Social Security Brings Nothing To The Table For Young Americans

Over the past few months when I search for Social Security news online, I’ve noticed that many ‘feel-good’ articles popping up in local news sites.  Written by local ‘public affairs specialists’ employed by the Social Security Administration, these articles reassure the public that the SSA does have a presence and can be contacted.

One particularly nauseating example of this appeared in the Palm Beach Post this afternoon, titled Social Security brings a lot to the table.   Since I live here in Palm Beach County, I’d like to take a few minutes to dissect this fine piece of persuasive writing.  The article is in italics, my notes are in the sarcastic font:

Take a day to enjoy a fun summer picnic! Whether you plan one for the whole neighborhood, or a quiet day for two, you’ll need to bring a basket full of delicious foods. (Maybe the smart people in your office could help me with my shopping list, so that I don’t run over budget.) When you’re sharing various dishes with family and friends, whether you’re at home or away, you’ll be sure to make everyone happy with a variety of treats.  (What a great idea Ms. Public Affairs Specialist, I could throw a picnic!  But I don’t really know that many people… Maybe you could suggest some old acquaintances of yours?  No?  Not them?  Anyone else on your list?  On second thought, I’ll handle the invitations…)

The quality service you expect from us is easy, secure, and convenient to access when you go online. Signing up for a my Social Security account will give you a secure and efficient way to interact with us and accomplish various tasks, including estimating your future benefits or managing your current benefits. You can sign up for your own account at and join the more than 19 million Americans who already conduct business with us online using my Social Security. (I’m so happy that our parents and grandparents can take advantage of your website… Because seniors are well-known for their avid use of the internet.)

Another way you can contact us is toll-free at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778). Of course, you can also use the field office locator to find your local field office, where you can speak with a Social Security employee.  (An 800 number would serve our seniors better, and I’m sure your reputation for service must be as incredible as your summertime fun suggestions.)

What true summer picnic is complete without ice cream? When it comes to great flavors, there’s vanilla, mint, chocolate chip, rocky road … who can choose just one? Likewise, Social Security offers all the different types of benefits you’ll need at any stage of your life.  (Sounds delicious!  What kind of picnic will Millennials and Generation X’ers be in store for when it’s our turn to retire?  Dirt pancakes? Dumpster souffle? The table scraps left by the Baby Boomers who depleted the system and left us with the bill?  Maybe if you all spent less time on fake recipe suggestions and more time on basic math, we wouldn’t be in this position.)

Social Security has retirement benefits and the tools to help you plan for your retirement and apply for benefits online. But that’s not all. We also provide disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working. (Who exactly do you consider disabled?) If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they can also receive payments. (I’d be very interested in seeing this doctor, then.)  There are also survivors benefits for widows, widowers, and deceased workers’ dependent children. When you create your my Social Security account, you can view your Social Security Statement to see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits you and your family may be eligible to receive.  (Since you brought it up, my statement has this asterisk on it I’ve been meaning to ask you about…)

It’s a great day for a picnic! Social Security is ready to fire up the grill and share our great services and benefits, and you’re invited! Visit today, and we’ll save you a place.  

No thanks… Me and my friends are throwing our own party.   We’re working on the guest list, and its gonna get loud.

-R.J. Renza, Jr.

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This week marks the release of my first e-book “How Are You Not Angry Yet: How Social Security is Destroying the Futures, Finances and Hopes of Generations X,Y and Z and How We Can Put and End to it,” which takes on Social Security from the perspective of young America in a visceral and humorous way.  “Angry Yet” breaks down the complex topic of Social Security into a way that most Americans can easily understand and find entertaining and is available here.

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