I am drawing Social Security Disability. Really don't like it, but I ended up with degenerative disk disease, all down my spine, because of all the
literally working my ass off in factories all my life for the "elite", as we have all found out. I paid into mine all these years, but what did it
get me? At the most, I started out with $694.00 a month. And that was back in Nov. of 2005. That is because I worked mostly minimum wage jobs, in and
around the small town I lived in, and I understand how they figure that. And since then, I am up to $776.00 a month. That is a whole $82.00 a month
more in 4 yrs. I've learned how to live off of that, thank god for low income housing, and food stamps, or I'd be living with relatives. And of
course the state I live in, pays my supplemental, or should I say, what medicare doesn't pay for, they do. So I feel pretty lucky. I'm not
But...what gets me, is there are older people here in this low income apartment housing I live in, that make less than me, yes, less, because when
they worked, the wage was even lower than what I made! Now, isn't that sad? I respect my elders, and it disheartens me that the people that are in
their retirement years, make less than me, even my Mother, before she passed at 75, was making $300.00 less than me! This is just an example, I know
some people make more because of their wages before they retired or became disabled. I'm just making a point before I start with the good and the
bad. I just had to add that cause I feel that our elders should be making "more", I think you get my point. They are on more meds for aging
problems, and as far as I'm concerned, they are screwing the elderly just because they are older. This really sucks for them, especially. My Mom was
just making a little over $450.00 a month, and just because she had a husband that worked, she had to pay her supplemental in which was over $100.00 a
month, then, when she would get a COLA, that would go up, and she was even making less, or, end up with the same amount because the supplemental
insurance would also go up! We can't win for losing. But she was lucky. Her husband worked. The elderly that are here, 98% of them are single, or
widowed and living alone.
This is how it goes. The good part of not getting a COLA, is my rent will stay the same, or go down now because we got a raise in our elec. bill
credit at this complex, but, then our elec. bill goes up at the same time. It went up about $10.00 a month in the past 2 yrs. I've lived here. So,
our COLA last year helped, but then my rent went up and my food stamps dropped. So, the good part is that there won't be a change in how my income is
managed by me, but they manage to keep us, that are unable to work, or have retired for the so-called golden years gets screwed up and we stay the
same basically with our income because of all the ups and downs of everything. And even if I went to work part-time, for extra income, it wouldn't be
extra because my rent would go up, would lose my food stamps and would still be in the same boat except different circumstances.
So, not getting the COLA is good to a point. My rent won't go up and my food stamps won't go down, the same for the elderly.
Except for the ones that are still paying house payments, insurance for the house, insurance for their car, their supplemental for medicare,
medication, daily living, medication, Christmas and holidays, medication, food, medication, stress because of having no money, and medication because
of the hypertention you ended up with because of having no money because of medication!! It's called, slow kill of our mothers, fathers,
grandfathers, grandmothers, great aunts and uncles that we would prefer to have around because they are, most of them, very good role models for our
us, and our society, and we LOVE THEM!!. And look what is happening!! It is a never ending battle, especially for our elderly, I've watched it.
I've watched them charge literally "hundreds" on their credit card for "medication". That is heart wrenching to watch them go downhill after they
have literally worked their ass off, raising their children, grand children, great grand children after all these years of struggling, to treat them
like this!! And some of them losing their homes after paying on them for 30 years!! Then, they have their credit card bills stacking up now because
of "medication"!! Or, because they had to charge bills on their credit card also because they don't make enough to pay their normal bills because
of the payments went up on their credit cards, and interest because of "MEDICATION"!!
Even if I could work, the wages are so low that my rent would be way more than I could pay, and I would probably make too much to get food stamps, but
that is okay, point being is that no matter how hard we all try, they make sure that we all stay poor. They raise taxes on the landlords if you rent,
then it falls back on the landlords, then they have to raise the rent that is outrageous anyway, then you work for minimum wage cause you couldn't
afford to go to college to improve yourself, and you seem to become poorer even when you are working overtime, and when you work more overtime they
take more taxes out, and then you realize that you can only work a certain amount of overtime and the higher the wages the more taxes they take out.
You get your paycheck for working so hard and missing all that family time and it was only 20 bucks higher than working your normal 40 hrs a week!!
Just making a point about all this. I'm not griping about myself, nor having a pity party, I take care of myself even if it means staying home all
the time, in which the gas prices keep me from going much anyway. I drive an old boat that is paid for, and runs good. I'm lucky there too. I have no
debt. Got out.
The bad parts of not getting COLA is mostly the elderly that have to pay the supplemental for medicare and not getting a raise this next year when the
supplemental is going up, and food, it will be very damaging to them. Like I pointed out, this is just a constant merry-go-round for the elderly that
are just trying to enjoy their golden years and they are the ones getting screwed, shame on you in congress, shame on you!! And you are getting a 5%
raise!! This will all come back on you some day, your next life will be living hell! And you'll wonder why you ended up there!! How dare you treat
our grandma and grandpa like this, how dare you!!