Confirmed: Chief Actuary Says Obama Could Pay Social Security Checks During a Shutdown (Obama Caught Playing Politics)
Yesterday Barack Obama told CBS that there simply may not be enough money in the coffers next month to pay Social Security payments.But Obama was just playing games with seniors.
During this morning’s Budget Committee meeting, Congressman Huelskamp asked Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary for the Social Security Administration, to explain how the Obama administration could withhold Social Security checks to American seniors. The question was prompted by a statement by President Obama that he could not guarantee that Social Security checks would be mailed August 3, 2011, if Congress fails to increase the debt limit. Yesterday, Congressman Huelskamp issued a statement noting that it is irresponsible for the President to use seniors on Social Security as pawns to leverage his point in the debt limit negotiations.
Mr. Goss told Congressman Huelskamp: “The responsibility of the Social Security Administration per se, my boss, Commissioner Astrue, is to in fact determine how much in the way of benefit payments people are supposed to receive. We send that information actually over to the Department of the Treasury. They are the ones who actually send out the payments, whether it’s electronic funds, transfers, or check.”
Here’s the video:
And yet Obama had the audacity to frighten seniors who depend on their social security checks.
The man is shameless.