43 thoughts on “Share the Gift of Security

  1. Give the gift of security?

    You’ve given all of our SS tax withholdings to the federal government in exchange for an IOU. Their IOU is not secure…they’ve spend all of the money, and then some.

    They owe a minimum of $20 Trillion.

    Why are you lying?

    • Bruce, Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system. Social Security taxes collected from today’s workers pay the benefits of today’s retirees. Any funds in excess of what is needed to pay today’s benefits are invested in special issue, U.S. Government, interest-bearing securities. This investment – the purchase of U.S. Government securities – is what constitutes the “borrowing” that people are sometimes concerned about. Any funds that have been “borrowed” from the Social Security Trust Funds have always been paid back in full, plus interest. Please check out our Trust Fund Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

      • Thanks for the links and info, Mr. Fernandez. However, many of us collecting still worry about SS solvency, regardless of the promises or expectations of low, intermediate or high assumptions. For example, shouldn’t solvency be addressed immediately with our congressional leaders? I’m not talking about privatizing, reducing benefits, cutting recipients, or gambling with the fund, but maintaining and solidifying existing SS. A question that is always asked is why in the world is there a cap on taxable earnings? Why not make it unlimited for the taxpayer, and put limits on it for the shared contribution from employers? Some of the solutions seem so sensible, but our leaders can’t figure this out. It also might help seniors with a decent COLA every year, instead of a paltry three-tenths of a percent for 2017.

        • I can answer your question about why there’s a cap on earnings- it’s because the GOPHER have been and continue to protect their wealthy benefactors from having to pay taxes, period. Tax cuts for the wealthy started with GW Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress has fpught to protect those cuts.
          Now Mr. Trump has won the elevtoon with vows to cut taxes, and if anyone actually looks at his plan and does the math, it’s crystal clear that only the wealthy will see very, very significant tax cuts, especially corporations who have already paid ZERO taxes while collecting millions in “tax refunds” for over a decade now. It’s all in the official records very easy to find if you just look.

          As for solvency of Social Security, Congress hasn’t and doesn’t intend to address that, ever. In fact that’s the LAST thing we Social Security recipients should be sweating right now, especially if you’re on Social Security Disability Insurance from being unable to work anymore. Their plan us, and has been from the start, to ELIMINATE Social Security altogether. That’s what “privatizing” it would do; all the money in it and everything collected going forward would go not to recipients who worked and paid into it all our lives, but to their wealthy buddies who engineered the 2008 crash, the banksters and hedge fund managers who are now going to be, courtesy of Mr. Trump, the top men in charge of handling ALL the financial dealings for the United States, including the Treasury, the Federal Reserve.

          Basically, the fox is running the hen house, and he’s illegal to with as many of his fellow foxes as he could find. Let the feasting begin. We are the meal.

    • Why our president Roosevelt set up Social Security was to help all in need, the government should put the trillions of dollars back into the social security. I hope who ever reads these words will help. Every American person is important and our young are having it taken out of their checks deserve help when they get disabled etc…

  2. This is an informational site for people who really need answers. Get a heart and maybe a head and stay quiet. No one needs to hear what you have to say.

  3. the SSI and SSDI are a joke if you do not meet what they think are the requirments for help you go screw yourself is what you get. I been trying for 5 yrs. Doctors will not let me work with current back problem neck problem ( SPINE) yet the SS say i am fine. Ive tried 3 different law firms.

    • No don’t stop or give up ask someone who gets SSI or SS what attorney they used to get there benefits, Everyone should be helped

    • Mitch,

      Most of the time, ssi or ssdi give benefits based on disabilities that worsen nerve damage. It can not just be a pinched nerve or a disk or herinated disk.
      You will need to provide proof of: A Personality disorder, PTSD or other depressive syndrome that shows you have suppressed difficultity with living on one’s own, or nervous disorder not because you are ‘nervous’ but because you have problems with nerves that can not signal well to the brain or body part, such as carrying or even walking due to your nerve endings / damage.

      This is also called Fibro and MSD and sometimes RA as well.

      For lawyers:
      http://distgoogle.murphyandgarner.net is good. For you go on google and for your state google “state” ssi lawyers and you should find someone to help.

      If not, talk to your doctor and see if they will put you in a hospital because the hospital will evaulate you, and help you get your ssi started for you to live on.

    • SS based their remarks on what the doctors told them. Often it is different from what the doctor tells you. Ask to review your medical file and then maybe you’ll see where the problem lies.

    • mitch,

      this is the most important paperwork to be completed by SUPPORTIVE drs. based upon how you are TODAY; not the day you last physically worked!!

      8 pages now; i have NOT studied this revised form.

      https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms/images/SSA4/G-SSA-4734-U8-1.pdf

      yes, get a copy of the scanned disk of everything SSDI has on your case so you can see WHY they are turning you down based upon which papers/wording!

      good luck! took me 5 yrs. of hell to be approved on 2nd ssdi claim (:

      bettyg, iowa

    • Well said Carl, although you didn’t mention one vital point. Not only do they get paid after they leave office, they get their government health insurance for life. I’m sure it’s far better insurance than any of us recrive, too. One thing I’ve never understood about Medicare for those if who are under the retirement age who become disabled & forced to go on Social Security Disability Insurance: WHY is there a 2 year waiting period AFTER you are awarded your disability benefits before you become eligible for Medicare? Seems to me those people areally the ones who need Medicare most.
      I was one of the “lucky” ones who got approved for SSDI on my first application. Thank God I filed right away and was able to keep my employer sponsored health insurance through COBRA (although it was by no means inexpensive) until I became Medicare eligible. What is the person who was not as lucky as I supposed to do? You can bet former elected officials will never have to worry about that.

  4. I just received the notice of benefits for 2017. With the increase in insurance, my net gain was zero, no change from 2016. Everything is going up, food, insurance, mortgage fee etc.

    Seniors are really being taken for a ride, down down and down.

    • We appreciate you using our blog to communicate with us! At this time you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online account. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. Please contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to your Social Security benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

    • those sketches are so rough, they don't show much really. thr&ee#039;s clearly a lot of thought gone into the design of these products from the sketch stage, which is fine but not what the concept of the project supposedly is. the project description brings to mind sketch designs that have been faithfully reproduced, with every slip of the pen or rushed detail made real. what we get is some fairly normal, cute european furntiture also, the boop description makes me want to boop the guy who wrote it, hard.

  5. Sanders, Tony J. Children. Hospitals & Asylums HA-8-12-16 http://www.title24uscode.org/children.doc

    Children have been eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) since Sullivan v. Zebley (1990) and 1.8 million children received $733 a month at an annual cost of $15.8 billion, about 28% of $55 billion SSI expenditures in 2014. There are currently about 9 million SSI beneficiaries. Child welfare must be prioritized and SSI is the most efficient way to end child poverty by taxing the rich. SSI is currently funded by the General Fund. Although estimated at 1% program population growth calculates closer of 0.1% in the 2015 Annual Report on the SSI Program due to high levels of termination due to death (1,100 per 100,000 disability beneficiaries) and substantial gainful employment. The United States needs to normalize SSI program growth with and without any new taxes on the rich. To prioritize child welfare within the current OASDI and SSI budget orphan and IDDM should be made as a qualifying disability for the SSI and SSDI programs. There are about 120,000 individuals age ≤19 years and about 300,000-500,000 individuals of all ages with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Insulin prices need to be reduced to $50 a month for ten years as penalty for 30 years before adopting the 2.5% health annuity. IDDM needs to be made a qualifying disability. There are an estimated 100,000 orphans growing up in orphanages in the United States with no social insurance, legislation, allowance or property rights, and another 400,000 under retirement age adult orphans, many of whom are extremely poor, who might benefit if orphan were made a qualifying disability. 100,000 is 1.1% of 9 million SSI beneficiaries. 100,000 orphans should be enrolled in the first year and in the second year and third year low-income adult orphans would benefit. There are also an estimated 400,000 children passing through the foster-care system shifting from psychiatric exploitation to homeless youth with rich adoptive parents. By expanding qualifying disabilities to IDDM and orphans 200,000 children and 800,000 would be eligible for SSI and DI depending on poverty and contributions. 100,000 orphans growing up in orphanages would be immediately paid and children with IDDM growing up in poor families must be sure to receive child SSI benefit and 800,000 adult orphans and IDDM patients would qualify for disability and half might apply for financial freedom. SSI must stop semi-automatically terminating the child SSI benefits of people when they turn 18 and abide by substantial gainful income instead. SSI growth has been so low, for the past three years, calculated at 0.1% rather than the 1% reported in the Annual Report, not done in 2016, the United States owes the disabled 5% SSI growth.

    An orphan is a child whose parents are dead or have abandoned them permanently. Adults can also be referred to as orphan, or adult orphans. However, those who reached adulthood before their parents died are normally not called orphans; the term is generally reserved for children whose parents have died while they are too young to support themselves. An orphan is a child whose parents are dead or have abandoned them permanently. They grow up in an orphanage. The United States does not legislate regarding orphanages and orphanages are in no rush to legislate. 100,000 orphans growing up in orphanages are due an SSI benefit. 7.6% of children are orphans, in Africa that number is estimated at 11% , in Asia 6.5% and Latin America and the Caribbean 7.4%, however the United Nations counts for children who have lost only one parent. The estimated 100,000 orphans in the United States comprise only about 0.2% of children in the United States. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) growth has been about 0.1% although it is advertised at 1% for the passed several years; SSA needs to make orphan a qualifying disability right away. Adults can also be referred to as orphan, or adult orphans. However, those who reached adulthood before their parents died are normally not called orphans; the term is generally reserved for children whose parents have died while they are too young to support themselves. Although the Economic Security Act of 1935 did not specifically provide for orphans it intended to insure aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment. Since 1996 the United States has seriously failed to provide for dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare. SSA must respect that children are disabled workers and respect orphan and juvenile onset diabetes as qualifying disabilities (Sanders ’16: 340.

    There is no other way for the United States to end child poverty than by taxing the rich the full 12.4% Old Age Survivor Disability Insurance (OASDI) tax on all their income to end poverty by 2020 beginning with 16-24 million child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits under Sec. 1611 of Title XVI of the Social Security Act 42USC§1382 by repealing the Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base Section 230 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)§430 unique >$250 billion tax haven. Within one quarter of the tax passing SSA would take responsibility for SSI program costs and begin paying benefits to 16-24 million poor children child SSI benefits in 2017 and 50 million SSI benefits by 2020 to end poverty in the United State using current economic growth estimates. The OASDI tax rate must be amended from the temporary 2.37% DI 10.03% OASI tax rate 2016-2018 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 to 2.4% DI 10.0% OASI in 2017 and 2.2% DI 10.2% OASI in 2018 and every for-seeable year thereafter. This would be enough to afford to sustain orphans as a qualifying disability, predicated upon normal 3% Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), 1% annual SSI and DI beneficiary population growth. The DI trust fund is temporarily protected by a high tax rate and it should be safe to pay beneficiaries a 6% COLA in 2017 bringing SSI benefits up to $777 a month under Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC§415(i). The OASDI program has a harmless deal with Medicare Part B premiums regarding a 2.5% health annuity for 3% COLA. An automatic 3% COLA and raise in federal minimum wage and welfare benefits are necessary for poor people to stay ahead of a fairly constant 2.7% rate of consumer price inflation (Sanders ’16: 341).

  6. There is likely no increase in benefit amount for the majority of recipients since the Medicare B premium went up almost 10%, way more than the COLA.

  7. We have all received gifts we’ve wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. http://tansformicepirata.net Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you’re there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. And you avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift! Social Security is also there for you and your family — all year long. <<<< Thanks to the author of the post :))) interesting information …

  8. We have all received gifts we’ve wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. http://transformicepirata.net Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you’re there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. And you avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift! Social Security is also there for you and your family — all year long. <<<< Thanks to the author of the post :))) interesting information …..1

  9. I may have missed it because I don’t have a long period of time to be reading the comments, but why is the amount for women lower than both men and children?

  10. I received my benefit verification letter after applying for social security and they said I was approved for a zero dollar monthly amount. What the heck does that mean? I am 62 so why can’t I get approved.?

    • Hi, Frances. In cases where a common-law marriage may be involved, Social Security follows the state laws. To get survivors or spouses benefits you generally must live in a state that recognizes common-law marriage. Please check the laws in your state. For further assistance, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

    • Hi. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can answer in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. We do ask that members in our Blog community refer to their local office on specific questions about their case. If cannot reach your local office, you can also call 1-800-772-1213, M-F between 7 AM and 7PM and ask a representative to assist you. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.

  11. My sister passed away in September 2016. SSA took back the money that she was paid in September 2016. I have been down to the SSA office four times and they tell me okay and a check will be coming to myself and mine bro
    ther.
    Mary Ann Sperka passed away September 2016
    Thomas W. Sperka 219-310-8030
    Frank Sperka

    • Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to get an update to your “Claim For Amounts Due In The Case Of Deceased Beneficiary – Form SSA-1724” and to see how we can help expedite resolution of your situation.
      If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

      Form SSA-1724 | Claim For Amounts Due In The Case Of Deceased Beneficiary

  12. I need to know if l can get extra help paying for my drugs through social security and medicare l need to know if l need to fill out an application online

  13. I need to know if l can get extra help paying for my drugs through social security and medicare l need to know if l need to fill out an application online. My social security *** – ** – ***

    • Hi Nina. Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Some people with limited resources and income also may be able to get Extra Help. This Extra Help will help pay for the costs, such as monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription copayments.

      You can apply for Extra Help online. To schedule an appointment or to apply for Extra Help over the phone, contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or contact your local Social Security office.

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