them to a government program. Forcing a newborn, incapable of understanding anything other than life giving functions such as food and a clean diaper, or a teenager to enter into a supposedly lifetime voluntary taxing program for which they have no understanding, is reprehensible and flies in the face of all the principles of freedom and free choice that this nation was founded upon.

In order for the SS Ponzi scheme to continue forcing involuntary servitude upon an individual to support someone else's retirement even if they don't want to, you will be forced to pay into the SS system with a gun to your head by the IRS.

Social Security can't be saved, but it can and must be funded for those who need it. Personally, I want to see the whole program die a natural death and Dr. Vieira very succinctly outlines how it can and should be done. Isn't about time to stop the fear mongering and "fix" that broken system once and for all by working towards eliminating it all together? That will not happen until millions of Americans demand the Outlaw Congress stop the election BS and implement the solution.

Social Security discourages private savings and makes an individual dependent upon the whims of politicians and the unpredictable vicissitudes of the markets, investments, and of course, the failing dollar. In reality, by retirement time under SS, you end up with less dollars than if you had saved and invested during your working career and that is a fact. Saving for your retirement is a personal responsibility that should never have been forced upon your neighbor. Saving for retirement is something that parents should teach their children as they enter their formative years and teach by example. Placing your retirement in the hands of lawyers who write the bills passed by politicians has turned into a nightmare. Do you want it to continue for your children and grand children?

Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty; 2 million copies sold. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country. She left the Republican Party in 1996 and has been an independent voter ever since. Devvy isn't left, right or in the middle; she is a constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party.

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