The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500


Let me make myself perfectly clear.

I am a 57-year-old disabled person who worked for 20 years paying into Social Security and am duly entitled to the disability benefits which I receive. I don’t have retirement. I don’t have a savings account. I am one of millions of people who have paid into the system and depend on the money I get every month in order to live, pay rent, buy food and medicine. I live below the poverty line and struggle every day to survive.

If my rent does not get paid by the 5th of the month, I get taken to court and put out on the street. I have been out on the street before and I would not survive for long with my current disabilities and medical conditions.

And you “cannot guarantee” that MY Social Security – money that belongs to ME, that was taken out of MY paychecks for 20 years – will be available on 3 August 2011. What kind of a monster are you???

It is one thing for you to be playing brinksmanship with Congress. It is another thing entirely when you make not even thinly veiled threats to the most vulnerable people in this country in order to apply pressure on Congress to knuckle under to what you are demanding.

What you said is abusive and threatening. I don’t know about anybody else, but I do not take kindly to being threatened. Nor do I take kindly to being used as a hostage in order to blackmail someone else, which is exactly what you did. Your words and your behaviour is despicable, unconscionable, and highly disrespectful of your constituency who depend on Social Security, as well as highly unworthy conduct for anyone occupying the Office of President of the United States.

No, Mr. President, I WILL NOT go to my Congressman and Senators and encourage them to raise the debt ceiling which you are demanding. I will go to them and tell them that I DO NOT approve of raising the debt ceiling for this country. I will not be part of the madding rush to destruction in our continuing unsound fiscal policies. I will not be blackmailed in that way and I will not allow you to blackmail them that way through me.

It is you who I hold accountable for what happens in this budget crisis. You are the one who is refusing to accept any stop-gap measures, so the crisis is one of your own making. Stop the blackmail and brinksmanship. The people whom you govern will not allow your high-handed tactics to go unchallenged or unanswered.


Julia E, Clark

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  1. John says:



  2. Robert Bantom says:

    Our president seems to very much enjoy using the American people as pawns. All of the people who contributed into the social security system have a contract with the administrator of the system to make timely payments. This is their duty, and they receive paychecks for the administration of the plan. In the 1970’s the government “ram-rodded” another financial protection law down our throats know as ERISA. The current “DOG & PONY SHOW” over this debt crisis is just setting up for another law to inflict harm on the people. As an employer I had to match the taxes withheld from every employee. Can you even imagine the monies paid to this social security system over the years??? The point of contention over the budget now is Washington took the funds from SS and set it aside in the general fund. Once there is was just there for the taking. Obama has already increased our debt by $3+ trillion, and would like another quick fix of another almost $3 trillion. In a quick 3 years at the helm he had buried America with almost $6 trillion in debt. I trust everyone, including Obama, realizes this just can’t continue. One other thing he has not addressed is a budget, not filed at any time during his term. It is so easy to just spend. but the expenditures all need a form of funding. Social Security and Medicare/caid were being funded until the boys from Washington got their greedy little hands on it for their own benefit, travel, party’s, vacations, salary increases, and wonderful benefits for life. In conclusion, we the people work our tails off to grow this country and make it a great place to call home, while the government tries to take away systems that have worked in the private sector and enhance them with fraud, abuse and greed. Almost sounds like Chicago type politics!


  3. Ben says:

    There is a saying, “Don’t shoot the messenger.”


  4. Ben says:

    To Marantha Jenelle: If Pres. Obama “canceled the National Day of Prayer”, then so has every president from the time it was instituted (under Truman) until now, except for one (see, i.e. G.W. Bush. Bush is the only one who turned it into the media spectacle it became during his presidency. I wonder which president’s actions regarding this were more pleasing to God. (For a clue, read Matt. 6:1-8.)


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