Today on the radio I heard the story of Benjaman Kyle. What struck me was a comment by the host, “Without a Social Security Number, it doesn’t matter, he can’t get a job, he can’t go to a shelter, he can’t do tax stuff. All he has is a card that says ‘Oh yeah you’re Benjaman and you live in Jacksonville Beach.”
No SSN, no official existence. How many things do we realize are actively tied to a number originally intended to track New Deal Social Security accounts for individuals.