Senior Citizens And Retirement
So, five months into a new President and as a senior citizen, I have to say that I am concerned about our future when it comes to healthcare, the economy and benefits for older citizens.
I’m concerned about our Social Security which is already much to low for anyone to survive on much less live on. My friend John just turned 62 and filed for early retirement and he has started receiving a monthly check of $1000 dollars. May sound like in nice, tidy sum but lets break it down.
John pays $650 for a small, one bedroom apartment. He has to pay utilities in the amount of $100.
Since John has doctor appointments he must keep up with he has to have a cell phone so that’s another
$50 a month. So if your keeping up, John has already spend $800 out of his $1000 check leaving him a huge sum of $200 to live on for 4 weeks. $200 to survive on for four weeks. That’s CRIMINAL.
How can anyone expect somebody to live on $200 a month? LUDICROUS. Then we wonder how so many senior citizens are living in poverty. $200 a month isn’t enough to buy food on for a month, much less pay for gas or medical care or medicine, etc, etc and forget about going to the movies or anything like that.
So then, as a senior citizen your forced to get back to work, not because you want to but because you have to in order to be able to survive. How fair is that? You’ve worked 62 years and paid into your Federal Savings Account know as Social Security only to find out that the only thing your going to get back is $1000 a month to live on? That alone is enough to drive you crazy.
I remember when I first started working. As a naive adolescent I asked why the Government took that money out of my check every week. They said it’s your Federal Savings Account. When you turn 55 you’ll get a monthly payment back so you can retire. NOT.
Sixty Two years later, my government has mismanaged my savings account, taken money out of it for something entirely different and Never replaced it. But wait, that’s not all. My Government has changed the age at witch I could start reviving my retirement money from Fifty Five (55) to Sixty Two (62) and they are thinking about raising that to 68 or 72 in hopes you’ll die before you collect yours.
What chaps my hide even greater is the fact that some people have the gumption to say “well why should the government give you anything for free?”, WHAT? Social Security was supposed to have been our Federal Retirement Savings Account. It’s our money that we have be faithfully putting in for over 60 years. OUR MONEY ! I don’t want the government to give me anything for free I just want what they promised me. We are are entitled to that.
Enough for now. Just another Point of View.