Social Security was created for a reason. After eight years of Republican administration caused the Great Depression of the 1930s, the banks failed, the bankers boarded them up and walked away. People lost their entire life savings, with no recourse for recovery, and were reduced to living as paupers.
Franklin Roosevelt created Social Security to prevent this ever happening again. We were told that our money we put into Social Security would always be there for us, no matter what. That's been true up until this current government.
We're now being told that this government quite possibly will not meet its obligation to pay us the money we, in good faith, paid in. This government is talking about defaulting on its obligation to us.
Here is the history of how past governments have handled situations like this without defaulting.
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, created the Social Security program, used the power of government to bring us out of the worst depression in history, managed to fight and win the the most expensive war in the history of the world, fighting off Republicans who, then as now, were against everything a Democratic president did. And, he did it all at the same time.
During all that, there was never any mention, not even a hint, that Social Security would not be provided, as promised. The checks went out as scheduled, no matter what.
Now, the Republicans have got the Democrats believing that it's time to default on Social Security because this government just can't afford it. All the while, this government has been financing invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan at a cost of trillions of dollars and at the same time they're telling us that they can't afford a measly $23 billion to keep from defaulting on Social Security.
Do they think we're too stupid to see the blatant hypocrisy in that? One of the lessons of life is that you get old by not being stupid. We're old.
This government doesn't realize that it doesn't have to actually default on Social Security and not send out the checks on August 3. Even if they do manage to send out the checks, it's too late for this government. It has already lost the confidence of the people. Just the threat of abandoning the people receiving Social Security is enough to do it.
We have always known that voting for the Republicans would be voting for the end of Social Security. Well, now, voting for the Democrats has produced the exact same thing. There's no difference, the end effect is the same.
This government hasn't realized the effect of withdrawing $23 billion from the economy will have. It will cause the people who provide the goods and services that that money buys, regularly, to be out of a job. It is the best way possible to create more unemployment.
Mark Twain had a story that is an analogy for what's going to happen. He said that a cat that walked on a hot stove would never walk on a hot stove again. And it would never again walk on a cold stove, either. Those 55 million people on Social Security have been burned by this government, and they will never vote for any member of this government again.
We've given up any hope that this government will ever be able to do anything rational, logical or reasonable. This government has failed us in the worst possible way.
Sure, it'll still be there, but we can forget about it as a functioning government because it isn't. This government is a lost cause and we're going to have to look elsewhere, to start thinking about other ways to get us a functional way to run our country. I don't know what it'll be, but I know that this isn't working.
This government has abandoned us. It's time for us to abandon this government.