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Democrats to push for $250 Social Security payment
CNN ^ | 11/13/10 | Charles Riley

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


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1 posted on 11/13/2010 8:50:37 AM PST by FromLori
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To: FromLori

And pray tell - how are they going to pay for this year-end bribe to seniors?


2 posted on 11/13/2010 8:51:46 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: FromLori

stupid is as stupid does


3 posted on 11/13/2010 8:52:53 AM PST by corkoman
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To: FromLori

do the democrats seeking to gut MEDICARE to pay for OBAMACARE think the support and pacification of senior citizens costs $250 a year?

apparently so


4 posted on 11/13/2010 8:52:54 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: FromLori

But the electon is over. Why now? Unless it’s an attempt to triangulate the newbie Congresspeople.


5 posted on 11/13/2010 8:54:13 AM PST by MichaelCorleone
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To: FromLori
Democrats to push for $250 Social Security payment

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!!

6 posted on 11/13/2010 8:55:35 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: MichaelCorleone

The Democrats want to put the Republicans on record as forcing seniors to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their dogs.


7 posted on 11/13/2010 8:56:03 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

“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”


8 posted on 11/13/2010 8:57:48 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: goldstategop
And pray tell - how are they going to pay for this year-end bribe to seniors?

I am a senior (a very conservative one) and I can tell you the bribe won't work.

9 posted on 11/13/2010 8:59:38 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: goldstategop

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.


10 posted on 11/13/2010 8:59:49 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: FromLori

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.


11 posted on 11/13/2010 9:00:07 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: FromLori

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.


12 posted on 11/13/2010 9:00:31 AM PST by SHOOT THE MOON bat (Hey White House liar. Truth comes out a little at a time.)
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To: FromLori

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.


13 posted on 11/13/2010 9:04:50 AM PST by RC2
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To: FromLori

I love the smell of ‘rat desperation in the morning.


14 posted on 11/13/2010 9:05:53 AM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: FromLori

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.


15 posted on 11/13/2010 9:11:30 AM PST by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: FromLori

See old folks, the Democrats didn’t let you have your COLA but they will send you a check to make you love them.


16 posted on 11/13/2010 9:15:10 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: SHOOT THE MOON bat
Property taxes are NOT a federal issue. States and counties levy them. Some states even have homestead exemptions for seniors over 65.
17 posted on 11/13/2010 9:15:55 AM PST by Roccus (Quondo Omni Flunkus Mortati)
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To: FromLori

Last time they did this our income was taxed for it.


18 posted on 11/13/2010 9:17:12 AM PST by Hattie
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To: FromLori

Trying to buy off seniors again are we Hussein??!! Sorry, but it ain’t gonna work, pal.


19 posted on 11/13/2010 9:18:20 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: GeronL

Well, I am one of those old folks and I not only vote NO, but H*** NO! Stop it.


20 posted on 11/13/2010 9:18:56 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: FromLori
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.

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.

21 posted on 11/13/2010 9:24:06 AM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to California's workers paradise..)
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To: RDasher
Seniors still make out better if they get COLA raises every year that cover the true cost of inflation.

Whatever it goes up will be rolled in to what the next cola % is based on. Just like savings with compounded interest.

22 posted on 11/13/2010 9:27:05 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Grams A
“Well, I am one of those old folks and I not only vote NO, but H*** NO! Stop it.”

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.

23 posted on 11/13/2010 9:33:17 AM PST by DaltonNC
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To: FromLori

$250 won’t even cover the increase in my electric bill.

Not to mention the increases in food and fuel.


24 posted on 11/13/2010 9:38:31 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: FromLori

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?


25 posted on 11/13/2010 9:41:57 AM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: FromLori

I wonder when they are planning on sending out these checks- right before Christmas? Get those holiday sales up?


26 posted on 11/13/2010 9:41:57 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: FromLori

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.


27 posted on 11/13/2010 9:42:16 AM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: TomGuy

But theres no inflation :)


28 posted on 11/13/2010 9:43:32 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Walts Ice Pick
We should be reducing and phasing out Social Security welfare payments over a 3-5 year period.

Speak for your.

Many of us have paid in to SS/Medicare for decades. If Congress spent the money for other things, that is not OUR fault.


29 posted on 11/13/2010 9:47:21 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: FromLori
But theres no inflation :)

Maybe not, so that 20-cent increase in gas since the last time I stopped at the gas pump must just be a figment of my imagination.

I've notice alot of figments in recent months. Must be a part of getting old. LOL
30 posted on 11/13/2010 9:51:03 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.


31 posted on 11/13/2010 9:51:22 AM PST by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: FromLori
the democrats, like most other congress critters, are trying to establish the exact worth of a voter's vote.

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/

32 posted on 11/13/2010 9:56:36 AM PST by Nip
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To: goldstategop
And pray tell - how are they going to pay for this year-end bribe to seniors?

The same way they paid for the last one.


33 posted on 11/13/2010 9:59:14 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: FromLori
Sounds like another RAT Trap.

Such wonderful people, those bed-wetting liberals...when they are in charge - they want to send seniors to the death panels; when they're sucking wind, they want to give seniors a bonus.

Actually, they heard that seniors were a huge factor in slam-dunking their asses on November 2nd, and they're just trying to bribe, er, win them back again.

I would urge all seniors to use that money to find an different seniors organization to sign up with, and DUMP the AARP...they are NOT your friends.
But, it's what liberals do, and it does us more good than them...

SHOVEL


34 posted on 11/13/2010 9:59:29 AM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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phase out ping?


35 posted on 11/13/2010 10:00:34 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: FrankR

Good advice on dumping AARP they supported obamacare!


36 posted on 11/13/2010 10:03:34 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Roccus
...states even have homestead exemptions for seniors over 65.

My exemption reduced my property tax by $72.03 this year. BFD.

37 posted on 11/13/2010 10:04:03 AM PST by 386wt
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To: FromLori

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.


38 posted on 11/13/2010 10:05:15 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: FromLori
I have a better proposal for the deceitful Dems. How about you jerks just give us that 2% cola raise you beat us out of knowing full well that the cost of everything has soared over the past two years. That won't cost you near as much this year and will keep us able to pay the bills down the road. Only the total idiots will be so blinded by that $250.00 to notice that it is just more smoke and mirrors to conceal another permanent reduction in our lifelong purchasing power. It might work in Kenya but it won't work here.
39 posted on 11/13/2010 10:29:18 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Zerobama not a Muslim? Obviously then, their most favorite useful idiot..)
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To: F.J. Mitchell

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!)

//Saracam (obviously.)


40 posted on 11/13/2010 10:31:27 AM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: Vermont Lt
Sorry. I forgot my place for a few seconds there. ;-)
41 posted on 11/13/2010 10:36:15 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Zerobama not a Muslim? Obviously then, their most favorite useful idiot..)
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To: FromLori

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


42 posted on 11/13/2010 10:39:04 AM PST by dforest
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To: FromLori

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.


43 posted on 11/13/2010 10:55:03 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: FromLori

Bump


44 posted on 11/13/2010 10:57:06 AM PST by DFG (1 useless man is called a disgrace, 2 are called a law firm, 3 or more are called Congress)
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To: FromLori

The Tea Party folks need to look at any Republican legislator who votes for this in determining who needs some primary competition.


45 posted on 11/13/2010 11:01:38 AM PST by chuckee
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To: Parley Baer
"I think the $250 is a good idea."

Why?

46 posted on 11/13/2010 11:04:51 AM PST by Trinity5
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To: thethirddegree

Your right about that TTD.


47 posted on 11/13/2010 11:11:41 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: FromLori

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.


48 posted on 11/13/2010 11:14:12 AM PST by Americanexpat
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To: MichaelCorleone
But the electon is over. Why now? Unless it’s an attempt to triangulate the newbie Congresspeople.

They're pushing for it because if it fails for whatever reason, they can blame the Republicans.

49 posted on 11/13/2010 11:15:04 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: DaltonNC; GeronL

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.


50 posted on 11/13/2010 11:25:45 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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