Update on the $250 Social Security Stimulus (SSI) Payment in 2010 for Retirees, Veterans and the Disabled Who Get No COLA Increase

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[Update Dec 2010 - No $250 SSI Payment in 2010] Congress officially nixed a one-time payment of $250 in 2010 to Social Security recipients who haven’t received cost of living adjustments (COLA) since 2008.  The cancellation of a $250 SSI payment in 2010 was justified on the basis of low inflation (see update below). But many seniors are feeling the pinch of inflation, especially around medical services — a big-ticket item for seniors. Many believe that the $250 payment would have been a good economic stimulus payment, since there’s a good chance that most of the $250 would be spent immediately.

While many seniors could easily survive without the $250, there are also millions of seniors who are struggling to make ends meet (just see the comments below in response to this article), particularly if they have high medical or disability costs. Congress really should have found a way to provide the $250 SSI payment to those seniors who truly need the money, instead of tax cuts for the super-rich.

I will continue to provide updates on a potential 2011 bonus one-time SSI payment, to make up for the lack of a COLA increase, and encourage you to subscribe (free) via Email or RSS to get the latest news.

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[Update Nov 2010] The Social Security administration recently announced that there would be no 2011 COLA increase, meaning the monthly SSI payments in 2011 would remain unchanged for the second year in a row. Clearly our senior citizens are being hit hard, which places more pressure on Congress to approve a 2011 Bonus SSI payment (supported by the Obama administration). With the hundreds of comments on this topic, people are clearly upset about not receiving the bonus SSI payment or a COLA increase yet again.

Fortunately, Ways and Means Social Security Chairman Earl Pomeroy recently announced that the House will take up the Seniors Protection Act when Congress reconvenes later this year [this measure was quashed]. The Seniors Protection Act of 2010 will provide a $250 payment to about 54 million Social Security recipients. Congressman Pomeroy introduced the bill, H.R. 5987, in July, and has since worked to ensure that this bill will be enacted before the end of the year. Congressman Pomeroy received assurances today from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin that this bill will be brought to the House floor and passed when the House reconvenes in November

Individuals receiving Social Security benefits have seen everyday expenses for drugs, medical care, utilities, housing and food increase while Social Security benefits have remained unchanged. Seniors and others receiving benefits face ongoing struggles to meet these costs given the modest level of their benefits, amounting to only $14,000 annually, on average.

“In this economy, seniors are struggling to make ends meet,” Congressman Pomeroy said. “Passing this bill will ensure that the lack of cost-of-living-adjustment will not jeopardize seniors’ ability to survive on their benefits. All Members of Congress should join us in supporting this legislation which will be fiscally responsible and upholds our bedrock promise of economic security for our nation’s seniors”

On a related topic, there is still a lot of confusion on past (2008, 2009) one time bonus SSI payments. The Social Security Administration (ssa.gov) site is responsible for making these payments and is where you should check the official status of your missing or late SSI payment(s).

Update : See the recently announced 2011 Social Security Income (SSI) Payments
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[June 2010] Unfortunately the Democrat-controlled Senate has rejected a measure by a 50 to 47 vote that would have given seniors a one-time Social Security benefit payment of $250 to make up for the lack of a cost of living increase. The jobs bill, which contained the $250 SSI provision, was rejected despite President Obama’s backing. The payments which would amount to $13 billion, where earmarked in the jobs bill – which was deemed too costly by lawmakers trying to allay their image of big spenders.

The badly needed Social Security payments would have helped 57 million seniors, a risky number to overlook considering the fall elections and how badly incumbent politicians are viewed. This year marks the first time since 1975 that Social Security beneficiaries didn’t receive a cost of living (COLA)  increase, which means an extra one-time SSI payment may become a reality later this year if a new jobs bill is introduced to further extend unemployment benefits or the COLA provision in President Obama’s budget is approved.

[Update] - See this article for the $250 Medicare Gap payment in Obama’s new health care reform package. Also see newly release details on the Tax Breaks and Credits in the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010
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[Update Jan 2010] The additional $250 payment in 2010 is now also part of President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal, which means this payment could be received later, rather than earlier, since the budget needs to get congressional approval. Stay tuned for further updates.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced the bill (H.R 3557) on September 14, 2009 that would provide the $250 payment in 2010, detailed below, for an emergency Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Social Security recipients. The bill has been has been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means for review and should be put to a vote on the Senate floor in the next few months.

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[Previous update] President Obama has proposed extending the 2009 economic recovery payment of $250 into 2010 by providing another payment of $250 to retirees,veterans and disabled people already receiving Social Security benefits. This additional payment will potentially be funded via the $787 Billion economic stimulus package and is expected to cost $13 billion in total.

“These payments will provide aid to more than 50 million people in the coming year, relief that will not only make a difference for them, but for our economy as a whole, complementing the tax cuts we’ve provided working families and small businesses through the Recovery Act,” Obama said in a statement.

President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to quickly approve the $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for no cost of living increase in Social Security next year (according to the SSA which has cited negative inflation this year as the reason).

The new benefit would be $250 – or equivalent to a 2 percent increase in benefits for the average Social Security retiree beneficiary. Under the rules no person could “double dip” and receive a $250 Economic Recovery Payment through more than one program. Nor could they receive both an Economic Recovery Payment and the Making Work Pay tax credit.

The $250 payments would go to those receiving veterans benefits, disability benefits, railroad retirees and public employee retirees who don’t receive Social Security. Like the 2009 $250 payment, the additional $250 social security payment will most likely be paid out by the SSA and not count as income for SSI. To date Economic Recovery Payments have been made to 55 million people including seniors, veterans and people with disabilities and totaled $13.7 billion. Most of the checks were mailed out in May 2009.

To receive the 2010 $250 payment, the beneficiary’s address of record must be in a valid US state or territory. Only individuals eligible for Social Security, SSI, Veterans, or Railroad Retirement benefits at any time during the months of November 2009, December 2009, or January 2010 may be eligible for the extra payment. The $250 payment will be delivered in the same way your current Social Security or SSI benefit is sent.

In addition to this legislative proposal, the IRS and the Department of Treasury will take steps this week to prevent reductions in the amounts that workers can contribute to IRAs, 401(k)s, and other aspects of tax-favored retirement systems in 2010 that some feared could result from negative inflation over the past twelve months.

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Margaret Cabral December 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

THEY DID FINALLY GIVE A COLA FOR 2012 BUT THEY NEED TO
MAKE IT EVERY YEAR. WE LOST ABOUT $25. PER YEAR FOR
3 YEARS SO $300. A YEAR AVERAGE BEING $900. THE LAST
3 YEARS WAS LOST.
WE NEED TO START TAKING THE PANHANDLING SPOTS OF ALL
THE HOMELESS TO BE USED FOR DISABLED PEOPLE IN
WHEELCHAIRS, BLIND, DEAF AND SENIORS WITH WALKING
STICKS AND WALKERS ALL WITH (NEED MONEY) SIGNS AND
TELL THE GOVERNMANT WE NEED $1,000. OR WHAT A 1
BEDROOM COSTS WHERE WE LIVE RENT CHECK OR HOUSE
TAX AND COLA EACH YEAR , FOOD STAMPS. THEIR ARE
MANY DISABLED LIVING IN NURSING HOMES BECAUSE THEY
CAN’T GET LOW INCOME APARTMENTS. SO ITS TIME TO
START BEGGING ASKING FOR RENT OR HOUSE TAX HELP,
COLA , FOOD STAMPS SO DISABLED AND SENIORS CAN
LIVE. A PERSON WHOS BORN WITH C.P. AND ON SSI
LIVING IN A POWER WHEELCHAIR IS NOT A CHOSEN LIFE
SO SAYING HE OR SHE DID NOT PAY IN IS NOT A GOOD
EXCUSE. NO ONE CHOSES TO BE A C.P. QUAD IN A POWER
WHEELCHAIR.

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Ron December 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Today the government argues over extending the “payroll tax deduction” enacted in the 2009 time frame. They do not openly associate the “payroll tax deduction” with Social Security, but truth be known, that tax deduction should have been called a Social Security payroll tax reduction. Seniors on Social Security did not receive a cost of living allowance for 2010 and 2011, and now one can surmise that the wizards of Washington, with slight of hand, simply took our COLA for those two years, and gave it to the payroll earners and disguised it as a generous “payroll tax deduction”. In other words Washington took the money for the “payroll tax deduction” from the Senior Citizens bank account and put it into the payroll earners bank account. I’ve seen these “deceptions” preformed in Las Vegas Majic acts, and applauded their entertainment. This sickens me.

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emaz October 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients will get a raise in January — their first increase in benefits since 2009. It’s expected to be about 3.5 percent.

Some 55 million beneficiaries will find out for sure Wednesday when a government inflation measure that determines the annual cost-of-living adjustment is released.

Congress adopted the measure in the 1970s, and since then it has resulted in annual benefit increases averaging 4.2 percent. But there was no COLA in 2010 or 2011 because inflation was too low. That was small comfort to the millions of retirees and disabled people who have seen retirement accounts dwindle and home values drop during the period of economic weakness, said David Certner, legislative policy director for the AARP.

“People certainly feel like they are falling behind, and these are modest income folks to begin with, so every dollar counts,” Certner said. “I think sometimes people forget what seniors’ incomes are.”

Some of the increase in January will be lost to higher Medicare premiums, which are deducted from Social Security payments. Medicare Part B premiums for 2012 are expected to be announced next week, and the trustees who oversee the program are projecting an increase.

Monthly Social Security payments average $1,082, or about $13,000 a year. A 3.5 percent increase would amount to an additional $38 a month, or about $455 a year.

Most retirees rely on Social Security for a majority of their income, according to the Social Security Administration. Many rely on it for more than 90 percent of their income.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said the COLA would give a boost to consumer spending next year, amounting to about $25 billion in government support, or 0.2 percent more economic growth, if beneficiaries spend it all. For comparison, last year’s 2 percentage point cut in Social Security payroll taxes was worth $115 billion to U.S. households.

“It is not a magic bullet for the economy, but it will certainly be a positive for households on fixed incomes,” he said.

Federal law requires the program to base annual payment increases on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Officials compare inflation in the third quarter of each year — the months of July, August and September — with the same months in the previous year.

If consumer prices increases from year to year, Social Security recipients automatically get higher payments, starting the next January. If price changes are negative, the payments stay unchanged.

Only twice since 1975 — the past two years — has there been no COLA.

Wednesday’s COLA announcement will come as a special joint committee of Congress weighs options to reduce the federal government’s $1.3 trillion budget deficit. In talks this summer, President Barack Obama floated the idea of adopting a new measure of inflation to calculate the COLA, one that would reduce the annual increases.

Advocates for seniors mounted an aggressive campaign against the proposal, and it was scrapped. But it could resurface in the ongoing talks.

“We’re very concerned about that,” said Web Phillips of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “I think that what this illustrates is the dangers of trying to make Social Security policy in the context of deficit reduction.”

Social Security payments increased by 5.8 percent in 2009, the largest increase in 27 years, after energy prices spiked in 2008. But energy prices quickly dropped and home prices became soft in markets across the country, contributing to lower inflation the past two years.

For example, average gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon in the summer of 2008. But by January 2009, they had fallen below $2. Today, the national average is about $3.46 a gallon.

“A lot of that increase had to do with energy,” Polina Vlasenko, an economist at the American Institute for Economic Research, based in Great Barrington, Mass., said of the 2009 change.

As a result, Social Security recipients got an increase that was far larger than actual overall inflation. However, they weren’t to get another increase until consumer prices exceeded the levels measured in 2008.

So far this year, prices have been higher than that, Vlasenko said. Based on consumer prices in July and August, the COLA for 2012 would be about 3.5 percent. Vlasenko estimates the COLA will be from 3.5 percent to 3.7 percent.

Advocates for seniors say it’s about time.

“If you’ve been at the grocery store lately and remember what you used to pay for things, see what you’re paying for things today,” Phillips said. “The cost-of-living adjustment makes sure that the Social Security benefit that you qualify for when you retire or you become disabled continues to stay current with prices so that the buying power of your benefit does not decline over time.”

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Associated Press Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.

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Ron October 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Let’s not rush out and spend a whole lot of that 3.5……..as you stated, Medicare part B will likely take much of that back. This new COLA promise is the only way they could raise the Medicare part B without creating mass criticism. It amuses me hear Republicans cry “class war fare” when it is suggested that the wealthy should pay a little more in taxes, but to deny S/S COLA adjustments is fine with them. Since 2009 S/S dependents have been “taxed”, in effect, by loss of COLA adjustments, thus providing the Government billions in revenue over ten years. Oddly enough, Republicans don’t see that as “tax”, nor do they allow these people to be identified as a “class”, as in “class war fare”

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emaz October 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

MEDICARE INFORMATION………… NEWS YOU CAN USE…. PASS IT ON………..

MEDICARE PARTS
Covers Hospital Type Expenses-Free to most citizens
Covers Doctor Type Expenses- $96.40 or $110.50 deducted from Social Security Payments
Medicare Advantage Plans replaces Traditional Medicare
Covers Prescription medications for those using traditional Medicare

TRADITIONAL MEDICARE Most Expensive

Advantages

Can use any doctor or facility that accepts Medicare

Disadvantages

Must purchase separate Part D plan – costs $25.40 to $125 plus co-pays

Pays only 80% of Part A and B expenses

($100,000 medical bill means $20,000 out of pocket costs)

Must purchase supplemental policy to cover 20% not covered by Medicare. Costs about $100/month and up depending on age and plan selected.

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE (HMOs and PPOs) – Replaces Traditional Medicare

Must have Part A and B coverage

Advantages

Replaces Traditional Medicare Part A, B, and for most people Part D

Eliminates premium cost for supplemental insurance.

Replaces the 20% not covered by Part A and B with an annual out of pocket maximum of

about $3,400 to $6,700.

No Part D premiums-Only co-pays for prescription medications

Low cost Lab work

Limited dental and eye related services

Free or low cost gym membership

Usually No monthly premium

Disadvantage: Must use a network of doctors

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) -Least expensive way to cover heath cost.

Advantage: See above plus $0.00 to visit primary doctor & low co-pay to visit specialist

Disadvantages:

Must stay within network of providers

Must get referrals to visit specialist

Out of network except for emergencies not covered

Preferred Provider Organization (HMO) -Mid expensive way to cover heath cost.

Advantages Same a HMO except

Low cost to visit primary doctor and slightly higher co-pay for specialist

Referrals not needed for specialist

Shared costs for out of network coverage

Disadvantage: Slightly higher fees and co-pays

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emaz October 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

This is what I’ve found after some quick research. I don’t know what deductible he is referring to. Part A is free. Part B in 2011 cost between $96.40 or $110.50 depending upon the retirement year. The max therefore ia about $1300/year. Part D plans cost between $25.40 to $125 plus co-pays. The $1,800 can be reached adding in a $50 D premium. The future $100 cost for part A,B, and C? The cost for part B is already around $100.

In January of 2009, people who received social security benefits received a COLA benefit increase of 5.8%.In January of 2010 and 2011, people who received social security benefits did not receive a COLA benefit increase. COLA information for 2011. This is due to the decline in consumer prices and the expected low inflation. Only about 30% (not most) take advantage of Medicare Advantage plans. These are far cheaper than traditional Medicare.

Other information:

The standard Part B premium would have absorbed almost 5% of benefits upon retirement in 2000 and about 8.5% in 2010 after over a decade of retirement. For a new retiree in 2010, the Part B premium absorbs about 9% of the Social Security benefit, and combined premiums for both Part B and Part D absorb about 12% of the average initial Social Security benefit check. Medicare’s trustees project that premiums for Parts B and D will grow at a faster rate than average Social Security benefits in the future, thus consuming a greater proportion of benefits over time. In 2078, a retired worker receiving the average initial Social Security benefit amount is projected to need 22% of benefits to pay the Part B premium and 31% of initial benefits to pay combined Parts B and D premiums.

Facts for thought. This is what I’ve found after some quick research

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George Alfaro August 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Well guys I had to go live out of the country to be able to live on my SSI $800 month. I hope when MR. O. is out of the white house, they will take care of the seniors a little bit better. ” Mr. O. send more money for the wars, that will tace of the seniors” JAJA.

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andys2i August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

There is news that Obama may include more benefits for seniors in a proposed 2012 stimulus/jobs package – http://www.savingtoinvest.com/2011/08/2012-job-creation-stimulus-plan-and-tax-cuts-can-the-president-really-boost-the-economy-and-lower-unemployment.html . But things will still be tough for the next few years no matter what happens.

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kkenny August 28, 2011 at 1:59 am

let do the samething they doing over seas fight for what we work for they keep saying ssa ssdi ssi is breaking the bank no it the wars and and the money they sending over there to re biuld there countys stop they tock the money out ofthe ssa ssdi acctt to pay for it and tthe stock market taking pepole money from there 401k plans to pay for these spending plans but you sit back and let them do it overe here oh im just gioing to sit back and see what happens stop bitching if you not going to stand up and say something to stop it thats why they do what they do

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Ron August 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Back in the early 70′s, a new phenomina evolved called the 401K savings plan. Promoted by the U. S. Government, and inacted by most major corporations, it offered fantastic hope for the future with these employers offering to match your every dollar of savings with one of theirs. Those savings were administered into the stock market for the most part, and major corporations had a new influx of working capital with which they could finance their evolution to China, Japan, ect. Well, today the stock market has devalued our return again, and ironically at a time when the “Baby Boomers” are lining up at the cashiers window to collect on their investments of Social Security, Medicare, and that bulging 401K that Wall Street is “holding” for them. Grab your ass folks because they had a plan for what we are seeing today, a long time ago. Imagine what we would feel like right now if we had allowed the idiot Bush and the Tea Party to invest our Social Security into the Stock Market……it fell from 12,500 to 11,000 as of today, and it ain’t over yet.

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andys2i July 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Following the debt ceiling debate, many readers have asked, “Will I get my Social Security check?”

Answer : It depends on how the Treasury prioritizes its spending. The government will have $306.7 billion worth of bills to pay between Aug 3. and Aug. 31 and is expected to bring in just $172.4 billion in revenue, according to an analysis by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Some or all of the bills could go unpaid. A big test will come on August 3rd, when $23 billion in Social Security payments are to go out.

To get the latest on the debt debate see this article – http://www.savingtoinvest.com/2011/02/government-shut-down-likely-as-house-republicans-pass-spending-bill-without-democrat-senate-support.html

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Abbie Reid July 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I have read so many of the comments on this particular post. There are so many individuals in this country that are in need nowadays, especially the elderly and people with disabilities. Although I am not elderly or disabled, I can understand what it is like not to have enough money to make ends meet. However I can say things are better for me now. One reason things are better for me is that I learned how to managed the little money I have. I know this is hard but you must find ways to do it. You can do it too. All you need to do is become financially literate. Once you do that you will be able to find ways to save money on almost everything. If you all start examing your financial lifestyle you might just find that you can gain more than the one time $250 the government promised. Hope this is helpful to someone and stay encouraged.

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Elliott July 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Yeah show me how to save money on food that is onething i have a hardtime with is the food bill. Ell

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TODD July 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm

RECIEVED THE $250.00 IN 2010 BUT NOT IN 2009, AND NO INCREASE IN 2 YEARS, ALREADY……WILL THERE BE ANY RELIEF FOR US OR IS IT JUST GOING TO STAY THE SAME THIS YEAR, I GET $761.00 A MONTH AND I HAVE TO BORROW FROM FAMILY JUST TO PAY 1 OR 2 BILLS AND TRANSPORTATION TO THE DOCTORS AND PAY FOR FOOD AND ITEMS U CANT BUY WITH FOOD STAMPS, SO IS THERE ANY KIND OF HELP IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE OR IS IT GOING TO STAY THE SAME AGAIN.

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Margaret Cabral December 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

For People on SSI, SSDI, Veterans ect esp SSDI and SSI
THEIR IS ONLY ONE CHOICE START BEGGING ON THE
STREET TAKING THE HOMELESS SPOTS SO THOSE ON
SSI, SSDI CAN LIVE. MAYBE IF A FEW MILLION SENIORS
AND DISABLED STARTED PANHANDLING THEY MIGHT GET
THE MESSAGE TO GIVE COLI each year. And throw in a
extra payment for rent to each disabled and senior.

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charlene July 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

leave us poor people alone who live only on ssi/ss/ssdi/we can,t even make ends meet.and yet thats who you all hit frist .make the very rich pay more in taxes they can aford it .they get all the tax breakes we don,t i,m sick and tired of us who live on a fixted income being the frist you all pick on stop it.no wounder we have to eat cat/dog food.we can not get food stamps.but other i see in the stories they get them and you can tell they really don,t need them .but they lie and get them .so please give us the stimulus we need/and a cost of liveing raise we have not gotten in 2 years.

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Margaret Cabral December 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Lets take the homeless spots and start panhandling if a few
million disabled in wheelchairs and seniors with walking sticks
start panhandling giving the goverment a demand to give coli
and throw in rent payments being about $1000. extra a month
to cover rent or house tax then we will end the begging. Many
disabled are forced to live in nursing homes due to lack of rent
payment and not enough low income housing so why not take
the homeless persons begging spots and hold signs saying
wheelchair cripple needs money not to be homeless and
senior with waling sticks needs money not to be homeless
will be needed.

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Lee. evans July 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

we really need either an update on ssi payments and 250 every month (for people with real disabilities) let me tell you im on ssi for a illness that has no cure 674 does not cover even a descent apartment. why is it that people on ssi have to live with someone else ? why cant people with a real illness or disability be accepted for those apartments with pools and has a nice safe gated area? because we only qualify for “low income” why cant we be first to be approved for section 8 atleast ??? i been waiting over 7years. so many apartments require 3 times the amount just to live there i honestly think alot of things isnt right i have to live in a crappy place because of having low income what are we suppose to do? we barely have any money left over to even buy clothes i have children and only usually have about 190 left over so our lives have to be completely limited because of this. i think its crazy

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Elliott July 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

We give all the money to packistan like 800 million. Billions and Billions on wasted Wars. See if we had a great Leader with Honor and Truth i am sure you would see some Balance from the world they live in now. Also they give themselfs big big rise also most of them are Rich in power, Trust me they dont think about the poor they dont care”

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mafalda porcella June 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

Do u know what is crazy? That so many people tale ssi and other benefits and they sales their food stamps foe money to buy drugs also they arent sick just made up a history to get benefits and we the real people that need help we dont have nothing…very nice

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jennifer June 27, 2011 at 2:53 am

please help us i cant even afford to go to the dr. cause i dont have no money to pay for gas to get there cause all my bills to keep a roof over my head takes all my money. please help us. i cant even afford to buy myself food and my linkcard dont even cover a weeks worth of food now days.

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kenny June 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

see we need to march on washtion he sending money over seaes 10000000000000000000000.00000000000 and not giving us shit i kown old peole that have no gas water elcet i told my kids to tell there friends not to vote for him becase he taking for there grad mom and father that help them at collage with money but he thinks he has the byoung pepole but its going to change tell them not to vote for him he is bull shitting them to about money to go to collage

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robert June 15, 2011 at 4:46 am

Well,so Mr.Brown decided to cut ”SSI” payments by 15 dollars a month to save money,hmmmmm.Do any of the politicians realize that the poorest people are the ones that receive the ”SSI” benefits,therefore every dime they receive each month is spent,that is in contrast to people that are able to work being able to either save or contribute to their 401k or other things, reducing the actual amount that becomes ”disposable” income,resulting in less money being poured into the economy.Poor people are the ones that actually keep the economy going because every penny they get is spent every month.I think that providing the poor with disposable income is a good thing because it is all used for things we have to have and not put away in a savings account to draw interest.It makes sense to me to give the poorest people the most breaks because of what I have stated so far in my comment.Well that is all I have to say,I hope everybody that reads this understands what I am trying to say,I might not be the most eloquent letter writer,but still I think i have made a valid point.Have a great day ..Robert

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nalyme May 15, 2011 at 12:17 am

PLEASE OBAMA HELP US!!!! WHEN WILL YOU HELP US THOUGHT DEMOCRATS HELPED PEOPLE BUT OH NO… VOTE NO FOR HEALTHCARE BILL BECAUSE IT WILL SCREW WITH OUR BENEFITS MORE I ALREADY HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR MEDICAL BECAUSE TO GET REAL TREATMENT FOR LYME DISEASE A BIO WEAPON DISEASE OUR RICH GOVERNMENT CREATED!!!!! DOCTORS DENY TREATMENT AND IGNORE IT…..EXCEPT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INFECTED WHO ACTUALLY CARE BUT BECAUSE OF SCRUNITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THEY RUN THEIR OWN PRIVATE PRACTICE AND WILL NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT INSURANCE!!!! DAMN IT I AM STARVING HERE I GO ALMOST A WEEK WITHOUT DAILY NEEDS BEING MEET LETS SEE MAYBE WEEKS WITHOUT FOOD…… OUR ECONOMY CANT BE BOOSTED IF I AM STARVING TO DEATH AND NOT EVEN HAVING ANY MONEY FOR NEW CLOTHES SINCE I AM RAPIDLY LOSING WEIGHT…. IM HUNGRY AND ALMOST NAKED YET CHURCH AGENGIES AND GOVERNMENT ALIKE WILL NOT HELP AND THANKS TO NEW LAWS AND BILLS AND CUTS TO FUNDING THEY MIGHT AS WELL SET OFF A NUKE BECAUSE THEY ARE KILLING OFF PEOPLE THIS WAY….WITH SECRETS AND INFECTIONS WORSE THEN AIDS… YOUR 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO GET LYME DISEASE THEN AID AND 10XS MORE LIKELY TO GET OTHER TICK BORNE DISEASES AND IT IS WORSE THEN AIDS AND CANCER OR HEART DISEASE PEOPLE ARE DIEING BUT WILL OUR RICH LITTLE GOVERNMENT LIFT A FINGER TO HELP NO!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BECAUSE THEY COVER UP THE TRUTH ABOUT LYME DISEASE!!!!!!! IF YOU READ THIS AND KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT IT AND HAVE MONEY TO INVEST IN SOMEONES WELFARE PLEASE POST A RESPONSE I AM 33 SINGLE AND NO CHILDREN SINGLE BECAUSE I HAVE NO LIFE IT WAS DESTROYED WHEN THE POWERS THAT BE INFECTED ME…….. I WISH I COULD HAVE A LIFE AND FAMILY AND A WELL PAYING JOB YOU DESTROYED ALL HOPE FOR ME TO BE A WORKING CLASS CITIZEN WHEN YOU REPEATEDLY LABLED ME AS CRAZY HEY I AM NOT THE ONE CRAZY HERE I AM SICK WITH A REAL DISEASE I HAVE BLOOD WORK TO PROVE IT AND THE DOCTORS I HAVE SEEN TELL ME I AM DYING AND IT WILL TAKE ALMOST ALL MY LIFE TO RECOVER WHAT I HAVE LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE SEND DONATIONS IF YOU CAN HELP I AM REALLY HUNGRY AND THE FOOD SHELF IS NOT ENOUGH A TWO-THREE DAY SUPPLY ONCE A MONTH IS NOT GOING TO FIX IT…. AND CUTS TO MY HEALTH BENEFITS AND CASH ASSITANCE AND FOOD WELFARE WILL NOT FIX IT WHEN THE PRICES OF FOOD KEEP CLIMBING THE CHARTS..EVEN GAS IS CLIMBING THE CHARTS!!!!! WILL ANYONE OUT THERE HELP NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BECAUSE ITS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT MONEY POWER AND POLITICS!!!!!!!! AMERICA YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!!!LITERALLY!!!!!! I AM SO ASHAMED TO BE A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN RAISED HERE…. AND NOW YOU HAVE MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO LEAVE BECAUSE I AM SICK AND BROKE THANKS FOR COVERING UP THE TRUTH YOU RICH ASS FREAKING SCIENTIST THANKS FOR HIRING A NAZI RESEARCHIST TO SCREW WITH US ALL….:((((((((((

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Leisha May 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I still work and pay into social security every year as do millions of other amercians .My husband who worked for 35 yrs b-4 becoming disabled thru a work injury as well as my father who worked for 40 yrs or more and now can no longer work is forced to live with no cost of living rasies for which they are entitled to .I do know that there are exceptions. But I just want to state that the problem is not the ones who has worked all their lives and payed into the program ,but it is giving of the money that they worked for to the ones who have never worked.If the Federal Government wants to have programs for which to give mony away to certain criteria of people then that is their bad ,but in no way should anyone be allowed to drawl money out of the Social Security funds for which was set asside to take care of those who paid into it to begin with . There need s to be a divide . THe Social Security Admin should only be for the disabled workers and retires and should never be used to fund other goverment programs . The BIBLE SAYS THAT A MAN THAT DOES NOT WORK IS NOT WORHTY TO EAT.I beleive it is note worthy to mention that mayby this should be applied . Yes I am a Christian and yes we should feed the hungry The Bible tells us to take care of the widows over the age of 60 yrs and the orphans . HUH mayby that would solve a whole lot .If you see your brother hungry then feed him naked then clothe him sick then visit him or in prison . But there is no where you are commanded to continualy take care of those who continualy do not take care of them selves. We all should work together to do the right thing and then the right thing will come back to us . Blessings to all just wanted to share .

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tom May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

right on, I too am disabled after paying in all my life. I have been disabled only for three months and i”m telling you I miss working. If the government would quit stealing the social security money for all their pet projects then there would not be the shortages as yet. I to know of people who have been on ssdi for practicallyn their whole lives while never having paid into the system. I will remember who votes for and against what come november.

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Val C December 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hope you are not suggesting that people that are born disabled, and therefore, unable to pay into the system should be left to struggle on their own. If we do not unite to pay for these people, what are they supposed to do? What if they have no family to support them? These are the things we should think about before we begin to agree on the reasons why certain people should not eligible for assistance.

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Leonard P May 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

lets see, i get 1200 a month…. my mortgage is 500, utilities (heat,elec,phone,water/sewer) are 500, so that leaves 200 bucks for meds,food and gasoline which is almost 4 bucks a gal. i guess i’ll be on a diet and walking to doc appointments at this rate. no COL increase or 250 stimulas but our country is generous enough to hand out billions in aid to several other countries…….whats wrong with this picture??? pretty sad when haiti victims get aid from our country faster then Katrina victims.

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ron May 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Excellent perspective Leonard P. It sickens me to know that a part of all of our COLA money is being sent to Pakistan as “AID”, in support of a country that harbored and sheltered the mastermind of the devastation and death to 3,000 New Yorkers, the resulting death of 5,000 American soldiers in Iraq, and a total that is not in yet in Afganistan. If this sickens you too, log onto RENSE.COM and read some of the suggested connections to the Bush Family and Osama Bin Laden. Be prepared to get even sicker

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Delana Darrow April 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

My dishwasher an dryer are broken ,no matter how many bills i pay off other’s crop up and i’m sitting in the dark an sharing a shower because those bill’s needed cut down also my refergerater is empty and my disability doesn’t come in till 4 day’s. my cost for med’s is increasing too congress mr.obama please help i know thier’s people worse off than me but 679.00 on disability just doesn’t help anymore or pay things down,so congress quit bickering,i’d like to help the whole world and end all reliogios war’s but right now i need help are you listening anymore or care?

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Elliott April 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

But i see we are giving money away to libya but they cant give us 250.00. I Would Fire them alllllll everyone GOP DEMS JUST FIRE EVERYONE THEY ARE AWFUL

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Sylvia Winter April 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

HAS ANYBODY REALIZED JUST HOW MUCH OBAMA HAS LIED, WHAT ABOUT HIS FATHER, NEVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY, LIED ABOUT THOSE DATES, HE DOES NEED TO BE TAKEN FROM OFFICE, WHAT ELSE , DON’T ASK. WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT LYE IN OUR GOVERNMENT, THAT IT MAKES ME SICK, OUR PROBLEM IS THEIR ISN’T A THING WE CAN REALLY DO ABOUT IT, AS MONEY SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.

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ANGELA MASON April 6, 2011 at 7:49 am

I AM ON A NEW LUNG LIST AND I AM A SINGLE MOTHER PLEASE HELP ME PAY ONE MONTHES BILLS SO I SURVIVE.I HAVE BEEN SICK 5 YEARS.PLEASE HELP ME JUST ONE TIME PLEASE:}

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Elliott April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I Would Help if i had the Money. But i am Poor only thing i can do is pray and hope God will help you- Money that Social Secruity gives is not alot so i know how it Is- With Food and Hosuing other bills its Gone. Maybe someone with Money will help you more Rich people need too- Wish you the best hope things get better soon thanks

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david April 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

hi angela im so sorry for you’my lungs’ are not goo either’pph”is what i have’i just wish i had the money to send you honey’i know is awuful out there’ not enough to live on and sick at the same time”im so hurt by your letter”i just wanted you to know ill pray for you ‘ok and do my best to help u if i can’let me know how your doing ok my e mail is”baldwin.2010@yahoo.com get back to me will u’ill do what i can for you..david baldwin

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hattie thomas June 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

this have got too be the sweetie thing i have every seen. i too would love too send you some help.yet i am disable too. my sister also had lung problem. i wish i was bless with funds to help you. God bless u david baldwin ,you are a good man. please contact me at thattie37@yahoo.com who know maybe God will bless me with some funds. trust in the lord

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AB March 27, 2011 at 6:48 am

COLAUpdated: Mar 27, 2011 – 5:18AM
Text Size —-Stephen Ohlemacher

AP WASHINGTON -Millions of retired and disabled people in the United States had better brace for another year with no increase in Social Security payments.

The government is projecting a slight cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits next year, the first increase since 2009. But for most beneficiaries, rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out any increase in payments, leaving them without a raise for a third straight year.

About 45 million people — one in seven in the country — receive both Medicare and Social Security. By law, beneficiaries have their Medicare Part B premiums, which cover doctor visits, deducted from their Social Security payments each month.

When Medicare premiums rise more than Social Security payments, millions of people living on fixed incomes don’t get raises. On the other hand, most don’t get pay cuts, either, because a hold-harmless provision prevents higher Part B premiums from reducing Social Security payments for most people.

David Certner of AARP estimates that as many as three-fourths of beneficiaries will have their entire Social Security increase swallowed by rising Medicare premiums next year.

It’s a tough development for retirees who lost much of their savings when the stock market collapsed, who lost value in their homes when the housing market crashed and who can’t find work because the job market is weak or they are in poor health.

“You just don’t have the words to say how much this impacts a person,” said Joyce Trebilcock, a retired legal secretary from Belle, Mo., a small town about 100 miles west of St. Louis.

Like most U.S. retirees, Trebilcock, 65, said Social Security is her primary source of income. She said a back injury about 15 years ago left her unable to work, so she applied for disability benefits. Now, she lives on a $1,262 Social Security payment each month, with more than $500 going to pay the mortgage.

“I’ve cut back on about everything I can, and I take the rest out of my savings,” Trebilcock said. “Thank God I’ve got that. That’s going to run out before long, at the rate I’m going. … I have no idea what I’m going to do then.”

I FOUND THIS ARTICLE TO SUM IT UP FOR US SCREWED AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I DON,T AS A RULE USE BAD WORDS BUTT THAT WORD JUST SEEMS TO FIT.

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mx.joned March 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

Make some money its made out of paper that come from tree cut them down and print sum damm money you wiil never no how much money is in day world anyway da. Drug dealer us making all da money. So just spring some dam money and put it on a debit card like they do food stamps. Stop putting people out of there homes and board ing everyone needs a place to stay and so many house and building are conddem that’s a damage Shaaron but its all committee to a end of this shit soon cause. God don’t like ugly
And god bless us all so get ready we won’t need. A president, congress. Senator or a government because when it allsaid and he’s got the whole world in he’s hand

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robert March 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Waste more money in war now but no Seniors or ssi get 250 for 2010 or 2011 this how usa works waste money bs war and let the Seniors or ssi who work all then life pay taxes for us this how we pay then back waste money in wars and said no 250 for 2010 or 2011 this for all to see who work and pay taxes now this the same why we will get treaty when we get to be like the Seniors ssi not worst yet if you have a wife on ssi you will get 518.00 for each wtf is this bs how can you live like this dam sad usa dont give shit about no one go rich fu poor and Seniors ssi by said no 250 2010 or 2011 you own the Seniors ssi 500.00 so far better start help they show little respect for the Seniors ssi ty

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AB April 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm

AMEN YOU NAILED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Laurel May 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

AB you are so right! Robert Definately NAILED IT!!!!!!!!

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Jessica March 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Obama really doesn’t know what the hell he is doing,all you have to do is watch the news!

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ron March 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I did not receive a COLA in 2011, or 2010. But did receive a stimulus $250 in 2010. I am confident that the Seniors have voiced enough dissatisfaction with this, that we will receive a “token” COLA in 2012. Now, not only did we not receive those COLA’s for 2010 and 2011, but we also did not get an increase in our MEDICARE part B deduction on our S/S checks. So if they do give us a COLA in 2012, rest assured it will be offset by an accompanying increase the MEDICARE deduction leaving us with another net increase of ZERO——-but the masses will be happy, they got a COLA, and the masters of mental wizardry will have screwed us again….Those same “wizards” are at work on the “illegal” immigrant S/S numbers being accepted by the government, along with the payroll deductions from their employers. This would be against the law if it were not “laundered” by the IRS, by adding a qualifying letter or didgit to that fradullently submitted number—–and that is what they are doing to qualify this atrosity as legal……..don’t you try anything like this though, bars are waiting for you. And we pledge aleigance to this kind of crap…???

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BobM March 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Not sure how you recieved a 2010 stimular it was voted down 18 to 15 in May of 2010 no one got one? There was one in 2009.

I worked in Medicare since 1978 when the initial deductible was 150 now almost 1800. As far as not getting an incease in Medicare that is because most people are with a Advantage care as there is no prescription coverage and they cost around 30 a month and Medicare pays them so the cost is absorbed there. They have not done us any favors by not raising the premiums, in fact in another 3 years you will be paying close to 100 a month for part A B and D coverage and it will be policed by the IRS. And yes you are right the increases do leave little to be seen on our checks.

When in 2009 we got the largest increase in SS history, I was told by Barbara Boxes California Senate that is why we are not seeing a COLA now. Huh?? So Barbara what you are really saying is, we take it back.

Our government along with its new token President and that is what every president is, has no use for us seniors we are a thorn in their sides. Maybe we should all just stand in line to be exterminated, or better yet “Soylent Green” kill us all at 30 and make us into energy bars.

Yellow propaganda is in abundance here in the USA on TV. Our news channels governed by the governed Government. Try and get them to run a feature on where this money is..ain’t gonna happen. All the talk show activist are just pawns to keep you thinking that someone actually gives a dang about what is happening. They are all in bed together we are the worse of the worse on this planet and everyone but us will tell you so.

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BobM March 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

2010, 2011, No COLA No Promised Stimulas Check
But Wait till You read This:

This is rape plain and simple of our seniors. Two years in a row we go without a COLA and Obama following it with sorry but I will ask for a stimulus for you to shut us up knowing that there will never be one. People are still hoping that have no idea it has already been shot down for 2011 at least they did not wait until May like last year to tell us.

Now here is something no one is talking about and I urge everyone to start posting this everywhere so it gets attention and demand a answer.

Where is the money from all the Illegal’s in the U.S. that is being taken out of thier checks using someone else’s SS number???
There are billions of dollars (EVERY YEAR!!!) in the U.S. of unclaimed taxes, and 86 percent of that money is because it cannot be claimed by those using bogus documentation. And the goverment knows this we are not living in the dark ages, a red flag comes up especially since 911 everytime a duplicate SS number is used. But they are keeping these Billions and not telling us. Federal , State, SS, SDI, Local Taxes, FDCI, where is this money?

But we cannot get a few cents on a dollar which is usually less than 4 cents a year raise!! Congress got a $3,000 raise but tells us we do not get one?

Where is the money President Obama that you know is there from the Illegals you allow to fraud us and use our Social Security Numbers, which by the way we never get credit for the hours so that shows right there you knew all the time it was not us???

Get this out and ask why we are being targeted as seniors. Gas here in Northern California is $4.34 and rising daily, a loaf of breat $5.00, ,milk $4.99 a gallon, and the homeless over 12,000 on the streets in the freezing rain. TWELVE THOUSAND!! a quarter of them seniors. Are you next???

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AB March 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

also illegals get ssi benifits ( legal monies) out of S.S. MONIES WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??????????

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AB March 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

Social Security Insolvency? Restore Social Security to the Way It Was Designed

The headline story of the February 26 edition of the Record-Eagle reported on Greenspan’s assessment of the Medicare and Social Security crisis. Although not identified as such, buried in the back pages of this story was the real cause of, and inversely, the solution to Social Security’s impending insolvency.

Historically, the Social Security system was able to pay retirees benefits just from the interest earned from the massive accumulated reserves collected from decades of workers pay checks. When Reagan raided the American workers retirement savings, AKA Social Security, to balance the budget and fund his star wars initiative, little protest ensued. This trend has continued over the past two decades by both Republican and Democratic administrations and Congress. In 2002 the federal government “borrowed” $172.1 billion dollars of our Social Security/Medicare savings and in part gave it to multi-millionaires and corporations under the guise of tax cuts to stimulate the economy. If a private investment firm were to maliciously misappropriate workers pension funds in this way they would be indicted by the Justice Department for fraud. Politicians should be held accountable for diverting our pension money as if they were in the private sector. By far more people have been or will be adversely affected, and significantly more money involved in this diversion of our life savings than the WorldCom, Enron or Tyco fiascos put together.

It is merely a ploy for politicians to depict the problem as there are just too many of us “baby-boomers”. This argument is ludicrous because all those baby-boomers paid into the Social Security system all their lives – money which should still be there to fund their retirement. Raise the retirement age and lower our benefits? No way! Enough complacency! It is time to voice our outrage at the voting booth.

Thus, the first step towards resolving this crisis is to elect those whose platform supports the prohibition of the federal government from misappropriating our Social Security pension funds to balance an inflated budget of special interest projects, and to begin legitimate interest-earning investment of the surplus S/S revenues. This may be too little too late but it’s a start towards correcting a problem we have tolerated far too long.

REALLY GOOD ARTICLE

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AB March 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF ” NEW TEMP BUDGET EFFECTS US” I cannot find out whats on it sooooooooo madding to worry about Aprils ck.

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jaugar84 March 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

when they turned down the stimulus checks.they were figuring that we don’t have a cola coming this year but that price of gas is 3.59 and a gallion of milk is 2.89 and a damn loaf of bread is between 1.00 and 2.69 and they can afford ti with them being rich and don’t have any worries about nothing

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Here’s simple solution for America since nothing else seems to be working. Why don’t people just help each other?

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AB March 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

MY FAMIly DOES HELP ME THANK GOD!!! AS WE ALL KNOW FOOD,GAS, HOUSING has gone through the roof we got cks this month butt what about next month??????????????? I don,t know about you butt I am tired of worring about the stupid budget. We sHould not even be in the budget S.S. IS SUPPOSSED TO BE SEPERATE

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Wayne March 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Most people dont care thats why” Alot of Rich people- Rich Oil Companies do you think they care about the Poor down the Road. Gas could be 5.00 a Gal deep down they would love it- Have 90 billion in the bank and they still would want More- Called Greed”” Humans are Awful at Sharing”’

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Here are some other lessons that Americans need to learn. Let’s put a bunch of psychiatric drugs in the food of a psychiatrist. Shhhhhh… It’s secret… Don’t tell them. It’s for their own good. Let’s put out judges and prosecutors in prison for 10 days and let them see it how feels to the victim of a kidnapping. It’s for the betterment of society.

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Here’s a solution for America. Let’s go empty the bank accounts of the most greedy American citizens. Then we’ll redistribute the wealth and teach these jerks a lesson about equity.

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The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

We need to stop feeding into this hysteria that government spending is out of control because of obama. Fact is he has to spend trillions some dollars for the bailouts because wall street is unregulated. And he has to keep funding Iraq and Afghanistan. If not for those things then we would have a the surplus which was left by Clinton. But, then unavoidable (Kartina) and some Avoidable(Iraq, Wall street) Tragedies happened. This dosen’t mean we have to panic and start cutting services to poor people and spending our time being angry and do something. Do some research. Information is free and it’s at your fingertips.
Then vote.
But my point is that the answer is not to start cutting peoples salaries, pensions and health coverage and taking away the right for them to bargain for better pay.
How about we just ask then to pay 3% more on their taxes?
That was struck down by Republicans.
That’s an estimated $858 Billion.
A party that is furious with our president because hes the biggest so called spending pres is doing the same and then demanding to cut services to poor people to pay for it.
Makes Sense to Me Baby

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The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

And this 3% for people making 250,000 or more is not really an increase. It’s what they were paying before Bush lowered it 3%. This cut expired last year and obama wasn’t going to extend it (because its billions of dollars for the budget which is needed). But, the Republican party refused to pass the 9/11 responders bill unless he extended those cuts (Remember?).
And so he did.
They twisted his arm.
Because it was a noble cause.
The Tax in crease i mean.

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The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Ahh wheres the white Knight when you need him?
Fighting for the people who contribute to his campaign.
Who has more money to contribute?
Thats for you to find out my friends.
Are we corrupt?
Yes
Is there a conspiracy?
NO
It’s just out of control.
Is life not fair?
NO
Is there hope?
Always
Can something be done?
Hmmm
Research, read …YES read. Learn
THEN VOTE for gods sakes LEARN then VOTE.

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The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Yea, we need to lower taxes all the way down.
So low that the government wont be able to pay for services and regulations.
Then the government will go into serious debt.
Then we will cry foul… spending too high!…Government spending out of control….. we need to cut services, government cant pay for all this .
People go further into debt.
Which causes more mass hysteria.
More cuts and eventual corporate takeover of our society.
Pure Capitalism
Ha.
Those guys really have everybody’s interest in mind …I’m sure they do.
Because in a pure capitalist economy Making money takes precedence oval all.
Profit At All Cost.
Profit takes precedence over Everything.
Don’t fool yourself.
The only moral and ethical answer is a mixture of Capitalism with socialism(health care coverage, welfare,Social security, higher taxes for richer than poorer ) and government regulation for the safety and well being of the people and the environment(we are destroying our planet)
Ayan Rand Is Dead Wrong

The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm

We need a Balanced system.
Right now the scale is tipping towards the best interest of Business.
That’s a big mistake.
Theres no Ethics or Morals business.
Business specializes in the making of money and Nothing Else.
Who’s fooling who?
Not me.
I woke up from my nightmare into an even bigger nightmare.

The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

One day you might wake up from a dream into the same Nightmare.

The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

did you know that since regan the deficit has gone from a trillion or so to 14 trillion?
Why?
Tax cuts to the rich.
Under eisenhower they paid 90% under Clinton they paid 36% Now Bush cut it to 33%.Then what happened? And republicans forced Obama to extend those cuts.
Hmmm.
That sounds very reasonable when those cuts could have helped reduce the debt by 858 trillion. But nooooo we should reduce the debt by cutting your teachers salery and cutting education grants and other services to the poor instead.
Why?
Well if his son/daughter goes to the best school in the country and gets the best education and you don’t… then what?
he has an unfair advantage.
Because hes smarter, has a better degree and has a better life and he knows powerful ppl.
Also, Uneducated, ignorant people are easier to manipulate.
Because they will get their information from the movies the 10 o’cock news their friends faux news and their add campaigns and their televangelist.
No Problem.
No Threat.

The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

By the time you figure out the games not fair ITS Too Late.
The Universe was Not Created to make as much money as possible and to Consume as much as possible.
We need a balance.
We need some Faking Referees.

The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Pass interference Mother Fucker

The lone Deranger March 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

This God that I wordhip
This Demon I B;lame.
It s exacty the dsme.

lonederanger March 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

strike the last comment i was Pretty drunk when I wrote it.
Hahah.
I have one last thing to add.
Since Regan their income has gone up 50 fold.
The rest of the people the middle and lower classes income has stayed the same when you take the cost of living inflation into account.
While the National Debt is insane.
But government is broke and we need to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
Thats honorable. I guess.

lonederanger March 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

How do we function?
Where do we get our energy?
OIL.
Oil is not infinate.
we wiill run out of oil.
The peak oil production will run out within our lifetime.
THem what ?
You think 5$ a gallon was high?
We need oil to harvest and distribute food.
The average head of lettuce travels 1500 miles.
How?
gas Oil for trucks.
almost every product in your house has an ingregiant made from oil.
Oil is not forever .
When we run out of it we will collapse.
The planet cant support this systam of mass production and consumption.

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lonederanger March 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

A society needs energy to function.
Where do we get our energy?
Oil.

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Money is imaginary in a lot ways. It’s just green paper. I think the government should print up enough money to give everyone in the United States 1 million dollars, and then we can go from there. When inflation happens, just print more money. Maybe it would get people to do what is right because it is right.

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patsylee March 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

We didn’t get a rise and two year. That’s not right at all for all of people get oncely monlthy income. They don’t have any money for their self.

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Money is imaginary in a lot ways. It’s just green paper. I think the government should print up enough money to give everyone in the United States 1 million dollars, and then we can go from there. When inflation happens, just print more money and give it to everyone. Maybe it would get people to do what is right because it is right.

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patsylee March 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thing, got very high price gas, water, rent light bill. that’s don;t make any since.

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Government hasn’t been much of friend to anyone. Banks haven’t been a friend to anyone. Here is the solution. Money is imaginary in a lot ways. It’s just green paper. I think the government should print up enough money to give everyone in the United States 1 million dollars, and then we can go from there. When inflation happens, just print more money. Maybe it would get people to do what is right because it is right.

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AB March 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

In Government Shutdown, President and Congress Would Still Get Paid

WHAT IS SSOOOOOOOOOOOOO WRONG WITH THIS WE GET CUT AND THEY STILL GET PD???????????????

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AB March 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Answers (5)
Answerer 1
SS medicare medicaid all have there own trust fund, they dont come out of the budget,
It is an insurance supports its own self, it is n

WAS DOING SOME READING AND I FOUND THIS IT MAKES SOOOOOOO MUCH SENSE I WANTED TO SHARE

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ron March 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I don’t think any of us down here really know the workings of budgets and money flow from the government levels. I’m sure that if they want or need to manipulate the facts about the S/S and Medicare system they can and will, including borrowing from it to support other interests such as reimbursing States for their expenses in providing Illegal Immigrant medical expenses. Thank you Seniors………..I pledge allegiance to the flag………

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Jessica March 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I totally agree ron,they said that the COLA didn’t rise for the year,that is one of the biggest lies I’ve ever heard.It’s rising all the time!The government fixed it so that it would not come out on paper that the cola rose.That is how corrupt they are.

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tom May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

if the cost of living hasn’t gone up why does the government need so much money. personally i’m paying more for gas food heating etc. maybe we should just tell the bill collectores to bad expenses haven’t risen you have to take what we were paying two years ago.

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ron March 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Yep, this is starting to sound a little like what the people in Egypt and Libya are suffering from, and a large part of Americans still aren’t sure in their minds where Obama really came from (?). People in America are generally sick of the mismanagement of government, and government against the wishes of the people, whether it was Bush or now Obama. We are not going to fix it with our vote, because they have bought the system with their own people………….with liberty and justice for all.

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AB March 3, 2011 at 7:14 am

did you know if these wash. idots dems,reps, prez Had not passed 2wk budget we would NOT HAVE GOT OUR CKS ON TIME IF WE GOT THEM AT ALL. WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE. 1ST. NO COST OF LIVING THAN NO STIMULUS FINALLY ALMOST NO CK FOR MARCH LETS HOPE THESE CLOWNS CAN GET IT TOGETHER BEFORE APRIL GETS HERE. STRESS IS NOT GOOD FOR SRS. FOOD, HOUSING, GAS , MED ARE NOT FREE TO US.

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sandra March 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

barocka obama i hope you and the house can get a contermise on our social security by this friday seniors disabled on social security social security disabelity have worked to hard for our money i have worked three jobs at one time for three years streaght i still work a part time seasonable job i am not able to work hard laber work my arthoritous and my ostil perilious in my spine want let me i have worked hard all of my life like every body else on social security have it sure would be nice if we could get another 250.00 rebate or a rise it is long over do maybe when the ecomity gets betteri will be prying that there dont be a goverment shout down to all of you in the white house work with obama on this i love all of you god bless all of you

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sylvia February 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

TELL OBAMA AND CONGRESS AND SENATE TO EAT AND PAY WHAT WE HAVE TO THEY NEED TO BE PUT IN PRISION FOR ALL THE ARE DOING TO THE OLDER AMERICANS AND VETS, WHO IN THE HECK DO THEY THINK THEY ARE NOTHING BUT LOW DOWN RATS AND NEED TO LIVE INA SESS POOL

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sylvia February 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

HOW MANY OF US ARE SICK OF OBAMAS PROMISED, REMEMBER IN DEC HE SAID PAA THE EXTENTION ON UNEMPLOYMNET AND HE WOULD SEE THAT SENIORS VETS AND OTHERS WOULD GET A STIMULUS. OBAMA IMTTHINK YOU STINK AND ARE ONE BIG LYER AND NEED TO RESIGH, AND AS FAR AS CONGRESS GOES YOUR ALL GETTING FAT ON MONEY US OLDER PEOPLE STARTED IT IS ABOUT TIME EVERYONE OF YOU STEPPED IN THE OCEAN AND DISAPEARED

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’m fairly certain that Obama is a Republican at this point. You can call things whatever you want, but that’s what I’m seeing.

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tom May 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

repubs don’t want him either

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Jessica March 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Obama is full of empty promises,he is a liar!HE IS THE REASON WHY WE DIDNT GET OUR STIMULUS!He said we would,but we didn’t.It his fault and his fault alone.I am sick of other people that say it’s the republicans’ fault.Obama doesn’t know what the hell he is doing,all anyone has to do is watch the news.Sylvia,don’t worry,so many people are disgusted with him and there isn’t much of a chance that joke of a president will get another term.This is a fact!!

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naomi February 22, 2011 at 1:36 am

YOU ALL GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I AM ON DISABILITY AND WILL BE UNTIL I DIE I CLEARLY CANNOT WORK AS I AM SICK WITH A DISEASE THAT ARE SO KIND GOVERNMENT INVENTED AND WONT ALLOW ME TO GET TREATMENT OR WELL… ATLEAST THEY CAN FORCE ME TO BE HOMELESS AND STARVE TO DEATH… I HAVE NO OTHER SOLUTIONS OR ANSWERS… I HAVE NO FAMILY AND NO FRIENDS I HAVE NO OTHER MEANS THEN DISABILITY AND WHEN YOU HAVE TO PAY 700 FOR RENT AND ONLY RECIEVE 700 TO LIVE OFF OF THAT MIGHT AS WELL EUTHINIZE ME THERE IS JUST NO POINT IN THE SIRADS ANYMORE!!!! PLEASE DO SOMETHING OR PLEASE SHUTUP!!!!

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Rolly Schicker February 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

naomi,
Maybe you should run for congress, then all of us could support you like we support the bozos that are already there. Seriously, I feel you pain frustration, like so many here. I guess all we can do is hope and pray for change in the hearts (if they have any0 of our “leaders”??? God bless you.

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Linda Terry February 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I would like to know what planet our legislators are living on. Here on earth the prices are soaring and Social Security Disability does not provide enough money to even pay rent and utilities, let alone food, clothing, medical and other necessities. My check is enough that I do not qualify for harldy any state aid either. Food, heating and gasoline prices have gone through the roof. Lettuce at $1.38 a pound is unheard of, but if I want a salad, I have to pay that amount or drive 30 miles to get it using $10-15 worth of gas….you choose. $250.00 would be just a drop in the bucket, but it would help. The big FAT CATS who ran big business into the ground by outsourcing everything get bailed out while the people who worked hard get shafted. It also must be nice to have a job where you can vote to raise your own wages, make legislation to starve the poor, and to have the opportunity to be as depraved as you want without danger of real prosecution….that’s our government. We need to get back to our root values (Christianity and democracy); and we need to start helping our own people. Stop helping the Fat Cas get fatter and help the people who really count in this country….its citizens. Yes, people need good health care. Don’t give them charity or socialism, guve them jobs and dignity so they can take care of themselves and their families.

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ab February 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

YOU PRETTY MUCH SUMED UP THE WAY THINGS ARE

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Money is a motivating tool. The American government should print up as much as they can and use it to motivate people to do the right thing. Look around, there are thousands of things that need to repaired and/or recycled. A good president would lead people to do this and printing up lots of money is a good way. It’s just a green piece of paper, so why not? I’m so sick of Obama. He didn’t figure it out for America. He’s taken this country no where. Socialism should be social. It means people should help other people, not try to control them with banks, government and psychiatric medications.

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ron February 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

No S/S COLA for 09/10 created massive revenue for the government over these two years. We are broke. But—-we can finance a plan to give Chevron millions of tax dollars to install solar parking lot covers over our public school parking lots where as they will gather green enegry and then sell it back to us. That’s public tax dollars and public land being given to private business of which those responsible for bringing this plan to reality are probably heavily invested. Life couldn’t be better for Chevron or those in our government that can find much better use of S/S COLA money than returning it to the idiots that invested throughout their entire life into this phony lie…….By the way, Chevron and their co-hearts have increased gasoline prices in my town by .40 cents a gal. since the first of the year that supposidly has a zero COLA index……what do you think they are going to do to our electric bills when they get the death grip on that too?

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Wayne February 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

This is True how True Gas will get Alot Worse you just wait by July see what Gas Is- Plus the Food Prices and Clothes going to be a Bad Bad Year”

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Matthew Geisel March 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

We have everything right here in America to make things work. We just need to recycle the material goods that we do have into a better order. The method that America is using is completely off. That’s fairly obvious by now. But you know how Americans are, we’ll do things the same old way until we’re blue in the face, even if those ways don’t really work.

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jimmie February 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

hahaha i told u guys that nixed wouldn’t believe me when i saw it on cpsan told u knucker

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ron February 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Yeah, ab we are all starting to get it……..shafted. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands….one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and JUSTICE FOR ALL……no matter what they reek over me. Beyond the screwing we got in Social Security, in my town they are constructing a massive sewage treatment plant to convert what came out of our bowels into fresh clean drinking water and processing the “hard matter” into a lucrative fertilizer component to be used to grow your tomatoes and lettuce ect. in…….a plan that is coming to a town near you. There are those up there that envision converting that “hard matter” into a meat by-product…….and to the republic for which it stands……….??????

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ab February 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

DID anyone see where he wants BILLIONS FOR A FANCY RAIL LINE ‘MONEY for this and none for us again I ASK “”” WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE””””MONEY for the up keep of illegal alians(they get more than SRS.), BIG BUSINESS BAIL OUTS, RAISES FOR CONGRESS THESE ARE A FEW OF STUPID
THINGS I do not get oh wait we are getting it “”””””””””””””””” Shafted””””””””””””””””””””

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Wayne February 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

FL Said No dont want it- Speed Rail is a big big waste- We are Broke but we have Fast Trains Haaaaaaaaa

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jimmy February 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

our car insurance just went up $72.00 a year the reason I have gotten in the 64 to 70 age who have a lot of wrecks even though we have had insurance with them since 1972 with no wrecks or speeding tickets also the power company just got an increase in their rates and don’t for get gas prices on the rise.

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ron February 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

Good question ab. People all over the world are beginning to feel the power of those that levitate above the multitudes where the rule of law, common decency, or fairness is something that gets in their way. A law was passed in the 70′s that recognized the absolute need to adjust S/S payments iaw the level in increase in the current cost of goods and services. But we now have a new group of leaders that incorporate the word “illegal” into something that government must provide assistance to nurture and exploit to their benefit, as in “illegal immigration”, even if it means stealing from it from the worthless bastards that have spent 65 years building and defending this country……..YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MORALS IN PEOPLE THAT HAVE NONE……..(they have power and money)………and your question goes unanswered

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ab February 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

I wrote my congressman and just got a responce letter 3 wks later he voted against SRS. getting a cost of living raise he tried in the letter to explain? why he voted against we SRS. i have since sent him an email reminding him he VOTED HIMSELF A RAISE. MY ??????? IS WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE B.S. FROM him and nothing ffor us if voteing them out is not the answer what is???

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ron February 2, 2011 at 12:42 am

Vote them out don’t work anymore Ab. We done that in 2006 and changed the congress from Republican control to Democrat control and nothing changed. Now we done it again in 2010 and there still ain’t nothing going to change. When the Corporate world is allowed to “purchase” the law making seats in our government, you no longer have a government, you have a dictatorship. It appears that the people in Egypt are responding to that kind of leadership. California is broke, and the choices we were given (vote em out) was another one of “them” for Governor. So, as long as they have us devided 50/50 over the issues, there won’t be an Egypt here, and voting them out won’t work either….maybe one day we will all learn what Egypt knows now, and that is togetherness will work when “vote them out” won’t……….

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ab January 31, 2011 at 6:57 am

I am learning as I go who did the most for SRS.that said congress VOTED THEIRSELVES A RAISE YET DENIED SRS. AN INCREASE. YOU NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR congress person and vote tHem in or out if tHey voted against SRS. This is the only real tool we have.

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thomas January 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

american people and everyone on ss need to vote all of the Government out of office that go for everyone in the white house, and every state in the us ,and all of Congress also need to be voted out of office, we the american people need to put new people in office and take out the trash that is in office now. and that obama is just a want to be President. i think all the american people need to vote out obama and all of congress and the house. and vote for someone that and help the american people, and not take from us. just know that the elections is comming up and we american can take back american all we have to do is to vote out the trash.

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jeff January 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

How do you vote the entire government out of office? That’s idiotic and that’s the problem unfortunately with people who get help from the government. Lack of education. Voting everyone out of office is ridiculous. You have to know who is on your side and who is not. It’s pretty simple. The Republicans are against Social Security and are the reason why there was no payment. The Democrats have always fought for Social Security. To blame the Democrats and want to vote them out of office is against your interests, but do what you want. You’re going to anyway.

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Rolly Schicker February 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Jeff,
Do you think term limits for our representives would work? Those bozos have made a career of screwing the people and making themselves rich. (How many non-millioaires are in Washngton….not counting the newly elected ones?) When this country was founded, our representives were PART TIME workers. They all had other professions or businesses.
We need to get back to our founding principles, integrity, honor and most of all…..GOD!

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Johnna January 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

Strange thing: The Congress doesn’t want to give us the monthly COLA, because of “low inflation.” However, do they take into account that some states (like CA) and the US government too the equivalent of SEVERAL YEARS of COLA from those on SSI. Moreover, have they even considered that in some areas of the country, like where my husband and I live, the cost of living has actually skyrocketed? I hope and pray they change their minds this year, and give us the COLA back in future years. Consequently, IF WE CAN’T SPEND money, even on BASIC necessities, WE CAN’T even start to HELP RESTORE the economy.

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ron January 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Agreed Ab, but as the converstaion evolves, the real truth begins to become clear. The Republicans want the S/S funds invested in the stock market, where they can manipulate the figures, and control the payouts without any political backlash. Very much like the 401K system works today, as millions of investors transfer their stock investment into safe bond investments, but only after the market fell through the bottom and their stock value was depleated. Now they will move that money back into stock investment, so the stock they bought at 11,000, they sold at 9,000 (a big loss), and now they are going to rebuy that stock again at 12,000. This is how they want to control and manipulate the S/S payouts………they are not stupid, we are……………………

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ab January 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

DID anyone read article on computer “s.s.will be broke by 2035″ good read. IF the govt. would keep their HANDS OFF AND QUIT USEING S.S. FOR OTHER THINGS THERE MIGHT BE ENOUGH TO LAST.
QUIT GIVING BENIFITS(UNEARNED) TO ILLEGAL ALIENS(THEY GET MORE THAN SRS) THERE MIGHT BE
ENOUGHT TO GO AROUND.VOTETING OUT THE ONES WHO DON,T SUPPORT SRS. IS A GOOD IDEA IT DOES NOT MATTER TO ME AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME WHAT THE PARTY.

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Wayne January 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I Agee I wish they would Keep Their hands Off Stop taking Money from S.S. Account’

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ron fink January 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Little is being said about just how much benefit the Government is realizing from the phony zero COLA projections for 2010 and 2011. It can be simplified somewhat simply by deducting just one dollar a month from each Social Security recipiant, and multiplying that times the number of recipiants that get a check each month. That number is said to be 58 million, and that would be 58 million dollars a month benefit to the Government each month. Now if the COLA that we didnot get would have been just 3% and that equated to $30 a month COLA for the average recipiant, that would then multiply 58 million times $30 a month, then times 12 months a year, then times 2 years, then times the remaining years current recipiants live. Thank you Seniors

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mary January 23, 2011 at 7:26 am

I WAS SENT A $250 CHECK IN 2009 THEY SENT THE CHECK BACK BECAUSE I MOVED I GAVE THEM ALL MY NEW INFORMATION SO THE CHECK COULD BE SENT TO THE NEW ADDRESS I TALKED TO SOCIAL SECURITY FOR OVER A YEAR I WAS TOLD I WOULD GET THE CHECK, I TALKED TO SOCIAL SECURITY AGAIN THIS YEAR 2011, I WAS TOLD I WILL NOT GET THE CHECK, COULD SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO TALK TO SOMEONE AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND TELL THEM HOW SOCIAL SECURITY IS KEEPING MONEY THAT RIGHTLY BELONG TO MANY PEOPLE ON SOCIAL SECURITY.T

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Karen January 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I believe that all on Social Security should have a raise in 2011. Government officials have voted in a raise for themselves. How about they don’t take their raises and do make sure people on social security get theirs. After all , we have paid into the system and the government officals have depleted
the savings for seniors.

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Wayne January 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Food Has Went up Real Bad- We Need a good Rise Match all of this Food Prices

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Rolly Schicker February 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Of course you know Karen, our representitives have their own “social security”and don’t pay into SS. (plus their own health care). coupled with the fact, they get their salary FOR LIFE. Why should they care about we working folks? (sarcasm ;-) )

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muriel king January 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

i am on ssi and ss i live inOk and i sure can use that #250 cheek it really would help poeple that don,t get alot of money

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Crochette January 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Since they have the money they don’t give a hoot. If they had to live on what is considered below the poverty level, they’d soon change their minds. Someone suggested that they do a SRCOLA, I like this idea. If they vote themselfs a raise, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. If they vote not to give those on social security a paltry $250 stimulas, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE. It’s time to stand up to those who have been in office for waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy to long. It’s time to get rid of the good ole boys club. VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.

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mach 1 January 23, 2011 at 12:40 am

Crochette, I agree with you 100%. We deserve the COLA and a raise as well. When you stop and think of it, the fed. government officals can vote theirselves a raise and not think anything of it. Let those drawing any funds from S.S. etc., and push for a raise will be put on the sidelines and passed over.
Another thing is Obama, and Congress went all out to provide the Unions and the workers many, many benifits, such as their retirement benifits, healthcare, raises, and other additional perks.
(Not to leave out all the other Bailouts of Banks and Auto companies. They are Bailing out Banks and Lending companies of Foreign Countries, all of which do not do any business with the USA at any time ever. This is tax payers money, not theirs to pass out as they see fit.)
The union workers didn’t do anything to deserve all the extras, but they were members of the unions where they work, and backed Obama in the election. The Unions themselves were the Big Winners from the Bailouts and additional perks that they received and will receive in the future from all this spending garbage.
The people on S.S , S.S.I. , who are disable from birth defects, mental handycaps, accidental injuries, or medical complications that occured during war injuries etc. , are looked at as if we don’t need any help. We are just a thorn in the side of the fed. gov.. We are something that could be expendable. (That means NOT NEEDED or no longer USEFUL). Truth is we are the problem and they have no need for us. They have depleted all the money in the funds set aside for S.S. which included interest. Now they use excuses not to help those that need it.
They just added yet another year of unemployment which totals three in a row. Many of them are lazy and wont work and have another year to live for free. Many cant get a job, because they are either over qualified or under qualified. Think about who really counts, not us.

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Wayne January 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Sad i Agree with all of this so so Sad- Cant Even pass a 250.00 Check for help

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jeff January 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

What do you think voting them out of office will do? It’s the system that’s broken. You should vote for the party that represents your interests and for social security recipients that is clearly the Democrats. The Republicans want to abolish Social Security. You can blame Obama all you want. It’s moronic. It’s the system that holds things like this up. Without Obama and the Democrats, there wouldn’t even be Social Security. The Republicans hate Social Security which is why this was not passed. Don’t blame Obama or the Democrats. That’s stupid. It’s the Republicans. I think they all suck, but the system is what it is. You have to vote for the party that represents your interests. There’s really not much you can do either way. The entire system is a joke and your vote doesn’t mean much.

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Melinda March 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I totally agree with you Jeff. The Republicans are the ones who voted down the stimulus money for those of us struggling from day to day. I watched a t.v. program about all the decorating that goes on at the white house during the holidays. All those staff members that it takes to put up all of those Christmas trees and build gingerbread replicas of the white house. It was very amusing, to say the least. They could probably help several family’s in need with the money that was spent. I’m sure that it is overwhelming when a new president comes to town and sees all the money wasted. The system is indeed broken! Here we are having trouble putting groceries on our tables and all the legislators have no idea. Most of them were born with a silver spoon to begin with. They have never really known what struggles we face, nor do they care. When our government looks out for big corporations, all their money funding their campaigns, takes precedence over the average working man and the less fortunate.
When I hear people complaining about Obama and his family taking vacations and using our tax money for such, I can’t help but wonder if the people complaining, ever complained about the previous presidents and their wasteful nature? There needs to be a back to basics move but where does it start? God says that our focus in life is where we lay up our treasure, for there will be where our heart is also.
I’m thankful for what I do have but the poor and middle class could sure use some help!!!

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Ruth January 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I too live on less than $1200. a month and that $250 stimulus package would have been an enormous help. It would have at least paid for a much needed Dr’s. visit !!!!
Where is Congress getting their figures? Apparently they don’t have to buy gas (over $3.00) or groceries like the rest of us. They can just send the ‘housekeeper’ out to do it for them so they don’t see what is really going on out here..
Who gives them the right to give themselves raises before that of their constituents ?
We can impeach the president – why not the congress ?
Bush created the mess we are in – yet he sits back getting govt pay and medical for the rest of his life. How fair is that ? He should hang his head in shame – and will when he meets his MAKER.
Obama knowingly walked into the job as president. His ideals were great but not his tactics. Sadly he is far too passive. He needs to work harder to get the votes needed to pass stimulus packages for Social Security recipients. When he is done with that – he needs to change the ‘rules’ for congress too. They need to learn to live on unemployment, Social Security etc – just like the rest of us !!!!
IN GOD WE TRUST

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Ruth January 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

p.s. There was a $250. stimulus check last year???? I didn’t get one. Now what do I do ??

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andys2i January 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

No check in 2010. Fingers crossed for one in 2011 – or at least something similar. Obama should reveal more details in his 2012 budget being announced next month so stay tuned.

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mach 1 January 23, 2011 at 12:57 am

Nope, not anything for any of us in 2011.
Nancy Pelosi and crew did that for us around November 2010. She shut down Congress just before the elections. The vote for the $250.00 again was shut down with them.
Just those that won’t work will get another year of unemployment, thats the OBAMA way.
Too Bad all the incumbants weren’t voted out, which would have inculded Nancy, but she is back and with another viengence !

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Lynda January 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

Ruth,
If there was one I did not receive it either. I also know others as well that did not get one. So, where is this so, called check? Padding the pockets of OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICALS?

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ab January 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I AM READING A lot of angry and yeS we should be angry read who did what and who didn,t and vote the ones out who do not SUPPORT SRS. Its both reps and dems after all they voted theirselves a raise and this makes me angry as all get out knowing we SRS. have PD OUR DUES WORKING ALL OUR LIVES. THE VOTE IS THE ONLY WEAPON WE HAVE AND if you don,t vote don,t grip,its like a dog baying at the moon useless. I AM A SR. who is on S.S. and I an raising a 7 and 6 yr. olds soooooooooooooooo money is beyond tight I really could have used that 250.00 toward them.get out of the war, no more raises for congress ( it might help if they took a pay cut) lol,no more jet rides,( pay their own way), illegal aliens(no more free handouts),no more govt.bailouts of big business, than come see we SRS. THEPOOREST OF THE POOR. JUST GOOD COMMON SENSE NEVER SPEND MORE THAN YOU MAKE.

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robert January 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

my bubb and he wife work they life now they both SS Disability never get back pay they month 1000 for both wow no way they can live like this sad they can even buy no one gifts for dec 25 this was sad how gov works cheap bs me working i see this bad we need start help ssi with more money so they can get more food pay dam pay bills so they dont go slp in streets come guys think if was us how we feel get this little with or wife it sad if you get sick wife can walk she sick give her pills all day dam gov bs so piss see this shit with my eyes hurt me so bad wish was dam rich help out ssi see how some guys live dam sad rep white house dont give shit about this ssi help out the dam poor for reals guys ty

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Ednola January 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

fIRST of all no president makes his own decisions. He’s just a figure head. The only place you can get a good income is fighting the war. If you are to old or young for that then you have to deal with those clowns in the White House that are getting paid big bucks to tell you what you already know, you have nothing.

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Jessica January 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Lone Deranger YOU are the one on crack!You support that Obama scumbag,the one who got a Nobel prize for doing NOTHING!!!You are a joke.Obama is for stupid crap like dont ask dont tell instead of real issues.You liberals are sending this country further to hell and don’t deny it.Obama has NO business at all in office,he knows absolutely nothing.He is making the situation in this country way worse.Obama will be voted out of office for the next term so that someone who knows what the hell they are doing will take over.And oh yeah ever since he has been president there hasn’t been any COL increase.First time since the 70s.I cannot believe anyone would believe Obama.Go check your facts!!!!

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mach 1 January 23, 2011 at 1:21 am

Jessica, You Go Girl !
Lone Deranger has all the makings of a true Liberal Dumb A$$. I can’t believe that all those people want to lean down and kiss Obamas A$$. This one L.D. is really getting his nose brown, if you know what I mean. He has the mentality of a Dusch Bag. If they were able to see past Obamas rectum then they might be able to see what the real truth is. I bet his eyes are dark brown since he has eat so much crap that Obama spilles !
Remember CHANGE and HOPE, the two words that the Liberals live by. Those two words and $1.00 at MickeyD’s will buy him a cup of coffee, or something.

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The lone Deranger March 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

What fictional hell are we supposedly going too ?
The one were people have affordable health care coverage and gay people get married? Scientists are actually listened to when they warn of a global environmental catastrophe (an environment which we depend on to oh I don’t know LIVE?)
Why is it that people believe scientists when the said they had a polio vacine (wishing for polio to go away wont make it so) (you obviously have a childish view of reality …YOU live in bizzaro world)and when they helped us make freaking Iphones and so when it comes to the internet and iphones science is fact and true but that other stuff we don’t like (their lying) REALLY?
You know sticking you fingers in your ears and asking you friend god to make them go away isn’t going to fix anything god dosen’t fix shit he gives us the ability and
(so I thought) intelect to figure out the best reasonable way that we can coexist with each other and to help eachother. NOT to kill ourselves in his name and in the name of money.
Because, that dosen’t sound like freaking hell or maybe it does to you?

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The lone Deranger March 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Where the freak do you get your facts from?
The church of scientology?
Why is it that OBAMA hasent done anything for this country ?
Because the republicans refused to do business with him so that they can blame him for inaction.
But, actually spreading lies about health care reform that is actually going to prevent people from dying or going bankrupt in order to protect the greedy profit making (on peoples lives) corporations who don’t care NOTHING about the welfare of people and to do it so effectivley that people are actually outraged at this poposal to save LIVES and having your ignorant azz actually believing that they are not greedy and obama did nothing…. is quite franckly SCARY.

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The lone Deranger March 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

By the way I’m not mad that I didn’t get an increase I’m grateful that there actually is some sort of system in place to help people who need it…Where in alot of countries there’s not.
What does anger me is when Military spending is more important than the health of the people who live in the country and people are actually outraged at this idea of more affordable health insurance..But spending enormous amounts of money on military technology that our closes competing enemy is FAAAAAAAAAAAAARR behind and continually increasing the military budget is not an outrage?…….WTF
But, Guess what ? Social security and disability is a Freaking LIBERAL IDEA …Your welcome

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Jessica March 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

You and your liberal lies and socialism are what is driving this country to hell.You have no idea what you are talking about.Liberals like to twist things around.Obama hasn’t done anything for this country because he has absolutely NO BUSINESS whatsoever being the president.Everyone knows it,so stop laying blame on republicans.Anyone who listens to Obama is an idiot.He will be out of office very soon,and thanks sooo much to everyone who voted for him,because this country is in disarray.Bush did mess thing up before him,but then you put Obama into office!?That is insanity.He gets a nobel peace prize for doing NOTHING.I’m not worried,he won’t get another term.

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The lone Deranger March 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

You’re absolutely right and we should replace him with the biggest idiot with absolutely Zero credentials ….reality show star…gun crazy semi-hot milf … Sarah PALIN….You’re so making my point for me. This chick cant even spell health care let alone figure out a better solution to GREED Based Health Care…What incentive do you actually believe that insurance companies have to be motivated to help sick people ?…..What? there nice people?…said who?..I got news for you…the more money you make the better…not the most sick people you help……but you just go la la la la la la la I don’t wanna believe that people can be motivated to do bad things by money….well I go hmm NOT la la la la la..Obama is NOT a socialist THAT is ANOTHER LIE That you choose too so blindly believe….and I ask myself WTF?.

Jessica March 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Obama is one of the BIGGEST socialists ever,this is the truth.You really need to go check your facts.Obama is a socialist MORON who doesn’t know crap.He is the biggest joke of a president ever.Obama IS a socialist,do you live under a rock or something?He is the one focusing on stupid issues like gays in the military and not important things.Obama the socialist will not be reelected,and everyone is talking about what a huge mistake it was that he was elected in the first place.He is in wayyy over is head.You cannot tell me otherwise.

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The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 6:20 am

which important issues should he be focusing on …?…Hes a socialist ?…says WHO? Go look up the fAAcking word Socialism FIRST before you let people ruin you REtard!!!!

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

Lets look at the IMPORTANT issuse that republicans FIGHT. They fought to NOT increase taxes by 3% to people who make MORE than 250,000 dollars a year… they fought it so hard that they refused to pass any legislation untill he extended those tax cuts….and they want to cut the budget by cutting services which provide help to poor people and they are threatening to shut down the government unless obama the socialist does just that…… cut services to the poor… WHY do the poor people have to scacrifice because the Faacking bankers Faacket up sooooo bad that the economy collapsed WHY do poor people have to sacrificed for their mistake but they REFUSE to alow a 3% tax increase to them when they most certainly can afford one while the poor CANNOT. They FOUGHT AGAINST affordable Health INsurance VERY VERY VERY HARD ………..WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?…..WAKE UP RETARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!..before its too late

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

WHY are teachers greedy because they make 58 thousand dollars a year and they NEED to sacrifice? but the people that make more than 250,000 dollars a year don’t HAVE to sacrifice and are NOT greedy?…how does that make sense to you

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 6:58 am

SLEEP WALKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

I Refuse The Facts Which Come Out Of The CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY.!

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

Because essencially there culling their pay and health benefits in wyoming or wherever the fight is against government workers unions so its actually like a bigger than 3% tax cut because that money comes from the government…..and the logic is that they make too much money and the government is broke and they need to Sacrifice. ..well ok so they said we will ….but we need to have the right to be able to bargain in the future ….THEY SAID NO…..But why is it that RICH people don’t have to sacrifice when they make more money than they can throw away…..SOme of these rich guys have so much FAAAAking money that if they stood at the edge of a cliff and shoveled their cash of of it they wouldn’t be able to shovel it faster than they make it ……THATS HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE…..WHY ARENT THEY SACRIFICING

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

*tax increase sorry

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

Lets all sacrifice one of their 100 mansions one of their priceless aritfacts or paintings or one of their faking private jets or one of their thousands of lawyers or one of their hundereds of collector cars or one of each and give it to the FAKING POOR….FAK THAT
NAAAA…lets make it so that your Faking teacher can’t afford to pay off her credit card bills because they make the interest rates so faking hight that you will owe them money for the REST OF YOUR LIVES….or lets make it so that people have to sell their FAking house so that their wife dosen’t DIE. YEA that sounds like a better FINAL SOLUTION
IF I have to Bitch slap you to end this insanity I WILL.

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

Bitch slap (not literally) …..Librals ….Not Violent people …..Lets not get crazy

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

Ask yourself WHO makes more than 250,000 dollars a year????
ASK ?…Look it up….Whos is this everyone who says hes a socialist?….WHO?

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 7:57 am

WHERE is this information that he dosent know what hes doing coming from?
WHO are these people WHO say this….besides you ….WHO told you that..

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

You know EVERYONE said that sadam hussain had weapons of mass destruction and that he was responsible for 9/11 and he was a threat. Guess what ?…Bullshit
thousands of Americans DEAD and more permanently disabled or disfigured or psyhologically fkt up..Trillions of dollars spent….For what?..500,000 iraqi civilians…Dead
Everyone said Vietnam was necessary and just Guess what?…bullshit…hundreds of thousands of Americans died …millions of vietnamese people died…Trilions of dollars spent….FOR WHAT?

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 8:14 am

If you don’t start asking questions and just go along with the plan of your favorite Televison personality or your best friend or some other smart guy and dont ask Important questions about issues which affect peoples lives than you will be nothing more than a tool and indirectly responsible for peoples missery ….thats not what being an american is

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 8:26 am

One last thing i forgot Also Very Important..
EVERYONE said Black people are savages and stupid and inferior incompetent and uncivilized don’t deserve the same rights deserve to be enslaved and hung of off a tree.
And everone went along and believed it and was scared of them and tormented them and enslaved them and hung of off trees and wouldn’t hire them wouldnt lend them any money. Guess what ALL Bullshit.
…BARAK OBAMA .. if you need any more proof that it was all lies.
Then you are truly either stupid or evil.
And I’m not sure which is worse

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 8:31 am

By the way you can also blame the liberal agenda for siding with the civil rights movement in the 60s with women and miorities….Womens lib?
LIBERAL IDEA……
Your welcome
Id rather be a liberal idiot who wants to help poor people and people who are oppressed than a conservative RACIST who also opresses women

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

Oh but i forgot you truly must be living in hell with all your womens right ….
and your social security and disability checks.
with youre paid vacations and sick days.
hahahahahahahahah
DUNCE
WERE ALL IN HELLL….
SAVE YOURSELF

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

This is how we can get out of hell.
Ignore all the scientists, stop using the internet, iphoes, ipads, televisions, ALL Scientific technology. Because there lying to us its not true. The environment is FINE. We’re NOT Fkng it up. Don’t worry.
The real problem is that our obama is trying to ruin our country by giving up access to medicine and doctors.
Conservatives want to help us by lowering taxes for rich people so they can then give it to us out of the goodness of their hearts.
They want to help us by cuting our saleries and pensions and Health insurance because we are just too greedy.
We make too much money.
We dont deserver to organize and bargain for better pay and sik days and such.
Thats the road Out Of Hell.
Trust me, I’m on your side. ;)

The lone Deranger March 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

While your at it, why don’t you go look up pre-union working conditions and worker rights and pay in this country. People had to fight for fair wages and health coverage and sik days and vacations and shorter work weeks and workers safety.
Those guys didnt just give it to people out of the goodness of their hearts.
Youre also very welcome.

The lone Deranger March 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Lets put this in simpler terms …
the top 20% of people in america have 93% of all wealth in this country.
while the bottom 80% have 7% of the wealth .
In a world where money is power …..THATS ALOT OF FAKING POWER !!!
But teachers and the working class have to make sacrifices for their mistakes.
Wheres the outrage?
We are nothing more than a tool in a competition in which The only competitors are THE RICH .
WAKE UP PLEASE THEY WILL RUIN OUR WORLD!
Nobody is policing these people ….
no one really even understands what wall street is doing .
Just what the fuck are Derivitives?
That shit is responsible for the worlds(not just Americas) economies collapse.
Theres no police there.
What would happen if the police in your city disapeared?
Ask yourself that question.
The role of the government is to be the police.
To make sure that no one is cheating and taking advantage of people and abusing their power or fucking up the environment and paying people as little as possible because its cheaper because in this competition (survival of the fittest winner takes all you do wat you have to to win ) and if even you dont want to be bad but u see that the bad guy is cheating and hes making more money than you and no one stops him than you have no choice but to cheat also ….JUST TO SURVIVE
So are all rich peole bad ?
NO
But what makes you believe that there arent bad rich people ?
What does money make people do GOOD THINGS?
IS being smart make people good?
Is simply being an amerincan mean that youre nice?
ASK

The lone Deranger March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

These people like bill gates and warren buffet and bill clinton
THEY KNOW that the game is not fair but they figured out a way to win or get luky anway
but they cant just say that because they will loose and will be ostracised within their cominity(not your comunity but theirs which has all the power)
So they donate a shitload of money to help the poor and they dedicate the rest of their lives because maybe their nice or maybe they just want to save their soul.
WHO KNOWS

The lone Deranger March 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Jessica Please for the love of god and all humanity start asking some faking serious important questions .
This is very serious imortant shit we have to help eachother and the only way we can do that is by asking very important questions.
Do not just simply follow the leader (the nice charismatice peron who you admire for whatever reason)
Just ask some wuestions.
Humanity needs you

The lone Deranger March 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

If youre gonna say that the SEC is policing them then go look up whos running the SEC.
THats like having mafia members running the FBI and Police.
OK i guess i rest my case.

The lone Deranger March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm

YOU WILL NEVER GET THE CARROT!!!!!!!!!
IT’S JUST A DISTRACTION!!!!!!!!!

The lone Deranger March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Maybe u will get something like a carrot.
IPHONE IPAD ipod blackberry flatscreen TV.
But theres always another NEXT best coolest hottest thing that you JUST MUST HAVE.
that Ipad you own sucks now because the ipad 2 just came out.
So you might get a carrot but in you pursuit of the next best hottest thing you will NEVER get THE carrot and you will be blind and too busy to figure out JUST WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON with all the distractions.
So whats the point of life?
Is it to WIN some faking imaginary competiton? is it survival of the fittest?
Winner take all DESTROY your neighbor in the process?
IS that why god created the universe ? so that we can win something?

The lone Deranger March 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm

You have netflix?..If you still need convincing then watch something important.
Food inc.
Its streaming.
Manditory for every American to see.

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The lone Deranger March 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Lets call it. Me giving you a helping hand.
:)

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Alpha January 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

so are we going to receive a stimulus payment or not. And why was there not one in 2010.

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Alpha January 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Not just seniors are hurting, those that on SS Disability income are affected too, especially when you have two kids who are try to go to college. The cost of food is continously increasing, utilities are outrages. No one can survive on $600 or $1,100 a month. It is impossible.

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William January 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Ok, so let me ger this correct. My grandmother who lives on pennies, will no longer receive her one time payment of $250?

Does anyone know of programs I can reach out to, so we can try to get her housing brought up to living conditions? Just the other day her from, glass door fell out & you can see the earth from a HUGE crack between the wall and bath-tub.

Thanks guys
Will

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Linda January 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

These people who sit in government have no idea how it is to live on what us seniors get a month. My husband has social sec. disability only. No retirement from a company..only wht the govt. sends him. I am 62 and still cleaning houses just to get us by. There is never enough money to go around. I have had all my utilities turned off at one time or another, due to not enough money. These people vote themselves pay raises, never giving us a thought. The old saying is true..the rich get richer the poor get poorer. Thank goodness I have God on my side. He truly is my source.

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jean January 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

this scumbag obama has done nothing to help the senior scitizens except to deny us our
yearly increase these past two years while he sat there and made million and he squandered
about 9 trillion dollars and put us in this mess….hes a one term president and i hope he goes
back to chicage where he fucked things up there he has done nothing to fulfill the promises
he promised before the election if he cant see that the senior citizens did this past election than
i think he is more stupid than i can give him credit for its the senators and congressman who are
sitting ther e and doing nothing to help the situation….how the fuck am i to pays these bill when
i am in the gap on the drugs, i got no increase in the ss, no stimulus, and this scum we call
pres is traveling alll over the world….i cant wait until election he is truly garbage, with no brains
to boohe lost60 seats and that didnt bother him along with that sleeze ball from san francisco
nancy pelosi who had no right to be pres. or the smarts she is just plain old dumb this is scumb who belongs with the obama scum and the goold old white boys on his staff arnot going to save his ass
since he spent all the money at the beginning made all these outrageous commitments before the
elections, which he is not keeping, never even talks about them because he is a loser….if you notice
harpton and jackson are keeping their mouths shut because this idiost is too far gone….thanks

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jeff January 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

You’re insane. He’s a President. Not a King. He can’t do things by himself. There is a Congress that he has to work with and if he gets no cooperation, he can’t do anything. Vote Republican then. See what they do for you. You’ll be on the street begging for change and wishing Obama was back in office.

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Jessica January 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Whatever,liberals tend to lie about things.GO CHECK YOUR FACTS!!Obama has not done one damn thing for this country,he’s sinking it further to hell.He has absolutely no business being president WHATSOEVER!!

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jeff January 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

That’s ridiculous. He’s done a better job than Bush and he’s gotten a lot more done. You obviously have some kind of bias. Again, go vote Republican and see how much better they are. There won’t even be any talk of a $250 payment. The only talk there will be about social security will be cutting it and possibly abolishing it. Then you’ll be begging to have Obama back.

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Kris January 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

ALot of people like to blame things on Bush but Bush was dealt a bad hand just like Obama. On Bush’s first year he was given the attacks on 9/11 and don’t say its the same thing as what happen in 1941 because Pearl Harbor was a Military attack on a Military target while 9/11 was a bunch of idiots attacking a Civilian target. Bush was dealt a hand that was already playing out. I don’t vote Rep or any other i Vote who i think would be best for the job and i didn’t vote for Obama i think the only reason he was voted in was because all the blacks seen him as a black man and not the issue’s so they all voted for him over the hype when hes not even full black. the President can’t do anything on his own he has to get backing from Congress so it pisses me off when i see everyone blaming a president for all the problems when its not him or not just him its everyone there.

The Lone Deranger January 13, 2011 at 9:54 am

Librals tend to lie?….R u smoking crack?..Who lied about Iraq ( which cost a trillion dollars or some fkt up figure and hundreds of thousands of iraqi and american lives (for what?).now the country and ppl r dirt poor and they don’t wanna give ppl free health care or increase social sec payments cause it costs too much ( and obama has to fight to extend unemployment benefits)(and ppl hate who ?..OBAMA?)……Who made up some garbage story about death pannels to scare people just to gain opposition against health care reform?(who opposes health care reform? INURANCE COMPANIES!!! u care about those bastards?..They care about making as much money as possible not if u freaking DIE.. They cut ppls coverage and refuse to pay for life saving treatment because the’re greedy) Who is wasting tax dollars but crying that obama is wasting tax dollars just to kill the health care bill WHY?)…what about saying obama was born in Kenya( that garbage people still believe today)?…oh wait then when that didnt work they said he was a socialist………… OPEN ur freaking eyes and stop listening to the propoganda and think for urself damnit. But dont worry they blackmailed obama into extending the bush tax cuts which cut taxes for the millionares and Billionares( cause those greedy bastards really could use some extra money) . Maybe those guys will help pay my freaking bills. THEIR policies crippled this country But you hate OBAMA? .

The Lone Deranger January 13, 2011 at 10:05 am

Let me just add one more thing. When Bush took over for clinton there was a surplus in the budget. When Bushs term ended Obama walked into the worst economic crisis this country has seen since the Great Depression. 2+2=?

The lone Deranger March 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

Where the freak do you get your facts from?
The church of scientology?
Why is it that OBAMA hasent done anything for this country ?
Because the republicans refused to do business for him so that they can blame him for inaction.
But, actually spreading lies about health care reform that is actually going to prevent people from dying or going bankrupt in order to protect the greedy profit making (on peoples lives) corporations who don’t care NOTHING about the welfare of people and to do it so effectivley that people are actually outraged at this poposal to save LIVES and having your ignorant azz actually believing that they are not greedy and obama did nothing…. is quite franckly SCARY.

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Bob April 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

Amen

Obama is so far the worst president we have ever had. He makes Bush look like Sister Theresa, but this is all by design. What people are not looking at is that all of this is pre-planned and always has been. The only reason Obama got into office was to shut poor people up period. Another 4 years without uprisings , riots, and to give false hope one more time.

Every year we have not had a COLA Obama leads us on with a stimulus he will put into the bill, fully knowing its never going to happen. Another way again to shut us up.

Until people stop fighting and realize we are all being duped and have been and will be until we say enough and do what we have right to do in our Constiitution we are screwed.

There are more homeless people in the California than ever in our town of 48,000 we have 12,000 homeless, and one death a week from freezing to death.

When are people going to stop debating and wake up to the truth? They are hitting the old because many are sick and weak. You will be old one day and it comes fast better start protecting yourself NOW.

The lone Deranger March 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

correction …*with him

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lateriona January 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

@jeff is so true….Only a ignortant dumb a$$ jean would put some shit like that………………but Bush was the man huh………….he f”ed this country up to the point that china owns our asses but thats okay, but now that Obama comes into office jean want to say…….he goes
back to chicage where he fk’d things up there he has done nothing to fulfill the promises ……..GET OUT OF HERE!!!

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jackie September 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Dear Jean no would no just how stupid you are until you open your mouth, maybe if you stop crying about what you cant afford and start living within your means, then Im sure you wont be waiting on a one time payment a year of 250.00. Bills dont come every 6 months they come once a month so you no what to expect, If you only get SS go apply for food stamps. If you get SSI then shut the f… up, you didnt put nothing in the system anyway. I get so sick and tired of ppl blaming Pre Obama for their problems, you was poor when he was voted in and you still poor so how did he hurt you LOL.

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ab January 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I gotta add 2 more cents I stated this before reps. are FOR big bus. and the lame duck dems VOTED AGAINST we SRS. GETTING A RAISE IN BENIFITS NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE OFF LESS THAN 1,200
A MONTH AND SOMETIMES THATSOT EVEN ENOUGH. There is enough BLAME ON BOTH PARTIES TO GO AROUND AFTER ALL THEY VOTED THEIRSELVES A BIG RAISE. Yes we need to fix the economy but NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE POOREST OF THE POOR. FOR THE MOST part WE HAVE ALL PD. OUR DUES .
WAR,, ILLEGAL ALIENS, CARS, JETS, AID TO OTHER COUNTRIES DO THESE FIRST AND THAN COME SEE US. IT.(A MAN WHO DOES NOT TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN IS WORSE THAN AN INFADEL) WE srs. have more than done our part. We need to pay close attention to who is willing to assist SRS. IF THEY VOTE AGAINST US THAN WE NEED TO VOTE THEM OUT NO MATTER WHAT THE PARTY.

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jimmy a faircloth January 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

Low inflation does COLA live under a rock ? I get my medicine from MEDCO mail service last year the premium was $40.00 DOLLARS per month this year it has gone up to $62.00 per month also last year the decutable was $100.00 this year it is $250.00 . Also MEDICARE has raise it’s decutable . IT looks like even OLE ANDY will not tell the truth when he states in his commerical that medicine would be cheaper this year (2011) for seniors on MEDICARE .
Gas prices in my area have increased .50 cents per gallion to all most $ 3 dollars per gallion but yet COLA still claims because of low inflation there will be no cost of living raise . I just wonder does this include every one who get’s cost of living raises?

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mach 1 January 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

Sorry Jim, the COLA is figured from the 3rd quarter of the year. It was calculated as being lower than 2008 and 2009. This is a complicated system for me to explain. I am trying to figure out how the numbers are found and used to decide the outcome. We will not be getting the COLA or the $250.00 for 2011 either.
I use to have MEDCO which is not a part of medicare. I don’t have any insurance of any type now. My wife has medicare under S.S.I. and it does not help with meds.. We are getting our meds. thru Walmart pharmacy at a cheaper price than a part D ins. supplement cost. I have no deductable and no increases to deal with. Do some figures for yourself, add the cost of the meds., the deductable and the premium for a full year, then compare this to all the cost of the meds you buy at Walmart. You should have your answer if you need to keep what you have. You can look into assistance with meds. thru DSS, and the internet search engines or sometimes thru your doctors office. You have to ask if they have any programs with the manufactures of the meds. that will give them to you free. I know that Plavix has a program, but it works with the doctors that perscribe it. Good Luck !

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Margaret Cabral December 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

DON’T WORRY ABOUT COLA JUST TAKE A HOMELESS PERSONS
BEGGING SPOT AND HOLD A SIGN SAYING YOU NEED MONEY
TO SUPPORT YOURSELF. IF DISABLED IN WHEELCHAIRS AND
SENIORS WITH WALKING STICKS STARTED PANHANDLING
THEN MAYBE THEY MAY GET A MESSAGE AND THE HOMELESS
WOULD CRY SINCE THEIR SPOTS WERE TAKEN TAKING THEIR
DRUG AND ALCOHOL MONEY FROM THEM TO SUPPORT DISABLED
AND SENIORS RENT, FOOD, SHAMPOO, MEDICARE . DEMAND A
$1000. A MONTH FOR RENT OR HOUSE TAX AND COLA EVERY
YEAR AND FOOD STAMPS THEN DISABLED AND SENIORS COULD
LIVE BETTER. THE BEGGING WOULD BE A GOOD DEMONSTRATION
UNTIL THEY START THE $1000. A MONTH AND COLA EVERY YEAR.

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