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April 12, 2014

Social Security: If you give a man a computer mouse, see what happens

Happy National Poetry Month. Now, if you’ll have a look-see, read our poem inspired by Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”:


If you give a man a mouse

he’s going to want to use the computer.

If he uses the computer

he’ll probably want to go on the Internet.

If he surfs the Internet

he’s going to want to visit some interesting websites.

He’ll probably end up on

If he visits

you can bet he’ll check out our library of publications at

If he reads some of our publications,

he’ll probably want to check out the online services.

If he does that

there’s no doubt he’ll open a “my Social Security” account at

Once he explores “my Social Security”

he’ll end up reviewing his Social Security statement.

Then he’ll want to explore what will happen if he retires at different ages

by using the Retirement Estimator at

If he plugs in different scenarios, such as earnings amounts and retirement dates

then he’ll probably start thinking seriously about retiring.

He’ll read the publication “When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits.”

After he reads that

he’ll ask you what you think about his decision to retire,

but he won’t listen to your answer.

Instead, he’ll use the Retirement Planner at

It won’t take him long to realize that he wants to retire

so he can spend more time on the computer.

He will ask you to make him a cup of tea,

so you put on the kettle.

He will apply for retirement benefits at

It will take him 15 minutes.

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