Social-Security

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking in Syracuse at the New York Democratic State Convention in 1936.

FDR’s satirical rebuke against Republicans who opposed Social Security and the New Deal during the 1936 election.

80 years later the very same Republican Party used the same rhetoric unironically to justify taking away health insurance from 20 million Americans.

maybe politicians and the super rich are so worried about poor people cheating the system to survive because they think we’re like them and want more money than we could possibly spend … at the tax payers expense, which is exactly what they do for themselves. They’re worried we cheat the system for money to live on because they cheat the system for billions to sit on.

Bernie Sanders is trying to save millennials’ retirements

  • On Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a bill to make Social Security solvent for generations while also expanding benefits.
  • The bill would lift the payroll tax cap on highest earners and extend the life of the program through 2078. 
  • Currently, Social Security is funded through a 6.2% payroll tax that only applies to the first $127,200 a person earns in a year. 
  • The Sanders plan is similar to one he proposed during his presidential campaign and would lift the cap on all income above $250,000. Read more (2/17/17 10:42 AM)

Rich people are always scolding poor people for taking social security retirement earlier, despite how it’s very well established that 1) poor people don’t live as long as wealthy ones (i.e. if they didn’t take it early, they might die before receiving anything); 2) poor people are more likely to work jobs that require physical labor or long hours on their feet and therefore can’t work those jobs as long; 3) poor people are less likely to be in good health when they are older and 4) poor people are less likely to have other pensions that could fill the gap while they wait.

Rather than acknowledge the basic realities of older poor people’s needs, rich people would rather use victim blaming bullshit excuses like “you shouldn’t have taken your social security early” to try and explain away elder poverty.

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The government is yanking Americans’ retirement checks because of unpaid student debt

  • Student loan debt is not just a problem for the young; it’s increasingly following Americans into their retirement years.
  • In fact, the federal government withheld more than $170 million in 2015 payments to retirees because of defaulted student loan debt.
  • Lower-income older Americans were hit especially hard.
  • The reduction of Social Security benefits because of unpaid student loans left many of the people affected with incomes below the poverty line. Read more
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Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way
This Thanksgiving, while I give thanks for my Medicare, Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican Congress are actively plotting to dismantle it. Medicare ...

The holiest guarantee of the American government is to protect and care for those who can not take care of themselves, it’s what it means to be a civilization, the GOP wants to take away the medical insurance of the elderly (and every one else) 

  • social security: heres the deal, it takes us 4 months to review your case to see if you're eligible for disability money. so you can wait that long without funds right?
  • disabled person: uh no? I can't go four months without money? are you fucking kidding me? I will die.
  • social security: so are you saying you can work, (: ?
  • disabled person: work is literally killing me but i'll die much faster without housing and food?
  • social security: so you can work, looks like the case is closed, no social security money for you. bye.