Social Security or Sockeyed Salmon
On the other hand, the Federal Government will spend approximately $2 million to try and save the kangaroo rat, according to the U.S. Inspector General. And, Maj. Gen. Ernest Harrail of the Army Corp of Engineers stated that it will cost another billion dollars to preserve the sockeye salmon.
Federal spending on environmental projects costs the taxpayers billions of dollars each year with no end in sight. Plus, hundreds of thousands of acres of valuable farmland must be set aside to accommodate endangered species and millions of jobs are lost. Farming and forest economies are artificially immobilized by environmental projects of questionable value.
In the end, a billion dollars will be spent on sockeyed salmon while older Americans who have worked all their lives and contributed to Social Security are being told they will have to work until they are 70 and have reduced health care benefits. Good golly, this is ridiculous.
Another problem is Social Security Disability (SSDI) payments. Today, money that is paid into Social Security is being handed out to young able-bodied people. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently handing out a flood of benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program to persons who are not disabled and thus have no legitimate reason to receive those benefits.
SSDI was established as a source of income for persons who are so severely disabled that they cannot perform any meaningful work that exists in the national economy. The program, which allocates funds directly from Social Security general revenues, was never intended to be as broad and expensive as it is today. Yet current SSDI payments account for 14 percent of all Social Security distributions. In 1999 alone, SSDI handed out a staggering $57 billion in disability benefits. Furthermore, the federal government maintains dozens of programs that raise the amount handed to persons with various degrees of disability to an annual grand total of $110 billion.
A review of SSDI cases and a look at SSDI statistics show a clear pattern of SSA officials turning a blind eye to all standards and common sense when passing out benefits. Therefore, Social Security is being drained. And, Social Security is in danger of being insolvent in less than 20 years.
SSDI and related programs are now so huge that almost 50% of total Social Security money being paid out goes to Americans and non-Americans who are not old enough to retire. This is not what Social Security was intended to do.
In conclusion, Social Security is for older Americans who have reached the age of 62 and have worked hard and paid into this system. Simply put, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created Social Security as an old-age pension. And, Social Security should return to its orignal purpose.