No, the title is not some sort of late April Fool’s joke, although I suppose in some weird way maybe it is. After all, April 15 is tax day. But this joke isn’t remotely funny.
Got plans for your refund? Better hope your parents didn’t die owing the government money then, because if they did, you might have to change your plans.
    The government is now going through old records to see if it overpaid people on Social Security. If it thinks it did, it can now seize the IRS tax refund checks of the CHILDREN of those people it thinks it overpaid.
I guess if all the lies about why Social Security benefits had to be cut or the young would get nothing when they reached retirement age didn’t start a generational war, the US Government figured it would just have to increase the amount of pressure to get things really rolling.
    This isn’t a proposal—it’s already happening. For the past three years, the government has been confiscating hundreds of thousands of Americans’ tax refunds, according to the Washington Post. It has already confiscated $1.9 billion in tax refunds this year alone.
    The amazing thing is that the government is doing this even if it has little or no proof and no exact details. And the letters the government sends to unsuspecting taxpayers are frightening, use accusatory language, and include other financial threats.
There’s a shocker. The US Government doing something to ordinary Americans despite no proof and doing it in an intimidating manner. Anti-war activists, environmental protestors, and Occupiers everywhere are probably shocked, SHOCKED at hearing this.
But as with most things involving our federal government, it gets better.
    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.
Wow! Another shocker. No one is responsible for this outrage. But just in case you were wondering whether this really did have anything to do with ratcheting up that generational warfare or the debate over cutting social security benefits because it’s in trouble, well wonder no longer.
    The only explanation the government provides for suddenly going after decades-old debts comes from Social Security spokeswoman Dorothy Clark: “We have an obligation to current and future Social Security beneficiaries to attempt to recoup money that people received when it was not due.
That’s right you ungrateful pissants peasants. How dare you stop any Grand Bargain by swamping the Congressional switchboards and mail rooms demanding social security benefits not be cut. We’ll show you who has the real power around here.
Ain’t it fun living with fascism??