Saturday, July 23, 2011

President Obama, Members of the House and Senate

Below is an open letter to the politicians who should have put together a budget last October, when it was due. These are the same politicians that are pointing fingers at each other during prime time. This letter is too long and not grammatically correct for an editorial.  I wrote it when I was angry.  I think I will remain angry for awhile.


To The [decision makers}

I am a 58-year old woman who is fighting liver disease and cannot work. My husband is a disabled Viet Nam vet with 3 purple hearts (he was a medic).

With his social security, VA benefits (100% disabled) and a small annuity from the Post Office (out of which Medicare premium is automatically deducted), we manage to live a somewhat skewed version of the American Dream. What I mean is we are holding on with teeth and toenails to lower middle class status.

My husband and I have worked since our teens and were never given a choice about the social security deducted from our paychecks. Neither were our employers given any choice about paying for 1/2 of the social security tax..

If we do not get any money on the 1st or 3rd of next month, we will be living out of our 17 year old truck in a month or so. First, we will go through the IRAs that I managed to deposit as a single parent.. At the end of 3 months, I will be dead because I cannot afford the drugs to fight my disease without the VA insurance.

Do you know that there are WWII and Korean vets still living?  I see them at the VA Hospital in San Antonio. They are proud Americans and I hate to think that they will not be getting their medicines, groceries and rent money.  It is hard to be homeless in a non-motorized wheelchair. None of them are rich! They are old, ill and defenseless.

There are also tens of thousands of Viet Nam vets that had their health destroyed by being exposed to Agent Orange. They take medicine for diabetes, enlarged hearts, damaged livers and lungs.  These vets were betrayed when they came home to be called baby killers,to be spit upon and to be beaten. Throughout the years, some of the damage has been healed. I always cry when I see one Viet Nam vet say to another, "Welcome, home."  No one ever welcomed them home!. Many are homeless and some are mentally ill or addicted to substances.  They beg for a  living and wonder what happened to their life. It is a brutal picture, but it is the truth.

Now, what are you going to do?  Cut their Social Security and Medicare?  Will you take their VA disability as well?  How are they to survive?

What about Supplement Social Security, the last safety net for people with mental and physical handicaps too severe to allow them to work in a regular job?

One more person, I wish to discuss.  My husband's mother is 89 years old.  She is bedridden and is cared for at home by the family because there is not money for frivolous expenditures, like physical therapy, rehabilitation or nursing home.  When the check does not come on the 3rd, this 89- year old women will not understand.  Her family will try to explain it to her. At least I will try.  To tell you the truth, I do not understand.

The Social Security fund was never to have been part of the Federal Budget. Due to moves, which probably were illegal, the surplus has been robbed from the fund. Even so, the fund can continue, as it does today, until 2038. Then benefits will be reduced to 75%.of their benefit level.

If mass extinction of the old, ill and defenseless is the answer to this budget crunch--to all the money wasted on oil and gas subsidies, corporate loopholes, wars and foreign aid, there are more humane ways to eliminate us. I would prefer a head shot without warning.


AARP is not standing still on this one.  Please visit their site to take action. Take action before they take away everything for which we have worked our entire lives.

While you are visiting AARP, try to Balance the Deficit,.  This is not rocket science. The first time I tried it I took ten minutes, the second time, I only took five. Politicians take note!


TheDED1 said...

My father and mother are both on social security, and they both have worked for decades. Not office work, but back breaking hard physical labor. They are both in their 70's and have never done anything to anyone. They were decent American citizens who tried to bring up a family as best they could. So I feel for you and your family the same as I do for my own. I am worried that the government will in fact decide to arbitrarily try to default, simply to have a political debate. Now I hear there is going to be some sort of "super-congress" to make sure everything will be okay, even though this "Super Congress" is completely forbidden by the constitution. The American Government has long lost it's way, and we've always complained about the small differences between Republicans and Democrats. But since the dawn of the 21st century, the Government has declined in a way that has never been seen. I believe that politicians should not be payed Hundreds of Thousands of dollars a year, but rather they must live off of the same salary a factory worker, such as myself, must live off of. $30,000 a year at most. Then see how quickly they decide these arbitrary decisions they keep making might actually effect someone who isn't rich. I'm sorry that your life is being harmed by these people, and I wish you nothing but the best. Our prayers are with you my friend.

Mimi Lenox said...

If mass extinction of the old, ill and defenseless is the answer to this budget crunch--to all the money wasted on oil and gas subsidies, corporate loopholes, wars and foreign aid, there are more humane ways to eliminate us. I would prefer a head shot without warning.

That packed a punch. I am sorry you are struggling so. It is a travesty and I agree with every word. We all paid for Social Security for many years. How can they just take it away like that?
It's not right. Bottom line.


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