April 21, 2011

For Me, But Not For Thee

Well, isn't this a fine how-do-you-do.

According to The Raw Story:

Paul Ryan already benefited from the Social Security fund he now wants to gut.

The senator's father died when he was sixteen. For the next two years, he received Social Security survivor benefits--benefits that enabled him to go to college, earn two degrees (economics and political science), land a Congressional internship, ascend to the top spot in the Budget Committee...and cripple the very program that started him on his way.

Shall I dub thee "monumental hypocrite?"

Seriously, folks, this is what Social Security does. It's not just for old farts anymore, and it never was. Their Top Services: Apply for Benefits page lists these available services.

Retirement, spouses and/or Medicare benefits

Survivors benefits
Disability benefits
For a child
For an adult
Child's benefits
Parents benefits
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
For a child
For an adult with a disability
For an adult age 65 or older

This is a program that benefits all the American people, and we all pay for it. Willingly so, in most cases...certainly in mine.

And the Republicans want to gut it.

I think we're facing a crucial moment as a country. Do we want to remain the America we know, the compassionate America that takes care of its own? Or do we want to turn into a heartless corporate dictatorship that throws its worker-slaves under the bridge when they can't work anymore?

Take a look at which political party wants to turn America into Koch-istan...and vote accordingly.

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