I don’t believe our rich representatives in Washington or Montgomery know how vital Social Security is to the American people.
Last week, I parked next to a man in a Walmart parking lot. He was gray-haired, his face was wrinkled and he a ruddy complexion. He wore bib overalls and working boots. He asked me, “Do you like fresh vegetables?” My wife and I gave him a resounding “Yes.” He immediately began telling me about a fresh vegetable sale he is going to hold this Spring and Summer at the parking lot of Taylor Memorial Methodist Church in Clay. He invited me to come and tell my friends about it.
He said there would be big delicious Blount County tomatoes, along with squash peas, okra, and other vegetables that he grows. I assured him we would come by and buy some vegetables.
As we walked to the door of Walmart, he told me that growing and selling vegetables was the only way he had to make money. He had worked for two companies in his younger days, and had qualified for their pension plans, but both plans bankrupted before he was able to benefit from them. The only source of money he had to live on was a small Social Security check, and the money he made growing and selling vegetables.
That man was no slacker, or lazy bum. He had worked hard all his life, and now he was struggling just to survive. Millions are just like him. Due to no fault of their own, Social Security has become their main source of income, and in many cases, their only source.
This man and millions of others get very angry when politicians plan to take from their Society Security Trust Fund. Amazingly, last week members of Congress voted to steal $2.9 trillion from that fund. They tried to steal it by using the disguise of a balanced budget amendment. Two hundred thirty-three members of the House voted to pretend that the Social Security surplus did not exist, thus giving them control over it to do with as they pleased. Ninety-seven percent of the Republicans voted to steal it, while 98% of the Democrats voted to honor their commitments to the American people and leave it alone. Fortunately, the Republicans did not get enough votes to pass the bill this time.
Most Americans favor a balanced budget, but it must not be balanced on the backs of the working people and the poor.
What makes this attempt so insulting is the recent passage of the Trump/Republican Tax Reform Plan. That plan gives billions, if not trillions, to wealthy people and corporations, and almost nothing to the average American.
There will be a backlash from these dirty deeds. Soon the “R” used to identify Republicans will become the “R” that means “Reject” this person. They don’t represent you or your best interests.
To those who are Christians among our political representatives, I would remind them that, as such, we are to “Do unto others what you would have them do to you…”