Social Security Administration

Eliminate children's benefits for Retired persons

Currently SSA pays children (under 18, or 19 if in high school) benefits equal to 50% of the retirement amount.


Generally, the children receiving these benefits come from men who marry late in life and start a second family.


The decision to start a second family late in life is a personal decision, and the financial ramifications are readily apparent to the individual when they make that decision. The financial burden should not fall upon the tax payers to help support these children.


We should keep children's benefits in cases of death or disability, as these are unexepected conditions.


I also have submitted another suggestion to elimate spousal benefits.


Clearly, limiting the amount being paid out of the Social Security Trust Fund will aid in maintaining it's solvency.



Idea No. 3487