Going through my E-mail alerts today I came across this blast from the past, SOCIAL SECURITY! Ah I bet it had slipped your mind, what with, the run-away bride, the girl missing in Aruba, and all the other things used to distract you from the important issues Well I know some United States citizens that did not lose track of this issue, the elderly and the disabled.
A new report out this month, states that the proposed cuts to Social Security, and S.S. Disability, will put senior citizens at a poverty level not seen since the Great depression. (What was so great about it?) The report was put out by The Institute for Americas Future, examines the effect of the plan proposed by President Bush to privatize S.S. accounts, and the effects that it will have on rural areas.
The study finds that rural areas have a greater population of senior citizens, and most rely on Social Security as their only form of income.The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates that the president's proposal would result in a lifetime benefit reduction of more than $184,824 for the typical Ohio worker, more than $111,874 for the typical West Virginia worker ,and Pennsylvania workers will experience a $205,631 reduction, and this is even after the average gains are considered from the privatized account. In these types of areas that are already poverty prone, the cuts are to much. This link will let you look-up your area.
Bush has said there would be no changes for those born before 1950. People in the age group not protected under Bushes plan, are worried. There is a large group that fall through the crack, Bush says that, people nearing retirement will be covered, and not lose anything. Well this is not true because, the cut will hit anyone on Social Security. Also the people between the ages of 38, and retirement will not have enough time to save for retirement, with the cost of living and inflation. ( This is my guesstimating )
Elderly women in rural areas are the most likely to be affected should the Social Security cuts take place, according to the Institute for America's Future.
Statistically, senior women in rural communities find it harder to make ends meet than most other Americans. Nationally, 15 percent of rural women over age 60 are poor compared to 11 percent of men and 80 percent of rural seniors over age 85 with income less than $10,000 are women.
So we need to not get distracted by News Stories that are really not important to the national good, but to keep on this administration to fix the problems, and strengthen Social Security, so Grandma, and Grandpa, wont be eating Allpo, or Little Friskies.