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“Growing Social Insecurity”

Seniors on Social Security receive a 1.5% boost!

Seniors are being left out in the cold as temperatures drop and heating costs rise along with rent, food, co-pay’s, and other vital necessities squeeze them for their precious and limited dollars.

Next week retired citizens receive their Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security, a paltry one and a half percent, for the average recipient a whopping $17 per month. Seniors will be forced to stretch their retirement income just a little further — sacrifice just a bit more.

It’s an embarrassment; a slap in their venerable faces! An affront to a life well lived.

Are we killing our seniors?

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“SNAP Judgement”

Republicans’ are dying to kill the Food Stamp Program!

As a part of the farm bill Republicans push to strip $20 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) leaving as many as two million people hungry in the richest nation in the world.

The cuts, two billion dollars a year, will also knock 200,000 children off the school lunch program. At a time when education is eroding throughout the country the right-wing believes leaving thousands of students hungry is the answer.

So what happened to humanity?

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“Where Would We Be If…”

This article has been accepted by The Huffington Post for publication.

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…we didn’t have the safety nets established years ago?

As Republicans strive to strip the programs that prevented us from falling into another Great Depression their arguments are devised to distract us from the truth.

Programs like Social Security and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, put into place after the financial collapse in the 1930’s, were borne of the pain and suffering millions of hard-working people endured throughout the thirties.

Where would we be today without them?

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“America’s Retirement Insecurity”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post. To read the article on the Huff Post click on the link.

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Republicans are bent on eviscerating America’s security against poverty!

The recession has taken its toll on hard-working Americans. It has left a nation insecure and unsure of the future; a future that is dimming with every new crisis.

Not since the 1930’s has the need for a social safety net been more crucial.

Years of impaired vision, misplaced ideology, and tainted government have left the U.S. vulnerable to a catastrophic collapse the magnitude of the ‘30’s.

Republicans, after causing most of our fiscal problems, are attacking the social safety net, more specifically Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as the major problems in our fiscal solvency.

Representative Ryan’s attempt to privatize Medicare is meeting considerable resistance. People are acutely aware of the negative ramifications of his proposed voucher system; a push for privatizing healthcare.

George W. Bush’s attempt to do the same to Social Security in 2005 was equally rebuked and failed for good reason.

Why are people so averse to modernizing these social programs?

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“Our Social Net Is ‘Not’ An Entitlement!”

Franklin D. Roosevelt was visionary in the establishment of Social Security.

Roosevelt was determined that the devastation and poverty he witnessed during The Great Depression would never befall hard-working Americans again. The Social Security Act was enacted to allow aging Americans to retire comfortably and with dignity. As he stated in his proposal to Congress in January of 1935, “It is a sound idea–a sound ideal.”

The program has worked well since its ratification in 1935 when a small amount of a worker’s pay was held out of each paycheck and saved for the individual until they retired from the workforce.

Social Security is ‘not’ an entitlement—it’s our money, our savings, that ‘we the people’ allow the government to protect for our future.

Defined broadly one could argue that Social Security is an entitlement—under both definitions of the word. But the usage by the Republicans has made the word dirty, its association with Social Security obscene. Listening to Ryan, Cantor, and Boehner’s negative references is offensive.

The people’ need to take back the argument from those that try to distort it.

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