Former President Barack Obama is known for doing some pretty shady things while he was in office. Some of those things are currently being investigated, and now, a new scandal has been revealed.
The Social Security Administration is one of the most crucial pillars of our economy. It ensures that people who work their entire lives can get help when they start getting older and retire, or perhaps get injured when they are younger. Obama paid out $1 billion in benefits to people who did not have a Social Security Number, according to Fox News.
Social security money was taken from taxpayers and distributed to people who were not in this country legally. Some Americans would see this as a slap in the face.
There is an easy process to apply for citizenship, and everyone who wants to live here goes through that process.
The agency did an audit, and discovered that the government’s documentation for payees, or people who receive disability or retirement on behalf of someone else who cannot manage their own benefits, was insufficient.
Thousands of people were involved with cases where they were receiving a check, and they had absolutely no social security on file. This is a prime example of the government providing handouts to people who are especially undeserving of them. In this instance, non-Americans are earning a better living than some of our elderly, our poor, our injured, and our veterans. That is disgraceful in every sense of the word.
In the last ten years, the audit revealed, the Social Security Administration paid out a total of $1 billion to 22,426 payees. According to the audit, the 22,426 people who “did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application.”
This means that there are a lot of people out there capitalizing on American taxpayer dollars who don’t pay back into the system. Many people are upset about this — particularly the people who are paying taxes right this second.
The inspector general clarified, “Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,”
Upon further investigation, the inspector general also found out that the agency paid out about $853.1 million in benefits since 2004. This applies specifically to people who have been terminated as representative payees by the SSA.
This is causing serious concerns for American citizens and legal immigrants. The truth is, they find it insulting — particularly legal immigrants. These people worked hard to come here, and now they are getting their hard earned money taken just like everyone else.
An investigation into this issue would help to resolve the problem. If someone does not have a social security number they need to have their benefits cut off. They are not legal citizens, and therefore should not be able to reap the benefits of being a legal citizen, native or otherwise. Barack Obama needs to answer for this, because that billion dollars surely could have been used to make our country a better place.