Novel idea, but government has rules on who can sue and for what claims and how.
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It is a long-established rule of law that you "can't sue the sovereign." In our legal system, we-- all of us as a group-- are the sovereign. Our elected representatives created Social Security and Medicare as an exercise of the authority that we the people, the sovereign, vested in them. And they can change the rules because we the people, the sovereign, vested that legal authority in them too. The process is called election. So long as their actions are constitutional-- because we the people, the sovereign adopted that as the basic rules of our county-- they can create, increase, reduce, and eliminate social programs. So, who were you planning to sue and for what?
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Do remember that almost everyone gets more money back in benefits than they have paid into the program.
Any recent ideas to change the program have predicated their plan on a concept of no changes to the program for retirees or persons nearing retirement age.
The SS program when first started was as a safety net for the very poor elderly (most people died before age 65) and about 33 persons contributed from with held taxes for each recipient of benefits. There was no medicare/medicaid/disability etc -- only a small monthly check. Today it is about 2 workers tax contribution for each beneficiary. This is why we know the program (s) will be gone without changes. It is why some people consider it a Ponzi scheme along the lines of the now famous Bernard Madoff scheme that put Mr Madoff in prison a few years ago!!
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There is no suit here which will be allowed to proceed agaainst the government on these facts. Sorry. if you want to get things changed, work with your US Congressmen/Congresswomen and US Senators, but do not hold much hope for that being very effective in this day...
Good luck to you.
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I agree with attorney Farrell that the best way to address broad policy issues related to Social Security is through the political process. Every member of Congress has at least one local office to provide constituent services, and they also have specialists who work in their local offices who provide direct assistance to their constituents with Social Security issues, and these local representatives can best address your specific policy questions. In my opinion, however, the likelihood that Congress will take significant action to revise Social Security related to older beneficiaries, who vote in disproportionate numbers compared to the general population, would be politically unpopular and therefore less feasible than actions to limit or modify benefits for younger individuals.
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