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Social Security “Study” of S.744 Impact Consists of 2.5 Pages, No Explanations

May 1, 2013
By David North

In this Backgrounder for CIS, North contentd that we have probably have read about the Social Security Administration’s “study” of “the financial impact on Social Security” of the Gang of Eight’s S 744.

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In this Backgrounder for CIS, North contentd that we have probably have read about the Social Security Administration’s “study” of “the financial impact on Social Security” of the Gang of Eight’s S 744. It was issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) through the office of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and was written at his request.

There are multiple problems with this study, such as: the time frame of 10 years is ludicrous for a study of pension obligations, the document itself explains none of its estimation techniques, and consists, as a matter of fact, of a 1.5-page cover note and a single table. There may be more to it, but if so, it was not released to the public. The study deals only with the impact of S.744 on the Social Security system; other public costs, like food stamps and Medicaid, were not considered.

The author concludes that: 

There is a wonderful little footnote that suggests that SSA knows something that neither the White House nor the Gang of Eight is telling us. S.744 says that to qualify for legalization one must have been in the United States since December 31, 2011.

The administration sees no effective deadline for amnesty, or is calculating that the .9 million illegals who are not covered by the direct amnesty will be regarded as immediate relatives of those who are covered by it. Again, the lack of any explanatory text leaves the implied question unanswered.

This is a remarkable collection of omissions, non-explanations, and highly questionable projections — all appearing in a 2.5 page document. It is too bad that (to date) no journalist has decided to spend an hour or so with this document to see how misleading and deeply flawed it is.