Friday, October 22, 2010

The Party of Welfare? I don't Think So!

Last night when I came downstairs to make myself something to eat, I saw my dog Bud and my cat Chubs laying on the rug at the bottom of the steps looking at each other. As I walked by, they looked up at me as I walked into the kitchen. I know they were discussing something important because they only get together that close when they want to talk. So, when I was in the kitchen, I listened to hear what they were talking about. Bud seemed to be concerned that the Democrats were being labeled the party of welfare. Both of my room mates, Bud and Chubs, sleep in the same room with me at times. Chubs will even let me share my bed with her. But, now they seemed concerned that not having jobs, other than being pets, that things may change for them in light of this idea that people that are Democrats our all about welfare. My room mates know that I have never been on welfare and I have been a Democrat all my life. Now that I am retired, I guess one could say I am on welfare in that I receive money from the government. I saw no reason to bring up this point with them as I thought the best thing I could do is to keep giving them the same good care I give them every day. As for the welfare nonsense, I figured they will get over it. I don't think about it much, so perhaps they will forget about it too.

Stay tuned.


LceeL said...

Wait a minute. If I'm not badly mistaken, you paid Social Security taxes just like I do. And you benefit level is determined by your income. Just as your tax level was. And your income comes from the Social Security trust, which is not derived from general Income Tax or other government income. And the Social Security process is driven by actuaries and actuarial tables - just like an insurance company uses.

That ain't WELFARE. That's government guaranteed retirement insurance that you've paid for all your working life.

Don't fall for the right-wing propaganda that calls Social Security welfare - or Socialist. If anything, it's Pragmatist.

moneythoughts said...

You're right Lou! I guess I am not any smarter than my dog and cat.

Cloudia said...

oh we will!

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