OK, Now I’m Paying Attention!

I am not well-schooled in politics or government or economics. But I just listened to our (yes “our” – not “mine” but “our”) President lay it out on the line what is going to take place here in this country if the lawmakers (and I use that term lightly because they are more like “law-scrappers” if you ask me) don’t get their overpaid acts together here real soon and raise the debt limit so the U.S. can pay its bills (past racked-up bills, not future bills).

As the President explained, if we have a “government shut-down” (like what is going on right at this minute), a lot of people are put on furlough with no pay, but there are still things being done like Social Security payments for all of us who depend on that money to survive, however, if we have an “economic shut-down” (which is what will happen if we do not raise our debt limit and soon!), then NO SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS WILL GO OUT ON TIME! (I have to wonder – if SS payments don’t go out, do they EVER get paid back or does the recipient just lose out on that month’s income?)

I know I’ve been a little lax in paying attention to this debacle that’s been going on in our Capitol, but OK, now that I understand what’s what a little bit better, I feel that this is the least I can do to alert others as to what may very well happen to us all in the near future – NO SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS! And that includes disability Social Security, as well… for people who are not over 65, so it will affect a LOT of people, if the debt ceiling is not raised soon… very soon.

I guess what we need to do is contact our representatives, our congressmen and women and our senators, and let them know that they have to put aside their incredibly huge egos and stubbornness and do what WE ARE PAYING THEM GOOD MONEY TO DO! Now.

I do not invite a lot of back and forth here on politics.

This stuff goes way beyond party politics – this is about men and women who don’t seem to be in contact with reality and who are just playing games with you and me as the game pieces… we are being screwed into the ground here and they just don’t get it. And I might mention that if their incomes were to be cut off suddenly, all the benefits eliminated, I think things might be different, but no, THEY DO NOT SUFFER the same consequences as we, the people, do in this case. And why is that, I wonder? There are some flaws in our government, for sure.

So this is just my way of imparting what I’ve just learned to anyone who may not have heard or has not been listening. If you get a chance, listen to President Obama today when he explains this matter from Rockville, MD.

Good luck to us all because we are going to need it.



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10 Responses to OK, Now I’m Paying Attention!

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    Sending folks an FYI, the Senators are on your side. What you need to do is write your Congresspeople in the House. They’re the ones who are the problem. They’re also the ones who are ALL up for re-election in November 2014, so don’t forget how badly they’ve treated you and make sure they know you’re unhappy by voting against them next year.

    Congress needs to get moving waaaay before October 17th. If they don’t then the country defaults on loans it promises to pay back, which means that the whole world doesn’t believe in us or invest in us anymore – and that’s the one thing that’s keeping the country’s head above water right now is that it’s still a good place to invest in, even with the deficit.

    I’ve been really angry about some of the rhetoric out there talking about SS payments being some kind of payout to people who aren’t doing a darn thing. Who the heck do these people think they are? Anyone who is currently collecting SS retirement paid it in there to begin with, and they deserve to get their money back!

    I’ll tell you right now, if you said the same thing to a Congressman about he needs to give up his pension when he retires I don’t think he’d believe he deserved to give up his pension the way some think the retirees should give up their SS payments!


  2. karen says:

    Bex, Well said.

    Glad Kip is better.

    I love AAA. Always there when needed.

    The End


  3. Sandy Freel says:

    wow…thanks for all the chat on this since I don’t have tv …what a mess this would be if it gets to the no s.s….


  4. Bex says:

    You said it Tom. But just to let you know, I just found the web sites for my congressman and senators and I emailed all of them saying they get no more votes if they don’t clean up this budget mess.


  5. T.S. says:

    Seems like the world is getting more wonky by the hour.


  6. Bex says:

    Oh great… now as I write the Senate office building and all of downtown D.C. is under lockdown and a shooter is on the loose, or not, but did get off some shots and injured at least one officer so far… bedlam in D.C. Story changes minute by minute. I just heard it was a car chase that went bad and when the driver was stopped the gunshots were fired… stay tuned…


  7. Bonnie says:

    I hear ya, I’d write my Republican Senator but doubt it would do much good.


  8. Bex says:

    Yes. And if people would just pay more attention to the details of the ACA, they would see that it’s not the monster waiting to pounce that it’s been billed as being. The more I hear the details of it, the more sensible it sounds to me.


  9. Irene Fulton says:

    I live in a no-news bubble for the most part, so much like Facebook, I would click on the *like* button but add no comment.

    The ACA is the issue I’ve heard most talk about and that’s only because I’m at the hospital so much. 😦

    What’s frightening to me is ALL the politicians on Capital Hill supposedly representing us millions. Because I’m not politically savvy, I won’t expound, but the talk at Vanderbilt is grim grim grim, as well as other hospitals across the nation… and even more shocking was the editorial comments I heard on NPR while driving home.

    The way I kinda-sorta see it: When I do *spring cleaning* my house always looks worse when I start culling and reorganizing. Some tough decisions have to be made – keep or toss. It gets pretty messy and cranky. But slowly, the pieces start to fall into place, the purging and reorganizing starts to make sense, and my home seems healthier and happier despite some tough calls. I think that’s what’s happening now with ACA.

    I think I just expounded. πŸ™‚


  10. Eric Mayer says:

    What’s frightening is that millions of people knowingly voted these Republican terrorists into office.


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