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Seniors protest proposed Social Security cuts

Posted October 27, 2011

— A small but passionate group of protesters picketed the Social Security Administration offices in Raleigh and Durham Thursday, part of a series of nationwide protests over proposed cuts to Social Security benefits.

Members of the so-called super-committee in Congress, which is looking to cut the federal deficit, have called for changing the calculation for annual cost-of-living increases in federal programs as well as the yearly adjustments in income tax brackets.

A decision to base annual cost of living increases on the new calculation would lower Social Security costs by $108 billion over a decade, and the impact on benefits for federal civilian and military pension programs and veterans' benefits would save an additional $23 billion, according to calculations made in February 2010.

Social Security protest Social Security offices picketed over possible cuts

Congressional experts said the list of federal programs that would be affected is extensive, and included Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and more, but the absence of a written description by either side in the deficit negotiations makes a complete listing impossible.

Seniors protesting at the Social Security officials said they don't want the government to cut their benefits, and they also want benefits for federal workers protected.

"We don't have to go back to pre-Franklin Roosevelt times, when seniors were left to their own devices," said Michael Gravinese, of the American Federation of Government Employees.

The union for government workers helped organize the protest.

"(Social Security) provides a dramatic economic impact in every community across the country," Gravinese said. "Cutting it is not the answer (to the deficit)."


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  • fkhaywood Oct 28, 2011

    Why is SS considered an entitlement program? I paid into it starting back in the 1960's and now that me & my wife are 65, we are drawing $$. In the early 1970's, you paid 5.85% on the first $7,800 earned and the system had such a large surplus that Congress expanded the rolls to pay out more $$(say Aid to Families with Dependent Children); and boy did they ever!! Now the cap is 4.2% for employees & 6.2% for employers for income up to $106,800, and the system will pay out more in 2037 than they take in, if they don't get a revenue increase. If I had been allowed to invest that sum of money in mutual funds, stocks, etc. that I paid into it for 33+ years, I would have a nest egg of over a million $. Leave SS alone & pay cost of living increases that accurately reflect the cost of living during the last 40 years. In 1972, a gallon of gas cost $0.389/gallon (or $0.259 during gas wars), and a new Dodge Polara sedan cost $4,400; compare that with the cost of those same items today. M

  • ICTrue Oct 28, 2011

    "They can cut SS but we will vote the whole bunch out of office and elect people who will give us a big raise."

    Or you could just pay attention to whats going on rather than what the corrupt liberal media, like WRAL and those that wrote this article are trying to feed you.

  • Mark Hayes Oct 28, 2011

    Until this government stops creating programs with no source of funding and continues to give entitlements to those who have not participated in paying their share then we will never balance the books,to continue to allow unregulated benefits with no time frame to welfare,and other government assisted social programs only prolongs the recovery process,sooner or later we must take the silver spoon from those who have made a living from using the system and force them to seek work,we cannot continue to bash the wealthy who have earned theirs while feeding generations of system fed families who only take and never paricipate in contributions,being middle class has become a just another step up from being poor only without the benefits,this is a government not a religious organization.

  • THE ETERNAL Oct 28, 2011

    They can cut SS but we will vote the whole bunch out of office and elect people who will give us a big raise.

  • ICTrue Oct 28, 2011

    "The great American ponzi is collapsing. The entire so-called Social Security and medicare entitlement programs need to be reformed... or better yet privatized."

    Can you imagine what would happen if SS had been private all along and run the way that the government has run it? Everyone involved would be in jail for many years. Think about all of these corporate criminals who end up spending the rest of their lives in jail for modeling their businesses after the government.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 28, 2011

    If you really hate big oil, better throw away your computer and everything else in your house made from plastic. Just saying...
    October 28, 2011 9:12 a.m.
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    So why does the goverment feel the need to give them tax dollars while they make those hugh profits? Corp. welfare at the expense of the American tax payer has to stop.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 28, 2011

    The pittance people pay into Medicare does not even begin to cover the cost of the program.
    October 28, 2011 9:53 a.m.
    That right, and you can thanks the Rep. for the corp. welfare they gave to the HMO and the deregulation to allow ripping off the system and overcharges that the goverment paid them.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 28, 2011

    Got love those folks in Congress. Before they take a cut in benefits and perks, they rob the old people....

  • Zorg Oct 28, 2011

    Members of Congress can cut SS when they pay into it.

  • wayneboyd Oct 28, 2011

    Dollibug, could it be thats what they want? I know if I had an employer that was mentally challenged enough to give me a paycheck for life and sweeten the kitty with free healthcare, I'd try every trick in the book to get fired.