FYI>>[ALERT] Stop The Great Global Social Security Giveaway
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Fri Feb 21 10:53:32 MST 2003
From: "ConservativeAlerts.com" <alerts at conservativealerts.com>
ISSUE: As Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) puts it, "dark clouds are
gathering over our already dangerously fragile Social Secur-
In December, the press reported on a looming deal between
the United States and the government of Mexico which would
make hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens eligible for
U.S. Social Security benefits. The centerpiece of the agree-
ment would be a so-called "totalization," which would mean
that even if a Mexican citizen did not work in the United
States long enough to qualify for Social Security, the
number of years worked in Mexico would be added to bring up
the total and thus make the Mexican worker eligible for cash
transfers from the United States.
Worse still, thousands of foreigners who would qualify for
U.S. Social Security benefits actually came to the United
States and worked here illegally. Under "totalization," a
foreigner who came to the United States illegally could work
fewer than the required number of years, return to Mexico
for the rest of his working years, and collect full U.S.
Social Security benefits while living in Mexico. That is an
insult to the millions of Americans who pay their entire
working lives into the system and now face the possibility
that there may be nothing left when it is their turn to
"The proposed agreement is nothing more than a financial
reward to those who have willingly and knowingly violated
our own immigration laws," says Rep. Paul. "Talk about an
incentive for illegal immigration! How many more would break
the law to come to this country if promised U.S. government
paychecks for life? Is creating a global welfare state on
the back of the American taxpayer a good idea? The program
also establishes a very disturbing precedent of U.S. foreign
aid to individual citizens rather than to states."
Estimates of what this deal with the Mexican government
would cost top one billion dollars per year. As the system
braces for a steep increase in those who will be drawing
from the Social Security trust fund, it makes no sense to
expand it into a global welfare system. Social Security was
designed to provide support for retired American citizens
who worked in the United States. We should be shoring up the
system for those Americans who have paid in for decades, not
expanding it to cover foreigners who have not.
Supporters of the Social Security to Mexico deal may attempt
to downplay the effect the agreement would have on the
system, but actions speak louder than words: According to
several press reports, the State Department and the Social
Security Administration are already negotiating to build a
new building in Mexico City to handle the expected rush of
applicants for this new program!
ACTION ITEM: Social Security should be limited to United
States citizens and nationals who have paid into the system.
It should not be a global giveaway. In the 107th Congress,
Rep. Paul introduced the "Social Security Preservation Act"
(H.R. 219), which would ensure that all money in the Social
Security trust fund is spent solely on Social Security. As
Congress continues to demonstrate an inability to control
spending that threatens the Social Security trust fund, the
need for this legislation has never been greater. So, Rep.
Paul intends to re-introduce this legislation in the new
Go to our site below now to send a FREE editable pre-written
message to your Representative, asking that he or she sup-
port the "Social Security Preservation Act" this session:
NOTE: Be sure to forward this e-mail to everyone you know
that wants to help STOP this "great global social security
giveaway." Thank you!
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