For weeks now, we have been attentively watching the news to see what the decision will be regarding the dilemma of federal spending. It seems that the President and House Speaker, John Boehner cannot come to an agreement on anything. Each and every one of us probably have ideas on what should be done, but we have no say in this matter, which is sad as this decision will affect the entire country; some more than others.
For years now, each time there is talk of a deficit, the first issues to be considered for a cut is Social Security (also includes SSI), Medicare and Medicaid. Why would anyone ever consider cutting Social Security? People who are now receiving this benefit has a right to these funds. This money is put aside for employees to live on once they have retired. Albeit, from time-to-time some individuals begin collecting benefits earlier than expected due to unforeseen circumstances, but regardless, this money belongs to those who have worked for it.
According to an article “The Cabal Is Destroying Social Security,” when President Bush cut taxes, unknowingly to many of us, this also reduced the amount of the contributions employers paid on behalf of their employees. Thus, a smaller amount was being paid into Social Security. Then when President O’Bama kept this tax cut in place, this remained to be the case. The article further explained that this was a scheme brought about by Congress. As less money is paid into Social Security, eventually they would claim that Social Security is broke.
Congress “lying that our national security requires that we cut Social Security and Medicare to decrease the deficit” is to frighten the public. Actually, Social Security is not part of the Federal Budget and therefore has nothing to do with the deficit. Boehner, along with Congress, will not agree to raising taxes on the rich because this would include them. But, whatever taxes the rich would be required to pay would only be a drop in the bucket for them.
Someone sent me a copy of an email where Congress accused those on Social Security as being “greedy”. Many times at retirement, Social Security is not enough for a person to live on and obtaining a part-time job is necessary. Therefore, how can a person living on Social Security be considered as “greedy”? The rich who wants to end the Social Security program are the greedy ones.
Lay people need to learn more about what is going on in Congress. The rich and powerful play on the ignorance of those who do not know any better. It is shameless that those running this country would behave this way. Many on Social Security and/or SSI have already died because their benefit was not enough to eat, pay bills, and purchase medications; therefore, they would choose what they considered to be most imporant, which in some cases cost them their lives.
If Social Security fails, the number of people who may die is unthinkable.