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  •  it's really important, though, Tom (3+ / 0-)
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    to get the information out there that this is a very widespread attack on the 99%. Essentially a middle-class tax hike plus a benefits cut for vets, the disabled, federal workers.

    A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:51:21 PM PST

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    •  Just a question (1+ / 0-)
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      I thought Federal workers get a pension so how will this effect them?  If I had a pension I could always cut back to rely on that and hope it would not be reduced.  But, those of us who have little savings and just SS and Medicare will have very little to cut back on.  The difference between my Dad and I is that he still has a small teacher's pension to rely on while this will really take a bite out of me being on disability.  Really it is just bad all around.

      And not having a pension is not a personal failure since most starting cutting pensions in the 1990s and forced us into 401Ks.  

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:51:45 PM PST

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      •  Many retired Federal & USPS workers don't get SS (1+ / 0-)
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        Some of us have Civil Service Retirement System retirements, and when we were working we didn't pay into Social Security, so we don't qualify for it now.

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:18:52 PM PST

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      •  Chained CPI cuts all Fed retiree/disabled $ (1+ / 0-)
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        I feel for those without pensions, and I also feel for those, like me, who will see their Federal pensions and disability benefits cut if chained CPI is used to lower those earned benefits.

        We don't have to get into a pity contest here.  

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:07:11 PM PST

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        •  Honestly (1+ / 0-)
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          I wasn't trying to get into a pity contest.  This whole concept of cutting safety nets is just . . . I really don't have the words to explain.  

          If I had gotten a pension I wouldn't have refused it nor should anyone else.  The problem for me was I worked full time from 14 years old to 37 and went back to school when I thought a single income would get a boost from a college education.  But by the time I got out of school that is when healthcare started escalating in costs and out of pocket and 401K were the new retirement.  Add getting sick on top of that and basically I did full circle at coming right back to where I was.  

          I will never regret going to school and getting my degrees.  It was a wonderful accomplishment and the knowledge I gained was priceless.  

          The whole retirement plan for Americans is a mess.

          "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

          by zaka1 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14:03 PM PST

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