My other identity is also a superhero

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.

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