December 24, 2010 1:49am CST
For the past few months I have been following the news networks report on the financial and social condition of America. In this latest round of talks there has been no mention of help for Social Security. I am a sixty-five year old Vietnam veteran and prior to my military years I was an employee for someone or some company. My working career has spanned more than fifty years and I have never had to draw unemployment though at one time I did have to apply but I found a job on my own before I recieved any benefits. Now I am retired . I retired at age sixty-two which was to my advantage since I had been laid up from a rather serious neck operation as a result of whiplash from an auto accident where I was rear ended while I was stopped. (but that's another story) As some of you out there know I live in Thailand. I live here for several reasons, the main one is the spending power with the exchange rate being favorable for the dollar even in this current financial crunch. So my decision was to live in this beautiful country which I wanted to visit for years anyway. Hence early retirement. It took awhile for me to get my first check but when it finally came it was from the time I retired so that was a happy moment. It was for three months I think. At that time I was in BKK. Ultimately I moved to where I live now. Now to the point... The first three years of receiving my benefits there was a more than welcome 3% raise each of those years for "cost of living" increases. Well, as you might guess that was a good thing until last year when we did not get that little increase. We got NOTHING! Fast forward to NOW! I see on all the major networks how there has been a compromise by the WH and, I mean no malice to any of the parties involved in giving certain mega-corporations who in a lot of ways caused this mess to begin with. NOW THEY GET A BREAK? Some of the very companies who send their work out of the country and then people wonder why there are no JOBS worth anything in the U.S. The sad thing is if I wanted to come back to America,(which I don't), I couldn't afford to live there. Oh Well, That's politics!!!!