Posts Tagged ‘ social security ’

GET SOCIAL SECURITY FACTS HERE

Sep 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A lot has been written about Social Security, some of it very distorted. Senior Citizen Journal.com (SCJ) tries to get the facts straight all the time. When we make a mistake, we admit it and correct it. We never distort the truth, nor do we publish lies. So here is the straight talk about Social Security, with links to articles that we published earlier.

Many Baby Boomers are wondering about how to calculate their Social Security benefit upon retirement. This articles tells you how to do that.
A number of proposals are on the table that address issues of changing Social Security to make it more solvent. Here are the proposals, including a discussion of pros and cons.



FACTS ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY

Sep 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Lies and Distortions Are Not Going Away Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, once wrote, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” (Wikiquote)  He was the manager of some of the most horrific lies ever created in the history of mankind, so he […]



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOCIAL SECURITY

Aug 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Social Security Turns 77 Today Today, August 14, 2012, Social Security celebrates 77 years of keeping seniors out of poverty, providing assistance to disabled Americans who can no longer work and offering reassurance to the elderly that they will be able to live out their lives in relative peace and comfort. True, the average Social […]



SOCIAL SECURITY PROPOSALS UNDER CONSIDERATION

Jun 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Social Security Changes Summarized Most senior citizens are aware that changes in our Social Security program are being considered.  But do we know what they are?  Probably not.  SCJ did a search on the Internet to find what is being suggested.  AARP provided the best description, including pros and cons of each proposal.  The list […]



SENIORS SPEAK OUT ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

May 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Update on AARP National Conversation Many senior citizens are following the AARP National Conversation on Social Security and Medicare on Facebook. Seniors are overwhelmingly in favor of preserving both programs. A recent AARP Bulletin report included statements made by individuals who posted on the National Conversation page.  Those statements are summarized here: At last count, […]



SOCIAL SECURITY 2012 TRUST FUND REPORT

Apr 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Trust Fund Report for FY2011 Released The Board of Trustees of the Social Security Fund released its annual trust fund report last week. The entire report can be read here.  SCJ summarizes the highlights here: “The projected point at which the combined Trust Funds will be exhausted comes in 2033 – three years sooner than […]



SENIORS AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS ARE ALL FAMILY

Apr 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Misconceptions About Social Security A new attempt was made recently to pit younger people against the Baby Boomers and seniors receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits. In the April issue of Esquire, Stephen Marche wrote an article, “The War Against Youth,” in which he says “…the recession didn’t gut the prospects of American young people.  […]



SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE: INSURANCE

Apr 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Here’s something to ponder: Why has the word ‘entitlement’ become a negative slur? It seems to be used whenever politicians want to cast a government program in a negative light and influence negative perceptions. It appears to be an attempt to manipulate public opinion, once again. Sigh.

For senior citizens, Social Security and Medicare have been cast in the ‘entitlement’ negativism by some politicians, and it makes no sense. Well, except to try to manipulate our opinions, and therefore our votes. The discussion on this comment thread is a good description of the issue.

Entitlement is really very narrowly defined. The Merriam-Webster free online dictionary defines entitlement as , “…a right to



SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Apr 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

National Support Programs for Seniors The good news:  Support for Social Security and Medicare continues to grow. AARP recently launched its National Conversation on Social Security and Medicare.  This state-by-state program focuses on seniors who have ‘…Earned a Say…’ in the decision making facing us regarding these two vital programs.  Senior citizen responses are being […]



SENIOR CITIZENS DOING WITHOUT

Mar 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Senior Lifestyle: Doing Without Millions of senior citizens are learning to do without in this time of economic difficulty.  According to the non-profit Wider Opportunities for Women report, when you take government benefits out, seniors have much less income than we need to survive. The report, Doing Without: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans, released on […]