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JL
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It's time to expand Social Security, not cut it. That's why Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, D-CA, just introduced the Strengthening Social Security Act, H.R. 3118, in the House of Representatives.



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Kit B. (276)
Monday September 23, 2013, 7:34 pm

Thanks for this petition, J L signed and mailed to my Congressional Representative Mike Burgess. Who will send me a letter thanking me and saying he will keep me in mind as votes to privatize Social Security. And....laugh all the way to his bank. You remember this guy of "masturbating babies" infamy. He knows even less about Social Security than he does about a fetus but then he is only a Ob-Gyn.
--Thank you for taking action to support Congresswoman Sanchez's Strengthen Social Security Act - H.R. 3118!
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Monday September 23, 2013, 7:44 pm
Thank you for taking action to support Congresswoman Sanchez's Strengthen Social Security Act - H.R. 3118!
 

Christeen Anderson (553)
Monday September 23, 2013, 8:00 pm
N&S
 

Sue H. (5)
Monday September 23, 2013, 8:10 pm
Noted and absolutely signed, thankd.
 

Nicole W. (644)
Monday September 23, 2013, 8:32 pm
Thank you for taking action to support Congresswoman Sanchez's Strengthen Social Security Act - H.R. 3118! ~ty JL
 

Carrie B. (318)
Monday September 23, 2013, 9:49 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you JL.
 

Frans Badenhorst (560)
Monday September 23, 2013, 11:15 pm
Thank you for taking action to support Congresswoman Sanchez's Strengthen Social Security Act - H.R. 3118!
 

Sherri G. (117)
Monday September 23, 2013, 11:55 pm
TY JL Signed and Noted. This legislation is important if we are to honor the contract between American workers and the government. Social Security is NOT an entitlement. Social Security has contributed one cent to the debt. Cutting social security with a chain CPI must be replaced with CPI-E which strengthens social security by putting real costs to seniors in the basket of goods for seniors (health care costs and prescriptions). Seniors already eat chicken.
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 2:59 am
S&N MANY THANKS!!!
 

Julia R. (294)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:14 am
Noted & Signed! Social Security shouldn't be cut at the expense of our seniors who have to sacrifice more because of the wealthiest Americans who keep getting ridiculous tax breaks at the expense of the elderly and the poor! These benefits should be expanded not cut by asking the very rich to pay their fair share in taxes!
should be strengthened and it shouldn't be cut
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:27 am
noted and signed
 

Fi T. (16)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:05 am
Safety is essential for development
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:20 am
Signed and shared! Thanks JL.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:21 am
surely
 

. (0)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:40 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, JL.
 

Jeaneen A. (157)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:43 am
S+N
 

Robert K. (31)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 6:29 am
Increasing SS payments decreases the debt. Tax cuts increase the debt. In fact, all safety net and infrastructure spending decreases the debt. But to increase SS spending we need SS payments to be a flat tax with no limits. Since this is the only example of a fair flat tax, you would think the Republicans would be all for it, wouldn't you. But nooooo....
 

Lisa Neste (710)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 6:55 am
Thank you for taking action to support Congresswoman Sanchez's Strengthen Social Security Act - H.R. 3118! Thanks J.L.
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 7:40 am
Signed and shared in private email, noted.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 7:55 am
Also had it in my email but cannot sign. Good on Ms Sanchez! Little hope though..
From PCCC: ABC News reports a tragic potential ending. The "compromise" to end a government shutdown might be to cut Social Security benefits. "The president said he believes there are areas of common ground between the parties on reforms to entitlement programs." Republicans in Congress said they'll only accept deep benefit cuts.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 8:03 am
ABC said we were going to attack Syria, too. Let us hope they are wrong again Angelika and that the voices of the people prevail again as is supposed to happen.
 

Sara W. (108)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 8:19 am
Signed.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 8:31 am
My system would not get me to the petition page, but I know that my representative, Rush Holt, would vote for this legislation.
On the other hand, I also know that, sadly, Kit is right about her rep., and so many more. If this were in the senate, and I wrote to the fellow who is holding Lauteberg's seat, I would have the same situation, Chesia is nothing but a GOP cipher/puppet/aparatchick.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:30 am
I signed but I doubt if my Representative will be receptive the Republican that he is. Cut Social Security and cut back Food Stamps too. This shows the decline in our Country that our Representatives would attack the Elders and think it a good thing.

This pitting the Elders against the young, the black against the white, the gays against the straight, the urban on the country folk is all to keep the eyes off of the 1% who don't seem to have to take a cut anywhere.

Just keep piling up their gold coins, hiding their income and taking advantage of every tax loophole. The top 10% have made 95% of the wealth since the economic crash and yet they would begrudge the Elders and Disabled money and food to SURVIVE on.

Sick, sick bunch we have in Washington who placate only the Elites on Wall Street. But then what would I expect, they too are part of the 1%.

There is NO Representation for us anymore.

The No taxation without Representation of the ForeFathers has worked out well for the 1%.

Now the 1% have NO taxation or limited......but they get ALL the Representation!
Million Mask March November 5 or at least stand out in your own neighborhood and hold a sign but do something
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:44 am
For those that do not know, these are the data on how the SNAP reduction affects veterans and active duty military families:
The Farm Bill that passed the House of Representatives would impact more than 170,000 veterans and 5,000 active duty service members.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 10:23 am
Noted & posted
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 11:13 am
Noted, signed, twittered, fb and google shared. Thanks Judi
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 12:17 pm
I did it because it makes perfect sense and it is the right thing to do. But I'm not holding my breath since the last gerrymandering by our former Governor Tim Pawlenty (who some of you may remember and we in MN definitely do) put me in a suburban district with a republican congressman - who has FOUR daughters, yet supports the republican agenda. So I'll get a nice, thanks but no thanks from him. But both my Senators are liberal Democrats and they'll support it if it can get by the House. If it can't, I hope the republicans feel the full wrath of their grandparents cutting them out of the will!
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 12:34 pm
You are welcome Tamara. Sometimes "the buzz" is the most value at the time with some audiences--this buzz should help counter opposite efforts appealing as much even with those who won't become a co-sponsor.
You cannot currently send a star to Tamara or Gene because you have done so within the last day.
 

Dave C. (227)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 2:20 pm
done. thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:07 pm
US only
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:15 pm
You are welcome Dave
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 6:27 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 7:06 pm
This has already stalled out and no petition will really change anything. There won't be any tax increases to fund an expansion in social security, nor will there be any reduction in other social welfare or entitlement programs. This leaves no chance to fund an expansion, which I see as a blessing. Any money that were available would be better spent educating workers on how to save properly for retirement and how to reduce their cost of living during both their working and retirement years. Programs like social security should be a safety net for those unfit to work, while those who of sound body and mind should be held accountable to cover their cost of living. I'm all for helping those who cannot help themselves...but expanding what is effectively a regressive tax on the majority of working Americans makes it harder to save, while creating a false sense of security that the program will be there to fund their retirement, a disincentive to personal saving.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 8:09 pm
Noted and signed.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:03 pm
Workers fund their own social security Christopher--it isn't any different than any pension fund employees pay into and it is no one else's money or taxes so the fact that they have social security eligibility means they did everything you recommend/
 

Marianne B. (113)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:11 pm
have already signed, but with not much hope. i reallt don't think they care
 

Mary T. (321)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:53 pm
Signed & noted - thank you JL
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:48 am
It is like every other pension fund Christopher where the money put in is one's own property right forever even if the cash flow is different in terms of which dollars are used when. Bush the first listened to Wall Street's desire to have more money to play with without the protections people had with pension funds and their administrators and voila--the IRAs and 401K approach invested in the marker was born (and all lost money when Wall Street crashed the economy). Since corporate pensions became a rarity when merger-mania and hostile buyouts emerged, social security needs expansion since it's current design is to supplement those [now] non-existent pensions.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 4:57 pm

Then Christopher you should live your life in that manner and not dictate to others who may need Social Security a program that has worked extremely well since 1937. Those well planned retirements can be flushed away buy those who play with the stock market, manipulate prices and gain sizable incomes at the expense of workers trying to save for retirement.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 5:00 pm

@Christopher
At 33 years old and just an undergraduate degree in economics, you have a lot of living to do before your ideas will hold any water.
 

Sandra Patterson (61)
Friday September 27, 2013, 9:51 am
signed and noted,ty
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Friday September 27, 2013, 10:21 pm
Noted. Previously signed and shared.
 

Inge Bjorkman (147)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 12:40 am
Signed

Love
 

Candy L. (476)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 2:45 am
Thanks, Signed & Tweeted
 

John Holton (361)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 4:45 am
Thanks
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:02 am
Did not allow me to sign. Thank you.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:16 am
You are welcome Sandra, Candy, John and Birgit. Thanks for trying Birgit.
 

Debbie S. (32)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:55 am
did not allow me to sign, but is noted. The rich that are taking their money outside the country to avoid paying any taxes are not helping. There is a senator working on trying to close that loophole. We can only try
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 7:00 am
Thanks for trying Debbie
 

Mike M. (56)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 12:25 pm
N&S
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 12:36 pm
Thanks for sharing and asking for signatures Dandelion!
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 4:22 pm
Message sent. Noted. Many thanks, JL.....and Dandelion for the link.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (283)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 5:18 pm
Signed too
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 11:55 pm
Thank you for taking action to support Congresswoman Sanchez's Strengthen Social Security Act - H.R. 3118!

Signed and noted. Thanks for posting this, JL!
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:01 pm
Noted, signed and tweeted.
 

Beth FS (149)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:06 am
Done, thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:43 am
You are welcome Susanne and Elizabeth.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:48 pm
done!
 

Valerie r. (8)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:05 pm
This needs to get done...it is the only LOGICAL way to preserve SS
 

JL A. (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:49 pm
eHow
Personal Finance
Retirement Planning
401ks & IRAs
Can I Lose My 401(k) Money With the Recession?

Can I Lose My 401(k) Money With the Recession?
By Lanae Carr, eHow Contributor

Recessions occur when economic activity is significantly reduced for more than a few months. The impact of a recession usually reaches beyond Wall Street. If you have a 401(k), your money can be lost depending on the length and nature of the recession. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining your 401(k) during times of significant loss.

Should I Keep Adding Money to My 401(K)?
How Much Tax Do I Pay if I Take Money From My 401(k)?

Mutual Funds

Many 401(k) programs consist of mutual funds. "A mutual fund is a company that brings together money from many people and invests it in stocks, bonds or other assets," explains the Securities Exchange Commission. Mutual funds are common for 401(k) managers because the investment products that typically make up a mutual fund have varying degrees of risk. Theoretically, if one product underperforms, conservative products will continue to improve over time, helping to mitigate your loss.
Recession Proof

Your 401(k) investments are not recession proof. With declines in capital markets, come declines in stock prices, the value of bonds and other assets such as real estate. The inclusion of these investment products in a 401(k) plan lead to financial loss. In both a long-term and short-term recession, 401(k) holders can see a significant decline in the value of their retirement plan. "As recently as the fall of 1987, the stock market declined over 25 percent (3,000 points today) in one day," states 401k.org. Advocates maintain that pulling money out of a 401(k) can deepen economic troubles.


Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_7868467_can-lose-401k-money-recession.html#ixzz2gnudIl00

In other words, not reliable in being there when you want to retire if it happens to be anywhere close to a recession--not really designed to meet retirement needs with any surety unlike social security and defined pension plans.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:26 pm
additionally I see my posts are being censored and removed...not exactly in harmony with the supposed spirit of the website, which is apparently against diversity of opinion...ironic.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:27 pm
Actually the official source for Congress, the CBO, indicates that all that is needed for several more decades is to not cap the earnings that are taxed like now (the earnings are used for payments without any cap is the problem)--simple and fair and actuarially sound, unlike 401Ks no matter how well managed when there are recessions at retirement time,
 

JL A. (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:29 pm
Posts are removed which violate the code of conduct, or plagiarize, etc. when members report them for review. If you look at the rules and comply, you may avoid removal in the future:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc_conduct.html
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:40 pm
I would love for you to point out where I violated the rules, especially the insinuation that I didn't give credit for intellectual property where credit was due. I'll assume this is mere censorship from a group of closed minded desk chair crusaders if you can't prove to me that I broke the rules. Actually, I'll likely assume it anyway.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:51 pm
Please stop reading things into words that aren't there--I made a simple statement of what the rules are that lead to removal for you to see whether any fit--I didn't report you and without the ones removed cannot possibly tell you what others saw--those are the kind of assumptions that lead to erroneous conclusions according to formal logic rules, if that was among the courses you chose to take in college.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 7:02 am
Note: apparently Christopher's profile has been removed, which also would have removed his comments under that profile.
 

alicia m. (100)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:08 pm
noted, (no us citizen), gracias
 
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