Samuel Alito on Social Security
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005)
ALITO: That was a case where I think the Supreme Court thought that my opinion had gone too far in favor of the little guy who was involved there.
HATCH: This was a woman with disabilities, right?
ALITO: Thatís right.
HATCH: She sought Social Security benefits.
ALITO: Social Security disability benefits. And in order to be eligible for those, she had to be unable to perform any job that existed in substantial numbers in the national economy.
HATCH: She had a job as an elevator operator if I recall correctly.
ALITO: Thatís right. As the case was presented to us, the only job that she could perform was her past job, which was as an elevator operator. I said you canít deny Social Security benefits because the person is able to do a job that no longer exists. You canít deny benefits based on a hypothetical job. It has to be based on a real job. And the Supreme Court didnít see it that way.
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Samuel Alito(since 2006)
Stephen Breyer(since 1994)
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Elena Kagan(since 2010)
Anthony Kennedy(since 1988)
John Roberts(since 2005)
Sonia Sotomayor(since 2009)
Clarence Thomas(since 1991)
Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
John Paul Stevens(1975-2010)
Sandra Day O'Connor(1981-2006)
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