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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:36 AM
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The Average Social Security Check is $1000 a Month…..
Out of which, the elderly and disabled must pay their rent, utilities and buy food and gas. For the people who are laid off in their fifties and early sixties by companies that want younger, less expensive (and often non-American) workers, that Social Security check is all they have to live upon. Forget the story about the married couple who will be flush with cash----and who will qualify for Medicaid---when they early retire at 62. In order to qualify for more than $60,000/year in Social Security, they had to be high wage earners for years. That means, they probably have savings, a retirement account, maybe even insurance from their jobs. That couple will do fine no matter what happens to Social Security.

This is for the 58 year old disabled woman who finally started getting her $950 a month check, after filling for Social Security, being denied and then appealing twice. Going from no income to $950 a month income has made all the difference in the world—though it does not even begin to touch the mountains of debt which she accumulated after her stroke cost her a job and home. Medicare will make even more of a difference, when it finally kicks in (you have to be disabled for two years to qualify, unless you are on dialysis.) Unless the GOP has its way, and her insurance is “privatized.” Cigna will not touch this woman and her $20,000/year medical bills with a thousand foot pole. Not for less that $1000/month in premiums---and she only makes $950.

According to the GOP, this woman is not just lucky. She is living high off the hog, gorging herself at the federal government trough, draining our coffers. She is a parasite. She is the New Welfare Queen. She is American royalty---

Because she can now afford to eat beans seven nights a week instead of not eating at all.

This is the woman who sewed your blue jeans. This is the woman who assembled your telephone. This is the woman who cleaned your motel room. She worked hard all her life, raised two kids, paid her taxes, voted in presidential elections, accepted a wage that was half of what a man with her high school diploma would make. This is your mother. Your grandmother. Don't you think she is worth $1000/a month and health insurance she can afford to use?
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:39 AM
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1. None of the people I know on disability or SS are getting near $1000/mo.
And these bastards want to screw them out of what little they do get.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:44 AM
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2. That is why it is an average
I know people on a lot less... too.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 10:35 AM
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19. I am on social security and I collect $1,400 a month.
Out of that comes $110 for Medicare. So, the net is $1,290. Fortunately, my expenses are low. I live in a mobile home which is paid for and I own my car with no payments. All I pay is lot rent that is $367 monthly, which includes water and garbage pickup. I have no charge cards. And my only other expenses are cable, Internet and phone, and of course, the electric. I am a vegetarian, so my food expenses are low.
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 11:40 PM
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58. Me too, then I switched over to "Universal healthcare" and no more $110.00 per month
for medicare. And even some of the prescriptions are cheaper. check it out!
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madlefty Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 06:55 AM
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71. WOW! you livin a dream life! What about
car repairs and gas? or don't you go anywhere? And what about your prescriptions? and all the medical expense that medicare does not pay for, and that can be a bunch, do you have to go the dentist? that can take your whole check to get one tooth fixed.
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TexDevilDog Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:59 AM
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3. Why didn't the woman have disability insurance?
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 08:00 AM by TexDevilDog
Just wondering. I spend $hundreds on life and disability insurance a month to protect my family. But I can't afford cable TV. I get TV off air. My priorities are wrong.
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Flatulo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:05 AM
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4. I'm 55 with degenerative disk disease. LTD insurance costs $800 per quarter.
Too expensive for the vast majority of low-income earners. I'm lucky that I have enough saved from my good earning years that I can afford it, along with the 6-month exclusion period before any payouts.
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Flatulo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:09 AM
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6. By the way, unless you've been cut in half by a train, SS will routinely deny
all disability requests. You then need to get an attorney and wait about 3 years and go through several appeals before you'll get a dime.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:23 PM
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30. Cut in half by a train.
:rofl: I'm sorry but that is funny.
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Heathen57 Donating Member (365 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:33 PM
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43. 3 years is pretty quick
It took my wife 10 years, 3 hearings, 2 Appeals council decisions, and a trip to Federal Appeals court before she got her disability.

I had my 3rd and hopefully last hearing the end of June, so I have about 90 days for a decision, and then how many months for the SSA to get their act together.

Talk about frustration. And mine was first filed in 2003.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:35 PM
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44. my wife is going through this....
she is 53, and worked two jobs since she was 16. Her ailment list is long, and she cannot possibly work anymore. Most of the time I have to help her out of bed. She was denied twice, and is now awaiting a court date. She filed Feb2010, her second denial was 3 months ago. The waiting list for a trial is 14 to 18 months. They want people to give up, get desperate, and go back to work.
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Alameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 10:57 AM
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78. and many die waiting. I know a couple of people with brain cancer
denied disability, had to get a lawyer, after a couple of years one finally got it, but passed away shortly after. The other never did get it and died waiting.

However I do know a couple of people who get it, and they are in no way even a fraction as disabled as my other friends. I wonder how that happens
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:24 PM
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84. Not always true, actually.
I know from personal experience there are people who are totally and permanently disabled who were accepted at first application.
Even then, tho, the entire process took 18 months.
I suspect there are a lot of variables including where you live.
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 02:50 PM
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88. wasn't our experience ... but then there's really no faking
right hemisphere paralysis after the second brain surgery to remove the tumor.

my sister's SS disability claim was approved on the first try. everyone at SS was great, i didn't have any problems with customer service or anything.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:26 AM
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8. Maybe they wouldn't sell it to her?
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 08:29 AM by Hissyspit
Maybe she couldn't afford it or afford cable BOTH?

Maybe nobody ever told her about it?

Social Security IS disability insurance, by the way.

Get off your high horse.
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SmileyRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:27 AM
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9. Excuse me but
HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA.

:crazy:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:53 AM
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:29 AM
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15. Minimum wage folk w/no health insurance do not have cash for disability insurance.
If your priority is coming here to ridicule people struggling to survive, then I certainly agree with you that your priorities are wrong.
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trud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 10:02 AM
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17. TexDevilDog
On what planet do you live that you don't know people who have to choose between paying the rent and buying food, let alone even thinking about buying insurance.
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 01:19 PM
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21. maybe she didn't have thousands to spend on insurance
like you do.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 04:02 PM
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27. Disability insurance deducts SSD payment amount from LTD monthly payments
At least, mine does.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:24 PM
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:39 PM
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37. MTE. NO clue what living off disability actually means for real people.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 03:54 AM
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66. Thank you.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:31 PM
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32. She probably did not have disability insurance because it was
far too expensive for her by the time she had raised her children and had any money at all left over for anything at the end of the month.

Shut-ins get cable because they can't go out. I can't stand the idiot box, but I do not begrudge a shut-in person their cable. It is their walk around the block, their window on the world beyond their four walls.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:38 PM
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36. Lots of companies do not provide LTD, and it is very hard to get them to pay, and to pay over years
The insurance companies fight every step of the way -- forcing the disabled to visit multiple doctors to be declared disabled, demanding constant reports and check-ups, and doing everything they can to avoid paying,
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:20 PM
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41. I'd say your priorities are wrong.

Your smugness is always a wrong priority. I bought the life and disability insurance until cuts in my pay made it impossible, and I went without TV, the air or cable type for thirteen years. Now I'm on social security and disability without anything else. So, don't think today's smugness protects you from tomorrow's catastrophe.

Furthermore, what if you pay all that money on disability and life insurance, and you never, ever need it. It never pays off. Then you've thrown away tens of thousands of dollars for nothing. To boast about your wisdom for taking a gamble that hasn't paid off is simply being a dick, especially when you follow it with idiocy about how you forego cable TV. Oh, how wise! How frugal!

If you have a family you're raising, then you calculate your needs differently than if you don't. For anyone who's disabled, old and almost bedridden, cable or satellite TV is pretty important. I won't say it's a necessity, but you certainly can't compare your situation to all others and put yourself out on top.

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daleanime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:30 PM
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42. Yes, they are.....
spent a little more time worrying about multinationals paying nothing in taxes, and a little less worrying about how the last $20 of a minimum wage families money is spent. :spank:
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 10:07 PM
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54. You can get basic cable for $12 a month most areas. Do you know where to buy
that cheap DI you are talking about?

I bet you think people that died during and after Katrina "deserved" it for being stupid enough to live there.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 03:55 AM
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67. I'm certain you have cable TV, and that it is tuned to FOX 24/7.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:31 AM
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68. Because it was all part of her plan to deny Club for Growth members their badly needed 3rd yacht.
MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAA
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 06:47 AM
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69. When you are barely making ends meet. paying out for
disability insurance is a lot like wasting money. Besides most of that insurance has a time limit. It wont cover you for the rest of your life if you are disabled. You only get about 12 weeks coverage in most plans.

I could use some life insurance. If I die, my spouse will be left with nothing. But I can't afford the $130 a month. When we worked we got life insurance through our employer for half that. Now that we are living off our savings, we are required to pay double the rate.

It has nothing to do with priorities.
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 06:56 AM
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72. Some people don't have hundreds of dollars for protective insurance.
Many people in this economy struggle just to make mortgage and car payments, for instance. They juggle bills.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:17 PM
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83. nobody can afford disability insurance, it costs tens of thousands a year
maybe i have my priorities wrong but i can't pay out more than i earn in a year just to an insurance company

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Flatulo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:07 AM
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5. This whole trend is making me sick to my stomach. We now have
worse income inequality than China? WTF?

I've erred on the conservative side for most of my life, but in recent years I've become keenly aware of the myriad social inequalities that we're seeing.

I wonder when the tipping point will come?
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:13 AM
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7. Recommend
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:42 AM
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10. This country is disgraceful, thanks to all of us refusing to fight right wing assholes
A huge problem was that these right wing assholes carried BIBLES and that just sort of stopped us from fighting them. We need to stop being so stupid. Bible-banging right wingers are wolves in sheep's clothing, and far more evil than anyone who has no religion.
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Fuddnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:58 AM
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12. Right-wing asshole drinks $350 a bottle(2) wine with lobbyists!
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/rep-paul-rya...

Rep. Ryan Tastes The Grapes Of Wrath
Susan Crabtree | July 8, 2011, 2:30PM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis.

It was the same night reports started trickling out about President Obama pressing Congressional leaders to consider changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for GOP support for targeted tax increases.

The pomp and circumstance surrounding the waiter's presentation, uncorking and decanting of the pricey Pinot Noir caught the attention of another diner who had already recognized Ryan sitting with two other men nearby.

Susan Feinberg, an associate business professor at Rutgers, was at Bistro Bis celebrating her birthday with her husband that night. When she saw the label on the bottle of Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru Ryan's table had ordered, she quickly looked it up on the wine list and saw that it sold for an eye-popping $350, the most expensive wine in the house along with one other with the same pricetag.

(snip) Full story at link.
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HomerRamone Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:18 AM
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13. IOKIYAR--more specifically,
it's OK as long as you don't show any compassion for those less well off, because you're not a "hypocrite"...
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 01:22 PM
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22. assholes drank my rent
these people have no shame :puke:
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eallen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:20 AM
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14. Social security is necessary for those throughout the income scale
McCamy Taylor:
That means, they (the high earners) probably have savings, a retirement account, maybe even insurance from their jobs. That couple will do fine no matter what happens to Social Security.


Probably. But many times, not. You might be surprised at the number of doctors and lawyers who come to the end of their income-earning years before they expect, with very little in the way of savings. There are a variety of reasons for that, from bad investments to illness to family troubles. And they then end up relying on social security. Yes, of course, a much higher social security check than most. But their lifeline, still. There's some irony in seeing this happen to someone who all their life cursed social security and LBJ. No joy in it. But irony. They learned late. Too late.

This is important because people broadly misunderstand social security. Life has its vagaries. None of us know how long we will be able to work. None of us can be certain how our investments will do. None of us knows what family or health tragedy lies around the corner. Any one of us may succumb to early Alzheimer's. Opening the door to con artists and our own mishandling of money. Any one of us may be subject to lawsuit, which may cost us dearly whether the suit well found or not. And after a certain age, there is no financial recovery. Social security is the financial protection against that. Not just for the poor. It's more important for the poor. And it's right that social security is progressive in its payout.

But if we make the mistake of selling it as a program for the poor, we make the large mistake of under-selling it.

:hippie:
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 03:49 PM
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25. I know a couple of retired local doctors
who lost good portions of their retirement in the crash a couple of years ago. One is back at work, the other is living on a vastly lowered income than she expected.
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 06:57 AM
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73. Me, too. n/t
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 11:34 PM
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56. +1
Now how do we get that message out to the idiots who voted for the Republicans who are currently trying to screw them? I'm so frustrated about that ... didn't these people know the consequences? :(

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onpatrol98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 12:41 AM
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60. +1
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 06:59 AM
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74. If we sell S.S. as a program for the poor, we make the large mistake of underselling S.S.
Edited on Sun Jul-10-11 07:00 AM by Mimosa
Great observation!
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:12 PM
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81. It is a program for the poor
and the potentially poor, which in reality is all but 1% of us.
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:53 AM
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16. Isn't this odd that a Republican President said this in 1952 on SS?
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:31 PM
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33. Odd, yes. They have changed their minds.
And they have bought influence in the other party, the party that used to represent the people.
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:58 PM
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48. Excellent quote, Bryn -- thanks! nt
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 10:19 AM
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18. I Talk with People in This Income Bracket all the Time
and I don't know many of them live from month to month. A 10% cut spells disaster. Pegging COLAs to CPI spells slow-motion disaster.

You can't require people pay to pay into SS, give them planning numbers for retirement, and then pull the money after they actually retire. You might as well just steal the pension fund.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:15 PM
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82. You might as well just steal the pension fund.
Edited on Sun Jul-10-11 04:15 PM by RaleighNCDUer
Well, they already DID that - that's why they have to turn to SS. In the words of the immortal Willie Sutton "It's where the money is."

(edit for sp)
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 01:15 PM
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20. That means many of us make less than $1000 a month. Of course
when you make less you are eligible for more help such as food stamps and rent vouchers. It is not easy making it on less. I am out of money by the middle of the month after I pay for utilities, food and rent. Oh, and I have to save at least $20 for co-pays on my medicines. That last was a gift from timmy plenty.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 03:13 PM
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23. Thank you
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DollyM Donating Member (837 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 03:40 PM
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24. my 83 year old mother . . .
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 03:41 PM by DollyM
My mother is 83, has worked since she was 17, mostly in factories, stores and menial labor like cleaning houses. But she kept her family fed and clean and raised three good kids. She had literally never used Medicare, had been healthy all her life, was not on any prescriptions and was still working until May of last year. Then she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and our world turned upside down. Medicare covered their part of the bills but she was left with about 15 thousand out of pocket. She started paying what she could on the bills after draining her savings to pay the ongoing bills. THe Cancer Treatment Centers of America, bastards that they are, told her to pay $200.00 a month out of her $800.00 a month social security check. She was still trying to pay the other bills to the doctors, hospital, etc. Then she got a call one day for the Cancer treatment center saying they would no longer treat her until her bill was paid down. She was in tears and I was furious. Yeah, Welcome to America! I took her down to apply for Medicaid, this woman who had never accepted a hand out in her life, and she was approved. THe Cancer Treatment Center welcomed her back with open arms! There is just something wrong with a system that allows little old ladies and men, who have worked hard all their lives and built the very fabric of our country, to only be drained of every penny they have due to medical bills. I knew how to get her on medicaid, not everyone does and not everyone will qualify. It's just wrong that we treat our seniors with so little respect in this country.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:35 PM
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35. God bless your mother.
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 05:36 PM by Enthusiast
Medicare should extend to every adult and child in this nation. Fraud should be ruthlessly rooted out and viciously punished. Our heath care system could become the envy of the world, for ALL of us.
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 06:59 PM
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38. This is such a tragic story. American dream is now work all your life until you get sick
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 07:00 PM by McCamy Taylor
then die in debt. It's like every death makes some hospital richer, gets some bank a free/foreclosed home and gives VISA a bunch of interest payments.
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 11:37 PM
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57. +1
:hug:

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 12:43 AM
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61. Everyone is being treated with disrespect --- it's called corporate/fascism....
Welcome to the right wing's "third world America" --

and ... great post -- agree!!

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daleanime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 09:54 AM
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77. This should have it's own post...
O8)
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 03:44 PM
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79. We need a single payer system.
It's a crime to keep putting the sick through hell to get them appropriate treatments.

God bless you and your dear mother, DollyM. *hug*
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kayakjohnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 03:56 PM
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26. Great post.
One of the best I've seen lately.

Thank you so much.

Cheers.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:10 PM
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28. HUGE K & R !!!
:kick:
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:21 PM
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29. "Let her eat cake."
Fuck a bunch of politicians of any stripe that would abuse this woman.
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malletgirl02 Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 05:34 PM
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34. $1000 a month
Where I'm from $1000 a month would barely pay the rent for an efficiency apartment.
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:12 PM
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39. I get $1100.00 a month. My Medicare starts in October. Thankfully, the house is paid for.
Edited on Sat Jul-09-11 07:12 PM by Kaleva
Medicare premium will be $135.00 which will drop my SS check down to $965.00. With my wife's excellent health insurance from the U.S. Postal Service, we'll come out further ahead past October as my monthly medical bills which I pay on now will decrease by much more then $135.00.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:20 PM
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40. Why is your Medicare premium $135 when I am only paying $110?
My social security payment is $1,400 per month and minus the $110 brings the monthly amount down to $1.290. I think you are getting screwed.
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:55 PM
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46. I'll check again. It's $115.40 a month for Part B
I think you are paying $110.00 a month because there was a rate increase this year which did not affect those already on Medicare.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:05 PM
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52. There are penalties if household income is over a certain amount
I am penalized because my husband makes a decent salary. We were married after I was disabled.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:56 PM
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47. and here...
my 120k house has about $1200 year for insurance, and $3500 a year property tax. That is more than 1/4 of what you receive in benefits. I will never be able to retire.
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Kaleva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:48 PM
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49. I live in a low property tax area. Almost $1100.00 a year.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 10:12 PM
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55. Still a lot of money...
considering the income level. I live in a high property tax state- Texas. This is balanced by the fact that we don't have a state income tax. I will probably return to Ohio when I retire- much lower property tax, and since I won't have much income, I won't pay much income tax. There is a lot good about Texas, but I cannot imagine living in this furnace when I retire. I just got back from a ride- temps were much more reasonable at 9pm (95) then our high today (105). I miss my home state, but getting a job like I have here is really difficult there right now.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:34 PM
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85. My state does not collect property taxes from over 65, or blind, or disabled.
We live in one of the "homestead exemption" states.
So no property taxes anymore, since we qualify for a permanent exemption.

Bad news: local sales tax is on everything, and is...9.5%.
They get their money back, trust me.

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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 02:39 PM
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87. the figure I stated...
is after my homestead exemption- save me 25%. Once SS authorizes my wife's disability my taxes will go down a little bit more. Alabama doesn't tax food, do they? I could live with 9.5% sales tax on everything else (we are currently at 8.25)- I don't buy a lot of things.
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jtuck004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 07:38 PM
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45. Maybe we need a 50Plus interest group within the party.

With 8000 people a day turning 65, the numbers are going to do nothing but grow for the next 20 years. Doesn't need to be in opposition to anyone else in the party, but certainly could provide pressure for our particular interests, and especially for the most vulnerable who seem to be lacking a group of lobbyists. It would give us something to fight for, not just against, in opposition to the Repubs, Teabaggers, and anyone who sees things their way.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:54 PM
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50. No. My mother and grandmothers were teachers. Their
benefits were well past a thousand dollars but of course, they had pensions, too.
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drpepper67 Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 08:56 PM
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51. I know it's their own fault but.
I know two widows who worked hard all their lives, they just didn't report most of their income, thinking they were gaming the system.

One cleaned houses since she was a teenager, for cash.

The other sat with the elderly and did home care, again since being a teenager and not reporting the income.

They were both married and got to claim 1/2 their husbands SS for themselves.

I don't think either one gets over $400 a month.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 09:38 PM
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53. Paul Ryan and the Republicans had a $350 bottle of wine at dinner last night...
They will tell you that this woman doesn't deserve to have heat in her apartment or Cat food to eat.

Yet they will DEMAND that their hotel room be cleaned perfectly (and on time) for $5 an hour.

My mother worked at a Holiday Inn for 15 years , and waited on these assholes hand and foot. And then she died with no health insurance.

While Paul Ryan and his buddies sucked down a $350 botle of wine.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 12:33 AM
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59. Should be at least DOUBLE that -- we've never had less than .03% inflation since Ike ....
despite the lies --

In fact, any $1 you had pre-W Bush is now worth about 50 cents --

but, we'll be repaying the debt with inflated dollars!!

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iamthebandfanman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 01:30 AM
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62. my almost 80 year old grandmother
gets a lil over a thousand a month. plus her retirement from a local government job (thank goodness).
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 02:07 AM
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63. I fear there is only one good answer.
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999998th word Donating Member (555 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 02:57 AM
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64. When did we meet ? - same story almost line by line
The last job (one I thought I'd be retiring from) worked abt 10 yrs, was a CNA-nursing home.That is very physically demanding job,even if you're young.
Was injured @ work 1st time ever claimed wc.They were purging the workforce of older workers also any workers who had an ADA protected
disability.I was both.The workmans comp was the pretext for termination.I lost.Medical bills I had to pay out of pocket,used up all my pension.
Devastated.Many older workers are experiencing this.The WC system can be manipulated by these shady employers,their ins.companies-with their'doctors',and also their lawyers.
Young or old the uninformed injured worker don't stand a chance .
Yay-according to the tpubs I'm living the high life.My menu changes when the color of the beans change,kidney,lima,black,navy...many ways to diversify...t.
How many people know that if you get a disability policy through a private insurer,and you become eligible for ssdi,you are OBIGLATED to repay the private insurance company EVERY DIME
you received from them if you get a retroactive settlement lump sum?? THEY are the ones who make out .WHY are we REPAYING THEM back with GOVERNMENT MONEY?if we're supposedly 'broke'??
They can cut the BS.
Sorry for the rant but they are assholes.

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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 03:50 AM
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65. Yeah, actually - it is my mom.
It's a good thing we are able to step in and cover the gaps for her. We're VERY lucky.

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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 06:54 AM
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70. McCamy, thanks for this eloquent OP.
I don't know how anybody can get by on 12K a year. :(
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Pooka Fey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 07:47 AM
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75. If Social Security gets cut...
I'll have my elderly father and a brother on disability that I'll have to keep from going homeless, probably without the support of my 3 wingnut siblings who have been high earners for years and are cheap, greedy assholes. I have a second brother on disability that has been such a monumental fucker all his life that I would just have to let him slip under the water.

I'm currently unemployed, but I was public school teacher. I'm pissed off and fucking scared shitless.

Hope I don't get tombstoned or deleted, but right now is the time that Americans need to call a general strike, where Nothing and Nobody works. Like that will happen...
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Progressive dog Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 07:48 AM
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76. 60,000 on social security
The maximum benefit at 66 years old in 2011 is $2366 per month or 28,362 per year with a married couple entitled to 1.5 times this. No 62 year old married couple gets $60,000 per year from social security. Too lazy to look it up, but with reduction in benefits for taking SS at 62, I would guess about $30,000.
Even so, these teachers ain't goin' to do fine without social security.
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 03:54 PM
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80. I retired a year ago early because of my health. I make less than $700 a month. I
tried to get disability but they turned me down. So when I reached 62 I retired early. My health isn't the greatest. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a husband who is still working. My poor aunt had to retire early in her 40s. She was so crippled she couldn't walk. Her husband died early in life. She never remarried. Once she got of medicare it helped her. She also paid for blue cross and it kept going up. Her meds cost alot of money. I don't know what she would have done if she hadn't lived with my sister.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 04:39 PM
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86. The time is coming when single households are going to be unaffordable.
At least for the majority of us.

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