Everything tagged

Latest from The Spokesman-Review

One in 6 Idahoans now gets Social Security; program marks 77th anniversary

One in six Idahoans now receives Social Security benefits, according to the Idaho AARP; the program marks its 77th anniversary tomorrow, amid debate about its future solvency. Idahoans collect $3.6 billion a year from Social Security, with the average monthly benefit check at $1,130, AARP says; for two in three Idaho seniors age 65 or older, Social Security makes up 50 percent or more of their income.

Nationally, AARP has launched a "You've Earned a Say" campaign to mark the 77th anniversary, urging Americans to join in the debate about the future of Social Security and Medicare. "We've enlisted policy experts from the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation to help lay out the pros and cons of the options for the public," said Idaho AARP spokesman David Irwin, noting that future solvency options for Social Security being examined in the nation's capitol include raising the retirement age; recalculating the cost-of-living adjustment; and increasing or eliminating the payroll tax cap, which now exempts wages over $110,000 a year from Social Security taxes.

Romney: Increase Age For Medicare, SS

Four days before critical primary elections, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney outlined a far-reaching plan Friday to delay Americans’ eligibility for Medicare and Social Security. Romney said the gradual shift, as people live longer, is needed to steer the giant benefit programs toward economic sustainability. Speaking to the Detroit Economic Club – in cavernous Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions football team plays – he also sought primary election support in Michigan, which votes on Tuesday along with Arizona. Romney said previous steps to toughen government emission standards had “provided a benefit to some of the foreign automakers” at the expense of American companies. He said future changes should be worked out cooperatively between government and industry/Associated Press. More here. (AP photo of Mitt Romney in Michigan Friday)

Question: Do you agree with the proposal by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to save Medicare and Social Security by increasing eligibility age beginning in 2022?

76 candles for the Soc Sec cake

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday Social Securityyyyyy…

The nation's pension program marks its anniversary today. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law setting up Social Security on Aug. 14, 1935.

That means Social Security has been eligible for Social Security for 11 years now. Contacted at its workplace, a small desk in the basement of a large government office building in Washington, D.C., it insisted that it was feeling fine and wants to keep working. 

The faces of the faceless bureaucrats…

Good morning, Netizens…


Now that I have arrived in the throes of Social Insecurity, and having waded my way through all the garbage it takes to acquire health care insurance on such a feeble premise as the government says is the future of Social Security for people old enough to retire, I believe I have a better platform from which to view this morning's David Horsey cartoon on how the government may change health care. However, as Horsey suggests, if the Republicans have their way, won't we be substituting one group of faceless, uncaring bureaucrats for another?


Dealing with the insurance companies is no piece of cake, as my past experiences have rather brutally shown me. If we collectively allow them to rule our lives, they can deny us protection at any time of their choosing, and there is very little you or I can do about it. Of course, as any veteran can quickly tell you, dealing with the stream of endless bureaucrats at the VA is not a lot better, despite what the government solicitiously says about how it treats veterans.


Of course, I am also quick to point out dealing with the State of Washington entails just about the same number and diversity of faceless, uncaring bureaucrats.


Given the choice between dealing with the bureaucrats of the government or the bureaucrats of the insurance mega-corporations, which would you rather deal with? It does seem to be an interesting question, doesn't it? David Horsey may actually have this one pegged. Of course, your results may differ depending upon when and how you have sought and needed health care.



Dogwalk Musing: The President’s math vs. mine

 I really love it when two stories on the same day butt up against one another. Today they are on Yahoo . Obama seeks to reassure seniors on health care and Social Security to start cashing Uncle Sam’s IOUs.

It seems Obama is in Ohio today trying to assure us his bill would make preventive care cost free and close the Medicare prescription gap. He goes on to say his proposal will add nearly a decade of solvency. First of all, nothing the government does is cost free! Forget that idea. Then, a decade of solvency?

Do you share Dogwalk’s skepticism?