We considered not getting our children a SS# but ended up doing so. I do not like the choices it removes from them (such as living off the grid). It is, IMO, much harder to remove yourself from the system than to get into the system given you keep good records.
Tax deduction. When DD was born we were eligible for the EIC and chose the $.
I really don't like that we are making this political/economic choice for our child that really only applies to them when they are an adult, but thats what we ended up doing.
A lot of places ask for social security numbers you do NOT need to give them to (even universities can give you a student ID # not associated w/your SS#). For example, my kids are going to camp in another week or so without the space for SS# filled in. The camp alleges that it is for in case of an emergency so they could get medical attention
They already have our insurance info, so I know that is untrue.
I do not believe taxes are illegal or unconstituational, but I realize that others feel differently. I really respect people who live off the grid and make less than they would need to be taxed. I do NOT respect people who simply commit tax evasion. That, IMO, does not qualify as civil disobediance since the majority of people who take that route do to save $ rather than for political principal. Additionally, the job my DH has would not allow him to not pay taxes and that is definately the job he wants (it would not matter as much for some people).
While Social Security was not originally fully a Ponzi Scheme, IMO, not only has it become one, it has become ripe for graft. Not only are the people at the top of the pyramid taking from the people on the bottom, with them having little to no hope of recouping but people "outside" the scheme altogether (other federal programs) are also helping themselves to the pot.
I would like to add one more thing and I hope it does not offend you. Your first post seemed to be asking for opinions in a *questioning* manner, but the tone of your other posts made the first seem like kind of a set up. If, in the future, you want only positive reactions you can increase your luck by putting something like ****SUPPORT ONLY**** in the title. You'll still get some negative opinions, but not as much. And while I knew all your terms I do not see how you could (and I am not saying you do) consider them *value neutral* terms which tends to be inciteful.