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Posted by Josephine on Aug 11, 2010 - 05:06 PM

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Isn't it curious that much is being made of the fact that this year, for the first time since 1983, SSA will be paying out more than it is collecting from paychecks. I don't remember any headlines when more was being collected than was distributed for senior citizens. Since this is a trust fund, the fat years were intended to pay for the lean years. But our politicians used SS surpluses as part of the governments general income and now we are once again accused of ruing the future of our country's youth because entitlements (a dirty word) are such a large part of our budget. I would like to remind our fellow citizens that those of us who are over 65 years of age have contributed mightily to our country. You can take it from fighting wars to working hard to establish community. We did this with our bodies and our money. (Are young people aware that we still have money taken out of our meager SS check for medicare? We have been given very little free of charge). Now, when the "haves" are having a little less, they want us to pick up the slack and make more sacrifices. If you were to ask most seniors, they would not mind raising the retirement age for healthy seniors but for God's sake, stop talking about senior citizens like they are greedy geezers looking for a handout. We've given our life for our families and by extension our country. I think we deserve to be protected so that we don't fall through the cracks.
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