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Living on SSI

Around one out of six Americans — an estimated 62 million SSI (Supplemental Security Income - Social Security) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) recipients — are now in this country, of which 55 million are on Medicare. After Medicare is subtracted, most beneficiaries are left with around $1,280 a month to live on, and many do not receive full benefits. Without roommates or a spouse contributing, finding housing for $500 or less is difficult at best in Spokane County. This leaves around $800 each month.

The minimum wage is up considerably and is reflected in the cost of living, yet most getting SSI receive a meager 0.05 percent raise annually, if that. The majority of those garnering SSI benefits have worked more than 30 or 40 years and have earned what they are getting. Maintaining room and board, transportation and utility payments is becoming increasingly difficult. They are trying to live on less than minimum wage and at the low end of poverty-level income as corporations and taxes continue to fleece the citizens.

Capitalism is simply not working as it perpetuates greed and corruption at all levels of government and in business. There has to be a better way! How about a 10 percent total tax for everyone across the board, and stop wasting trillions on foreign wars and surveillance for starters?

Truth be known, there is more than enough.

Todd Horner



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