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House Republican Leader Wants to Raise Retirement Age to 70

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For Immediate Release
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June 30, 2010

Boehner Comments Hurtful to Workers

House GOP Leader Wants to Raise Retirement Age to 70

"John Boehner’s call to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 is not only deeply hurtful and insensitive to workers, but also reflects a dangerously flawed misunderstanding of how Social Security is financed and operates," said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a four million-member grassroots advocacy organization.

House Minority Leader Boehner (R-OH) said earlier this week that if the Republicans were to win control of the U.S. House, the party would try to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 as part of a fiscal reform plan.


Who is the Real Terrorist

Why is it that I get the distinct impression that not only do Republicans want the President to fail, but they also want the country to fail.

After digging the country into such a deep hole, the Republicans fight every piece of legislation that would help us out of that hole.

As far as I'm concerned, the Republican party is the real terrorist.

Thank You, YouTube

I've had a couple of interesting experiences using YouTube in the last couple of days.

First of all, I had a lawnmower carburetor that needed a good cleaning and rebuild. I got the carburetor kit and had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to use it. YouTube to the rescue with a clear video showing how to get it done correctly.

Then, this evening we were trying to put up one of those fold up canopys to be used for a church gathering. We wanted to see how hard it was to put up. Gosh, what an experience that was. The directions weren't that clear to us, so we went on YouTube to find some help. Sure enough, there were two videos that were able to show us what we were doing wrong.

There's a video on YouTube to help with just about any problem. Some times a person just needs to see something done.

Anythings easy if you know how.

The Light Bulbs to Buy

The next time you're shopping for environmentally friendly light bulbs, the United Steelworkers would like you to take a look at Sylvania Super Saver halogen bulbs. Union workers make them in the USA at a Pennsylvania plant. They're available at Lowe's, Menard's, online through Sylvania and at many BJ Wholesale Club stores in the Midwest. These bulbs are very important to the USW and are a mercury-free alternative to compact fluorescent bulbs made in China.


How The New Health Reform Law Benefits Seniors

Provides relief to seniors who fall into the Medicare “doughnut hole” to
help you cover the cost of prescriptions
Already, the first round of $250 rebate checks are in the mail to help seniors
who have been hitting the gap in Medicare Part D prescription coverage.
Next year, prescription drug prices will be cut in half for seniors who hit the
coverage gap.

Protects guaranteed Medicare benefits
Guaranteed benefits are protected regardless of whether you are in Original
Medicare or Medicare Advantage. You’ll also see new benefits and cost
savings to help ensure you get the care you need.

Makes preventive care and annual physicals for seniors free of charge
Currently, seniors are forced to pay as much as 20 percent of the cost of
preventive services such as colorectal cancer screenings and mammograms.

Curbs costs and strengthens Medicare by cracking down on fraud and waste
Reform will cut the rate of fraudulent Medicare payments in half by 2012,
extending the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years…

Indiana Alliance Turns Concern About Home Health Care Funds into Action

Indiana seniors and people with disabilities who rely on home health care could experience a 15% funding reduction in the publicly funded care they receive come July 1. That could result in many more Hoosiers being forced into nursing homes rather than remaining in their homes while receiving less-expensive home health care visits. Civic leaders from the Indiana Home Care Task Force, including Indiana Alliance members, shared their concerns Wednesday in Terre Haute as they talked about the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s decision to reduce funding for the CHOICE home care program, and continue a freeze on enrolling new clients in the Medicaid aged and disabled waiver. Alliance President Elmer Blankenship is especially vocal about the cause - sadly, he even knows people who say they have saved up pills to use to commit suicide rather than go into a nursing home.
Source: Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Poor Poor BP

The CEO of the oil company responsible for the gushing oil spoiling the Gulf Coast beaches and destroying the habitat of thousands of animals, fish, birds and whales refused to apologize today at a congressional hearing. But someone did apologize.

Republican congressman Joe Barton told BP CEO Tony Hayward that he was sorry. And what was he sorry for?...... He said he was sorry that President Obama told BP to provide 20 billion dollars for an escrow fund to help the victims of the disaster. He said that forcing BP to make good on their promise to pay all of the claims arising out of the disaster by putting the money in an escrow fund was a "tragedy in the first proportion."

It is no surprise to me that other well known right wingers are saying the same thing. Barton is from Texas.....Bush country......oil country, and he gets millions in donations from the oil companies. The people in the Gulf are suffering, and that suits right wingers just fine.

USW Boost Launch of American-made Sylvania Super Saver Halogen Light Bulbs

New Sylvania Super Saver halogen light bulbs made with glass from a USW-represented plant in Wellsboro, Pa. have been successfully launched at one of the nation’s largest home improvement centers.

Initial sales at Lowe’s home improvements stores have exceeded expectations, said Barry Mortimer, a member of Local 1001 in Wellsboro and the local’s Rapid Response coordinator.

“I honestly believe it was totally Steelworker driven. Our plant manager, Matt Gontarz, has thanked us many times for our involvement,” Mortimer said.

The familiar incandescent light bulb is being phased out as a result of new federal regulations designed to increase energy efficiency.

As a result, some major manufacturers are closing production capacity in the United States and producing more efficient bulbs in China and other countries.

Osram Sylvania, however, has decided to manufacture its Sylvania Super Saver halogen bulbs at existing facilities in the United States, including the USW plant in Wellsboro.

Mortimer said…

Retirement for Some, is gardening

Since retirement, gardening has been a big part of my daily enjoyment. In the garden, I can truly get away from it all....and some of us need to do that once in awhile.

Even in retirement, a person's day is chuck full of things to do. Some important in trying to make the lives of others better. Some, just everyday home maintenance and maintaining family harmony. But we also need some time for ourselves. That's where gardening comes in. A way to disappear. A way to escape from all those other pressures in life.

The year has started off pretty good here in Northern Indiana for gardeners. Plenty of rain and sunshine and heat. Everything is growing nicely. Grapes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, potatoes, peas, beans, summer and winter squash, onions, herbs and lettuce, Gooseberries and cherries and peaches.

It's always fun to go out each morning and see the progress over night.

I hope every retiree has an equally valuable way to "getaway" witho…