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Social Security Renamed

 

  

A woman died at age 65. She paid into the Social Security system for almost 50 years and collected NOTHING!

Keep in mind all the people that die every year that were paying into the system and got nothing!

And these governmental morons mismanaged the money and stole from the system, so that it’s now going broke.

And they have the audacity to call today’s seniors “vultures” in an attempt to cover their ineptitude. DISGRACEFUL!

The real reason for renaming our Social Security payments is so the government can claim that all those social security recipients are receiving “federal benefits”, thus putting them in the same case as welfare and food stamp recipients.
 
THIS IS WORTH THE FEW MINUTES IT TAKES TO READ AND DIGEST!

F.Y.I. By changing the name of SS contributions it gives them a means to refute this program in the future.
It’s free money for the government to spend under this guise.
 
The Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a *Federal Benefit Payment*?

I’ll be part of the one percent to forward this. I am forwarding it because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you.
  
Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.”

This isn’t a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.

If you averaged earning $30K per year over your working life, that’s close to $180,000 invested in Social Security ($375/month, including both you and your employers contributions). If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in Social Security at a meager 1% interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you’d have more than $1.3 million dollars saved!

This is your personal investment. Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.

That’s almost three times more than today’s average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. (Google it – it’s a fact). And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you’re 98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.

Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger *Ponzi scheme* than Bernie Madoff ever did. 

They took our money and used it elsewhere. They forgot (oh yes, they knew) that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn’t have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them. And they didn’t pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently they’ve told us that the money won’t support us for very much longer. (Isn’t it funny that they NEVER say this about welfare payments?)

But is it our fault they misused our investments? And now, to add insult to injury, they’re calling it a *benefit*, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it. Just because they borrowed our money, doesn’t mean that our investments were a charity! Let’s take a stand. We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government. Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going for the sake of that 92% of our population who need it.
 
Then call it what it is:

Our “Earned Retirement Income”.

99% of people won’t forward this.
Will you?
You can bet I WILL!!!

 

VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., left, talks with his Senate counterpart, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., before a joint hearing with several veterans' service organizations on Capitol Hill, March 6, 2018. (Stars and Stripes/Joe Gromelski)

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., left, talks with his Senate counterpart, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., before a joint hearing with several veterans’ service organizations on Capitol Hill, March 6, 2018. (Stars and Stripes/Joe Gromelski)

WASHINGTON — A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown.

Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which veterans use to access private-sector medical care. A deal reached between key House and Senate lawmakers on VA oversight also included an expansion of benefits for veteran caregivers, as well as a plan to initiate a systematic review of VA infrastructure, with the intention of disposing of aging and underused facilities nationwide.

When Congress unveiled its $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page bill Wednesday evening, the VA reforms had been omitted.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., leaders on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, predicted earlier Wednesday that the reforms would not be included in the final version of the spending bill.

Tiffany Haverly, a spokeswoman for Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said Roe’s team worked to push for the VA reforms up until the bill was released.

House Democrats were opposed to the deal.

Griffin Anderson, a spokesman for Democrats on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said they were against a measure to expand caregiver benefits because it didn’t provide a clear way to fund those changes.

Benefits such as monthly stipends, respite care and counseling are now only available to caregivers of veterans injured after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which veterans and advocates say creates an unfair discrepancy. Changes to eligibility have been stalled for years in Congress because of the high cost of expanding benefits to more families.

For Democrats, expanding the benefits is a top priority, but not without funding, Anderson said.

“Yes the program would be authorized, but there would not be any money to fund this expansion,” he wrote in an email.

Democrats also worried a measure to create an asset-review commission tasked with making decisions on VA facilities would severely limit Congress’ authority to oversee VA infrastructure. They argued the measure didn’t include funding to pay for infrastructure improvements.

Arguably the most pressing measure — and most debated — is the proposed change to the Choice program.

House Democrats believe the Choice overhaul included in the deal isn’t enough of a revamp from the current program, Anderson said.

The Choice program was created in 2014 in response to the VA wait-time scandal to ease demand on VA services by sending veterans into the private sector.

Negotiations of potential changes to the program have created disagreements and delays in Congress and highlighted divisions between VA leadership and White House insiders. The option of more choices in health care for veterans was a promise that President Donald Trump offered during his election campaign. The crux of the dispute is how far veterans’ health care should be pushed into the private sector.

Everyone involved in negotiations seems to agree the next iteration of the program should do away with the rules that allow veterans to go into the private sector only when they live more than 40 miles driving distance from a VA facility or have to wait longer than 30 days for an appointment.

But House Democrats think the Senate’s proposal — the one intended for inclusion in the spending bill — “makes virtually zero changes to eligibility from the current, arbitrary 30-day, 40 mile rule,” Anderson said.

Roe wrote a letter Tuesday to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urging her to support the VA reforms.

The measures also had the backing of eight large veterans organizations, all of which signed onto a letter to congressional leaders Monday encouraging the deal. They described the moment as a “historic opportunity” to pass multiple VA reforms at once.

On Wednesday afternoon, when it appeared the deal was falling apart, Carlos Fuentes, legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said his organization was disappointed the VA reforms wouldn’t make the cut. The possibility of delaying the measures until summer or fall would be “unacceptable,” he added.

Isakson said he wants to try again to pass the measures when lawmakers return from break in April. It’s uncertain, though, when the issues could be taken up again. The reforms were each previously introduced in Congress as separate bills, but all of them have been deadlocked in recent months.

The spending bill would have provided a fast-track for their approval.

“I would’ve liked to get it in there,” Isakson said. “But the effort we’ve gone to has gotten everybody educated on the great job we’ve done to address three major concerns in the VA, so I think we’ll get it done. Obviously, I’d love for it to be in the omnibus and be over, but it’s a step forward in terms of what we’re going to do with it.”

The massive spending bill was delayed this week, held back by several hot-button initiatives vying to be tacked on as policy riders. Lawmakers must act by the end of Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

AMVETS -IRS requirements

IRS is requiring DD214’s

 

 

 

This is the link to the complete IRS Examining Process for Veterans Organizations.

 

 

 

http://www.irs.gov/irm/part4/irm_04-076-026.html

 

 

 

The excerpt below gives inspectors the option of reviewing DD214s.

 

 

 

 

 

4.76.26.12 (01-27-2011) Field Examination Guidelines

 

Review the following to determine the composition of membership of the organization:

Articles of incorporation, charter, bylaws, and meeting minutes,

Membership applications, DD Forms 214, or other discharge documents,

Membership cards and master member lists if they designate status as veteran, non-veteran, auxiliary, or other membership class, and

The dues structure for the classes of membership.

 

Note:

 

The organization must maintain members’ military service dates to establish that contributions to the organization are deductible, if a war veterans’ organization under IRC §170(c)(3).

 

American Legion Post 447 in Round Rock, Texas, was fined $12,000 for lack of compliance before rounding up the necessary official documents (DD 214’s) to satisfy inspectors.

 

 

 

As we look into where and when the IRS mandate was created we suggest you hedge you bets and come into compliance. If an inspector came to your post and wanted to see your members DD 214’s how long it would take to produce them? It took the legion 12 days at $1,000 dollars a day.

 

 

 

The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs asked Daniel Werfel, Acting IRS Commissioner for clarification in writing “regarding this serious and troubling change in IRS policy” on 29 August 2013. September 3 was the deadline for the IRS to respond with “complete written justification for requiring veterans organizations’ to provide these materials.” The IRS missed the deadline.

 

 

 

With that said ask your members to find their DD 214s. If it blows over, shred the documents if it doesn’t, you will be ready for the knock at your door. If a member cant find his DD 214 he can request one at this site.

 

 

 

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

 

 

 

 

 

If the archives says they had a fire or the dog ate it keep the letter for the IRS. Keep DD 214’s under lock!

 

IRS Audit

http://web.mail.comcast.net/service/home/~/IRS%20Audit%20guidelines.docx?auth=co&loc=en_US&id=840385&part=3