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AMAC Calls for a Unified Effort to Resolve the Denial-of-COLA Issue for Seniors

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WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 23 – The Association of Mature American Citizens has called for a massive, concerted effort by other advocacy groups to put pressure on Congress and the President to “fix the impending financial dilemma facing America’s seniors.”

AMAC president Dan Weber made his challenge in the wake of “the roar of rhetoric from political office seekers and others who pursue personal gain” in the wake of news that there’ll be no cost of living increase in Social Security benefits next year.  Compounding the situation, he said, is news that premiums and deductibles for Medicare benefits are poised to increase sharply.

He called on all associations and organizations that care about the needs of those who need their benefits in order to survive to “stop talking and do something.”

“Words are not enough.  AMAC has had boots on the ground since its founding in 2007, confronting members of Congress to give older Americans who rely on Social Security and Medicare relief.  And, we would welcome reinforcements.”

Weber said that “a lion’s share of our association’s budget and effort is devoted to the task.  We’ve established a well-oiled Social Security advocacy machine with the sole purpose of keeping tabs on developments that impact these important sources of economic stability for older seniors.  Our aim is to force Congress and the President to do the right thing by America’s senior citizens and provide a COLA for Social Security recipients and a means to slow, if not stop, increases in their costs for Medicare.”

He noted that it was only after it was announced that 59 million Social Security recipients would not receive a COLA increase in 2016 that it became an issue.  AMAC is pressing for an increase of at least a one percent cost of living increase next year.  Social Security has not been a priority for many advocates for the elderly in their day to day activities.  Meanwhile, politicos seeking office at long last recognized it was an election campaign issue, Weber said.

“There’s a lot of shouting from the sidelines but not very many activists in the halls of Congress sitting down with lawmakers in an effort to prevent an outright disaster for seniors next year.  It’s what we do, however, and it works.”

The denial of COLA is the result of a flat year-to-year Consumer Price Index, a major component of which is the price of gasoline which fell sharply from 2014 to 2015.  But seniors don’t drive as much as the general population.  Their chief expenses are for essentials including medical attention, food, housing and utilities, all of which increased during that period.

President Obama may have already realized it was a mistake to forego the COLA, Weber said.  The White House, in fact, acknowledged that the president is concerned about the unintended consequences of the decision, he noted.  “Perhaps there is still an opportunity to exert pressure and achieve a fair deal for seniors via Congressional action.  If there is still a chance then it is our obligation to try to make it happen.”

A White House spokesman has indicated that the president may be willing to compromise.  He said that the administration has actually reached out to lawmakers with a view to finding a resolution for the issue.

“AMAC certainly will continue to urge Senators and Representatives in one-on-one meetings to make the issue a budget priority.  Our Congressional outreach will be increased until this issue is resolved and we urge all the other senior organizations to join us.  As for the politicians seeking office in 2016, we call on them to stop talking about the plight of older Americans and start using whatever current influence they might have to do something positive for a change.”

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Sunny
4 years ago

I get $642. deposited from social security every month, after they deduct for Medicare and Kaiser. I own my home but pay $340/mo HOA, utilities, cable and cell phone. There is none left for auto or prop taxes, maintenance, insurance or gas. I’m a single lady now working part time to pay for those, but I’m 69 and getting tired. My husband was my partner in life until he decided at 60 he wanted to go play. If I had known that would happen, I would have lived my life differently, and made my own nest egg. I do not want welfare, but don’t want to burden my children, my only recourse is to sell my little home. Where do I turn? How can I even afford $16 for AMAC membership again? What else can I do besides make phone calls? Is there any other advocacy group?

Dr. Scott
5 years ago

Hey the gas prices were not in the factors for a COLA when they were $4.00+ a few years ago. Forget the extra mileage charges for delivery of just about everything. Yeah, and now that the price of fuel is down to a more normal level , they use it to block the COLA for 58,000,000 people and their families. Forgot the same factors used in the last 6 years? I have not forgotten and I will vote.
I’m sure sick of the game.

John W Laverty
5 years ago

We must hold our Represenative’s feet in the fire on this issue! If it affected them, they would fight tooth and nail to repeal this insane way to gauge if we are worthy of any additional money to live on! Remember, NOTHING in Government happens by mistake! They were well aware of this and did nothing! A real eye opener is in the new Budget that they all passed with flying colors to fund all the Lobbyist demands! Maybe it’s time for us to hire our own Lobbyist, at least we would get representation that we deserve and pay for! Stand up and make yourself heard before it’s way to late!

Roy Hubbard
5 years ago

To base COLA on the price of gas is insane. To start with the cost of gas at the tank is a rip off by the oil industry anyway. gotta watch those profits so the dividends keep flowing to the shareholders. I had a guy actually tell me that once. I was complaining about the price of gas and he said I should invest in oil to resolve the problem. I thought, “You stupid &^%, I am trying to stretch my dollar between Fridays. i don’t have money to invest in anything!” It’s like the advice from that idiot Bush. We should drive less and conserve gas! Ok, the waitress who drives twenty miles to work should just drive ten miles and walk the rest?
Just one of the insane things our elitist leadership has come up with.
I understand and appreciate the entire concept of Social Security. Without it the vast majority of our ageing population would be standing in a soup line. Because of it, those who either made bad decisions or were incapable of making good decisions have a shot of not starving to death.
I spent all my money on raising two children, putting them thru college, insuring that they had the skills to reap rewarding lives. I didn’t save a dime. I am like millions more. We paid our dues. We worked thru the wars, I fought in one, and handled the dirty work of running a nation. We were promised a return on our investment. Not a lot, just survival. Now we find that that is not true. We find that the generations of politicians, many from the same families, have been lying like hell. It’s not called lying in politics. It’s being savvy. Washington DC and the “inner circle” is a hell hole of self centered greedy elitists that need to be routed.
Unfortunately our political leadership, both republican and democratic have chosen over the years to rob from the Soc Sec fund. Yes, they literally robbed the fund to pay for their other, not well thought out, adventures. What we have is a bag of “IOU’s that apparently are not worth the paper they are written on since our rightful increases are not forthcoming.
Every year our idiot political leadership sends billions of dollars all over the world buying friendships that do not exist with sweeping approval of foreign aid legislation, never reviewed or read by anyone, just toss in a percentage of increase and forget the hard work of actually reviewing the system. Screw our elderly, we need to keep a phony friendship with some nut in some part of the world that we have no business being in the first place.
Why not, the elderly have always been the target of of deception and theft. No reason for our political leadership not to join the feeding frenzy.
I don’t remember exactly how old I was before I realized that the Social Security “Fund” wa a myth. It has become nothing more than a manipulated system to screw the old folks out of their earned pensions. All based on the good intentions of a bunch of politicians who slept thru economics 101.

Roy Hubbard
5 years ago

I am guilty of not keeping tabs on the slowly changing face of national politics. I guess that would be because I am helpless to make a change anyway.
We are burdened today with what I consider to be the scourge of our country, professional politicians.
Without term limits and a diluting of the power plays of the professional group now in charge of our country we are doomed to social and economic decline. Not the rich and powerful, just the masses.
It’s not about the american people or the flag or the nation. It is about personal gain and manipulation of the process to achieve personal goals of wealth and power. Professional politicians, not what our founding fathers intended.
But then it is you who are guilty of allowing it to happen. Look in the mirror. Are you willing to sacrifice your favorite son at election time? No.
Certainly there are those who rise to the challenge and are indeed great leaders in our political system. Even they must rest. They must bow out and maybe return at a later date. We must have term limits to eliminate the power of the special interests and their influence on our lives. Term limits alone will change the face of american politics and give us the opportunity to continue our upward spiral as being truly a beacon of light in this world. Without term limits we will become the smudge pot. It’s that simple. So the task is to get the politicians to vote themselves out of a job! Bear in mind, it’s not supposed to be a job in the first place. It is supposed to be a sacrifice for the good of the country. The Clintons are now multi billionaires. We the people are the suckers.

TES CPA
5 years ago

IN THE EARLY 1970’S, AFTER A PROLONGED PERIOD OF PROPAGANDA, THE FEDERAL POLITICIANS CHANGED THE FUNDING [INCREASED TAXES] OF SOCIAL SECURITY STATING THAT THIS WOULD INSURE THE SOLVENCY OF SS FOREVER. 40 YEARS LATER THEY ARE BACK TO THE WELL BECAUSE SS IS IN TROUBLE-AGAIN! WHY IS IT THAT THEIR UNFUNDED PENSIONS, WELFARE BENEFITS, FOREIGN AID ETC. ARE NEVER IN TROUBLE? OUR GENERATION HAS BEEN SCREWED BY THE POLITICIANS BY: THE ARTIFICIAL INTEREST RATES [BASICALLY NO EARNINGS ON SAVING], QUALATATIVE EASEMENT POLICY [INFLATION OR DEVALUATION] OF THE MONEY SUPPLY, LYING ABOUT THE RATES OF INFLATION & UNEMPLOYMENT ETC. THE NATIONAL DEBT PER PERSON, INCLUDING UNFUNED OBLIGATIONS, IS APPROXIMATELY $240,000 OR $56,500 WITHOUT THE UNFUNDED LIABILITY. EVEN AT THE LOWER AMOUNT, HOW CAN THIS GREAT NATION SURVIVE ECONOMICALLY AS THE POLITICIANS WILL NOT CURTAIL SPENDING YET BLAME SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE FOR THEIR WOES. I AM NEARING MY ETERNAL REWARD, BUT I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. I BELIEVE THAT SOME FORM OF REVOLUTION WILL HAPPEN. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN. GOD HELP US [POLITICALLY INCORRECT] AS THE POLITICIANS WILL NOT.

Dr. Scott Davis
5 years ago

We need a “LOCKBOX LAW.”
The only way to secure social security and medicare is to first take the hands of the DC power brokers out of it. The funds paid in go into the general treasury, where everything is spent plus the deficit. It’s a ponzy scheme about to collapse and there’s no way to prevent it without taking the money away from ever being used for anything but their intended purpose. There’s only one way to get this done, lock up the funds from Congress and Potus from ever taking the excess funds again.

Don
5 years ago

My AMAC annual fee is $16. You are fighting for me to get a $16 increase in SS. No return on my investment if you did get what you are fighting for. My COLA is at least $150 for the year.

Earl
5 years ago
Reply to  Don

Don, are you saying that your social security benefit is only $1600.00 per year? That is only $133.00 per month. That is smaller than their minimum payment. I think you need to check your figures again.

Tim Turner
5 years ago
Reply to  Earl

Mine would amount to about $6 per month, no where near what the cost of food has gone up. It’s unbelievable.

HAM
5 years ago

Susan Jones: maybe if Federal employees and Congress gave up their pay increase for next year then I might could agree with you. I ask you, should Seniors carry the load when our own leaders don’t or won’t. I wonder how much the pay increase percentage is going to be for them.

Obama is the only president in 40 years who has given Seniors a 0% increase in SS and 2016 will be the 3rd time in 7 years. No other president has ever done that but it goes along with this administrations lack of caring about Senior citizens.

Hutch
5 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Right: If the COLA calculations for seniors show no increase, then how can there be COLA increases for federal employees and senators/congressmen? Fair is fair.

Susan Jones
5 years ago

With trillions of dollars’ worth of debt, we seniors should be the ones to set the example, tighten our belts, and not ask for more.

Fredgalles
5 years ago
Reply to  Susan Jones

You take a cut I’ll take a cut

Jim Lindsey
5 years ago

Why force the criminal organization, otherwise known as the Federal Government to create more worthless dollars ? It’s even too late to go John Galt. The America that was, is gone and will never return. Ignorant Americans have elected criminals for decades. The final touch was to elect a Marxist, Muslim, non-citizen, racist who, probably, hates America more than anyone who has ever lived. I miss America.

Roger
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim Lindsey

Right on, you nailed it, to bad a lot of Americans are blinded by the Commie CIC.

Douglas Wolf
5 years ago

A small COLA is not going to do much and we are already 20 trillion in debt. A better move would to have the FED raise interest rates so savers are rewarded with increased interest income. The defense budget is down to 17% and 66% of the budget is not touchable as it includes, medicare, SS and medicaid and interest on the debt.
Take a look here “http://www.heritage.org/federalbudget/budget-entitlement-programs

Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Douglas Wolf

Hello Douglas,

The FED is not going to raise interest rates with a 19 Trillion debt. Do the math and you will see that it would burden our government with huge increases in payment of the National Debt. We have a global economy now and the entire world is bankrupt. I would spent my Federal Reserve Notes now while they are worth something and buy assets that will increase in value in a bankrupt world.

Evitzee
5 years ago

I’m 64 and receive SS, but not in Medicare yet, but I can’t get too worked up about this. So AMAC is pushing for a 1% COLA…..really? The average SS benefit is about $1200 so we are talking about $12, is this really what AMAC and seniors should be dwelling on? Shouldn’t the focus be on senior health care? There are far more important issues for seniors, and the country. And I’m sorry to break the news to people but just because we paid into SS all our working lives the fact of the matter is it is welfare, pure and simple. That is hard for people to grasp or admit but that is the truth, that is the way the program was set up. There is little rhyme or reason to some of the benefits; why does a spouse who never worked get 1/2 of her working spouses payment whether they need it or not? Isn’t that the definition of welfare? There are just bigger things for us to worry about than a tiny COLA for 2016.

Frankly Frank
5 years ago
Reply to  Evitzee

How do you justify calling SS a welfare benefit?
It may be for you but for a great many retired people it is their primary income.
It was deducted from your paycheck and matched by your employer for the specific purpose of a retirement benefit.
It was to be deposited in a trust fund earning interest on our behalf.

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Frankly Frank

Frankly Frank my reply was directed to Elitzee, not you, so don’t be offended

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Evitzee

Welfare is received by people who contribute nothing. Socsec is my money that I entrusted to the government! How stupid was I?

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Evitzee

It is only welfare to the people who collect it illegally and never contributed a dime to it. Do you know anyone like that?

HAM
5 years ago
Reply to  Evitzee

So Evitzee, if 50% of your wife’s earnings (assuming you are married but that’s not the point) amounted to more SS income for you monthly than the amount of SS income you would receive based on your earnings, you would NOT choose drawing on your wife’s earnings. Right!! The rule about this doesn’t say wife, it says spouse.

You are already drawing early SS and still working so that tells me you would take advantage of whatever is to your benefit so don’t call it welfare if a wife draws on her husbands SS.

Don
5 years ago
Reply to  Evitzee

My rent is going up 6%, food approx. 10%, Utilities 10%, etc. Why 1% increase in SS? I agree 1% is nothing. The increase should be at least 5% if we are talking about keeping up with COLA.

Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  Evitzee

I agree with you. Maybe congress needs to no be in session 4 months a yr with travel pay only. TERM LIMITSWbere have you been? Hiding in a rabbit hole? We have the fine Grammy care for all now. I have Medicare for the past 14 years it’s great paid for 19 operations

Lyle R. Dahle
5 years ago

Well, another year without an increase in the pension which I and most other retired persons paid into all the years they worked. I think it is time we FIRE the so called group who manages OUR hard earned dollars and get some one else who KNOWS how to handle our funds in a better way. How about we do like the POLITICIANS do, you know, GIVE OURSELVES A RAISE. We certainly are a majority, much greater than they are. Then as long as we are the majority, how about we make some changes in their income. How is it they say, “A LITTLE TIT FOR TAT” ? A little upset, you might say that. That’s putting it mildly. How about it folks ? Raise our voices, lets be HEARD !!

Maria
5 years ago
Reply to  Lyle R. Dahle

Lyle, you certainly have the right idea. Enough of the BS from our govt. already and we, the people, should make ourselves heard loud and clear, no doubt about that!

Sue
5 years ago

I can not believe because of gas prices no increase in Social Security. What about the increase in electric bill, the water bill, the taxes on your home, the price of food, and medicine? They want all our money and to destroy our country. How can anyone think of voting for Clinton, 4 more years of what we have and so long America. She can lie as fast as the rest of the cast of players in government. No wonder we want someone outside the norm… Go Ted Cruz

Don Brown
5 years ago
Reply to  Sue

It is really about the fact that they are giving our money away to illegals and foreign nations.that doesn’t leave much for us who have paid into it for life.also congress has been stealing money from the fund for decades now and there is not much left because of that.thank you ignorant voters!

Maria
5 years ago
Reply to  Sue

You go, gal! If anyone watched Hillary on the “hot seat” in Congress being grilled the other day and noticed her attitude at times, I know she can do the same thing as president and pull the same “c–p” over the people………..her attitude struck me as “one who is above the law and no one can touch her”…not good for one who wants to be president. It’ll just be the “extension” of how this current administration is doing business with us. And remember when Biden announced he was not running for office, that he also made mention that a “Democrat must be elected as the next president so Obama’s legacy wouldn’t be for nothing”…….what legacy? It’s the very legacy that we must get rid of or become a 3d world country ourselves! And who cares about Obama’s “legacy”….it only helped to ruin this country, so no more Democrat in the WH. America, think outside of the box and look for someone who can really get the job done and do the right thing.

Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  Maria

I agree with you. Maybe congress needs to no be in session 4 months a yr with travel pay only. TERM LIMITSWbere have you been? Hiding in a rabbit hole? We have the fine Obammy care for all now. I have Medicare for the past 14 years it’s great paid for 19 operations

Ron
5 years ago

I understand the need to find a compromise to insure the cola increases each year, but have we all not noticed the impending increase in the monthly premiums for Medicare?? The Govt. is wanting a 52% increase for new participants, so the premium will go from $104.90 to a crazy $159.00 or so. Is that not over the top, especially for those who will live on Soc Sec income only. All those years paying into Medicare, for me it was 50Yrs, and I am still paying into it out of every SS check for A&B, but it is still not enough. Where will it end. Lets look at that as another issue to attack our representatives with.

Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  Ron

I actually think the possible medicare increase for new enrollees and people who don’t pay for Medicare via a social security deduction is a much bigger concern than the no increase to social security.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Well Ron, Obamacare took $716 billion dollars out of Medicare to partially fund this new law. That was done on a pure one-party vote by the Democrats, who didn’t want or allow any input into what they were doing from the Republicans. That diversion of funds from Medicare to Obamacare blew a massive hole in the sustainability of the Medicare program. As a result, that means there will be this excessive increases in Medicare going forward to try and offset at least part of diverted funds uses to finance Obamacare. Since the money no longer exists on the Medicare balance sheets to smooth out any increases over time, due to normal escalating costs, the government does what it always does when it needs money.,..it takes it from the American taxpayer. Whether they can afford it or not. This is what happens when people elect politicians who promote “feel good” policies (generally of the socialist variety), Obamacare being one, and then either don’t plan for the consequences of their actions or aren’t honest with the American people as to what their policies will really result in as they push forward their progressive agenda.

You ask where will it end. Well take a look at Greece, Argentina, Cuba, France, Bolivia or Zimbabwe. Take your pick. They are all the result of following progressive policies to their logical and historical end point. Some are just much farther along the regressive process than others.

Maria
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

It really angers me that there is no credibility nor responsibility in any of the actions that our administration undertakes and worse yet, does not seem to care how the “picking of our pockets” will affect us so long as they can use them to “pass” what they deem “good for the people.” And I’m sure a lot of the Americans have been ignorant to what the govt. “passed” for our good, because many have either been asleep all along or just didn’t care just as long they “got something out of it.” It comes down to this…we have some “educated” crooks running our govt.. not intelligent folks who want to see our country prosper and our citizens happy…just the opposite, in fact. My anger just keeps on growing whenever I hear what’s on the news, in the reports and how some people think like how we should continue voting the same politicians in again and again. instead of thinking how we can help and look for and listen to other candidates who are out there that are worthy of being elected. However, it still scares me that once a candidate gets voted in because he/she can “do the talk and walk the walk” while on the campaign trail, but changes completely once in office……is something to think about too. It’s going to be a daunting task for both the voters and the candidates….voters for who they elect, and the candidates, to do the right thing and start thinking of how they can save this country from “robbing its citizens” instead of helping them. So much needs to be fixed in Washington and the new administration must be ready to hit the pavement running to tackle what ails us.
I’m a senior and I’m feeling the pinch and what angers me with that is there does not seem to be some kind of balance to anything but the govt. still takes all they can from us. It should make anyone angry, not only seniors…and those folks in office leave with “padded pockets” for their retirement and probably free medical insurance and to heck with the taxpayers, for we are the biggest losers. And to make matters worse or “add insult to injury” we allowed it!!!!! We should be able to question the govt, every time they impose a new tax or ‘”fee” on us before we accept it, wouldn’t you think? Perhaps we should start thinking that way when the new administration gets sworn in. In other words we want complete transparency so nothing gets pulled over our eyes.

Nancy
5 years ago

Yes, Social Security is a Ponzi scheme but for those who paid into it all their lives should be getting their checks and they need a raise every year to keep up with the cost of living. I live in California where landlords can raise their rents 3% every year. The 1% raise
in the Cola doesn’t even keep up with the raise in rent. There’s a woman in my building who pays more than half of her social security in rent. I feel so bad for her. She’s such a nice elderly lady but soon she’ll be out on the street. I think the Ultimate goal of our government is to price all our seniors out of housing & put them into FEMA CAMPS. Nancy

Fern
5 years ago
Reply to  Nancy

Nancy, then perhaps you can suggest to the lady you refer to – that she is eligible to apply for Assistance through Dept of Public Assistance for her health insurance, rent, utilities, water and sewer, etc. I have 2 tenant that applied for Assistance and the Gov’t approved. Unless the lady has Assets over the gov’t limit. Just saying….. Thanks

zsazsa
5 years ago
Reply to  Fern

The gov. Doesn’t care what you spend your money on…just the total amt you receive.

Janet Barlow
5 years ago

I agree that people need to stop being staunch Democrats or staunch Republicans and start researching candidates more, not just listening to their campaign speeches and promises. All of us need to be more responsible when we vote and we need to try to point others in the same direction. Don’t let the name calling stop you because those who do that are the ones that need to become more educated in the responsibility of voting.
There is no excuse for our Medicare cost to increase when the tax has already gone up for those still working and the Obama Administration decided that there was enough money in the fund to steal it for Obamacare just as Johnson stole the funds from Social Security by calling it a loan that has never been paid back. As Seniors, we know that the economy is not getting better and that costs continue to increase. We have to try to eat healthy, but certainly can’t afford many of the foods we should be eating. We have medications that we would much prefer not to take, but need them and are paying higher costs for them. Every thing we need and have to purchase has gone up. A mere 1% increase would help even though it won’t fill the gap between costs last year and costs this year, but if Seniors are not going to receive anything then government employees and politicians certainly don’t need a raise for the very same reason that Seniors are being denied a raise….gas prices have gone down.
We seem to be the only country in the world that doesn’t care about it’s senior citizens, but can provide billions in aid to other countries. It’s time to keep that money at home and to take care of our own first.
Please vote responsibly, I know I intend to.

Maria
5 years ago
Reply to  Janet Barlow

Thank you, Janet! You took the words right out of my mouth. Bravo and so well written!I
I do believe “what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander” and if we seniors aren’t going to get any kind of increase in 2016, then federal employees and all the politicians should get the same too,……a goose egg. And I think we are partly to blame too, since we did not raise our collective voices to question what our govt. was doing and why…seems like they operate in Washington with “blinders” on and have forgotten all about the people they are supposed to be working for! I live in a senior mobile home park and have seen so many of the older seniors go from comfortable to needy almost overnight as our space rent increases every year without fail, and they are finding it so difficult to keep up with the rent increase besides all their other living expenses and medical issues. They can’t afford to live outside of the park as rentals are so high here in CA. It so sad to see these situations and here still, we are not getting anything more in 2016 except for more and higher rates in everything. That’s enough to bring out the anger in people so they’d want to tell our govt. a thing or two, about what they are going through. Seniors are what helped to form this country as we were the hard-working citizens in our younger years, who paid our dues in SS and Medicare so we would have this “protection” in our later years, but instead we are getting nothing. Just a sad, inexcusable situation, and blaming the “price of gas going down” as the reason for our not getting a COLA in 2016 is the most ridiculous excuse, if ever there was one! These seniors I just referred to don’t even own cars and are dependent on others for their transportation, And with the gas prices constantly fluctuating mostly up and ever so slowly downward for a short period of time does not really tell us the true story, does it?

Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Just another reason why I don’t live in California. Northeast Florida is a great place to live cost of living fantastic

Georgia Odum
5 years ago

We seniors cut off our nose to spite our faces!! I know 50 years ago the Democrats were conservative, we always voted for the Democratic party, no matter what they stood for?? Then the Republicans started their conservative movement and the Democrats went way to the liberal side of issues!! Well, guess what, WE or most of us are still voting Democrat, JUST because we have always been a Democrat???? I must say we do not do much research before we vote!!! Now, we want to know what happened to this country!!!!???? We need to learn from our own history!! Most of all, we need to Vote our conscious, not a party line!!

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Georgia Odum

I remember 50 year ago and I sure never remember the dumbacrats being conservative! Maybe you forgot lbj and the great society when they first started to steal from social security for their entitlement welfare program. The dumbs were never conservative!

Ivan Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

Ralph, George may have been in the old South, even though 50 years are not quite far enough back for complete accuracy, southern Democrats did tend to be more conservative.
Republicans were and were blamed for being for Big Business. Those opinions still prevail in some minds, but now both establishment parties are filled with leftists that not only support big government, big business, control from the top–central planning, so called experts determining what we should eat, who we must hire, with whom we are forced (not allowed) to associate with, as well as how medical care is obtained, the rules for how the practice should be administered, how and what to teach in government schools (even bothering the home schoolers in the process), and anything else they can stick their collective noses in. But then again, Wilson was a democrat; FDR was a democrat, as was Truman, Johnson, Carter and now Obama. There really have been no successful conservative political parties, just the lessor of two evils. Most of the time we seem to pick the greater evil. Just looking at voting patterns from various sorces indicates that Republicans are the better bet, but you really must pay attention to get the right one in any position. Sometimes–many times there are no good choices, both parties’ candidates being bad choices. There is no quick fix nor Savior running for any office. It is up to the voter know the options and advantages of each candidate and what faults they might possess. Congress is the key.

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Hi Ivan. I agree with most of what you say, except southern dumbs being conservative. You made my point when you brought up Wilson. He was almost 100 years ago, and was far from a conservative. Actually Coolidge and Hoover were the conservatives.

Ivan Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

Sounds good, Ralph. Cooledge is one of my favorites.

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Thanks Ivan. The real problem is how to stop the down hill slide to communism, and restore the government created by our forefathers. If we can figure that one out we will be “the greatest generation”

Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

You got that right Ralph. I’m 65 never meet a conservative democrat in my lifetime limits is the real key

Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  Ralph

You got that right Ralph. I’m 65 never meet a conservative democrat in my life

Dianne
5 years ago

They won’t to deprive people my age and older of a COLA, citing the “cost of living” has been stable. Tell that to my pharmacist, my physicians, my grocer. No sir, the cost of everything is continually increasing. Of course this matters not to Congress, who are their chairs only to pad their personal nest eggs. Have NO idea, and don’t really care how hard iit is to make ends meet. As for the “POTUS” , neither does he care. In fact he believes the optimal age of death to be 75. That way he can make more room for illegals (from south of our border, and those muslims he is shipping in by the thousands) who will vote for the him, and those who are surely to be like him, in order to continue getting free everything. NOPE, can’t pay elders what we paid for all our working lives, but can surely GIVE it to no accounts, and terrorists.

James Sova
5 years ago
Reply to  Dianne

Dianne, You hit it right on the head on each and every one of your comments. I need not put in any of my comments as you took the words right out of my mouth. Sincerely, Jim S.

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