How Social Security Picks Your Pocket: A Story of Waste, Fraud, and Inequities

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Algora Publishing, 2003 - Political Science - 260 pages
Bold statement that the response of Congress and the White House following the September 11 attacks have sown the seeds of what may become a "national security state." Undertakes one of the most comprehensive, section-by-section reviews of the USA PATRIOT Act available anywhere to the general reader.

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This is a terrible book! No one knows the pain a hypochondriac suffers through in this very real disease unless you have a close friend or family member diagnosed with it. Also the diagnosis is not made by a couple visits to the physicia. This author is cynical and has no clue what the truth of the disorder is! 


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About the author (2003)

Joseph Fried is an MBA and a practicing CPA specializing in governmental auditing, the audit of nonprofit organizations, and the peer review of other CPA firms. Fried is an expert in Social Security policy, and the waste, fraud, and abuse that are reflected in all facets of the program. He has published two books with Algora Publishing.

Mr. Fried serves as director of the Public Program Testing Organization (PPTO), an Ohio-based nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and eliminate waste in the governmental and nonprofit sectors. Working on behalf of the PPTO, Mr. Fried determined that several Texas school districts were illegally giving workers Social Security coverage in a scheme that will cause the government to pay over $2 billion to ineligible beneficiaries. The Office of Inspector General investigated these allegations and confirmed their accuracy and validity in a report issued in 2007. (See report at

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