Donald is putting an end to a major Social Security problem – and it could affect millions of seniors.
Social Security is a frustrating challenge with no clear solution in sight.
We need to rein in spending, but we can’t leave retired Americans in the lurch.
The real problem is: how do you make sure honest Americans get their benefits while rooting out the conmen?
President Trump is announcing a “social” solution to put an end to a major Social Security scam.
From Fox Business:
In order to identify people wrongly claiming Social Security Opens a New Window. disability benefits, the administration is working on a proposal to use social media sites – including Facebook and Twitter – to corroborate claims.
The new monitoring strategy will look to a person’s social media to make sure they’re not conning the government.
For instance, let’s say there was someone claiming benefits for an injured back. But on the same day, they post pictures of themselves playing golf.
Hmm… that’s no good. With a program in financial trouble, the last thing it needs is people taking from it who don’t need it.
Right now, social media is only checked after someone’s under suspicion for fraud. But how does the Social Security Administration know in the first place?
This new measure by Trump will require everyone requesting money to undergo a social media screening.
Seems legit. If you have an honest need, then you wouldn’t object to having your social media checked.
Some might say this is a step towards violating someone’s privacy. But keep in mind these social media posts are made public on major websites. These aren’t a person’s private pictures or diary entries.
Plus, these people specifically requested tax dollars to pay for their injuries or other needs.
So, they shouldn’t be surprised if the government wants to make sure they’re not con artists.
Some people use stolen identities to claim benefits for themselves. A quick social media check would prove that these 20-somethings aren’t retired 80-year-olds.
Sounds good to me.
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Source: Fox Business