Update on the Stimulus Payment for Retirees, Veterans and the Disabled Who Get No COLA Increase

[2020 CARE Stimulus update] See this article for the latest on the 2020 stimulus payments. SSI and Disability recipients are eligible for these payments if their overall earned income is below prescribed limits. Payments will be made to current accounts in which they receive current benefit payments.


[Prior/old updates] 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.


[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


[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. 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


[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.


[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 $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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~ Key Dates for Stimulus Payments
~ Stimulus Tax Breaks and Traps
~ 5 Personal Finance Tips For Smart Retirement Planning
~ Claiming Social Security Benefits Later Rather Than Earlier

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  1. I receive SSDI, after being found disabled. I had a 2 year wait, June 2017 to April 2019, I was put on Medicare last December. I used the non-filer put my information in and that of my husband and daughter who is 15, she is my biological child, I had her at age 38 (I am now 54). Because I am on SSDI, I automatically got the $1200 for my self. I as I mentioned, I used the non-filer prior to the notice for individuals on SSI or SSDI to use the non-filer. I provided the ssn for each person and the IRS indicated that they had successfully received the information. I have tried many,many times to contact the Federal IRS, get the automated (god I hate the automated voice), I would rather talk to someone, however, there is noone available to point out their mistake. I found out as my husband is incarcerated that he will not get a stimulus payment. Is that Fair or not fair? In my opinion no, as he is my dependent as well as my daughter, my SSDI, is the only household income. I am pretty sure that it was an accident that they did not notice my dependent child. I did not get the dependent child stimulus the first time nor the second time either, so they owe me $1,000.00. I have been taking care of this child since the day she was born, mostly alone. My husband is her step-father. I am the only one listed on her birth certificate, receive no child support because I did not want to take a chance with my daughter’s safety. Her biological father has bi-polar and schizophrenia. Beat me up the day before my first o.b. appointment over my asking for the house keys. I am quite lucky that my daughter is even here , but thankful she is. Anyway, I did finally contact the IRS for my state and received the reply that it is Federal so they have nothing to do with it. It is just a matter of time and a whole lot of patience but in the end I will eventually receive the money.

  2. I am on SSD I GET $1296,00 per month. I live in a place for low income. You can’t earn more then $25,000.00 a year. I make $15,500.00. My rent is $8.05, I see my Dr, every month co payment is $25.00. I get help with RXs but it still cost about $10.00 a month. I live in FL. My electric bill bc of the AC and I am on the 3rd floor ( Which is the highest) and the heat beats on the roof all day, I pay for my phone, cable. In there eyes a car is not a necessity. How would I get to,the Doctor? Pick up my RX, buy food. I have no money left at the end of the month. I was already informed there most probably will be an increase in rent in 2018. Aces Florida gave me a big $41.00 in food stamps. In Jan went SS gave a cost of living increase of $3.00 Acess Florida deducted my food stamps to $37.00. Are thry brainless? SS is stating to purchase food and housing has gone up, and they take it away. I can’t figure these idiots out. Right across the street is Publix, howvever I can’t go there because the prices are higher. Therefore I have to drive use my gas and can only shop at Walmart supermarket. I am originally from NY and was receiving $79.00 a month for food. Where is the justification. This state does whatever it wants to do. There’s no one to complain to, since no one governs Acess FL. Which is made up of a bunch of people who do not want to work. You can hear them laughing, hang up on you and there’s no one to complain to. Even the supervisors are the same way. Sad but true. If I only knew this before I moved. My greatest fear is being homeless and I’m only 59.

    1. I live on ssdi of 800 mo. irs takes 200 of that for student loans. leaving me 600 to live off. i have no home, car,, ways to the drs. and health issues getting worse for insu. dosnt cover so mny things. im tired. yet i see trillions and trillions going to people that will never know what it is to go homeless or hungry. why doesnt anyone care.

  3. So its rather messy and very confusing so if one is on ssi and never received the 250.00 payment can I still file for it .

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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.”

    ___

    Associated Press Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.

    1. 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”

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 – https://www.savingtoinvest.com/2011/02/government-shut-down-likely-as-house-republicans-pass-spending-bill-without-democrat-senate-support.html

  12. 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.

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

  13. 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.

    1. 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.

  14. 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.

    1. 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.

  15. 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

    1. 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”

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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….:((((((((((

  21. 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 .

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  22. 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.

    1. 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

  23. 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?

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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:}

    1. 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

    2. 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

      1. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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

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

  31. 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…???

    1. 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.

  32. 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???

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

  33. 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

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

  35. 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

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

    1. 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

    2. 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”’

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  41. In Government Shutdown, President and Congress Would Still Get Paid

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

  42. 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

    1. 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………

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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!!

  48. 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!!!!

    1. 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.

  49. 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.

    1. 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.

  50. 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?

    1. 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”

      1. 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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