May 20, 2015
Social Security Raise Is A Joke

The following is a letter to the editor that was published in the Albuquerque Journal on May 19, 2015:

Well, here I go again. Why do seniors always take leftovers?

Last year, we barely got a little over 1.2 percent (Social Security) raise and Medicaid got 31 percent. We worked and put money into Social Security over many, many years — which was not supposed to be loaned out, borrowed from or given to any one but Social Security recipients.

We have just as many low-income seniors who are struggling to keep heads over the water, but we get shafted. We need just as much money as the next one does to survive.

I know that we are in a bind financially, but that doesn't keep the government from helping welfare, illegals, etc. We have enough seniors who need to be taken care of and get better raises from Social Security, who worked for it for years, and then to get 1.2 percent raise — that is a joke.

Let's get real, people. All the seniors who worked for years and paid into Social Security should be first to get more Social Security than illegals, immigrants and Mecicaid recipients.

Seniors are getting the shaft. Let's speak up!

      — Sue Battey, Albuquerque

"Work hard, do the right things, and you'll get yours in the end." Unfortunately, increasingly, what you'll get in the end is screwed.

Those who work hard get shafted, and also end up paying for those don't contribute. It's just like the politically correct version of the story of the ant and the grasshopper.

It's frustrating.