Special Report From Sam Mela, Countyroots.com
As aging baby boomers begin applying for their benefits from the Social Security Administration, demands on the system will increasingly outstrip available funds, and seasoned observers of the agency suggest that frustrated seniors will reach a dangerous level of anger towards the agency, as one Las Vegas man did last week, when he opened fire in a federal courthouse killing a security officer and injuring a deputy.
The shooter, who according to one witness may have got off as many as 40 rounds, had filed a discrimination claim against the Social Security Administration in 2008, complaining that he was denied benefits because of his race, court papers revealed.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) issued a statement saying his thoughts were with the victims and their families. “The law enforcement personnel who protect the courthouse put their lives at risk every day to keep the people who are inside safe, and I greatly appreciate their service,” the senator said; but critics charge that Reid and other liberal lawmakers are creating programs that are bankrupting the Federal Government and causing it to default on its obligations to the disabled and other potential medicaid and medicaid recipients, as well as possible future subscribers to the public health care option.
Analysts say the Social Security System may run out of funds within five years, perhaps as early as 2015, and retirees who depend on the benefits they paid for may be driven to violence or, in some cases suicide, when they discover the Federal Government is unable to meet it’s committments.
Meanwhile the government would like to take on additional debt and obligations with the creation of a multi-trillion national health care system that plans to syphon $500 billion from the medicare system, placing additional financial pressures on the already struggling prograrm.
Critics have labeled the planned national health care program a “ponzi scheme”, and openly worry that the public health care plan will resort to social security style tactics of delaying and denying, with hopes that applicants will give up on the possibility of ever collecting their benefits, or in some cases just die.
Last September, the Social Security Administration agreed to repay more than $500 million to in benefits that had been “mistakenly” withheld for nearly two years because names and birth dates of applicants match those of people with arrest warrants.