Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is my Social Security and Medicare that I've paid for to be left alone...
All I want for Christmas is my Social Security and Medicare that I’ve paid for to be left alone…

Dear Santa,

Hope that you’ve been well and that the last year has been uneventful!

As the holiday season quickly approaches, this “good girl” has many wishes on my list.  Not to be greedy, I narrowed it down to 3 simple things:

1.  Don’t raise the age on Medicare or Social Security.  Santa, I’ve been working since the old age of 15 and will be turning 39 in January.  That means the work place has endured my presence for 24 years.  Currently my age to receive benefits for Medicare is 65 and Social Security is 67.  That is 26 and 28 light years away for me.  So how many more times will politicians keep pushing up the age requirements while lowering benefits?  In 26 years, the age will most likely be 100 to qualify for a bottle of aspirin and a blanket.

2.  Medicare and Social Security are not “entitlements.”  Can you please tell politicians like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, and company this?  Again, I’ve been paying for Medicare and Social Security for the last 24 years.  Santa, tell me how is this an entitlement?   Even the Merrian-Webster Dictionary defines the word as: “…a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group.”  How convenient that the definition has been politically scrubbed to infer it’s just a government “gift” without the mention that taxpayers paid the bill.  Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, was asked why Social Security and Medicare shouldn’t be cut on PBS’s NEWSHOUR: “Well, before I answer that, I was very interested in the way you characterized these programs as entitlements, so-called, you said, entitlements   And we think that a better term would be earned benefits.  You know, I counted the letters in the word entitlement.  There are 11 letters.  But often people refer to entitlement as a four-letter word.  And it’s a derogatory, derisive characterization.  These are earned benefits.  People pay for them while they’re working, Social Security, Part A Medicare, the hospital part, 25 percent of the premium for Part B.  So they’re — I wish we would switch from entitlements to earned benefits, first of all.  But to answer your question, Social Security has not added a penny to the federal debt, to the deficits every year.  It has a surplus.  It has a surplus of $2.7 trillion.  So why are we in such a rush to change a program that has not — doesn’t have — is not bankrupt, has a surplus, has 22 years of solvency before it does have a problem, a serious problem, and has not contributed to the federal debt?”  Let’s put coal in the stockings of politicians that push this crazy agenda.

3.  If the politician’s rape Medicare and Social Security, please punish Wall Street and cut defense spending.  Fair is fair!  It’s amazing that the first idea to balance a budget is to hurt the taxpayers that have been footing the bill of the insane decisions made by incompetent politicians and “banksters” that crashed our economy.  The banks received a gross amount of money to be bailed out and suffered no consequences: continued to give CEOs bonuses, shipped jobs overseas, paid no fines, and continue business as usual.  If the American people have to feel the pain then they must also.  Santa, how about putting “banksters” in jail and charging a tax/fee on every financial trade?  I bet we could make revenue for the country while encouraging “moral” behavior.  BTW, let’s also limit how many wars we can be in at once.  How about no more than 3 at one time?  I realize this will upset weathly military contractors but take a visit to some of the poorest schools in the toughest neighborhoods in America.  We need some “nation building” at home…

My main wish would be for world peace but you’ve been probably asked that many times already.  Anyways, give Ms. Claus a hug from me and if she needs a ride up to Canada for lower cost medications, let me know.

Sincerely,

Jenny E. Balisle

The Links:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/medicare.htm

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Trade-offs-in-raising-Medicare-eligibility-age-4096561.php

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec12/entitlements_12-06.html

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/12/obama-boehner-resume-fiscal-talks-with-phone-call.html

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