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  •  Right now there is so much (6+ / 0-)

    stress on so many people.  We are about the same age.  What a lot of people don't realize is that many women who never worked like in the 50's, 60s, and 70s also got their husbands SS benefits as well as his pension (for the rest of her natural life) if he passed away, and the same for men if their wives worked and then passed.  I know a number of people now in their 80s that are living together and didn't marry in order for both to keep their social security.  Not completely sure how that worked, but I think if the woman (let's say) hadn't worked and earned benefits, then she would lose her husband's benefits if she remarried.  I could be wrong on that, I'll have to check.  

    The problem is that we've been moving backwards on wages, benefits, and savings, while everything continues to go up.  Since like the late 1980s the cost of everything goes up like it is an automatic thing.  However, I remember in the 70s and 80s you could rent an apartment and sometimes rent didn't get raised on you at all or a little bit every five or ten years.  It seems to me that prices stayed stable for long periods of time way back when us old timers still had some giddy up in our step.

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

    by zaka1 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 10:54:47 PM PST

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