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Dems Hope To Buy Senior Votes For $250

From an approving Associated Press:

Democrats make pre-election pitch to help seniors

By Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer
October 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – Democrats are making a pre-election pitch to give Social Security recipients a one-time payment of $250, part of a larger effort to convince senior voters that their party, and not Republicans, will best look out for the 58 million people who get the government retirement and disability benefits.

The $250 check is meant to make up for a second year without a cost-of-living increase due to low inflation.

President Barack Obama has urged Congress to approve the $250 payment. House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid say they will bring up the legislation when lawmakers return for the lame-duck session in November.

Would it be overly cynical to suggest that this is exactly why the government has jiggered the numbers so that ‘cost of living adjustments’ aren’t being given out even though there has obviously been inflation?

This way, the Democrats can magnificently dole out the money themselves (like Mr. Obama did two years ago) – and just in time for the elections.

In the meantime, Democrats are using the proposal to augment their campaign pitch that Republicans would undermine Social Security.

"Instead of helping seniors," Pelosi’s office said, "Republicans, backed by their allies on Wall Street, are threatening to privatize and cut Social Security, just as they tried to do under President Bush."

Added Reid, "The only thing standing in the way of America’s seniors receiving this critical support are Senate Republicans."

Actually, 12 Democrats and one independent who aligns himself with Democrats joined 37 Republicans in blocking the $250 bonus when Senate voted on the issue last March. Two of the Senate Democrats who voted against it then, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, are engaged in tough campaign battles to keep their seats.

Democratic leaders in the House never brought the issue up for a vote. Obama first asked Congress for the $250 payment last February

Gosh, what a surprising series of admissions from the Associated Press. It’s a good thing they buried these details in the article.

Democrats may have the votes in the House to push through the measure, although still unanswered is how they plan to cover the estimated $13 billion to $14 billion cost of giving $250 to each of more than 50 million Social Security beneficiaries. Obama hasn’t offered any suggestions and the Senate measure last March was rejected 47-50 primarily because it would have stacked the cost on top of the nearly $12 trillion federal debt.

It obviously pleases the AP to be amusing. When have the Democrats ever cared about increasing the deficit? They only use the bogeyman of the deficit as a tool to raise taxes, so they can increase spending, so they can raise taxes…

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., offered a counterproposal then that would have paid for the bonus with unspent money from the $814 billion stimulus package, but it was rejected by an even wider 38-59 margin

So you can see right there how serious the Democrats are about 1) helping seniors, and 2) avoiding running up the deficit.

After all, the rest of the stimulus is already allotted to Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign. Which is only fair, since the first half was used for the Democrats’ midterms.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Dems Hope To Buy Senior Votes For $250”

  1. Astravogel says:

    It would be worth the $250 to me to, as General
    Lee said, “See those people off.”

  2. proreason says:

    As a reminder of a post from a month ago, $250 will buy a person of indescriminate sex for about 1 hour. A 3% increase would have a net present value of about $4,000.

    If you think your vote is worth $250, you know what you can call yourself.

  3. untrainable says:

    Oblamer has been planning this payoff since February. I wonder how he knew back in February that there would be no inflation and therefore no COLA. Hmmmm?

  4. oldpuppydixie says:

    And should democrats LOSE 60-70 house seats and 8 or 10 in the senate, there is NO DOUBT the first thing on their minds will be REWARDING the voting block MOST RESPONSIBLE for the carnage…that being, SENIORS!!! Uh, yeah. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I WOULDN’T MAKE ANY PLANS FOR SPENDING THAT MONEY!!!

  5. P. Aaron says:

    Remember Dems said the ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ would by a muffler when 1st proposed? How much is a muffler?

  6. P. Aaron says:

    Remember Dems said the ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ would buy a muffler when 1st proposed? How much is a muffler?

  7. Tater Salad says:

    Ole’ Tater Salad sure thanks the Socialist members of Congress for the $250.00 they are trying to buy my vote. I will sign the check and then send it to the Republican Party to support the TeaParty movement to remove all the socialist members of Congress to the unemployment lines.

  8. tranquil.night says:

    Man, even with absolutely nothing left in the gun, they manage to take an automatic government process which they let expire and repackage it with a whole new political template of snarky, deceitful talking points.

    The rats keep eating the ship. Every day they just sink lower.

    Oh crap guys, Obama’s dishing out “tax cuts” for seniors. It’s over. Election’s lost.

  9. proreason says:

    Let’s review!!

    2007 to now – Real Estate crash. Many seniors lose their homes. Many others on the verge of foreclosure. Millions of others have their estates reduced by billions.

    Sept to Oct 2008 – Stock market falls by 50%. Senior’s retirment savings poofed.

    Nov 2008 to Oct 2010 – CD rates hover around .0001%. Senior’s retirment income reduced to 0.

    Jan 2009 to now – hundreds of thousands of seniors lose jobs they were depending on to make ends meet.

    Jan 2010 – Social Security (the program seniors paid into for 35-45 years) increases 0% for the first time ever. The cost of Food, Medicare premium, and the cost of health care (Senior’s primary expense) continue to increase.

    Jun 2010 – Obamycare passes. 1/2 trillion dollars removed from Medicare, the medical insurance program seniors paid into for 35 to 45 years. This will thin the herd of greedy seniors by millions over the next decade.

    Oct 2010 – Obamy announces the Social Security payment (the program seniors paid into for 35-45 years) increase for 2011 will be 0% for the second time in history. The cost of Food, Medicare premium, and the cost of health care (Senior’s primary expense) continue to increase.

    Jan 2011 – Estate tax scheduled to go revert to the good old days……..50%.

    sometime in 2011 – Inflation scheduled to SKYROCKET. WHEE!!!

    Homes lost. Mortgages foreclosed. Jobs lost, Retirement savings cut in half. Pocket change from CDs. MASSIVE cuts in Medicare funding. No cola increase for 2010. No cola increase for 2011. Estate values cut in half. Inflation to skyrocket.

    But don’t worry Seniors!!! Democrats know how to take care of YEW !!!!!!!

    Uncle Obamy has $250 for your pocket in the near future…………..provided you vote for him in November.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      The COLA though is based on growth in the 3rd quarter of two years prior…the COLA usually lags behind by 2 years, and thus there will probably not be a COLA again until 2014.

      The COLA for FY 2011 is based on 3Q 2008, COLA for FY 2012 on 3Q 2009…

  10. bill says:

    Offsets the $500 billion the Democrats stole from the seniors medicare … Hey wait, that doesn’t seem to add up.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Is this what they call “OBAMA” money?

    It’s a shakedown of the worst kind………….$250.00 in vote buying with Taxpayers money!!!!!!!

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