According to Federal officials there will be no benefit increase for Social Security recipients in 2011. Retirees will have to wait for 2012. I read one article that quoted retirees as saying that decision is disgusting. The facts are that while there is a recession in progress, the cost of living has gone up dramatically. Declining an increase in benefits to Social Security Retirees is therefore unfair and without justification. There is a need here. That need is being ignored by the Feds, in an effort to save dollars. Saving dollars apparently to balance their budget on the backs of retired Seniors Citizens.
There are some other things that are pestering me lately that I might as well get off my chest while we’re standing here at the so-called-Welfare- Trough , that Conservative love to hoot about to garner votes come election day. Seniors as well as the rest of us citizens out here who are not in Congress, or are without high scale paying jobs, depend on Social Security in the future. I might add that we paid into to this system to garner our benefits, not to be told that in the near future, or just as soon as I retire that there won’t be anything left for me. That was not part of the deal in 32. Perhaps if we changed some of the laws that we came up with back in the 60’s there might be more monies in the account. No, but thanks to President Johnson, who signed the legislation that allows Congress to borrow money from Social Security funds the purse is near empty. Hey!!!! I got an idea, Why doesn’t Congress pay back the money they took from Social Security…With interest of course. Then there ought to be a whole lotta dollars there for a raise, a much-needed raise in 2011!
Peeve #2. All this talk about Americans being responsible, and not reliant on government. Well it seems that the Government has forgotten that we paid into Social Security. We also paid into Unemployment. That means we have a right to those benefits when applicable. Many Americans had 401(k)’s until they lost it to Wall Street and their greedy tycoons. Many had Mutual Funds until Wall St. and a bunch of crooks took those too. There were people saving money as well, until Wall St. went bust, and took the rest of the country down with them. We bailed out the tycoons, we bailed out wall St., but no one wants to bail out the little guy on the verge of retirement now standing in Walmart as a greater because they can not afford to live on mere Social Security benefits. I am sick of these self righteous Conservatives who declare that they owe Seniors, and unemployed workers nothing. Be self-reliant they cry, stand on your own two feet they demand! Some would end Social Security if they had their way. Of course they would, they have no problem with that because they get a nice hefty retirement from Congress. Their Medical care is taken care of. They will be just fine, at Tax Payer Expense, of course!
Yet these same self righteous Zealots will look down on the average Joe, and call him a Lazy no Account because he can’t find a job and save his house, and family from financial ruin. One Congressman said over live Mic on the House floor when debating extension of Unemployment benefits to millions of Americans still out of work, He returned to his seat, angered over the debate on the floor, and said to an aide “Tough Shit”! That was his response to citizens back home who could not find a job. That apparently would be his response to Senior Citizens dependant upon Social Security and Medicare and Food Commodities each month as well.
However, I have not seen them angered, frustrated, or dismayed when Wall St. employees get huge three figure bonuses. I have not seen their anger and discust over, Multi Million Dollar bonus payments to CEO’s. What about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
We should be pounding the doors down, demanding an increase in benefits to Senior Citizens. We should be making it quite clear that Social Security and Unemployment are not welfare benefits. we should stand firm and make it clear that Americas elders shall not and will not be treated in this manner. Don’t do it because it’s the politically correct thing to do…..Do For Mom and Dad!
That’s my point of view. I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a great day and …………. God Bless America!!!