Shut Down Could Impact Social Security

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Meri Walker is one of an estimated 58 million Americans collecting social security benefits this year. Walker said she recently learned how vital those checks are when she visited the social security office for the first time this week.

“Lots of difficulty in their lives. Not people that are slackers, not people that are trying to live off of anybody else, but people who have had difficult circumstances and they’ve paid into the social security system and they need it now,” said Walker.

Should the federal government shut down on October 1st, federal workers like those at the Medford social security office would not be around to help. Officials say the checks, however, would likely still be printed, based off what happened during a previous government shut down nearly twenty years ago.

“I think hopefully, lessons have been learned since that government shutdown in the 90’s and hopefully the plan that we hear is that there will be enough essential staff to make sure social security checks will continue to roll,” said director for senior and disability services Dave Toler.

While current social security recipients would continue to see a check those looking start collecting social security benefits might see delays.

“I think there’s a real possibility that you will be delayed and you will not be able to get on your social security as quickly as you would other wise,” said Toler.


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  1. St. Germaine says:

    There are no more Social Security ‘checks’. The SS Admin has required direct deposit for all recipients as of March, 2013. Social Security is a separate entity and not connected to the political machinations of this so-called governmental shut down.

    This article is fear porn. Use discretion when reading such ‘news’ with the intent to incite fear and panic.

    >>By March 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be sending nearly all federally paid benefits electronically – not just Social Security or SSI payments. Paper checks are being phased out. Learn more about this is at the Treasury Department “Go Direct” website, http://www.godirect.org/. – See more at: http://socialsecurityinfo.areavoices.com/2012/12/07/u-s-treasury-requires-electronic-direct-deposit-by-march-1-2013-go-direct-now/#sthash.sCqvlTRu.dpuf

    1. Firecop says:

      Well put. I agree with you 100%. I am tired of the fear tactics used to manipulate the “sheeple”. I also don’t like that they term it “Social Security BENEFITS”. I paid into the “system” and this is MY money that is OWED to me. The government has had their opportunities to play with that money and now I want what’s mine.

      1. St. Germaine says:

        Thank you, Firecop. When more of us start waking up to the manipulative tactics used by the controlled mainstream media, we will all be better off. When we can see that “The Emperor Has No Clothes”, we can then begin to start thinking for ourselves…hopefully.

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