Government also misuses numbers

The gentleman who wrote in concerning today’s misuse of Social Security numbers was right. Previous generations were taught that this number be kept private. Instilled to our core that is not to be seen by anyone, except employers and the IRS. To the writer I say, “Unfortunately, times have changed.” In my opinion, these numbers are now less about SSI and more about inventory. It’s the only logical reason for issuing one at birth. Which means, unless Uncle Sam starts taxing allowances, our grand kids will have roughly 16 unaccountable years available for identity theft! Why? This is just one of many unethical uses of our Social Security numbers. (As the letter writer stated, insurance, doctor’s offices, etc.)

Then this: I was told by the county, by law if you own more than three dogs you’re required to purchase a kennel license. I thought this crazy as I don’t run a kennel. We live on four acres, all pets are fixed and already licensed. But whatever, I follow the revenue law and go to the courthouse to purchase the license. To my dismay, they require your Social Security number to have pets! In the end, due to my refusal to give my private number, I was forced by law to relinquish ownership of one of my beloved dogs. Recap: You’re now required to have a “Social Security” number to: go to the doctor, get insurance, and own pets. Oh, I almost forgot; you’ll make payments to your no longer private number your entire life and pray it’s still there for your golden years. America’s not what she used to be … what’s your number?

Kathy LaBarge


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