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-
     ity system."

     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
     retire.

     "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
     108th Congress.

     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:

      http://www.conservativealerts.com/011603.htm

     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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