Why We Need to Expand Social Security, Not Cut It

Apr 11, 2013 | Posted by: Mr_Bill | Full story: www.thenation.com

Sixty percent of Americans receive at least two-thirds of their retirement income from Social Security, but the meager payments replace only 40 percent of earnings, on average

On the very day that a bleak jobs report exposed the feebleness of the recovery, the White House announced that the president will propose cuts in Social Security. This was designed to get Republicans to agree to negotiate a grand bargain on deficit reduction—or prove that they are obstructing a budget deal. House Speaker John Boehner's reaction immediately revealed the folly of Obama's ploy: "If the president believes these modest entitlement savings are needed to help shore up these programs, there's no reason they should be held hostage for more tax hikes."

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Halito

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Does social secuity extend to the Treaty of Indian Springs?

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Obama kicked poor old Mr. Bill in the balls.
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What's roll call?
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My illegal immigrant neighbors have their 5 usa born kids ALL ON SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY FOR ADHD!!!
They claim the kids "won't pay attention in class" so they get over $3500 a month in federal money for them! Want to know why SS is BROKE? Ask the illegals!

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billy k wrote:
My illegal immigrant neighbors have their 5 usa born kids ALL ON SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY FOR ADHD!!!
They claim the kids "won't pay attention in class" so they get over $3500 a month in federal money for them! Want to know why SS is BROKE? Ask the illegals!
it's called COMMUNISM.
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billy k wrote:
Your post would is bullshit:

Social Security is flooded with SSI applications for children with ADHD, and most of them are denied. Only the most severe and well documented cases of ADHD are awarded benefits.

Your child must have all three symptoms of ADHD: severe inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. These symptoms must cause limiting "conditions resulting from ADHD." There are actually two sets of conditions, one for children under three, the other for children 3 to 18. For children 3-18, to receive SSI disability benefits based on ADHD, they must have severe difficulty compared to other children of their age in at least two of the four following areas, resulting from ADHD:
cognitive or communicative functions
social functioning
personal functioning, or
concentration, persistence, or pace.

For each of these conditions resulting from ADHD, there must be supporting documentation. Supporting documentation includes:
medical findings, such as treatment notes written by a doctor, mental health professional, or staff professionals at a mental health facility.
historical information from parents and teachers, such as teacher reports and evaluations.
results of standardized testing, such as achievement testing and IQ testing.

Facts are fun.

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Imagine that, liberal democratic President Obama wants to CUT Social Security and Medicare for the elderly.
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Imagine that, liberal democratic President Obama wants to CUT Social Security and Medicare for the elderly.
boner wanted entitlement cuts. Do the teadeads have any backbone left, at all, to sign off on it?

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conservative crapola wrote:
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boner wanted entitlement cuts. Do the teadeads have any backbone left, at all, to sign off on it?
Obama cut my Social Security. You voted for him. You suck. You have been fooled. End of story.
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You're a 47er%. A leech. End of story.

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02/28/11

House Republicans passed a budget which cuts $1.7 billion from the operating budget for the Social Security Administration (SSA) for the rest of 2011. That would damage its ability to deliver the benefits that were paid for by the working men and women of America. And remember: These same Republicans just held the government hostage in order to win a tax break for the wealthiest of Americans -- a deal that will cost the public treasury hundreds of billions of dollars. Now they're turning on the elderly, the disabled, and people who have lost a loved one.
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1935: Almost all Republicans in Congress oppose the creation of Social Security.

1939: 75percent of Republicans in Senate try to kill legislation providing Social Security benefits to dependents and survivors as well as retired workers.

1950: 79 percent of House and 89 percent of Senate Republicans vote against disability insurance to defeat it.

1956: 86 percent of Republicans in Senate oppose disability insurance; program approved nonetheless.

1964: Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan both suggest that Social Security be made voluntary.

1965: 93 percent of Republicans in House and 62 percent in Senate vote to kill Medicare.

1977: 58 percent of Senate votes against amendment to provide semiannual increases.

1977: 88 percent of Republicans in House and 63 percent in Senate vote against increase in Social Security payroll tax needed to keep system solvent.

1981: White House proposes $35 billion in Social Security cuts over the next 5 years. The cuts would have included elimination of student benefits, lump-sum death benefits, and a retroactive elimination of the $122 minimum benefit for three million recipients.(Congress ultimately enacted $24 billion of the proposed cuts.)

1981: Reagan administration begins a wholesale review of the Social Security Disability rolls, resulting in over 560,000 eligibility investigations in 1982 — 360,000 more than the year before. Ultimately, at least 106,000 families were removed from the rolls.

1981: 99 percent of Republicans in House and 98 percent in Senate vote for legislation containing $22 billion in Social Security and Medicare cuts.

1981: Reagan administration proposes three-month delay in 1982 cost-of-living increases.

1981: White House proposes $200 billion in Social Security cuts between 1982 and 1990. The cuts include reduction in early retirement benefit; tightened disability eligibility standards; delay in the 1982 cost-of-living adjustment and a 10 percent eventual reduction in benefits for all new retirees.(The U.S. Senate repudiated the President’s proposals by a vote of 96 to 0.)

1982: The President and Senate Republicans propose $40 billion in benefit cuts over three fiscal years.

1985: Administration backs attempts by Republican Senate leadership to eliminate the 1986 Social Security COLA. Vice President Bush casts the tie-breaking vote to eliminate COLA.(House defeats it – it was never enacted.)

1990s: Efforts to end Social Security took the form of appealing to younger workers to put “their” Social Security insurance payments into the stock market.

2005: Labor-led fight against privatization saved Social Security for the time being.

2006: President Bush, once again, includes privatization of Social Security in his 2007 budget.

Now, teabaggers whine?

How convinient.

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Ninthman wrote:
<quoted text>Obama cut my Social Security. You voted for him. You suck. You have been fooled. End of story.
He should cut your throat.

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Wall Street Government wrote:
1935: Almost all Republicans in Congress oppose the creation of Social Security.
1939: 75percent of Republicans in Senate try to kill legislation providing Social Security benefits to dependents and survivors as well as retired workers.
1950: 79 percent of House and 89 percent of Senate Republicans vote against disability insurance to defeat it.
1956: 86 percent of Republicans in Senate oppose disability insurance; program approved nonetheless.
1964: Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan both suggest that Social Security be made voluntary.
1965: 93 percent of Republicans in House and 62 percent in Senate vote to kill Medicare.
1977: 58 percent of Senate votes against amendment to provide semiannual increases.
1977: 88 percent of Republicans in House and 63 percent in Senate vote against increase in Social Security payroll tax needed to keep system solvent.
1981: White House proposes $35 billion in Social Security cuts over the next 5 years. The cuts would have included elimination of student benefits, lump-sum death benefits, and a retroactive elimination of the $122 minimum benefit for three million recipients.(Congress ultimately enacted $24 billion of the proposed cuts.)
1981: Reagan administration begins a wholesale review of the Social Security Disability rolls, resulting in over 560,000 eligibility investigations in 1982 — 360,000 more than the year before. Ultimately, at least 106,000 families were removed from the rolls.
1981: 99 percent of Republicans in House and 98 percent in Senate vote for legislation containing $22 billion in Social Security and Medicare cuts.
1981: Reagan administration proposes three-month delay in 1982 cost-of-living increases.
1981: White House proposes $200 billion in Social Security cuts between 1982 and 1990. The cuts include reduction in early retirement benefit; tightened disability eligibility standards; delay in the 1982 cost-of-living adjustment and a 10 percent eventual reduction in benefits for all new retirees.(The U.S. Senate repudiated the President’s proposals by a vote of 96 to 0.)
1982: The President and Senate Republicans propose $40 billion in benefit cuts over three fiscal years.
1985: Administration backs attempts by Republican Senate leadership to eliminate the 1986 Social Security COLA. Vice President Bush casts the tie-breaking vote to eliminate COLA.(House defeats it – it was never enacted.)
1990s: Efforts to end Social Security took the form of appealing to younger workers to put “their” Social Security insurance payments into the stock market.
2005: Labor-led fight against privatization saved Social Security for the time being.
2006: President Bush, once again, includes privatization of Social Security in his 2007 budget.
Now, teabaggers whine?
How convinient.
Nice bit off research. Valid conclusion.

Yet, President Obama is a fool for going more than half-way to satisfy the GOP who only want to make him fail; and who will ruin the nation to accomplish that goal.

And SS has no bearing on the national debt, or on the budget.
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Ninthman wrote:
<quoted text>it's called COMMUNISM.
You wouldn't know a 'Marxist' if Groucho came up behind you and bit you on the ass!

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FREAKIN' ASTEROID FUNDING..an INANIMATE space object...HAS OVER--THROWN the Social Severity benefactor's.. THAT were taxpayers WHO contributed to this fund through their WORKING YEARS!!

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Sterkfontein Swartkrans wrote:
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conservative crapola wrote:
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boner wanted entitlement cuts. Do the teadeads have any backbone left, at all, to sign off on it?
Not sure, I think they are saving for more little shrimp treadmills and a state of the art asteroid tow truck. You know, the top priority funding.
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The illegal aliens are destroying the USA.
They are bleeding our social services DRY!
They and their anchor kids chose Obama for our president to get amnesty.
We have been taken over by millions of illiterate
carrot pickers and welfare queens from Mexico!
THAT is what is really killing the U.S.A.
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suzie thomas wrote:
The illegal aliens are destroying the USA.
They are bleeding our social services DRY!
They and their anchor kids chose Obama for our president to get amnesty.
We have been taken over by millions of illiterate
carrot pickers and welfare queens from Mexico!
THAT is what is really killing the U.S.A.
Calm down. It's OK. You heard some Spanish over at your local Quickie Mart but everything's gonna be alright. You're still gonna get CMT and Fox News.

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