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View Diary: Dead By Sunset: Kill it, and make it look like an accident [UPDATED] (118 comments)

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  •  NO (none)
    Social Security is governed by a statute requiring payment of benefits and determining the size of benefits and funding, etc.  Such a statutory obligation to pay benefits cannot be cancelled by administrative action.  The Social Security Administration is not a regulatory agency - it's an administrative body, set up by the statute that made it an independent agency back sometime in the 1990's.
    So, no - and, in addition, even this administration would probably not be prepared for old people rioting as their benefits were discontinued.
    •  Even if they can't do it, (none)
      it would be a great way to sell it to the general public... frame the debate so that most people will equate this tactic with doing away with Social Security and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (the pension version of the NDIC and FSLIC).  Even though it's a bit dishonest, it is using their dirty tricks against them.

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