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April 11, 2014

Our federal tax dollars at work

This should astound and disgust all Americans. (Please note the source.)

Marc Fisher, Washington Post: "Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts".

And as happens so often recently, No One is responsible:

The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.

No one seems eager to take credit for reopening all these long-closed cases. A Social Security spokeswoman says the agency didn’t seek the change; ask Treasury. Treasury says it wasn’t us; try Congress. Congressional staffers say the request probably came from the bureaucracy.

Complete absence of due process, to say nothing of elementary fairness and common sense? Check. Absolutely no one accountable? Check.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have? Check, check, check!

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alanstorm

Great argument for "one subject" bills. If it does not pertain to farming, what is this line doing in a farm bill?

Another suggestion: if nobody claims any given line in a bill, as here, it is null and void.

Cheesetrader

And be sure to make the checks out to Uncle Sam

Larry

Taking money from the children for alleged debts of their parents is truly disgusting. If people heard of this practice without seeing it in a Washington Post story they would surely think this couldn't possibly be true.

Decade after decade fundamental principles I learned in law school that protected individuals from government depredation are being casually dispensed with. I am growing to despise this country.

Ted Craig

Do as I say, not as I do:

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/consumers-report-being-hounded-about-debts-not-owed/

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