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Old 01-08-2015, 07:55 PM
 
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Has anyone been keeping an eye on what the do-nothing-but-take-away-your-Social Security Congress is putting up for passage now?
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:11 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Somewhat. I'm a retired political and legislative analyst. The operative word is "retired!"
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Has anyone been keeping an eye on what the do-nothing-but-take-away-your-Social Security Congress is putting up for passage now?
I am not aware of any Social Security legislation currently pending. I don't happen to agree with your characterization of Congress; about the last thing that would fly politically in this country is for Congress to take away Social Security. But of course "doing nothing", if it goes on long enough, will result in reductions in Social Security, although we are not yet very close to that mark.

However, this is not the Politics Forum, so serious Congress-bashing belongs there, not in Retirement.

What bothers me more than Social Security retirement benefits is the SS disability trust fund. If that's what you are referring to I wish you would have specified it.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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What's the agenda? I'm on disability and that worries me. I have less than a year to age 62.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Has anyone been keeping an eye on what the do-nothing-but-take-away-your-Social Security Congress is putting up for passage now?
Actually it's the SSDI program and the debate is over whether to take funds from SS to pay for SSDI which is running out of money.

With SS in the state it is do you really want to take money out of that pot ?
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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What's the agenda? I'm on disability and that worries me. I have less than a year to age 62.
It's either take money from the SS fund or those on SSDI get a 20% cut in payments.
That is the current debate.

The SSDI fund is running out of money.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Thanks, Happy Texan, for the information. When original posters are vague about what they mean, it's always somewhat confusing. When I think of the term "Social Security" I think of retirement benefits because that's what most of us have and that's what is mostly discussed in this forum.

O.K., at least we now know what the subject matter of the thread is: SSDI = Social Security Disability Insurance. Contrary to the implication in the original post, Congress is not searching for a way to "take away" anybody's SS, whether disability or regular, but on the contrary is looking at ways to possibly preserve the full disability payments in the face of automatic reductions required by law when and if the SSDI Trust Fund runs out of money. That puts a big difference on the spin of the whole discussion and allows us to proceed in a more rational and objective manner.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Has anyone been keeping an eye on what the do-nothing-but-take-away-your-Social Security Congress is putting up for passage now?
Why don't you take this crap to the political forum? Just sayin. And when so many millions of unemployed newly disabled people piled on taking up millions in funds...what would you do to solve the problem for future ss retirees? I say Go GOP. Stop mingling the funds, set up a different program for those who are disabled. It only takes 2 years to qualify for SSDI. Not enough goes into the pot.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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What's the agenda? I'm on disability and that worries me. I have less than a year to age 62.
I don't think the argument is whether or not you deserve disability income, providing you put in the hours and years to reap the reward. The issue is the draining of ss funds for all of the retirees who managed to go the distance. I feel there should be a separate fund/welfare to cover the injured and ill.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Lenore and Ariadne

Please distinguish for us the diff between SSDI (disability) and SSI, which I believe is a supplement to regular Soc Security for very low-income people who have very few assets (investments, savings, etc).

(I feel some are still mixing up SSDI with SSI.)
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