Give us a break

How is it that members of Congress voted a cost of living raise for themselves and the seniors got nothing?

We don't need new yachts; we need food and heat.

I thought Social Security and Medicare were untouchable. Hah.

Also, why do we pay their medical insurance when we are struggling with our own?

If there is a way to revolt I will be at the head of the line.

Give us a break; we need it.

Barbara Berquist, Rumford

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Legislation for automatic

Legislation for automatic social security cost of living adjustments based on the consumer price index was passed by congress more than 35 years ago. Under this formula, social security recipients got 5.8% raises a year ago, the most in more than 25 years. Automatic congressional pay raise legislation was passed more than 20 years ago. Congress voted not to accept the automatic increase in 2010. Seems your first point is a little out of date.

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Publikwerks doesn't have the

Publikwerks doesn't have the authority --,brains, or common sense- to dictate those of us wh can-- use the word we---------------------------------------------------------------------------

RONALD RIML's picture

Actually Congress voted for

Actually Congress voted for 'Automatic Pay Raises' Then they need not vote again.

- But there are some articles that Congress voted not to take a raise next year. I'm not sure what the exact status is now.

When I was a young Sailor - I drank like a Sailor, fought like a Sailor, and screwed like a Sailor. Now that I am old and wise - I have a few scars, but many fond memories.

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Congress critters will not

Congress critters will not be getting the automatic pay raise in January 2010, courtesy of Pelosi and Reid.

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"you don't get to use "we"

"you don't get to use "we" if your on SS and Medicarel."
Where the hell does publikwerks get that notion? I assume you work (or have) and pay taxes. Ever seen the FICA deduction on your paystub? If a person pays into SS for35-40 of their working years, are you suggesting they're not entitled to collect SS benefits upon reaching retirement age? C'mon now, even the parrot (a big fan of yours) thinks you know better than that.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

He could have been more

He could have been more clear, or altered his choice of words. He painted all recipients with the same brush stroke. How can one make a career out of collecting SSI (unless you're faking a disability, or getting some sort of widow's benefits ) when you can't collect any of it until at least age 62 or 65? By the way, the parrot disavows any knowledge of what werks was talking about.


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