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How might Social Security recipients effectively check the power of the Social Security Administration?

a. By voting to recall Supreme Court justices who refuse to support lawsuits against the agency.
b. By monitoring the agency and reporting complaints to their member of Congress.
c. By voting on a nationwide referendum to fire the head of the agency.
d. By refusing to cash checks issued by the agency.

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