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Jim Casarjian-Perry: Bob Barr hits home

In Congress, Law, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Politics, Social Security Administration, US Government on May 9, 2008 at 10:36 am

The following is posted with the permission of the author, Jim Casarjian-Perry. The original article can be viewed here.

Bob Barr hits home. Why would you do that to me Bob?

Before long, people are going to think I have a vendetta against Bob Barr. I don’t really have one against him, just his past votes. Like his support (and authorship!) of the Defense of Marriage Act. This lovely piece of federal law prevents the federal government and it’s related bureaucratic agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages. There is a problem here… it’s effects are being felt in MY MARRIAGE. One such instance occurred today.

I’ve dragged my feet about getting my driver’s license switched from NH to MA. I went to get this done today. You need to have four documents with you in order to transfer your license. 1) Birth Certificate, 2) Social Security card, 3) Proof of Massachusetts residency (like a lease), and 4) your old license of course. I have all these things with my pre-marital name on them except for my lease. Here is where the fun starts.

I took all these required documents AND my official state marriage certificate (which verifies my name change due to marriage) to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. They looked them over and said they couldn’t process my application. The reason? My Social Security Card does not reflect my name change. Okay, so off to the SS (heh) office.

The SS office requires your birth certificate, proof of name change and ID to change your name on your card. I had all of these documents. The clerk and I chatted for a few minutes, she congratulated me on getting married, she showed my pictures of her kids, etc as we waited for the system to process my request. No dice. The Social Security Administration informed me that due to the DOMA (which Bob Barr authored) I could not use my Massachusetts Marriage Certificate as proof of name change. Next steps still need to be determined as to how I am going to get my identification documents changed. But until then I ask, why would you do that to me Bob?

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Jim Casarjian-Perry is a Town Meeting Representative serving Precinct 9 of Billerica, Massachusetts. He is a Libertarian Party member and a delegate to the Libertarian National Convention for Massachusetts. He enjoys cooking, reading, bicycling, backpacking, and good conversation. He and his partner live in Billerica, Massachusetts.

Many thanks to Jim for allowing us to reproduce his original work on Last Free Voice. 🙂

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Social Insecurity

In Economics, Personal Responsibility, Social Security Administration on March 28, 2008 at 2:15 am

The Associated Press is reporting the same thing that I heard United States Comptroller David Walker speaking about last year on his “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour” with the Concord Coalition.

From the Associated Press report:

The trustees, issuing their once-a-year analysis, said the resources in the Social Security trust fund will be depleted by 2041. The reserves in the Medicare trust fund that pays hospital benefits were projected to be wiped out by 2019.

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David Walker and others have been discussing this issue for a long time. It is no secret that America is going to be in a fiscal crisis is steps are not taken now to solve the problem. Republicans blame the Democrats for pork-barrel spending and vice versa. Occasionally, the Democrats will change the subject to attack the Iraq war, but even if we eliminated the entire budget of the Pentagon (not something I advocate) we could not save Social Security and Medicare.

The problem with Social Security is that Americans are on average living much longer than they were just a few years ago. In fact, a CDC report shows that life expectancy increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 77.8 years in 2004. Obviously, if people are living longer once they retire it will cost more money to pay for them to live once they retire. So when Dennis Kucinich proposes lowering the retirement age I question how he thinks the American people can pay for it without in the end paying all our money in taxes and then not being able to afford things such as roads or a military. In the short term such ideas may sound good, but they are the ideas that have sold our country into debt slavery.

Of course, with Roth IRA’s and other retirement and investment opportunities Social Security could be phased out if steps are taken now. When Hillary Clinton says that it would be just terrible for Americans to put their money in the stock market I wonder if she realizes that the stock market is much safer than to be forced to invest your money into Social Security which is ran by the government and is running out of money faster than a governor in a brothel. When you encourage people not to save and invest by telling them the government will manage your retirement for you they become unlikely to plan their own retirement. When you encourage people to take the initiative and save and invest and care about their future they will be more likely to do so.

The following is a video of United State Comptroller David Walker on Glenn Beck:

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06.pdf#027

Government admits that the living dead are real

In Corruption, Crazy Claims, Health, Lies and the lying liars who tell them, Obituaries, Politics, Science, Social Security Administration, US Government on March 8, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Night of the Living DeadIf you have ever had to deal with the federal government’s bureaucracy, you can only imagine how hard it would be to prove to the government that you actually are alive if their records reflect that you are dead. After all, just showing up at the Social Security Administration isn’t going to do it. Given that, how exactly does someone prove to the satisfaction of the government that they aren’t dead, when they’re dealing with brain-dead government employees who simply believe whatever their computer screen tells them?Yet, a shocking number of Americans have to find this out the hard way; by at least one official estimate, the government incorrectly declares 35 Americans dead every single day.

The problem begins at the Social Security Administration, keeper of most of the records tabulating deaths in the United States. Like other government agencies, the IRS, with whom Todd has most recently tangled, relies upon Social Security’s database, said Dan Boone, a spokesman for the IRS.

When Social Security determines that an eligible current or future beneficiary has died, it closes the person’s entry in its Case Processing and Management System, or CPMS.

The system is only as good as the data it receives. Sometimes, that isn’t very good.

Todd, for example, was killed when someone in Florida died and her Social Security number was accidentally typed in. Since then, her tax returns have repeatedly been rejected, and her bank closed her credit card account.

“One time when I [was] ruled dead, they canceled my health insurance because it got that far,” she said.

Toni Anderson of Muncie, Ind., expired when someone in the government pushed the wrong button, making the records declare that it was she, not her husband, John, who died Nov. 8.

Social Security even sent this letter: “Dear Mr. Anderson, our condolences on the loss of Mrs. Anderson.”

In September 2006, the inspector general’s office tried to get a fix on how many people Social Security was improperly killing off by reviewing updates to the agency’s Death Master File.

In all, Social Security officials had to “resurrect” 23,366 people from January 2004 to September 2005. In other words, over a period of 21 months, Social Security was presented with irrefutable evidence that it had been “killing” more than 1,100 people a month, or more than 35 a day.

Two months later, in November 2006, the inspector general looked specifically at 251 cases of people to whom the agency continued to issue checks even though Medicare records said they were dead.

“Of the 251 individuals in our population, 86 are deceased and their SSI payments should be terminated,” the audit said. “The remaining 165 beneficiaries were actually alive and their Medicare benefits—and, in some cases, their SSI payments—were incorrectly terminated.”

Read this entire article here.

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Originally posted on Adventures In Frickintardistan

An Open Letter to Students

In Civil Liberties, Republican, Social Security Administration, War on December 14, 2007 at 9:07 am

Students across America are excited about politics.

Wait a minute, politics?  Politics!?  Where did the youth apathy suddenly go?

A sense of optimism floats today across our nation’s college campuses.  Dr. Ron Paul, a 10-term Congressman from Texas, is running for President.  And, unlike most candidates, he’s responding to the concerns of young Americans.

Read the rest of this LewRockwell.com article »

Another thing happens that has nothing to do with Ron Paul

In Economics, Social Security Administration, Socialism on May 20, 2007 at 2:32 am

We’ve got ten years left until Social Security implodes on itself.

Yep, we’re fucked. The Dems had best start finding their Jeffersonian spirit in a jiffy, because we can’t take any more socialism.