When SS was first being debated in Congress this very issue was BIIIIIIIG. Until the ban of its use as an ID was added, FDR was going to lose the program.
The only loosening of the law has been solely for income tax purposes. Hence the allowance that anyone who pays you reportable income must obtain your SS number because, above established thresholds the p;ayor issues you whatever variation of a 1099 that aopplies and files a copy with the IRS. That way the IRS can match to see if you are properly reporting.
I have two questions for you Paul. The first is why do you think, or know, how come the Identification Purpose of the
card was such an issue back then?
The second question is if you are aware that when a person gets a green card to work in America, they get a social security
number at that time. Is that true? Do you know? I thought you had to be a citizen to have a social security card.