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Friday Alert, 9-27-13

Headlines:
Latest on a Possible Shutdown of the Federal Government
Debt Ceiling: A Threat to Social Security and Medicare
Human Chain Event to Take Place on October 3 at the U.S. Capitol
Rep. Linda Sanchez’s Social Security Legislation Already Has 30 Co-sponsors
Social Security Benefits Likely to be Paid on Time Even if There is a Shutdown

Latest on a Possible Shutdown of the Federal Government
On Thursday, top House Republican leaders rejected the short-term spending plan expected to be passed by the Senate in coming days, increasing the possibility of a government shutdown next week. Asked if the House would pass the bill unchanged once it is sent from the Senate, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) replied, “I do not see that happening.”

According to The Washington Post, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), using rules allowing him to change the wording of a spending measure passed last week by the House, is expected to strip out language that would defund the health reform law, change the e…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 9-20-13

Headlines:
Rep. Linda Sanchez Introduces the Strengthening Social Security Act in U.S. House
Census Data: Social Security Kept Over 15 Million Americans Out of Poverty in 2012
Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections Extended to Home Care Workers
Missouri Alliance Helps Defeat Dangerous Anti-Senior and Anti-Union Legislation
New Hampshire Alliance Demonstrates in Front of Senator Ayotte’s Office
New Film Exposes Rise of Income Inequality in America
Detroit Retirees at Risk of Losing Pensions Tell Their Stories in Court

Rep. Linda Sanchez Introduces the Strengthening Social Security Act in U.S. House
This week, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), introduced the Strengthening Social Security Act, H.R. 3118, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would increase Social Security benefits by approximately $70 per month by modifying the formula used to calculate benefits. In sharp contrast to the chained CPI benefit cut, the Strengthening Social Security Act would also increase Social Security Cost of …

The Ship of Fear

My Destroyer, the U.S.S. Walker, was tied up in Pearl Harbor.

The Newspaper headlines for several days along with lengthy articles told of a merchant ship, "the Pomona" that was tied up in Honolulu waiting for crew to take it to the far east. The Captain had been murdered while at sea and the crew was afraid that the murderer was still aboard. The ship finally got underway again and my memory is that it had rudder problems and had to return to port. Then, after getting underway again it had a fire on board and had to return again.

While on liberty one day in Honolulu, I stopped in at a saloon on my way back to my ship. There, I met a merchant sailor who happened to be a sailor aboard the Pomona. He offered to take me back to the ship and let me come aboard her. We did and headed for the bow of the ship where there was a lot of noise. There sitting on the deck were a number of sailors, mostly drunken, talking about their predicament.

This occurred sometime between 1961 and…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 9-13-13

Headlines:
U.S. Income Inequality Reaches Highest Level Since 1928
Affordable Care Act Will be a Boon for Early Retirees
Alliance Members Share Their Personal Medicare Stories
Far-Right House Republicans Continue to Threaten Government Shutdown
Colorado Alliance Holds its Tenth Constitutional Convention

U.S. Income Inequality Reaches Highest Level Since 1928
A new economic study reveals income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the population continues to increase. According to an analysis of IRS figures dating to 1913 by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics and Oxford University, the richest 1% earned 19.3% of all household income in 2012 and the richest 10% earned 48.2%. The incomes of the richest 1% also rose by 20 percent last year, while the remaining 99% experienced only a 1% increase.  Since the economic recovery began in 2009, over 95% of all income gains have gone to the top 1%, while ordinary Americans have s…

Barack Obama - The Peoples President

Because President Obama thinks through every situation before taking action, I think he's one of the smartest presidents our country has ever had. His deliberate and cautious way of dealing with the use of chemical weapons by Syria is simply amazing. We are very fortunate to have him as our president during this dangerous time in our history.

SOAR Chapter 30-18 15th Annual Retirees Reunion

Northern Indiana Public Service Company retirees celebrated their 15th Annual Retirees Reunion today at the Fulton County Round Barn Museum in Rochester, Indiana.
These retirees of NIPSCO continue to help retirees maintain their Social Security, Medicare, pension and Medical Insurance Benefits by sticking together and fighting back.

We Can't Afford To Be complacent

With so much going on in our lives, kids in school, harvesting our gardens, community service volunteering, reunions and the drum beats of war, we just can't afford to be complacent when it comes to saving Social Security and Medicare from those determined to undermine those programs. And we know who they are. Those who campaigned next to their elderly parents saying, "I'll never vote to cut Social Security or Medicare" and then vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamcare) which is helping so many workers and retirees.

We need to stay involved by attending rallies and demonstrations, writing our Congressional Representatives and letting them know how we think about these things.

Stand up and fight back, Brothers and Sisters. For our kids and grand kids more than anything.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 9-6-13

Headlines:
This Grandparents Day, Talk with Your Grandchildren about Retirement Security!
Speaker Boehner Talks about Using Debt Limit to Go after Social Security
By Replacing Defined Benefit Pensions, 401(k) Plans are Increasing Inequality
Rhode Island Alliance Bestows the Hero Award on Rep. Langevin
Illinois Alliance Holds its Sixth Constitutional Convention

This Grandparents Day, Talk with Your Grandchildren about Retirement Security!
This Sunday, September 8th, is Grandparents Day. The holiday presents a unique opportunity for intergenerational conversations about retirement security. While Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are often considered seniors’ issues, they are important for all generations. Since many seniors live with other family members, any cuts to their benefits affect the entire household. A growing number of baby boomers will soon be seeking long term care services, and almost every American family will have to decide what services they need and can afford. We mus…

Chained CPI is Bad For Seniors