Update: Social Security still trying to collect decades-old parental debts

“The Social Security Administration, which announced in April that it would stop trying to collect debts from the children of people who were allegedly overpaid benefits decades ago, has continued to demand such payments and now defends that practice in court documents.” Robert Vogel, an attorney for clients whose refunds were seized, charges: “Their intention was to get the press off their backs and then go back to collecting their money. It’s just shocking that they believe that when someone turns 18, they automatically assume a crushing debt that was incurred by someone else.” [Marc Fisher, Washington Post; earlier here and here]


  • Leave all of the facts of this story undisturbed, but change “Social Security” to “Bank of America,” and Elizabeth Warren would be demanding immediate legislative action.

    Bottom line, this is yet another example of what our national government has become: a massive and unsupervised set of bureaucracies that prey on the American people and lie when they get caught. In a similar vein, I saw that John Koskinen announced yesterday that cuts to the IRS budget would result in — you guessed it — delayed tax refunds.

  • I’ve started a petition on change.org to put a stop to this practice.