CNN Money posted an article today in regard the financial misery that would accompany the government’s threat if Social Security payments are not sent out – and it substantiates the allegations I made in the below commentary. As you read some of the comments, keep in mind that millions of Seniors have already cut-off their Internet services to save money and tens of millions are not Internet savvy and still rely on the MSM for their daily dose of propaganda:
Seniors: We need our Social Security!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Don’t you dare withhold our Social Security payments!
That’s the message senior citizens and the disabled are sending to President Obama and Republican lawmakers. They are making it very clear that they don’t want to suffer the fallout of the debt ceiling squabbles in Washington, D.C.
Hundreds of readers wrote to CNNMoney saying how much they depend on Social Security payments to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and medicine in their cabinet. Even a one-month delay could wreak havoc on their lives, not to mention send their stress levels soaring.
“I have no one else to depend on but that check,” said Rowe, 54, who lives in Bunker Hill, W.Va. “I live month-to-month. It’s a lifeline.” MUCH MORE
(I’d love to see the many emails that CNN received on this issue. We’re reading comments about Seniors that “won’t be able to pay their mortgages,” while only one or two comments were included that reference the unmitigated disaster that would accompany the U.S. defaulting on its debt and wrecking economic disaster throughout their everyday lives. So much for the “Liberal (Sic) Mainstream News Media.”
What would happen if Social Security checks are not issued by the government? It’s obvious that our Congress and Presidency haven’t considered the ramifications of failing to pay Social Security Retirees, SS Disability, and SSI recipients. Almost immediately, this country would face an unmitigated financial and social disaster, the likes of which have never been witnessed in these United States. Millions of Social Security recipients would face an immediate crisis that would be all-encompassing; food, medicine, gas, utilities, and rent – just to mention the essentials. Our Congress probably believes that the bulk of the outrage will be limited to the Fifty-five million Social Security recipients, but in the final analysis, they couldn’t be further from the truth! If we do not receive our checks, who can we fall back on? Who will come to our rescue? One resource we have is our children – and there are tens of millions of them, the majority of whom are also struggling to survive in this economy. We’re not talking about 55 millions angry Americans anymore – but at least a 100 million – and that could lead to a revolution:
Author: U.S. may be on the verge of another revolution
- By Stephen C. Webster – RAW Story
On last night’s The Big Picture with progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann, author Neil Howe discussed how he and William Strauss came to accurately predict today’s political crisis in their 1997 book “The Fourth Turning,” and offered speculation as to what might happen next.
The two essentially agreed that the United States may be in for a series of events on the magnitude of the revolution, civil war or great depression.
Speaking of the generational differences between today’s new guard and the retiring baby boomers, Howe said that cultural forces have essentially forced this crisis, with “culture warriors” and “values voters” in direct contention with “gen x” for control of the national budget.
“Are we on the verge of another ‘fourth turning’ — another major crash leading to a world war and a world-wide depression?” Hartmann asked. MUCH MORE + Video
Withholding Social Security checks could be one of many “triggers” to revolution in the United States, and in this writer’s opinion, withholding our S.S. checks would pose the most immediate threat of large-scale unrest that would manifest itself throughout the Country. I am one of those 55 million American’s who receive benefits through the Social Security Administration – and what it spells out to me is nothing less than disaster. I am more than sure if the debt ceiling isn’t increased and the GOP forces the United States to default on its debts, President Obama will declare a National Emergency and issue “proclamations” that those who have been affected by such a disaster cannot be evicted nor discriminated against in any way – but this river runs too deep for any such Presidential decree to be effective. I live in a”multi-generational household,” a trend that is on the rise throughout the nation; when one segment of the household cannot pay their monthly share of the bills it threatens to disrupt the entire household:
Multi-Generational Family Households
- In 2008, an estimated 49 million Americans, or 16% of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation. In 1980, this figure was just 28 million, or 12% of the population.
- This 33% increase since 1980 in the share of all Americans living in such households represents a sharp trend reversal. From 1940 to 1980, the share of Americans living in such households had declined by more than half (from 25% in 1940 to 12% in 1980).
- The growth since 1980 in these multi-generational households is partly the result of demographic and cultural shifts, including the rising share of immigrants in the population and the rising median age of first marriage of all adults.
- But at a time of high unemployment and a rising foreclosures, the number of households in which multiple generations of the same family double up under the same roof has spiked significantly. Our report finds that from 2007 to 2008, the number of Americans living in a multi-generational family household grew by 2.6 million.
- This trend has affected adults of all ages, especially the elderly and the young. For example, about one in five adults ages 25 to 34 now live in a multi-generational household. So do one-in-five adults ages 65 and older.
Living Arrangements of Older Adults
- After rising steeply for nearly a century, the share of adults ages 65 and older who live alone flattened out around 1990 and has since declined a bit. It currently stands at 27% — up from 6% in 1900.
- Older adults who live alone are less healthy and they more often feel sad or depressed than their counterparts who live with a spouse or with others. These correlations stand up even after controlling for demographic factors such as gender, race, age, income and education. LINK
Finally, what worries me the most is that the Obama Administration and Congress have to know what the ramifications would be if the nation defaults on our debt and Social Services throughout the country grind to a halt; Medicare, Medicaid and the Food Stamp programs would also be affected. If President Obama and Congress are aware of the financial disaster that would spread throughout the country – I have to question their motivation(s) for failing to act to resolve what could lead to mass civil unrest that would likely morph into a full-scale revolution. The only light I can see at the end of the tunnel is that the government has to know that the actions described herein could and likely would result in an era of civil unrest that could destroy our nation – therefore, it’s entirely possible that all of this debt impasse’ is nothing more than political theater to provide the Obama Administration with the political cover to raid Social Security and make the poor and disadvantaged bear the brunt of the “shared sacrifice” that President Obama is demanding. Either option still spells disaster for the country, while the latter would take longer to manifest itself -it would still result in the same consequences for the nation.
Let’s hope that this isn’t the “ENDGAME” that many of us have been writing about….