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Hmmm, what is 'social security' ?

"(in the US) A federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired persons, the unemployed, and the disabled." Nobody is required to have a social security number except federal employees ( which includes state employees ... now) Larry Becraft asserts that, " ... review should readily demonstrate that there is indeed a real question concerning the point of whether one must submit an application to join Social Security. The cases which challenged the constitutionality of Social Security simply did not raise this issue, and it appears that no case has as yet dealt with it.[2] The reason for this absence of a challenge to such alleged requirement can only be explained by analyzing the act itself to determine if there is such a requirement. Because Congress lacks the constitutional authority to compel membership in Social Security, the act simply imposes no such requirement."
The Social Security Act (Act of August 14, 1935) [H. R. 7260] An act to provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws; to establish a Social Security Board; to raise revenue; and for other purposes. ================================================================

"Although many companies, such as banks and credit companies, may ask for your Social Security number, you generally are not required to provide one if you dont have one." http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/media/pdf/EN-05-10096.pdf
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Obtaining a Social Security number for a child who is not working is voluntary.[71] Further, there is no general legal requirement that individuals join the Social Security program. Although the Social Security Act itself does not require a person to have a Social Security Number (SSN) to live and work in the United States,[72] the Internal Revenue Code does generally require the use of the social security number by individuals for federal tax purposes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_%28United_States%29