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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:47 AM
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Senator Bernie Sanders debates Neil Cavuto about Social Security
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Sanders Op-Ed: A way to make Social Security solvent for the next 75 years
By Sen. Bernie Sanders

August 17, 2010

Social Security just turned 75, and all across the country, people and senior organizations are celebrating this enormous achievement. Before President Franklin Roosevelt signed the law on August 14, 1935, about half of the senior citizens in America lived in poverty. That began to change on January 31, 1940, when the first monthly retirement check, for $22.54, was issued to retired legal secretary Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt.

Today, more than 52 million Americans, including over 124,000 Vermonters, receive benefits. For three quarters of a century, Social Security has been a great success doing exactly what it was designed to do. During that entire period not one American who has been eligible for Social Security has failed to receive benefits they were entitled to receive. Thats a pretty good record. Today, Social Security not only provides retirement benefits to seniors, it provides support for the disabled and widows and orphans.

Sadly, despite its enormously successful record, Social Security has in recent years become a political football. For ideological reasons there are those in Congress who believe that government should not be involved in providing benefits to seniors or the disabled. Rather, they believe in the privatization of Social Security and that workers should, if they want, invest in retirement programs administered by Wall Street and the private sector. Others are arguing that Social Security is going bankrupt and, at the very least, benefits should be reduced and the retirement age should be raised to 70.
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  - God bless Bernie  90-percent   Apr-07-11 05:59 AM   #1 
  - ya'll ain't no nuttin' 'bout da sout'  Charleston Chew   Apr-07-11 06:49 AM   #3 
     - Colbert  90-percent   Apr-07-11 08:27 AM   #4 
  - Talking with Cavuto  Turbineguy   Apr-07-11 06:14 AM   #2 
90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:59 AM
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1. God bless Bernie
I'd rather eat live bugs that speak with Neal Cavuto.


As opposed to most politicians associated Whit either of the two duopoly political parties!

Bravo, Bernie!

-90% Jimmy

PS - How come Bernie reps Vermont, but has an urban NYC/Westchester/Long Island accent?

One of my proudest achievements in life is growing up on Long Island and having no discernible Long Island accent! Probably because my family didn't move there until I was 6?
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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:49 AM
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3. ya'll ain't no nuttin' 'bout da sout'
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 07:03 AM by Charleston Chew
Yours truly and Stephen Colbert both grew-up (or in Gullah speak "raise-up") in Charleston South Carolina, and neither of us have southern accents. Maybe because in modern culture we learn so much of our speech from television?

But the real question is, what is SOUL FOOD?
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:27 AM
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4. Colbert
One of the most outstanding acts of courage, bravery, integrity and especially SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER was Colbert's 2006? Speech at the Annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

They got Rich Little the next year, who I consider to be a washed up performer who's time has long past - with Nixon's resignation!

In the same way Vaughn Meader was washed up after 11/22/63.

I've seen Colbert talk about his lack of accent on 60 Minutes. He also discussed the death of his brother and dad in a plane crash.

Colbert is simply a good and honorable man.

-90% Jimmy
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:14 AM
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2. Talking with Cavuto
what a penance!
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