In the discussion thread: Chained CPI: If my heating bill goes up & I stop heating my house, my bill didn't really go up. [View all]
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:02 AM
jtuck004 (11,229 posts)
17. The SS FAQ says there are 38 million beneficiaries 65 or older. Avg check in Oct 2012 is $1132.
We should increase that, it's not enough. Instead people try to live thusly:
Transportation and Misc $100
The balance might go in fees paid to banks to keep or use your money.
Most people who haven't tried it would have a hard time with that much sudden deprivation.
It is a daily way of life for 13 million people that $1132 is the only thing between them and freezing to death, alone, in the dark. Or burning their place down, and sometimes killing themselves, when they try to stay warm by burning paper in kitchen oven when the power goes out.
Chaining the payment to CPI would further deprive those people, our neighbors, who would find cuts of $20 or $30 then later a few hundred in an already inadequate budget. Some find occasional assistance from varying sources that may or may not be there month-to-moth. And sometimes they are never there.
On average, of the crowd getting social security checks, that's 1 in every 3, or 46% if you just count those who are unmarried.
Is it our intention that people live like animals?
Clint Eastwood was in a movie called the Dead Pool, where a list was made of the hoped for dead. But Clint Eastwood lives in a silly play world. He talks to chairs.
These are real people, real moms and dads and kids. The ones who lived and worked and labored in this country for the past 40 years, no matter their contribution, with an expectation of some peace of mind. That's what a Democrat promised them we would work for in 1932, iirc.
Their pain is going to be very real, before they see an early death due to lack of nutrition, exposure, lack of medical care - all things we can prevent as easily as we can insure that Jamie Dimon take home tens of millions a year with taxpayer dollars, I am quite sure.
What kind of rot does there need to be in a person's spirit to deprive us a little more? How could someone be such a coward that they would let a 13 million of us, our brothers and sisters shiver in their dark, cold rooms while they pay $40 billion a month to the wealthy so their mortgage-backed assets won't decrease in value?
Well, at least there's the Internet. So when they have to rely on private charity like people did under Hoover, it won't work any better.(It was really bad if you were black, btw).
Maybe someone will do live interviews (hey, there's 13 million possible stories, should be some good ones, eh?) Live interviews about the impact on their lives.
And maybe give them a free picture of that Press Secretary guy (he reminds of the Harry Potter character, but then I never saw that movie either). He was talking about the need for shared sacrifice this afternoon. I'm sure that would stimulate a lively discussion. They could even keep the picture, in case they need to heat a can of beans.
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|Ed Suspicious||Dec 2012||#1|
|Luminous Animal||Dec 2012||#2|
The SS FAQ says there are 38 million beneficiaries 65 or older. Avg check in Oct 2012 is $1132.
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