Remember that social security payments, again, despite the propaganda to the contrary by the Republican Party, is the recipients own money! People pay into the plan from the day they start working until they day they stop.
All in all, I'm not interested in theory or what should or should not be done. I'd really like to hear from a monk who is actually in this position. Surely there are American monks of social security age out there, or at least that are known by people on this forum?
What is the actual practice? I, for one, don't think that a monk SHOULD receive any money directly when they are in robes. But OTOH, I don't think that a person's money which they have contributed to for their working life should simply go to the state.
As others have stated, SOMEONE is paying for the monk's life. Unless he's in the woods either collecting berries, someone is paying.
Just curious what really happens in practice.