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Duped by Congressional Lies

BFANCI Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 9:43 AM
It's true my home is paid for, BUT, the cost of utilities, food, insurance, property taxes, and medicine have all skyrocketed and cost as much as if I were making house payments in the past. At the time in 1985 when we bought the house, poroperty taxes were $200 and insurance was $250 a year, our insurance now costs $2,750 and taxes are $750. Our house payments were only $300 a month. And our income has dropped tremendously. We are living on our savings and the little Social security checks we receive.
J. Galt Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 3:52 PM
Sell your house and live within your means. If you want to live in 1985, eliminate cable tv, air conditioning, cell phones, vacations, eating out, get a job and support yourself as we did in 1985. If you wish to live in 2012, face reality. We are not entitled to impoverish others to maintain our lifestyle any more than we can justiy (financially) sacrificing everyone's grandchildren and great-grandchildren to sell their body parts to generate income to sustain SS payments.
layopinions Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 2:33 PM
So what would you do if there was no Social Security?

Most people would probably take out a reverse mortgage to tap into the equity in their home. The end result would be that your kids would get less of an inheritance. So, we're really indirectly proping up your estate.

No reforms would dare touch the benefits of current recipients or those soon to be. But the fact is that the math simply doesn't work. The current model is unsustainable and the longer we wait to fix it, the more drastic the reforms will have to be.
BFANCI Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 3:19 PM
The government does charge us a premium for medicare too, they deduct it from my tiny SS check every month. If medicare paid my Doctors what they charged, it would not be enough, but they pay around $64 of a $150 doctor visit charge ( which I do think is excessive) and I avoid going unless it is a necessity.
FreeThinkerGuy Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 7:35 PM
Sadly, you have been part of the lie perpetuated since FDR signed the SS legislation. My question is this. Should you (or me) be forced by the govt take money out of our pockets to pay for the people who lost all due to the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme? Assuming the answer is "no," then answer why others should be forced to pay money to you? If your answer is that the govt promised the benefits, then how is that different than what Madoff promised his investors? Social Security should be folded and turned into a welfare program for needy people like yourselves. At least it would be truthful.

Some of the responses to my column last week, titled "Immoral Beyond Redemption," prove that Americans have been hoodwinked by Congress. Some readers protested my counting Social Security among government handout programs that can be described as Congress' taking what belongs to one American and giving to another, to whom it doesn't belong -- legalized theft. They argued that they worked for 45 years and paid into Social Security and that the money they now receive is theirs. These people have been duped and shouldn't be held totally accountable for such a belief. Let's look at it.

The Social Security pamphlet...