This article is updated and reposted in response to “The Notice of Slavery Award” date. August 16, 2014 sent by Social Security Administration(SSA), Great Lakes Program Center, Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago. The Notice awarded retirement insurance Benefit at the monthly rate of $1347.80 to Simon Cyrene, a Senior Alien and then the Department made the Decision not to pay the monthly benefit because of the applicant’s alien status. The action taken by SSA clearly divides American Workforce into two categories; 1. The Native Workers, and 2. The Alien Workers. In its Decision, SSA has projected the view that the Alien Workers are not entitled to Equal Opportunity at Workplace and that there is no Equal Protection in the US while laboring and living in the US.
“HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE”
Labor Day Holiday celebration on the first Monday in September represents a desire to honor the laborer. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. On June 28, 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. The bill was signed into law by President Cleveland.
Emancipation Proclamation is a proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln in September 1862, effective from January 01, 1863 freeing the slaves in all territory still at war with the Union. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th president of the US (1861-1865) regarded slavery as an evil.
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR:
Labor Law refers to legislation affecting workers and the conditions of employment. The US Department of Labor was established in 1913 to administer and enforce statutes that promote the welfare, improve the working conditions of all laborers or workforce present in the country. Labor Law is a body of law applied to such matters as employment, remuneration, and conditions of work. In its most comprehensive sense it also includes old age, and disability insurance.
A characteristic of all labor is that it consumes some part of the short days and years of human life. In human life, old age is a natural condition, a condition of disability experienced by all workers under the inevitable, and unescapable influence called time. Social Security is a Public Program providing for economic security and welfare. It essentially provides some cash payments to defray income loss due to old age. Currently, persons aged 66-years can claim the Social Security retirement income benefit after earning enough credits by contributing to the Public Trust Fund to receive the payment benefit. From the income earned by the worker, 12.4 percent is paid to the Social Security Administration (SSA). 6.2 percent is paid by the worker, and 6.2 percent is paid by the employer. The US Social Security Act of 1935 established this retirement insurance. Later, during 1965, the Health Insurance Plan called Medicare was added. Medicare provides basic hospital insurance to persons aged 65 and over. 2.9 percent of the income earned by a worker is paid into Medicare, half by the worker and half by the employer. The tax that is withheld from the income, wage, or earnings of a worker should be correctly designated as an Insurance Contribution and as such it is reported as FICA or Federal Insurance Contributions Act withholding. It must be truly recognized that the withholding under FICA are not voluntary, charitable contributions, or donations given to the State. The State cannot utilize FICA withholding for purposes other than designated by the Public Programs they are designed to support.
“ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS PAY SOCIAL SECURITY TAX, WON’T BENEFIT”
In an article published in Seattle Times, December 28, 2011, John Lantigua writes: “Billions of dollars deducted from paychecks issued to undocumented workers flow to the Social Security Administration (SSA) every year. Those workers almost certainly will never see that money again.” He has further documented: “That means about $11.2 billion went into the Social Security Trust Fund in 2007, and $2.6 billion went into Medicare, while that money will be used to pay retirees and health care beneficiaries, it most likely will never be claimed by the illegal immigrants who contributed it.” In the year 2007, SSA has received FICA withholding from the wages earned by about 10.8 million workers. It must be carefully noted that these numbers do not include all other temporary residents, and legal aliens who reside in the US and FICA contributions are withheld from their paychecks also.
THE CONCEPT OF SLAVERY, SERFDOM, AND SERVITUDE:
In Bible times, there was no class of men known as “LABOR” and most people labored. Hard work or labor is looked on as the common lot of man and a result of the curse as revealed in the Old Testament Book of Genesis, The First Book of Moses, Chapter 3, verse #19:
“By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
The man’s inheritance of leading a life of bitter servitude cannot be wiped out or abolished by any kind of Presidential Proclamation. Man’s Emancipation from a life of servitude depends upon LORD God’ mercy, grace, and compassion. The Book of Psalms, Psalm 104, #23 reads: “Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.” In real terms, man has no escape from labor, if the word is used to describe physical, or mental exertion which implies hardship, and pain.
On this Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 02, 2013, I ask the United States to explain its SSA Retirement Insurance policy that basically violates the moral, and ethical values enshrined in its Labor Law. The alien, and temporary workers pay into the system through payroll deductions and yet in their old age, when they reach the age of full retirement (currently at the age 66-years), they are excluded from receiving the Insurance benefits to which they have fully contributed laboring on the US soil.