Protests Over Proposed Cuts To Social Security

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

Longer waiting time for social security checks -- the idea worries some people who receive those benefits and it could be on the way thanks for a budget fight in the U.S. House of Representatives. There were protests from coast to coast on Wednesday who say the proposed cuts could be devastating.

It was only a few who gathered outside the social security office in South Lansing but their signs resisting furloughs said it all.

"I'm all for a solution but not one that will cause hardships for employees," said social security administration employee Youlanda Clementin.

The group was protesting in opposition of a plan in Congress right now that would cut $1.7 billion from the administration's $11.4 billion budget. This would mean layoffs or furloughs raning from 10 to 23 days.

"If employees are off without pay they will suffer but it's also the service to the public," said James Campana, an employee and steward for the American Federation of Government Employees.

"If my check didn't get here on time, I'm sorry, I live off that check. Where am I gonna go? I can't work," said Gearldine Yeager who drove down from Dansville just for the protest.

The proposed cuts would not affect the social security benefits, there is money in the reserves for that, but it would affect the workers at the local offices who help hundreds file for those benefits.

"It's going to increase waiting time -- reduce our ability to take care of the public. As Social Security workers we want to serve the public and do the jobs we were hired to do," said Campana.

"We need places to go to talk to people when we need help. We can't talk to an electronic voice -- there's no help there," said Janice Thornsbury who is on disability and relies on her monthly check.

The $1.7 billion is just the tip of the cuts. The Republican-controlled House wants to eliminate $61 billion in spending which would affect hundreds of federal agencies.

"My thought is we didn't cause this so why take it out on us?" asked Clementin.

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, from Howell, e-mailed News Ten a statement saying the one percent cut that could affect social security "would only impact the administrative budget with no impact on benefits. During this time of a record $1.6 trillion budget deficit, every program can find inefficiencies and waste without impacting services."


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  • by Peggy Location: Georgia on Mar 29, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    Tax the rich more, cut White House salaries, cut all political officials wages. This will put a lot of money into the deficit. AND, leave the seniors and the poor alone
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    I think this is just pure bull, almost since the day Social Security was made a law, the Federal Gov has been "borrowing " money from it. This is OUR money not the Fed's money, we are entitled to receive it, and to have the check or money in our accounts when it is to be there. Most of us worked 30 years and put money into this weekly. Cut the big salaries paid to the senators, and Reps, cut their staffs down, don't take it out on retired people who live on this money. Its bad enough that the Government took the money years ago, we are not a goverment dept, we are the people who are owed the money and no one has the right to keep for any reason the payment from being made.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Who has been in charge all these years.I believe it is GOVERNMENT.They have given raises to them selves,how many times.They have cut many things to get them raises.They have made promises before getting elected,then choose not to keep them.Upper government is suppose to work for US.how ever we can't even vote on many issues.It is a fact when certain ones are in charge,the rich get richer & the poor continue to loose.The auto companies got bailed out even though thousands lost jobs.Many businesses got tired of taxes,and unions so left this country.Wrong taxing has ruined many things.Many with jobs,still may loose jobs.High gas prices will cause this economy to go back wards.People can't buy enough to keep businesses going ?More homes will be lost.All issues are why?Those in charge have let money go to their heads,and could care less about the little guy,or the poor,disabled,and so on.This country would really be a mess if only the rich were allowed.Is this what is going on?
  • by anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 03:14 AM
    Tom, you don't know this women. She may have some type of disability. Now get back to work.
  • by Barbara Location: Lansing on Mar 2, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    I think I see at least part of the problem with our government spending/budget process...the lack of basic math skills! 1.7B cuts in a total budget of 11.4B IS NOT a one percent cut!
  • by tom Location: holt on Mar 2, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    I love the fact the woman in the article claims she can't work. She lives off of her soc sec and came down to protest from dansville. If you can drive and protest, why is it you can't work? I don't like working but its has to be done. My wife and I both work 50+ hours a week to pay our bills and really don't want to be paying this woman to protest!
  • by tom Location: holt on Mar 2, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    I love the fact the woman in the article claims she can't work. She lives off of her soc sec and came down to protest from dansville. If you can drive and protest, why is it you can't work? I don't like working but its has to be done. My wife and I both work 50+ hours a week to pay our bills and really don't want to be paying this woman to protest!
  • by lansing623 on Mar 2, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Why shouldnt the U.S. GOVERNMENT (Which are civil servant, why should they make more $$$ than anyone else. If they cant make their house payments, they just help them selves to "OUR MONEY", Thats can MISAPPROPRIATION". Your you go to PRISON, they keeping their jobs, but will make closer to your pay, and can pay a $500 Hammer or Toilet Seat. WAKE UP TAXPAYERS, and say "NO" when it matters, forget what side your on, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS, THIS IS OUR COUNTRY.
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