The Declaration of Independence declares
“all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights …That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men …“
The Preamble of the US Constitution shows how these rights are to be secured including
“provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare“.
Two clear distinctions should be made here:
- Provide implies actively and financially supporting, promote implies a more passive approach.
- For example, I’ll promote that we put on a grand feast, but I want you to provide it!
- General Welfare is not the same as individual Welfare. General Welfare would benefit the people generally, individual Welfare targets a certain segment of society to benefit, such as the poor.
Social Security is a form of individual welfare not authorized in the Constitution.
The Constitution grants no authority to the federal government to administrate a Social Security system. The Constitution Party advocates phasing out the entire Social Security program, while continuing to meet the obligations already incurred under the system. Until the current Social Security system can be responsibly phased out, we propose that:
- The Social Security tax must not be a “rainy day” fund which politicians can pirate, or from which they can borrow to cover their errors and pay for their excesses.
- Individuals who have contributed to Social Security be allowed to withdraw those funds and transfer them into an IRA or similar investments under the control of the individual contributor.
- Any sort of merger between the U.S. Social Security System and that of any foreign country be banned, so the distribution of benefits will not go to persons who have not qualified for payments under American law as legal residents.
- Earning limitations on persons aged 62 and over be removed, so that they may earn any amount of additional income without placing their benefits at risk.
- Those provisions of the Social Security system which penalize those born during the “notch years” between 1917 and 1926 be repealed, and that such persons be placed on the same benefit schedules as all other beneficiaries.
We support the right of individuals to choose between private retirement and pension programs, either at their place of employment or independently.