LMSA – Be PROUD and be LOUD

DON BOBBITT

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A commentary on how both parties in Congress are working together to distract the public into believing that the reduction of benefits for Retirees, Seniors and Baby Boomers is necessary to reduce the federal deficit.

This is their preference rather than cutting their other favorite Pork Barrel programs, or God forbid, their own bloated benefit programs.

Leave My S&^$ Alone!

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by Don Bobbitt

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I was Just Thinkin’ – Here I sit, Retired?

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That’s right, I’m Retired!

And, here I have combined two different articles of mine for efect. The first half I wrote when I turned 65. The second half are my reflections on then, Now and what I am afraid about tomorrow and our future as retirees.

Click on the link below to read the article.

Here I am, RETIRED, Reflections of a Retiree.

by Don Bobbitt,2014

Copyright, DonBobbitt, 2014, All Rights Reserved

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I’m Old enough to Remember-#1 – When we were told SS and Medicare Insurance was a safe thing.

Yes, I am old enough to remember.

I remember when I was a young worker for a major electronics manufacturing location and they, our government, told us that paying our SS and Medicare taxes was a GOOD THING!

Yep! If we paid those taxes we would be set for life when we retired.
A comfortable RETIREMENT and an assurance of top-level MEDICAL CARE was ours.

We just had to TRUST our government to take care of us!
TRUST?
TAKE CARE?
What a Joke!

Now we are the aging pariahs of a system that just wants us to hurry up and DIE!

Oh, and this was while our arrogant Congress voted themselves separation from “the peoples system” and into one of the must expensive and wasteful system of medical care designed just for them!
FULL COVERAGE! for Everything! For LIFE!

Yes, I remember!
DON

The Disconnection between Medical Costs and Medicare Coverage

Medical_Symbol_01  Actual Medical Costs for Seniors continue to rise as Congress continues to rewrite what is covered by Medicare. This is leading to a migration of many Doctors and other Medical Service Providers away from accepting new patients who are on Medicare.

In addition, the professions treating many medical problems are increasing their billing charges to offset their projected losses from the reduced coverage and these charges can be catastrophic for many uncovered patients.

Click on the links below to read my article on this serious disconnection in the medical world between real charges and cost and what Medicare has been stripped of covering.

The Medicare Disconnection

by Don Bobbitt, 2013

Copyright Don Bobbitt, 2013, All Rights Reserved

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I was Just Thinkin’ – Is it time for there to be a Third Political Party? A Seniors Party?

I was just going through some of my recent rants on Congress and the President, and how they are slowly but steadily stripping our benefits from all of us Seniors.

And, from what I now see, neither political party has any idea how to handle us, the existing retirees or the Baby Boomers.
The fear in their eyes is evident whenever you see them on TV and the subject of how to may the Medicare and Social Security bills that are looming on the Federal budgetary horizon.
I won’t go into the fact that we, as a generation actually paid for our benefits and that the government stole our money and spent it on the Democratic “Great Society”.
No, I want to keep this a simple Blog.
In my opinion, if we Seniors and Baby Boomers do not get ourselves organized as a strong political entity, to protect our rights, them many of us, especially those that now already have marginal funds to support ourselves in our retirement, are going to be literally “on the street” within another year, with what I know and understand about the profound effects of “Obama’Care” on America.
So, really, fellow Senior and Baby Boomer, we need a viable representative for us and our rights, in Congress, and Now!
How do we do this? I do not have a clue, but I welcome suggestions and discussion.
I was Just Thinkin’
DON
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AMERICAN GULLIBLE an article on how we are allowing the government to waste our Social Security

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Here is a great and thoughtful article written by fellow Hubber Wayne Brown.
I think every one of us that has concerns about our federal representatives and what they are doing with the budget and debt should read this one.

I recommend it highly.

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Key Word for 2011 – LESS

I sit here, on New Years Eve, reading all of the hype on the year, 2011.

They are all talking about how; “X” is better, “B” is worse, “C” is no longer important, and “D” is the new thing to watch.
You can fill in your own definitions for X, B, C, and D.

They may be a little different depending on your own personal lifestyle, but regardless, they are the hot topics.

Well, as a retiree, with, essentially, frozen assets and income, the big thing for me, is the word LESS!

Yeah, sure, I have a pension and SS checks, along a little savings in IRA’s, but they are not growing, like my assets did when I was working.

Now they are shrinking

Consider the following facts:
1- SS and Medicare got no increases for the last two years, regardless of the fact that EVERYHING went up in price during the same time, like, food, clothing, labor.

2- Congress tacked one of their “screw the retirees” acts to a budget bill, that increases the cost to the retiree for SS and Medicare for 2012 and 2013 that will be devastating for those of us that are just getting by.

3- We have an economy that, with 2012 being an election year, will be manipulated heavily by both political parties to either; look Good (democrats) or Bad (Republicans).  That will be their sole purpose in pretty much everything that they do; Win the Elections!

Meanwhile, we retirees are; eating cheaper, wearing our old clothes longer, cutting back on entertainment, and pulling more and more from our savings to get by.

On the news yesterday, they stated that the Poor and Low Income people of our country now account for over 40% of the population. while, of course, the Middle Class has shrunk, yet again.

Filter out the B.S. and what they told us that there are LESS people making as much as in the past. Which in turn, means that there are more people that are paying LESS or NO taxes, to support the Federal spending machine.

What is the Congressional reaction? Let’s cut benefits! That is B.S. plain and simple.

If you want to increase tax income, then you need more people making more money.

This is not rocket science, just simple economics.

If you raise my taxes, I will have less to spend, thus, I will have less to support other service industry workers,  thus reducing the work force even more.

Anyway, I will stop here with my Rant.

2011, it has been the year of LESS.

And if the idiots in Congress don’t get off their partisan Ass’ by the end of 2012, we, the people, and specifically the retirees, will have even LESS!

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Don Bobbitt

We should take care of OUR OWN, FIRST!

I think people our age need to start literally preaching to our fellow public.

First: You are right, I think where 20 years ago we were in a GRAY area somewhere between True Democracy, and some popular Socialistic trends and laws being implemented.

I am afraid that, as you imply, we have run, not walked, as a nation into a very dark Gray area that is approaching a level of Socialism that even our European friends are finding cannot be sustained under all economic conditions.

Second: I have to remind everyone, and seemingly, even you, that our generation paid into an INSURANCE program, called by chance Social Security. It was designed to “Pay for itself”.

And, as you know, if we had not allowed our democratic friends, starting with LBJ, to rape our “insurance Account” we would not be having the rather mindless conversations in DC about cutting Seniors “Retirement Insurance Benefits”.

But, alas, we sat on our butts and did not keep a vigilant eye on our “representatives” and now we almost need to turn into a revolutionary force to get what we paid for back.

And, I do mean Revolutionary. I don’t think anyone in our generation expected, paid for, or suspected that such a small and devious group would steal our money and turn us into the recipients of a Socialist entitlement.

But , I am afraid, that is where we are at the moment, until we find a unified voice, and force some hard solutions.

My personal fear is that we will, as a group, force another Congressional FLUSH of participants due to our anger, and allow another crop of inexperienced idiots who know the right words to use, into Congress, with similar idiotic and factionalized radical voting, rather than negotiated goals that have a solution for ALL of the people they represent.

Third: Medicare, the Insurance program, originally designed as a benefit for the elderly retired people of America, once they no longer had health insurance from their personal and company policies, somehow got turned into an across the board entitlement for everyone in our country, including; Illegal Aliens, Drug Addicts, the Jobless, Felons, and their spouses and children. Now, that’s Socialism.

Now, obviously, someone needs to be dropped from the public Dole. Who do we pick? Well, my fear is that like so many things that need the approval of politicians, they are going to listen to the most vocal. We, the Baby Boomers, the working Class, the Honest citizens of our country, need to get LOUD and we need to get LOUD fast.

I am truly sorry. but, a sick Felon, under house arrest (just happened with over 150 drug dealers in Tampa), has no right to Food Stamps and Medicare while being kept on House arrest.

They need to be kept in Jail, and if the Jail is full, we need to tent them up in camps, if necessary.

And, the illegal Alien? If he is sick or hungry? He can come to the local government agency. he can be fed, he can be treated for his illness.

But, He can also be put onto a Bus or Plane back to his native country.

You See, We cannot afford to support all of these classifications of freeloading people any more.

We need to back up and take care of our own, FIRST.

Damn, I feel better after saying this. WHEW!

 

Don Bobbitt

Tea Party members of Congress and Repubs taking oaths?

Tea Party members of Congress and Repubs taking oaths?

Click the link above to rad my article on this ridiculous state of affairs when OUR Elected Officials in Congress decide to forego our reasons for electing them and decide to form into their own Gestapo!

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