Recent news is that Social Security recipients will not get a cost-of-living raise come January. That’s two years in a row that there has been no pay increase for us retired people. The reaction has been immediate and strongly negative. Even my conservative friends who are on Social Security feel they are entitled to a raise in pay. What I would like to remind them is that our country is broke and deeply in debt. We older people elected politicians who put us in that condition so, from my perspective, it’s time for us to bear some of the burden of their folly.
Yes, I know that a lot of social security recipients are barely scraping along financially. Times are hard and not getting a raise, even a small one, is a big disappointment. But, we are just going to have to tighten our belts. It is time for President Obama and all the other politicians both Republican and Democrat to call on the American people for a time of sacrifice. We can’t expect to get America’s fiscal house in order if we don’t make such a sacrifice. The only way to balance the budget is for all Americans, rich and poor alike, to be willing to support the government as it moves into a period of austerity