Sharon Banner Cunningham

One day while at the grocery store, there was a elderly man in a wheelchair there, with a small coin purse in his palm, and I asked him if I could be of any help to him, and he said, "Well, I was going to buy myself a $3.29 chinese plate from the deli, but I just picked up my medicine, and I haven't even bought my disposable diapers yet, and so I guess I'm done." The look of despair, and shock in his eyes made my heart literally hurt (extreme heartache) for him. I wheeled him to the...

One day while at the grocery store, there was a elderly man in a wheelchair there, with a small coin purse in his palm, and I asked him if I could be of any help to him, and he said, "Well, I was going to buy myself a $3.29 chinese plate from the deli, but I just picked up my medicine, and I haven't even bought my disposable diapers yet, and so I guess I'm done." The look of despair, and shock in his eyes made my heart literally hurt (extreme heartache) for him. I wheeled him to the chinese deli, and bought he and myself that plate he wanted, and shared it together. Then, I spoke to the Mgr of the grocery store, and pleaded with him to allow the man to get his disposable diapers he needed, and so the mgr took the man to the isle, and got him what he needed. I've never forgotton that. I've witnessed many senior citizens since then when they are attempting to get their meds, or pay rent, buy groceries, gas, or even a $1 birthday card for their grandchildren, they just don't have it. These aren't people who squander their money. These are people, whether senior, or disabled, or living with an illness, and need for the companies (many, many companies could) and and all of us who can help, to help. Please help.

Marie Lewis
Marie Lewis
  • Sharon Banner Cunningham

I would suggest not voting for the candidate who thinks 47% of Americans are lazy. These seniors are in the 47% of Americans he was talking about.

Geraldine Yielding
Geraldine Yielding
  • Sharon Banner Cunningham

I don't beleive that he was talking about the seniors who have worked their entire lives. social security is not an entitlement program. is is a forced retiredment program which the working people are forced to participate in if they are employed.

Renee Molineux
Renee Molineux
  • Sharon Banner Cunningham

Yes it became law a long time ago but originally when I was young and paid into it, it was individual accounts and if you never worked you would not collect from it. They changed that and started giving amounts to a spouse even if they never paid into Social Security and other things. I am really angry about that one. We deserve what we paid into the fund. I paid for over 40 years into that fund expecting to retire with at least Social Security to hear people say it is forced and yada yada...

Yes it became law a long time ago but originally when I was young and paid into it, it was individual accounts and if you never worked you would not collect from it. They changed that and started giving amounts to a spouse even if they never paid into Social Security and other things. I am really angry about that one. We deserve what we paid into the fund. I paid for over 40 years into that fund expecting to retire with at least Social Security to hear people say it is forced and yada yada yada other things by younger people. Oh and if you had your own business you could pay into the fund or from any exempt job as well. It was up to the individual. Those that hire workers in the home that fall under certain parameters are required to pay this as well. It was created so everyone could at least have something to retire on but changes were made and exceptions. It really makes me mad.

Gramp Willey
Gramp Willey
  • Sharon Banner Cunningham

MITT SAID IT WAS A SAFTY NET.HE IS SO FULL OF CRAP.

Erin Spellman
Erin Spellman
  • Sharon Banner Cunningham

Geraldine people don't just get social security for being retired, they get it for disabilities as well... The reason that people have to participate in it is so that by the time the able bodied working person reaches retirement age, they have money to live off of. I think you are soley misunderstood. I am 35 going on 36 and I have been on disability since 2001 and I don't know where I'd be without it and I'm on it not because I'm lazy but because I can't work and I'm terminally ill with...

Geraldine people don't just get social security for being retired, they get it for disabilities as well... The reason that people have to participate in it is so that by the time the able bodied working person reaches retirement age, they have money to live off of. I think you are soley misunderstood. I am 35 going on 36 and I have been on disability since 2001 and I don't know where I'd be without it and I'm on it not because I'm lazy but because I can't work and I'm terminally ill with life threatening medical condition. Look at everyone who is on it for the same reason I am or they have a mental illness that prevents them from being in society and holding a job... it's their only source of income. So no it's not just a retirement program.. it's a primary source of income for those who truly need it. Wouldn't you like to have something to look forward to living on when retire?

Gail Stone
Gail Stone

My mom is on SS and it is a daily struggle for her

Lynda Jean Hesselgesser
Lynda Jean Hesselgesser
  • Gail Stone

So am I, and it is ridiculous, that you have to decide between a meal and meds.

Callie Remschner Dyer
Callie Remschner Dyer

Food for thought............Senators and Represenatives get raises so why shouldn't the Seniors on Social Security!

Richard J Kelley
Richard J Kelley
  • Callie Remschner Dyer

OF COURSE I LIKED THIS I POSTED IT!!

Angela Love Ritter
Angela Love Ritter

If we don't take care of them we cant hope to be taken care of when we become them!

Cindy Olson
Cindy Olson
  • Angela Love Ritter

Amen!

War Eagle
War Eagle

protect our grandparent and disabled.

Shirley Lynn
Shirley Lynn
  • War Eagle

ya well we got a few $$ last January increase but no way near up to cost of living

Cindy Olson
Cindy Olson

I just retired and worked a better part of my life.. the goverment took 100.00 out of my 576.00 now I am suppose to live off of 476.00 a month? Can any one say ALPO! Sorry that costs to much!

David Zambory
David Zambory
  • Cindy Olson

Social security was not meant to be something a person could live on. A person should have some type of savings and investment that they had been putting money into for years.

Right now our government continues to print money and spend it on stupidity. Like sending billions of dollars oversea to countries that hate us for one. The more they print, the more our dollar loses value and inflation hurts the poor, not the rich.

David Zambory
David Zambory
  • Cindy Olson

I haven't invested or saved enough money myself, so I'll be working during my golden year just like the other millions that didn't save.

Cindy Olson
Cindy Olson
  • Cindy Olson

unless your ex takes it all!

Raven Light
Raven Light

We as a society have forgotten the importance of our elders and need to look to them as our wise ones and not as a burden. That was how it was in the old ways, we honored them.
I don't live in the U.S. but can imagine the horrid ways seniors are treated! It happens here in Canada as well.
And all over the world... I truly hope U.S. politicians see's this as an issue that needs revamping and not a burden!

Charles A Cudd II
Charles A Cudd II

after all of my years of hard work and the unending rise of the cost of living, I want to be able to survive! all my tax money ive put into this country is MINE - stolen by our government and never given back! I EARNED IT NOT THEM! SAME THING with my mother, grandparents etc - ALL OF US!

Donnalee Krepp
Donnalee Krepp

Lazy here. That's right I'm in that wonderful 47% that you kindly labled me. So anyway, I truely hope you vote to pass this raise for all of us , and can feel how powerful it feels to know that you've actually did a great thing for the people who voted for you. After all we don't have the luxury to vote ourselves in a raise.

Deborah L. Bryan
Deborah L. Bryan

I am on Social security Disability, and if I was not married I don't know how I would survive, before /]I hurt myself I worked as a home health RN, and I saw with my own eyes how seniors had to live on the little they made, and there were many times when our agency bought groceries for our clients because they had to use thier money for medication, rent, and utilities, so I am all for an increase in social security, noy for mr but for the elderly, they really need it.

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