President Obama no deal no Social Security Checks

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
July 12, 2011 9:57pm CST
It seems that President Obama has decided who will pay the price for not debt increase - it will be seniors and veterans. It seems that the president will not accept a deal that does not include a tax increase. To me it seems like he wants a Tax Increase and that is all he is concerned with. In a government shut down or deciding who gets paid it is up to the president to lead the way. He is showing us that he is willing to use the elderly and the veterans as pawns in his game. For starters I say on August 3 Congress has no money and the White House has no money. Let them share the sacrifice first. Almost every economist, that is talking, is saying that we need to cut spending and some say we need a tax increase and a few that say a tax cut. The Republicans have put forth a proposal to reduce the cost of Social Security for those under 55 years of age. Is there something better ? Maybe but the Democrats have proposed nothing but to stay the course. Republicans have proposed changing the funding of Medicare/Medicaid for those under 55 years of age. The only proposal I have seen from the Democrats is to reduce the amount paid providers, which will result in fewer and fewer health care providers willing to take on Medicare/Medicaid patients. Who will suffer? http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544.html
4 responses
• United States
13 Jul 11
You know I am not buying this whole if we dont raise the debt ceiling we will default thing....it is simple...make the payments on our loans...then spend the rest according to need..the most important first..keep going til you run out of money...NOT everything in the government needs to be funding...not every program is a dire need. Our government needs to learn how to live within a budget...without raising taxes.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
13 Jul 11
I think the government should learn from people who teach budgeting. Dave Ramsey is a good one. One thing he says people in debt should do is make a list of their expenses with the most important (food, water, housing, electricity) at the top. When your paycheck comes in you pay everything at the top first and work your way towards the bottom till you run out of money. The bottom is where crap like DEA, ATF, DOE, DHS, and TSA belong.
• United States
13 Jul 11
Yep....but try getting our government to do the common sense thing....not when they can just raise taxes and not have to live on a budget like the rest of us in the real world.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
14 Jul 11
...lilwonders, the deficit needs to be addressed, but not while we are trying to recover and the economy is anemic. We needed a bigger stimulus package. At this point if the government defaults, forget the deficit, we lose our credit rating. Moody's said they are going to review it today, if it gets lowered that increases the interest rate we pay for borrowing. That stifles the econony, we are thought to be a risk as far as borrowing any money, the interest rate on debt goes way up and the ecomony goes down the drain. Because the US is thought to be a leader, that will affect other countries markets and we could have a very real not imaginary global mess. This is not something that should be played with. Cheers.
• United States
13 Jul 11
My son already gets SSI that is reduced because we don't pay enough rent here- they say. They deducted twenty dollars off it. I worked from the time that I was sixteen till last year when I had a heart attack and have problems that I can no longer work in the physical sense that everyone else does. Even telemarketing is too stressful. Any time I get stressed I get an irregular heart beat. The government is making me fight to get help. They have turned me down twice already and I have a lawyer now to find out that if I get it, they may punish me because of my age. That just isn't right. Maybe they should take a hard look at the system and find the people that really can work but claim they can't and put them back to work so the people who really do need it can get the help they need. Of course the country is broke, we sent all the extra money we have overseas. :(
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
15 Jul 11
The Republicans have no interest in "fixing" social security or Medicare. They want to obliterate them and have stated that clearly on many occasions. Now they have painted themselves into a corner, and they lost a great deal of their public support when they tried to adopt Ryan's plan to abolish Medicare. They really have no good option, but caving in now and raising the debt ceiling is their best choice. If they do not raise the ceiling, the government runs out of money and a lot of people do not get paid. Obama mentioned Social Security, but members of the military will not get paid, either. it is unconstitutional, since pension payments and payments to workers who are on the job are specifically required by law, but if there is no money, then there is no money. The debt ceiling has been raised many times. This time the Republicans tried to make it a bargaining chip to get what they want but is has backfired on them. They need to cut their losses or face annihilation at the polls.
• United States
14 Jul 11
This is sad. This is why I don't vote. I don't care if I'm 18 now. I don't believe in politics.