Views of SG requested ad received, 9/22/87... The SG concludes that the decision of the Ark. Supreme Court is clearly wrong. It violates the plain language of the statutes, and the facts of this case cannot properly be distinguished from Philpott v. Essex County Welfare Board, 409 U.S. 413 (1973), in which that Court unanimously held that the Social Security statute means what it says; the stat may not seize Social Security benefits. In that case, that state tried to recoup payments to a welfare recipient.
Clerk's Memo, Bennett v. Arkansas, 485 U.S. 395 (1988). Box 367, Harry A. Blackmun Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.