Skip to comments.Democrats to push for $250 Social Security payment
Posted on 11/13/2010 8:50:33 AM PST by FromLori
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- When House Democrats return to Washington on Monday, a top priority will be putting a $250 dollar check in the mail to 58 million Social Security recipients.
Democrats plan to vote early in the lame-duck session on a bill that would provide Social Security recipients with a one-time payment, according to the office of Earl Pomeroy, a Democrat from North Dakota who authored the legislation.
The bill -- with a total cost of roughly $14 billion -- is designed to make up for another year without an increase in Social Security benefits.
In October, the federal government announced that Social Security beneficiaries will see no increase in their benefit checks in 2011. That will mark the second year in a row with no increase.
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And pray tell - how are they going to pay for this year-end bribe to seniors?
stupid is as stupid does
do the democrats seeking to gut MEDICARE to pay for OBAMACARE think the support and pacification of senior citizens costs $250 a year?
But the electon is over. Why now? Unless it’s an attempt to triangulate the newbie Congresspeople.
About the same effect as a fart in a hurricane, but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick...but not by much. Dear gubment, gimme da money!!
The Democrats want to put the Republicans on record as forcing seniors to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their dogs.
“pray tell - how are they going to pay for this year-end bribe to seniors?”
By letting the Bush “tax cuts” expire for “the rich”
It’s a cynical lame duck Congress Harry Reid/Pelosi trick to get the GOP to be forced to vote against a miserly stipend for the elderly by “refusing to compromise” on keeping “the Bush tax cuts for the rich”
I am a senior (a very conservative one) and I can tell you the bribe won't work.
Actually, the Democrats have a very real chance of losing senior support permanently as more is disclosed about how the Dem agenda is being funded by cuts to senior programs. The Dems want to transfer/re-distribute funds from senior programs to minorities (including illegal ones), without losing senior votes.
$250 will not make up for what these people will be losing under ObamaCare.
Put the $250 in perspective. It will NOT buy you two first class postage stamps a day for a year. Maybe a first class stamp and a postcard stamp a day but that’s all.
What a joke. How about if when a senior turns 75 they can finally stop paying school taxes. Property taxes are a huge strain on many seniors. Let the school teachers help pay for their benefits to fund this discount. In my state school teachers pay nothing for their health care, not for themselves or their families. Even if the spouse works and could get benefits from their work place they don’t because they can get it for free from their teacher spouse. And by 75 hasn’t a senior paid enough for public school teachers.
People on Social Security would rather see our country pulled back together than get a check for $250.00. That money will do nothing for them but put the country further in debt.
I love the smell of ‘rat desperation in the morning.
Another little known social security / Medicare issue. In 2009 the Medicare part B premium that seniors pay as their share of the Medicare insurance was $96.40 (for most people), in 2010 that premium was raised to $110.50, and in 2011 it will be set at $115.40. However those increases were not passed on to seniors because there was no social security COLA in 2010 or in 2011. If by chance there is a Social Security COLA in 2012, the first $19.00, plus what ever the 2012 increase is, will be immediately eaten by those premiums.
See old folks, the Democrats didn’t let you have your COLA but they will send you a check to make you love them.
Last time they did this our income was taxed for it.
Trying to buy off seniors again are we Hussein??!! Sorry, but it ain’t gonna work, pal.
Well, I am one of those old folks and I not only vote NO, but H*** NO! Stop it.
The lame ducks have a majority in this session so they can do what ever. It doesn't matter because next session will have a new sheriff in town and Nancy is going to have to go sit in the broom closet.
Whatever it goes up will be rolled in to what the next cola % is based on. Just like savings with compounded interest.
And I am one of those old folks and I vote NO.
What is $250. suppose to do, except run up debt.
Are the Dem's so DIM that they believe 250. can make a difference in one persons life.
If any of our seniors really need help, then lets help them. Give them food stamps, free rent, a voucher for a winter coat and most of all heat for the winter. I am 75, have been self employed for more than 50 years, still work most days and I am happy, warm, content and pay my own way. That is my American Dream.
$250 won’t even cover the increase in my electric bill.
Not to mention the increases in food and fuel.
These Democrat idiots are so friggin’ transparent! Do they really think some feel-good bribe will make up for their insane addiction to socialist nanny state-spending, combined with corporate welfare?
I wonder when they are planning on sending out these checks- right before Christmas? Get those holiday sales up?
This is no time to increase welfare payments to the seniors. We should be reducing and phasing out Social Security welfare payments over a 3-5 year period.
But theres no inflation :)
Be careful! People who think logically are and out outspoken are not appreciated very much. Life is so much easier and more fun when people view $250 as an immense amount of money.
They know that corporations and labor unions require millions of dollars, if not billions.
So, in an attempt to reduce the spending necessary to stay in office they are attempting to see how much it would cost to buy the vote of individual voters. After all a million individual votes might not cost as much as a single corporation's or union's support. Why not give it a shot/
The same way they paid for the last one.
phase out ping?
Good advice on dumping AARP they supported obamacare!
My exemption reduced my property tax by $72.03 this year. BFD.
Actually inflation is taking hold. In reality they should raised the payment. However I can see them not raising it in order to try and keep the darn thing somewhat solvent down the road. So because in reality there is inflation despite what the Obama administration says I think the $250 is a good idea. Flame suit on. Fire away.
No, prices havent gone up. We are worried about DEFLATION.
You have to get with the program. (That is, shut up and get back in line!)
Wow. 250 whole bucks! That should make it so much better to become soylent green.
Those dems really know how to reel them in./sarc
I remember when George Bush pushed a $400 tax rebate and then Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle sneered that it was enough money to buy a muffler. This $250 won’t even cover the increase in health care costs caused by Obamacare.
The Tea Party folks need to look at any Republican legislator who votes for this in determining who needs some primary competition.
Your right about that TTD.
The bastards vote themselves a $4K a year pay raise and give us a $259.00 check to make up for a no increase in SSN and think we won¡t notice.
They're pushing for it because if it fails for whatever reason, they can blame the Republicans.
I’m right there with you but a few years younger. Most of my friends over 60 are doing okay but then again most of them are politically and fiscally conservative and have worked at something their entire lives. I run a business out of my home and still work not only because I have to in order to maintain my chosen lifestyle but also because of “Why not?”. I can do what I’m doing as long as I can toddle down the hall to the office and my memory and thinking capacity stays intact. I had my fill of trying to deal with the government after Ike dealt us a blow. I’ll never call them again. Conservative are a generous bunch. Our church group has a tremendous outreach program. We do things that don’t necessarily take money - help with housekeeping, yard and minor home repairs, take them to the store and doctor’s appointments, etc.