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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-08 12:50 PM
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What If Your Social Security Was in the Stock Market Yesterday?

I'm still in study for my test mode. My test is on Oct. 30th. I'll be back as a REGULAR just before the election.

What If Your Social Security Was in the Stock Market Yesterday?

http://blog.aflcio.org/2008/09/30/what-if-your-social-s...

by Seth Michaels, Sep 30, 2008

Yesterdays stock market disaster, with the Dow plummeting 778 pointsa larger drop than after the Sept. 11 attacksmay make Wall Street traders and billionaire hedge fund investors hyperventilate.

But imagine how much worse for the rest of us it would have been if, three years ago, President Bush and Sen. John McCain had succeeded in their efforts to privatize Social Security, gambling in the stock market funds that have been a guaranteed income for Americas retirees?

Many of our 401(k)s and pension plans took a hit yesterdaybut no matter how our individual retirements fare on Wall Street, we would still have Social Security to back us up.

Not so if McCain became president.



Because even during this volatile stock market crisis, McCain has repeated his plan to privatize Social Security if he becomes president. McCain has said the way Social Security works is a disgrace, and in the Senate, he voted repeatedly to support privatizing Social Security and against protecting Social Security from benefit cuts. He even voted to raid Social Security funds.

In 2005, McCain toured the country with Bush to campaign for Social Security privatization. McCain married into a multimillion-dollar fortune, and he also will have a taxpayer-funded pension because of his decades in Washington. So, despite drawing a monthly Social Security check himself, its clear he doesnt understand how important Social Security is to millions of retirees.

For the vast majority of Americas retirees, Social Security makes up 50 percent or more of their income.

Yet McCain supports a scheme that, if it had been in place now, would have left millions of seniors in poverty yesterday. Retirees who worked their entire life for their Social Security retirement income would have seen little or have nothing to fall back on.

In contrast, Sen. Barack Obama has fought against privatization and other policies that undermine Social Security. Hes pledged to protect Social Security benefits.

Theres only 35 days to go before the election, but McCains agenda has already proven disastrous. We cant trust him to gamble with our economy and our retirement.

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OmahaBlueDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-08 12:56 PM
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1. OS, you shouldreally cross post thisto GD
..because it is the trilion dollar question, one we should be shouting from the rooftops, and one that John McSame should be forced to answer.

Excellent post.
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-08 01:00 PM
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2. You would have had a heart attack, died, and never missed the money you lost
Edited on Tue Sep-30-08 01:11 PM by kenny blankenship
So actually you would come out way ahead.

Embrace the logic of the "inevitable reckoning" and let it all burn. So runneth the proverbs of the Democratic Underground.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-08 01:04 PM
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3. I would pack some things to take to my new home under the bridge ...n/t
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Smart Guy 4 Freedom Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-08 01:23 PM
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4. what if your social security was in the stock market yesterday?
Can't you see thats exactly why we SHOULD privatize Social security so the Fat cats on wall street can get their hands on it and leave us high and dry!!! NOT!!!
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mashimaro Donating Member (29 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-08 01:46 PM
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5. You delay retirement another year
or you were smart and had most of your investment in cash but that is not just on yesterday's losses it's for the entire year. I think the S&P is down 10% this year. Most people expect at least 12% percent return.
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