Politicians, “Do not cut my Social Security”

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Today Senior citizens Ava Clarke, Bobbie Cannon, Mary Pryor and retired Nurse Deloris Hicks, dubbed, the Golden Girls by Nurse Hicks’ children  stood in front of the Aurora, Illinois Social Security Administration to protest the cutting of Social Security Benefits.

Ken Christy, Mark Leasure, Ken Krantz and Mark Gately, who call themselves the Crew also picketed and gave interviews encouraging passerby’s to honk in agreement.
The security guard at the Social Security Administration, 1325 Lake Street said he had to ask the group to leave the Federal property site because the group did not have a permit and suggested the media and the picketers contact the main office of the Social Security Administration.

The seniors and their supporters want to say to President Obama, House speaker John Boehner, and all elected officials “ do not cut social security.  The Crew are concerned that nothing will get done because of a ‘Lame Duck’ session in which politicians do not want to cross party lines to work together for the common good of the people who elected them into office.  Lame Duck sessions are politicians who ban together to pout like infants refusing to get any work done because they want it all their way or the highway.

One senior’s story truly stood out.  Rochelle Parker,a  2008 retired Chicago Police Finger Print Technician civilian, said that if she did not have Medicare the 10 plus medications she takes to stay healthy would cost her $150-$300 per prescription monthly instead of the $1-$56 per prescription monthly. 

Ms. Parker also shared that she lives in senior housing and if Social Security is cut then her rent payment would increase as well making it difficult for her to pay rent and pay for her medications.  Ms. Parker’s companion Emily Stuart of the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans says her organization is working diligently to get Illinois for Rx reinstated, which helps with the cost of prescriptions.

Obama and Social Security Benefits
The White House website states President Obama’s position on the preservation of Social security benefits is “ all seniors should be able to retire with dignity, not just a privileged few.  And, he believes that all Americans deserve to know that, if they become disabled or if they lose the breadwinner in the family, Social Security will be there to protect them “
54 million Americans receive social security benefits and of that number 38 million are retirees, 10 million are receiving benefits due to disability and 6 million receive survivorship benefits.  For Seniors over 65 years of age and older, social security is 50% of their lifetime income and/or survivor benefits.  This is more prominent for women.

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President Obama says social security benefits will not be put into the hands of private corporations whose goal is to issue make it based on the stock market.
Obama states the best way to protect social security now,  is to allow the 75 million Americans who will more than likely be the ones applying for social security in 30-40 years the ability to invest in an automatic enrollment 401(k) retirement fund via their employers like the other 50% of the country.  This process is to reduce the stress on social security distribution of benefits and improve the quality of living for future senior citizens and current seniors.

Alternative Solution for Protestors
In 2011 the “We the People” White House web page  was updated.  It allows individuals to create petitions to address issues of concern.  If the petition gets 150 signatures in 30 days it becomes searchable on the website and moves to the second stage of the petition process for review by the White House.  The second stage requires 25,000 signatures to move to the third stage which moves the petition to the appropriate department within the White house and receives a written response. 

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