Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. - Henry David Thoreau
Did you know the U.S. government actually taxes Social Security benefits? That's right, after all those years of deducting Social Security taxes from the money you earn, the government turns around and TAXES THAT MONEY AGAIN!!!
Of course, if you have a total income of less than $25,000 they do not expect you to pay any taxes. However, the cops will definitely harass you for sleeping on a park bench. Just tell the officer you are trying to live on your Social Security benefit check, maybe he or she will understand.
For normal people with a total income of over $25,000 the government expects you to pay income tax again on income for which you already paid taxes. The tax quickly rises depending on your total income. It could be as high as 85%!!!
So after you work all your life, pay taxes, and eventually retire, the government may only let you keep 15% of the Social Security taxes you paid all those years.
(Note: A significant part of your taxes is used to buy nuclear bombs and other weapons. The rest of your tax payments will be used to pay interest on the National Debt, currently around $7,000,000,000,000 0r 7 trillion dollars and growing rapidly every day!)