GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 17, 2013

Letter: Taking Social Security fight to the streets


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

Over the past six weeks, I have been bombarded by letters and petitions from several organizations protesting the proposed cuts in Social Security.

The Obama administration and congress are working on this in order to reduce the deficit. But let’s go back a few years when the government raided social security of billions of dollars. Then it replaced these funds with worthless treasury IOUs.

To compensate for this extremely costly move, Congress wanted to up the retirement age and cut benefits. So as usual, they want to make working-class Americans pay for this greedy move with no regard for financing their benefits.

Also, to make things perfectly clear, Social Security is not an entitlement program as many in our government would lead people to falsely believe. Working class Americans pay into it and that sum is matched by their employers under FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) or OASDI (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance).

Now, this administration and Congress want to use the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) a term that means cutting social security benefits by $127 million over the next 10 years. As defined by the Bureau of Labor, the CPI is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid to urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. So, this administration wants to carry out a move that it claimed its opponent was going to do if he were elected to the White House.

To add insult to injury, the immigration reform legislation that provides amnesty, will also open up social security and Medicare benefits to approximately 11 million illegal immigrants. It has passed in the U. S. Senate and is now under consideration in the House. It seems like a good way too, for politicians to buy a huge number of votes.

With all this taken into consideration, you work hard all of your life, get an education, bring up a family, be a productive citizen, responsible taxpayer and in many cases serve your country in the military but when it comes time for you to retire and collect social security which you paid into no less, the government wants to cut your benefits.

There is something ever so wrong with this picture, to say the least. Yet it costs the government nearly $200 billion this fiscal year to fund 14 million people who are collecting SSI or SSDI, many fraudulently by the way, but there are no proposed cuts for them. Go figure.

I think what is needed is a huge protest march by the 58 million retired people who are collecting social security. The time for letter writing and making telephone calls to your congress man or woman has to stop. This is too passive and can be easily dismissed by many of these political parasites. Instead, these seniors should take an airplane, bus, car or train to Washington, D.C. and tie up the place to get the attention of many of those inconsiderate, insensitive, incompetent, ignorant, self-centered lazy louts in congress who have now succeeded in shutting down the government no less. It certainly shows what they think of “we the people.”

These retirees should all do what the character Howard Beal, played by actor Peter Finch, suggested in the movie “Network”:

“I want you to get up right now and go to the window,” he said. “Open it and stick your head out and yell, ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more. Things have got to change. But first you gotta get mad!’”

What is so scary is that, when the smoke clears from this government shutdown, people will vote many of these same political slugs back in office.

I have heard many voters say they would vote them back into office again because since they made this mess, they can go back in and clean it up. That’s such an illogical excuse.

No matter how voters look at it, we are in very deep trouble in this country right now and things do not look good especially for its financial future.

RICK GONSALVES

Essex