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Obama for President

On June 27, 2008, the delegates to the conference of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) unanimously passed the following resolution:

Whereas, the present administration in Washington has seriously damaged the very fabric of our society by its repeated failures in both domestic and foreign policy, such as its incompetence in meeting the needs created by the tragedy of Katrina, its increase in the national debt to unprecedented levels, its increase in the threat of terrorism by its ill timed and mismanaged invasion of Iraq rather than focusing on the terrorists who attacked the world trade center in New York, by failing to support the standards for the administration of justice for which a
America had been held in highest regard throughout the world, to mention but a few;

Whereas, the present administration has not only failed to meet effectively the health and educational needs of the American people but has continued a calculated attack on social security as well…


Henderson, NV – When Senator John McCain arrives in Henderson tomorrow evening, the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans will be on hand to protest his support for Social Security privatization and urge him to keep his “hands off our Social Security.”

In an interview appearing in the March 3 edition on The Wall Street Journal, McCain said, “As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it -- along the lines that President Bush proposed.”

The proposal Senator McCain now favors is the same Bush privatization plan rejected by the American people in 2005 for jeopardizing the economic security of current and future retirees and ravaging guaranteed benefits for seniors and the disabled.

“Social Security benefits would be thrown to the whims of the stock market under the Bush-McCain scheme,” said Scott Watts, President of the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans. “We get all the risk while Wall Street gets all the reward.”

The Nevada Alliance for Reti…

"My Friends"

John McCain is the only person I've ever heard of that used the phrase "my friends" when referring to those he's speaking to.
He uses that phrase pretty often too. Can't quite figure out why.
To me, it seems as though he's talking down to me.
Condescending is the word that comes to mind.
I'm pretty used to most people being smarter than I am, but usually they're bright enough to do a pretty good job of disguising it.

My friends, do you get what I'm driving at?

Good Gardening Weather

With the rain turning on and off, day after day, and the heat we've been having is promising a great gardening year here in Indiana.
Here's a photo of a turtle I saw in my garden the other day. He/she was about the size of a dinner plate.

I'm Voting Republican

Why? Because I don't want to get my Social Security check anymore, and I don't want my children to have any either. Another reason is because if 50 million Americans can survive without any health insurance, why can't I?

Looking at the 2008 Election

June 11, 2008

Now that the Democratic Primary race has come to an end, let’s look at the November election in a clear light of what it will mean to working families. Too many attempts were made in the past months to define working people’s voting decisions as racially based, while completely ignoring the fact that for years Senator McCain and many of his Republican colleagues have treated all working people with complete disdain, whether those workers are white, Black, Hispanic or otherwise.

We can expect the Republicans to continue to utilize this tactic to distract attention away from the fact that John McCain will only offer a continuation of the Bush administration’s assault on working people and unions. Here are some facts:
McCain votes the Bush party line almost 90 percent of the time, according to the AFL-CIO. McCain voted “right” on labor bills only 16 percent of the time; Obama’s rating is 96 percent. McCain is against the Employee Free Choice Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. Oba…

Give McCain a Break


I know that John McCain's memory is fading and he gets mixed up once in a while, such as his confusion between Shiites and Sunnis and he has difficulty either seeing his teleprompter or perhaps his eyes are going bad or his glasses need cleaning or his prescription changed.


His difficulties are not due to old age. Heck, I know people on our SOAR Executive Board who are in their nineties and are sharp as tacks.

He's dead wrong on most issues. He's a war monger and he's against everything any working person or retired person is for. But.....
He's not old!

Gerard to McCain: The Steelworkers Are On To Your Pandering

Berry Craig, AFT-Kentucky/KEA-NEA

MAYFIELD, Ky. -- We Presbyterians – the “Frozen Chosen” – don’t do “amens” like our Baptist brothers and sisters.

But I’d like to “amen” some recent remarks by Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers of America.

Gerard said his union’s leadership is concerned “about the media’s ongoing attempts to sensationalize and mischaracterize the contest between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

He added, “Most disturbing have been attempts to define working people’s voting decisions in this contest as somehow racially based, while completely ignoring the fact that for years Senator McCain and many of his Republican colleagues have treated all working people with complete disdain, whether those workers are white, Black, Hispanic or otherwise.

“Shouldn’t that be the issue for 2008, and not this absurd and unfair focus on race and sometimes on religion?”


Gerard also stressed “that both […

Photo of a Maverick

ARA President, George Kourpias Speaks Out

An Open Letter to Retirees:

I’m always reading. I love to keep up on what is going on, and like you, I believe it is our responsibility as citizens to stay informed and make intelligent decisions.

Two articles I recently came across really caught my eye. The first said, “Medicare Advantage Drives Humana Profit Above Expectations.” (Associated Press, 4/28/08). Humana’s profits are up 12.5 percent this year because of its success with government contracts.

And then I read “Medicare ‘drifting towards disaster’: U.S. Official.” (Reuters, 4/29/08). According to the article, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said that Medicare faces a dire financial future.

Am I the only one who is confused?

On one hand, we hear Medicare is in trouble. But yet we keep sending more and more tax dollars to insurance companies to run Medicare Advantage programs. Big corporations are now making large profits on what our government used to do as a public service. We subsidize insuranc…