RE: SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS
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