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AMAC Sponsors Senior Lives Matter Rally at Florida Retirement Mega-Community

american-rally-crowd-flagRenews call for a one-time, retroactive cost of living increase for Social Security recipients and veterans.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13 – A Senior Lives Matter rally is scheduled at the Villages retirement mega-community near Ocala, FL on Monday, May 16, the Association of Mature American Citizens announced today.

AMAC president Dan Weber said it’s part of an ongoing effort “to get the message out that we want a one-time, retroactive cost of living for Social Security recipients and veterans.  The legislation is in place in Congress.   The Seniors Act, H.R. 4140, will give recipients of Social Security and veterans’ benefits a special one-time retroactive payment to offset the lack of a Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment Increase this year.  Now we need action in Congress and exhortations from America’s senior citizens and veterans who are urged to call on their lawmakers to move the bill.”

It’s only the third time in the last 40 years that nearly 70 million Americans will be denied a COLA in FY 2016.  The government concluded in the fall that a flat year-to-year Consumer Price Index which, due to falling gasoline prices, fell sharply from 2014 to 2015, senior citizens and veterans should be denied a much-needed benefits increase.

Meanwhile, Weber noted, medical costs, food costs and to costs for heating and air conditioning and other necessities increased, forcing seniors on fixed incomes to make sacrifices.

“It’s unfair that federal employees got an increase in pay this year while elderly poor Americans on Social Security and veterans received nothing!  We paid our money into Social Security; the government didn’t put in one cent.  Just because they mismanaged our money by only paying us 2% interest- is no excuse for us not to get a Cost of Living increase this year,” Weber declared.

While the Seniors Act will not overturn the no-COLA decision, it will provide senior citizens and veterans with a one-time, 1% payment equal to a 1% Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA).  Its sponsors said that the cost of the one-time payment is estimated to be between $9 and $11 billion but will be offset by an equal amount of federal spending cuts.

The bi-partisan initiative is sponsored by Representatives Frank Guinta (R-NH) and Kyrsten Sinema, (D-AZ).

“One third of Social Security recipients rely on benefits for 90 percent of their total income.  Our Seniors Act is a fiscally responsible solution to helping the elderly pay their bills.  No senior should have to choose between rent and groceries,” according to Rep. Guinta.

Rep. Sinema noted that “seniors depend on Social Security to survive, and their budgets are stretched too thin. This bipartisan legislation is a commonsense, fiscally responsible solution that helps seniors keep up with the rising cost of food, energy, prescription drugs, and housing.”

Weber urged seniors and vets to “let their voices be heard.  Congress is frozen like an ice cube when it comes to taking action on Social Security, and the only way we can get them to act by applying heat.  We’ve made it easy; just go to www.amac.us to send a prepared email to your Congressman.  All you have to do is fill in your name and address and it will automatically be sent to your Representative.”

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The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Live long and make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.


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John & Linda Butler
6 years ago

I believe that if we who paid in into Social Security want to do something that will last for pay increases we should make all government employees, politicians, judges and even the President take all their retirement benefits and put them under the Social Security program as we had to. They deserve the same treatment with retirement as they have given to us, they have stolen our money plain and simple and by ding this they have to live under the same system as we do. No special favors to anyone.

J Higgins
6 years ago

Keep in mind that ALL the money in Social Security is OUR money. It was taken out of our pay that we earned. Our employer contributed a matching amount of money that WE earned for the company we worked for. Not one red cent of the money in the Social Security Trust Funds belonged to the government. AMAC is right in demanding it be distributed to those who worked for it, regardless of some government formula. Yes, the amount is small but it sets a good precedent and it a good start on improving the way Social Security is being managed.

c ragan
6 years ago

Thank you Ham and Denise very well said. Did the Obama administration took 870 bil from ss/med and put in Obama Care?
Good weekend.

HAM
6 years ago
Reply to  c ragan

I don’t know if your question is rhetorical or not but just in case there are those who don’t know…YES Obama did steal $870 billion from
MediCARE and give it to MediCAID to fund the expansion of that program under Obamacare. Yes OUR money WE PAID into Medicare. And people have the audacity to call Medicare an entitlement!!! IT IS NOT!! That was a lot of money which is no longer there for Seniors healthcare.

HAM
6 years ago

I think this attempt by AMAC to get the 1% one time payment (which by the way, one time really means “retroactive” back to the beginning of the year) is symbolic. The denial of SS increase was political and not based on “true” facts. It is not much money based on a monthly dollar amount so looking at it in terms of monetary value isn’t much on an individual basis. Looking at it on those terms I do support AMAC in their effort. However, I would think their energy could be more productive towards getting Obamacare repealed in its entirety (including Medicare cuts) then promoting a healthcare system which returns to 100% private healthcare like we had PRE-Obamacare.

For those of you who don’t want or need SS or Medicare, the best you can do for others who DO need them is cancel YOUR Social Security and Medicare benefits. That way you will be staying true to YOUR principles. Have a nice weekend everyone.

Roger W
6 years ago

So AMAC, which I joined because it is supposed to be a conservative organization, is now begging for scraps from Obama’s table. I have never, and will never, depend on the federal government for anything. Any person who has arranged his life in a manner that he or she has to depend on the federal government, which does nothing well, deserves to be in this position. I say to Hell with the federal government.

Denise
6 years ago
Reply to  Roger W

Roger, perhaps you’ve been blessed with good paying job with a big pension, and don’t need SS, but all people have not been that fortunate. If you’ve been working your whole life & contributing into SS, it’s your money, not a government handout. PS I’m not collecting SS @ this time & I am a conservative. God bless!

PaulO
6 years ago
Reply to  Roger W

“I have never, and will never, depend on the federal government for anything” … Roger W

Not even the US military who protects yours and my first Amendment right to voice our opinions on this and other web sites?

Roger, obviously you’ve never traveled on any of our nation’s highways or crossed a bridge or drove through a tunnel that the Federal Highway Administration maintains?

Common sense tells me Rodger you wouldn’t like how brown and chunky our drinking water was if the federal government got out of the regulation business.

Do you think we’d still have small pox and polio in our neighborhoods if the federal government hadn’t gotten involve in health care?

Seriously! You sure you never depended on the federal government for anything?

c ragan
6 years ago

Please give AMAC a chance. AARP promoted Obama care. Lower gas price will help the senior citizens who volunteer for meals on wheels. These people drive 30 miles a day four times a week delivering prepared meals to the shut ins. They don’t get free gas. Seniors drive 40 miles a day twice a week to work in the soup kitchens. They don’t get free gas.
I think what they did in FL is a noble cause. I will contact my us rep, he is passionate about this group of the population not just in his dist, but the whole state.
Rik,
Bless your heart good fellow. I understand your frustration.
“While I Breath I Hope” a license plate (auto)
Faith and Hope, keep looking upward.

Eugene Lewis
6 years ago

Pretty lame to use the discredited “Lives Matter” propaganda Sounds like something we would expect from AARP.

Martha Stanford
6 years ago

1 time? As if we know the future will be fine? Haha! Between trump and hillary = National Disaster over the cliff!! ;-(

Arlan Busse
6 years ago

Lower gas prices do not impact many senior citizens, so that does not affect the rising cost of living for us.

FirstBubba
6 years ago

@Howard Last! Like the way you think amigo!

J Higgins
6 years ago

The same people always knocking AMAC, you have no idea what they have done. Until AMAC was started the only voice for seniors that members of Congress listened to was AARP. Now they have a conservative outfit that more than counters their left wing propaganda. Remember AARP was responsible for Obamacare and they favor a government controlled single payer medical system.
I hope AMAC pulls off their rally and gets hundreds of seniors demanding attention from their representatives. Once that happens AMAC should be able to build more clout and really help restore our country.

Roger W
6 years ago
Reply to  J Higgins

A conservative organization does not beg for handouts from the out-of-control federal government. A conservative organization opposes the federal government and the scumbag Obama at every turn.

Howard Last
6 years ago

Social Security does not need to be fixed; it needs to be repealed outright. The problem is how to make whole all our citizens that had their funds stolen over all these many years. Yes stolen, what else would you call it when something is taken under duress? Don’t pay your FICA and see what happens. There is a simple way to get their money back, just abolish all items in the budget not authorized by the Constitution. This would give better than 90% of the budget available to give their money back with interest. It would have an added benefit of getting Big Brother out of our lives.

How many people are aware that Social Security was the idea of Otto Bismarck and that Adolph Hitler refined it? Joe Stalin’s best friend FDR fits right in with these two great humanitarians. Bismarck made the retirement age 65 because most people did not live to 65. My father died at 62 and did not receive a dime that was stolen from him. I was self employed and put away in my own retirement fund approx. the same amount as FICA. I now receive a return about an order of magnitude (ten times) greater than Social Security. I retired at 57 and am now 71.

If Social Security is such a great deal how come it is not voluntary? Did Bernie Madoff put a gun to anyone’s head and say give me your money? So how come he is in jail and our politicians are free? No one was ever forced to join a Ponzi Scheme, but Social Security is a different matter.

Call Social Security by its proper names, “Stealing from your Children and Grandchildren” or “Bribing you with your own money”.
Anyone know which Section of the Constitution authorizes Social Security.

So anything other than abolishing Social Security outright is just a slight difference from what AARP and the crooks and/or mental midgets in Washington are doing or want to do. Modifying Social Security will not make it Constitutional or give you a better return than investing on your own.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  Howard Last

Way to go, Howard. And while we’re at, how about getting out of the UN and their Agenda 21 and Strong Cities Network regionalism as well as getting rid of the Fed (Federal Reserve–neither federal nor for reserves but to constantaly reward big bankers and Wall St. while inflating–printing, digitizing more and more money, as our treasury prints more bonds and bills to stimulate foreign investment in our ever increasing debt so that we borrow from the poorest commoners of the world to fund our senseless over-consumption.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Howard Last

Agreed.

Rik
6 years ago

People, humility is NOT a word that one can use to describe Trump! You Trumpeteers think it doesn’t matter? My point is, that the national election STILL comes down to the “swing” states, of which, California where I live is Blue, Blue, Blue and ALL Republican votes are really irrelevant here. So, if you live in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana and Virginia, there, your votes really count. Good luck! If Trump can’t unify the GOP behind him, he won’t win. Apologizing to Cruz will go a long way to help him, don’t you agree? Besides, it’s the decent thing to do. Since when is it smart to make enemies of a third of your own party and expect to win?

PaulO
6 years ago

The link you have provided does not direct me to a prepared email I can send to my congressman.

Curiosity about the “mega-community” the Villages near Ocala, FL triggered me to do a little research. I learned it has a population of 157,000 people the majority who are over 55 years-old and it’s still growing. I’ve met people from retirement communities with 10,000 residents but I never realized there were these “mega” retirement communities like the Villages.

I’m sure there are a lot of positives temperate weather, theaters and other activities with likeminded people but it just astounds me as a baby boomer from a small suburb (5000) in the Bible belt Midwest understanding the attraction these mega retirement communities have with boomers.

staff
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

Hello PaulO, The link has been corrected, sorry for the inconvenience. https://account.votility.com/enterprise/AMAC/ec/202

Frank
6 years ago

I also agree that we do not need to beg for crums. AMAC needs to focus on the other issues of the day.
Also, Rik is wrong in not realizing that Trump is the only hope for the Future of America. If Trump does not become our next President, we are done. America will no longer exist. It will be a socialist country with 2 classes; the Elite (few) and the rest of us. Our President will be @#$%$R*&%)#(*#)*#)*#

Sheila
6 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Frank, you are right that Rik is wrong about not realizing that Trump is our only hope right now. I also was for Cruz. As we know now that this is the past. We must forget the past, and concentrate on the future of our Country. I hope each one of you will realize this.

Ruel D
6 years ago

In addition to holding a rally to “demand” the feds give us doddering old fools less than nothing, they are sending out letters asking us to send AMAC more money so they can go to DC and beg the legislators to do their job. When the subscription runs out, I’m done with these scam artists.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Ruel D

Hi Ruel D,

Yes, it is indeed absurd. I’m already done and absolutely no regrets. Just stopped by to see what AMAC thought was the most important thing of the week, given everything that is going on in D.C. and around the world, and this is the best they could come up with.

Rik
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hey Guys, I was hoping to stir up discussion this weekend but “Senior Lives Matter” is just so ho hum. Other than our votes, we Senior’s are irrelevant to Republican politicians anyways. It’s been an exciting week for me here in sunny, Southern California antagonizing my fellow Republican friends because I refuse to back Trump until he apologizes to Cruz. They claim I’ll be helping to elect Hillary. Of course when I say “so what, like our votes in California really matter anyhow!” … When was the last time California voted for a Republican for President? Maybe, Reagan? … Here’s hoping the tomorrows newsletter will include something more stimulating to discuss.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Hi Rik,

I have no interest in wasting time this weekend discussing this topic. I mean seriously, with everything that is going on, does AMAC really think this is the highest priority issue facing our nation? This is merely a “bread and circuses” diversion for the membership. Count me out.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Not much bread; mostly circus.
( a republican from New Hampshire and a democrat from anywhere? Really?)
And in AMAC’s Mag (snail mail) received, they had support for Law Enforcement captioned as “Blue Lives Matter.” Hasn’t anyone at AMAC Headquarters realized that immitation is flattery?

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Yes, they copy the messaging of Soros. Divide and conquer mentality. How stupid is that? Have a nice weekend Ivan.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik,
Before you “so what” voting for Billary, get to a real conservative news site and read a few articles. Read the articles about the AGs going after global warming skeptics using the RICO Act. Read about the Presidential directive threatening blackmail if our public schools don’t let little boys shower with little girls. Read about the judges that are being removed from the benches based on their personal views on religious liberty, not their rulings on any case. If you want 8 (or more) years of that, go ahead and don’t vote in the next election.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Paul,
AMAC let me down again by promising to make me aware of replies to my comment, then letting me down, otherwise I would have replied sooner. I see quite a few comments here that reflect my feelings exactly, especially the ones about the forcible removal of funding from my paycheck in return for the social security scam. I wonder how much COLA will be in the retirement pensions for our beloved legislators this year?

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Ruel D

Hi Ruel D.,

Did you really think that notification mechanism would work as you expected? It seems to be setup to simply add folks to advertising lists, for insurance and other related products, from what I can see. More you request to be notified of a reply to your comments, the more ads you seem to get blitzed with.

As to your question regarding the COLA of legislators retirement pensions this year, that will probably be around 3.5 to 4.5 percent this year. Depending on their personal selections for where the money should be invested. You really can’t compare their pension system to social security. That is an apples to oranges comparison. Social Security is almost exclusively invested in low-yield, short to mid-term government bonds. A better comparison would be to executive 401K plans, but not quite as diversified or well-run. Still they make out quite well relative to the ordinary folks on social security.

By the way, if you aren’t already a member of either Judicial Watch or Project Veritas, you should consider joining them. Both actually get stuff done and adhere to constitutional and fiscally conservative principles. JW is a constant thorn in the side of Hillary and the Democrats in general. They actually dig up more stuff than all the Congressional committees combined and Congress has to rely on them to find things out. PV has been very good at doing real investigative journalism (remember when reporters weren’t just yes men and women for the Democrat Party?) and uncovering a lot of government fraud and abuse.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Paul,
The comparison is not so much apples to oranges. Both systems are based on our tax dollars. Why can’t we take our money and invest it in investments of our choosing? I will take your advice on Judicial Watch and Project Veritas.

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