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What Your Grandchild Can Teach You About Social Security
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What Your Grandchild Can Teach You About Social Security

What Your Grandchild Can Teach You About Social Security.
If using the internet feels like a challenge, let your grandchild be your guide.
Take advantage of your grandchild’s computer skills and navigate Social Security’s website together!
Once your grandchild has explained the basics of going online, you can use our website to find information and services for everything from benefit planning, to filing online, to replacing your lost Medicare card.
Your grandchild can help you navigate to to set one up.
To apply for survivors benefits, you or your family will need to contact us by phone or visit an office.
Once you’re receiving benefits and have an account, you can continue to do business with us online with your my Social Security account.
You can get a benefit verification letter, change your address or phone number, start or change direct deposit, get a replacement SSA-1099 for tax purposes, or check your benefits.
In the District of Columbia and many states, you may be able to request a replacement Social Security card online.
Make a date with your grandchild to visit together.

How Trump’s budget could end up hurting poor Kentuckians
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How Trump’s budget could end up hurting poor Kentuckians

How Trump’s budget could end up hurting poor Kentuckians.
If Congress follows President Donald Trump’s advice on the next fiscal year’s federal budget, impoverished Kentuckians – many of whom voted for America’s new commander-in-chief – should brace for cuts.
Cuts to government programs that help them get food and health care could be coming.
This week, Trump unveiled a spending proposal that would beef up the country’s military budget and slash funding for food stamps, Medicaid and other programs that hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians rely on for support. “You name it, it gets cut in this budget.”
► Trump’s budget recommends reforms that would reduce federal spending on Medicaid, which provides health coverage for approximately 1.3 million Kentuckians.
► Trump’s proposal would cut approximately $190 billion in funding for food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, over 10 years.
Bailey said it would gradually shift 25 percent of the cost of providing those benefits to state governments.
For the last fiscal year, for example, Kentucky’s cash-strapped government would have had to drum up $245 million to cover a quarter of its SNAP expenses, Bailey said.
Rogers said in a statement this week that Trump has proposed an aggressive budget that includes important funding for priorities like fighting the opioid epidemic that has engulfed Kentucky and many other states.

Mulvaney defends Trump budget before Congress
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Mulvaney defends Trump budget before Congress

Mulvaney defends Trump budget before Congress.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday defended President Trump’s budget proposal to a House panel, arguing its steep cuts were necessary to reduce the country’s deficits.
“Great countries are not destroyed from without.
They rot from within,” he said to the House Budget Committee.
Democrats homed in on the aggressive cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and Social Security Disability Insurance, among other programs.
“We are not going to kick any deserving person off of any meaningful program,” he vowed.
Mulvaney said he was just as interested at rooting out waste from the Pentagon and expected an audit from the Defense Department this September.
While Republicans emphasized their support for debt reduction, several bore down on program cuts that they said were unjustified.
Johnson argued it was an effective program and that the Government Accountability Office report saying it was wasteful was more than 20 years old.
At one point, a lively discussion broke out over Big Bird and the merits of funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which for many years funded Sesame Street.

Trump Budget Cuts Social Security And Medicaid, Breaking Major Promises
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Trump Budget Cuts Social Security And Medicaid, Breaking Major Promises

Two areas Trump has claimed since the campaign trail that would remain inviolate are Social Security and Medicaid.
But both would see cuts cuts under this budget.
But as Center for American Progress Director of Fiscal Policy Harry Stein pointed out on Twitter, Social Security does see significant cuts in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance.
Social Security payroll taxes cover retirement, survivor benefits, and disability.
In 2016, that was about 8.8 million people, a decrease of 1.13% over the previous year.
The cuts are supposed to produce total savings of $72 billion between 2018 and 2027 and are listed as a budget line item called “Reform disability programs.”
Regarding Medicaid, remember Trump’s promise that no one would lose healthcare.
The budget assumes the House’s American Health Care Act passes into law to cut $839 billion from the program over time.
Then the Trump administration wants to cut an additional $600 billion over the next ten years by assuming that Medicaid spending would grow at a slower rate.
Erik Sherman writes about business, technology, economics, and public policy.

Guest column: Trump budget fixes our broken culture
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Guest column: Trump budget fixes our broken culture

Cowen’s message is America is a nation that has lost its edge.
Cowen attributes this stagnation to a complacency that now grips our culture.
He offers a number of explanations, but key factors include adversity to risk and a sense that a society can be created in which risk is eliminated.
Cowen’s book is timely.
But these spending programs aren’t that.
Liberals are crying about “cruel” budget cuts in the Trump budget.
The Trump budget increases federal spending over 10 years by $1.7 trillion.
He said the federal government essentially has transformed into a “gigantic wealth-transfer machine.”
We should see the Trump budget as a cultural as well as fiscal initiative.
This is essential if we are to restore badly needed economic vitality to America.

Trump’s Budget Is Designed to Impress, Not to Pass
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Trump’s Budget Is Designed to Impress, Not to Pass

Trump’s Budget Is Designed to Impress, Not to Pass.
Americans for Limited Government praised the plan as “sober,” while former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, a Democrat, called it “simply ludicrous.” Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a founding member of the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus, brags the plan would wipe out the entire budget deficit and produce a small surplus by 2027, even while spending more on the military and border control and protecting Medicare and the retirement portion of Social Security.
Now it’s claiming the tax plan itself will be revenue-neutral and the growth it stimulates will produce more tax revenue to close deficits.
“Meals on Wheels, even for some of us who are considered to be fiscal hawks, may be a bridge too far” Among those most harmed by the budget cuts would be a lot of people who voted for Trump.
“We know the president’s budget isn’t going to be passed as it is,” John Cornyn of Texas, the No.
The GOP faces a tricky legislative schedule: To pass a tax cut in the Senate without Democratic votes, Republicans need to use a budget procedure known as reconciliation.
To do that, they first need both chambers to pass a 2018 budget resolution.
Moderate Republicans in the Senate, such as Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, are balking at the House version of the AHCA.
The casualty would likely be the federal budget deficit.
Speaker Paul Ryan has insisted that any tax package must keep deficits from growing, but he acknowledged on May 24 that his favored way to raise revenue, a border-adjusted tax, is being resisted by the White House.

The message of Trump’s budget: Get a job!
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The message of Trump’s budget: Get a job!

“If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go back to work.” Trump wants to start with people who want to work more, even if they don’t have a job.
In addition to the 7 million Americans who are unemployed and looking for work, another 6.8 million are working part-time because they can’t find full-time work, or staying home because they don’t think there are any jobs to be had.
Since most of those people would welcome a decent-paying job, it’s not terribly controversial to try coaxing them back into the work force.
But Trump also wants to toughen the rules for some people getting federal benefits, as an incentive to force more people to get jobs.
Mulvaney, for instance, pointed out that when President Obama took office in 2009, about 32 million Americans got federal food benefits known as SNAP.
“Are there folks on SNAP who shouldn’t be?” A work requirement Trump’s budget would address that question by adding a work requirement to the SNAP program, requiring “able-bodied” recipients without children to prove they’re looking for a job.
There would be similar efforts to force people receiving Social Security disability payments to look for work, if they’re able to.
“We will measure it by the number of people we help get off of those programs and regain control of their own lives.” Congress is certain to reject major portions of Trump’s budget, since even fiscally conservative Republicans tend to protect federal spending that benefits their states.
In addition to new work requirements, Trump would impose a new rule on families that claim the earned-income tax credit or the child-care tax credit.
Trump’s most controversial proposals probably won’t be a part of it.

Trump budget cuts safety net programs, hitting states that voted for him
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Trump budget cuts safety net programs, hitting states that voted for him

WASHINGTON — President Trump is proposing major cuts to health care, food assistance and other safety-net programs for the poor to balance the budget in 10 years while increasing spending for the military and other priorities.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Trump’s first full budget proposal was written from the perspective of the taxpayer, specifically whether the administration could justify each line item to a family in Grand Rapids, Mich., or to a schoolteacher in Kenosha, Wis. That means, he said, measuring success not by how many people are being helped by a federal program, but by how many people “we help get off of those programs and help them get back in charge of their own lives again.” “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able bodied, we need you to go to work,” Mulvaney said.
In addition to those health care cuts, Trump’s budget would reduce projected Medicaid spending further and change other assistance programs.
Read more: Other major sources of savings — in a budget the White House boasts includes the most cuts ever proposed by a president —include student loan programs, federal retiree benefits, crop subsidies, disability payments and tax credits for the working poor and families with children.
Those priorities follow the promises the president made during the campaign, Mulvaney said, while upholding Trump’s pledge not to cut Medicare and Social Security.
Those programs — along with Medicaid — are the largest drivers of federal spending growth.
Trump also said he would not cut Medicaid.
The budget also proposes cuts to the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which pays monthly benefits to those too injured to work who aren’t old enough to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits.
But Mulvaney said the vast majority of people would not consider disability payments to be part of Social Security.
To increase defense spending as much as Trump wants, Congress would have to change a bipartisan budget law passed in 2011.

3 years in prison for soldier who lied way to Purple Heart
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3 years in prison for soldier who lied way to Purple Heart

3 years in prison for soldier who lied way to Purple Heart.
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart to three years in prison and ordered him to repay nearly $650,000 in stolen government benefits.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud last year.
Prosecutors were seeking a prison term of five years, and they wanted the judge to order Wright to return the medals and a Purple Heart license plate.
Settle declined to go that far, but he did order Wright to serve three years, followed by three years of supervised release, and to repay $646,300 in benefits.
Wright’s attorney, Christopher Black, called it “the right sentence.”
Attorneys David Reese Jennings and Gregory Gruber said Wright parlayed the medals he received to obtain “every possible benefit that might be available to a wounded veteran,” including a wide range of disability benefits and the forgiveness of more than $40,000 in student loans.
In applications for benefits, Wright claimed to be so severely disabled that he could only focus his attention for five to 10 seconds, and he said he needed a live-in caregiver.
His fraud came to light because a co-worker in the U.S. Commerce Department discovered in 2009 that he had fabricated National Guard orders in an effort to be paid for a week of skipped work.
Wright accused the co-worker, Cristina Jackson, of violating his privacy, and the department initially tried to punish her instead of him.

Conn disability fraud victims now face new scam
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Conn disability fraud victims now face new scam

Not only did an unscrupulous lawyer file bogus disability applications for them, but now some clients of Eric C. Conn are the targets of a phone scam looking to bilk them out of more money, federal officials said Wednesday.
“This scheme appears to target economically vulnerable citizens and use scare tactics to defraud them of their resources,” said Gale Stallworth Stone, the acting inspector general.
“Citizens should be very careful and avoid engaging with these suspicious callers.
Some people have sent money, the inspector general said, earning them even more calls offering more payments if they send more money.
He pleaded guilty earlier this year and was out on bond, with an ankle bracelet, awaiting sentencing next month.
But he cut off the monitoring device earlier this month and has gone on the lam.
The FBI has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his capture, and said last week that Conn is likely still in the U.S., and being aided by family and friends.
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