Social InSecurity


My friend was angry.  He worked most of his adult life in the Social Security Administration and now he was fuming over the recent numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office and the Republicans’ gleeful reaction to them.

It seems there’s going to be a $10-billion deficit in 2010 between what SS takes in and what it pays out.  And Republicans are dancin’ in the streets, scaring old folks, blaming the Democrats, and hoping for a chance in the next election.

“Those freakin’ liars,” he said, “they’ve been trying to neuter Social Security for decades and now they’re playing its protector.  What a crock!”

Now he knows he can talk to me like that because I like Republicans as much as I like Democrats whom I don’t like at all.  He went on:

“Social Security is absolutely guaranteed solvent until 2040-something because it has a 2.5 TRILLION dollar separate trust fund surplus!”

“But,” I said, “Can’t Congress dip into that fund to pay for other bills?”

He looked at me like I never graduated from Junior High School.  “Franco,” he said, “Any Congressperson who votes to take money out of Social Security is as dead as a Mafia snitch at a mob hunting party.  The AARP (American Association of Retired People) would crucify him! And they’re one of the biggest blocks of voters in America.”

Something clicked in my head. “Right now,” I said, “we’re still spending $2 to $3-billion dollars A WEEK in those rat holes of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Do you mean to tell me that if we stopped those hopeless wars, we could pay off the ENTIRE 2010 Social Security deficit IN LESS THAN A MONTH!? Like, before Halloween?”

“Well, theoretically,” he said. “But the government just doesn’t work like that.”

“I agree with part of that” I said, “The government  JUST DOESN’T WORK!”

5 Responses to “Social InSecurity”

  1. Joe belle-Isle says:

    Acorn has admitted to 400,000 fraudulent voters registrations and Reid said no investigation.

  2. Eremeeff says:

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg

  3. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    I’ve been thinking for a long time if the republicans hadn’t done such a crappy job we would n’t have been willing to take just any puke the democrats picked. But they did and we did. And how did the Tea Party become republicans domain, it’s not. They just saw something starting to work and stamped their name on it. When I sent the first teabag to the whitehouse after we were warned not to because it would jam up the mails I did it to jam up ALL the lying SOB’s in Washington. I’m going with no incumbents. Fire them all, Flip this house, and senate, give all unless they can prove they are on our side by their record a pink slip.

  4. Frank Paolo says:

    Joe- You’re the one who first alerted me to this Tea Bag Protest – long before April 15th. I sent them Salada bags with the same purpose as you. I didn’t even KNOW I was a republican!

  5. Warrior says:

    Heck. A lot of Republicans don’t know they’re Republicans! That’s part of the problem.

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