Sunday, August 28, 2011

The tea party is a very sad lot

A few days ago, a tea party guy tried to tell me that SSI (supplemental Security Income) came out of Social Security taxes. He was wrong.

The SSI (supplemental Security income) program makes payments to people with low income who are age 65 or older or are blind or have a disability.
The Social Security Administration manages the SSI program. Even though Social Security manages the program, SSI is not paid for by Social Security taxes. SSI is paid for by U.S. Treasury general funds, not the Social Security trust funds.

Some tea party mechanics were under the impression that the Postal System was paid for by the government.
They were wrong, the postal system is paid for by those who use it through the purchase of postage stamps.

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