The Feds say Social Security is a FREEBEE – Really?

SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS . . are now Entitlements? 
Before reading the information below, I’d like to share an incident that happened a couple of months ago at a Walgreens.  A wife went to pickup her husband’s new prescription that cost over $200.  She had the Balance Rewards card from Walgreens, which honors prescriptions as well as other purchases.  So, she asked for the Balance Rewards for this prescription to be added to her Rewards account. The pharmacist said she couldn’t because the wife was paying for it with an entitlement.  The wife explained that she and her husband have never been on any kind of entitlement program.  The pharmacist stated that Social Security and Medicare are entitlements.  The wife tried not to come unglued, and told the pharmacist nicely that her husband and she had earned their Social Security and Medicare with money paid into these accounts each and every payday.  The pharmacist said she understood, but it was now called an entitlement, and the wife couldn’t get the Rewards points. The wife could have care less about the Rewards points, but was livid that the government now called Social Security (that we ALL paid into ALL our lives) an entitlement!
To be fair to Walgreens, the pharmacist said that this was a federal law — that no one on an entitlement can benefit from those payments in any way…getting reward points.  Wow!  The government has their hands in everything!  Anyway, now please read the  item below…
If you get any Social Security at all in any manner, you might want to read.  Did you know this?
Unfortunately most did not, and I am one of  those whose Social Security funds are direct deposited to my bank, thus,  I never see the checks.  Once again, our beloved congressmen are playing fast and loose with vernacular.  What motive did they have for changing the name of our Social Security?  I’m sure they have a plan, and it won’t be to our betterment.
Subject:    SOCIAL SECURITY becomes FEDERAL BENEFIT CHECK.  Have you noticed, the Social Security check is now referred to as a “Federal Benefit Payment”?  I’ll be part of the one percent to pass this along.  I am spreading the word because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you.  Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has  read it…  
The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a Federal Benefit Payment.  This isn’t a benefit.  It is earned income!  Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too.  It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.  If you averaged $30K per year over your working  life, that’s close to $180,000 Invested in Social Security. 
If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social security( $375/month, including both your and your employers contributions) at a meager 1% Interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you’d have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved!  This is your personal investment.
Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per  month.  That’s almost three times more than today’s average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration (Google it – it’s a fact).   
And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you’re 98 if you retire at age 65)!  I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts ..  
Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever did.  They took our money and used it elsewhere.  They forgot (Knew) that it was OUR money they were taking.  They didn’t have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them.  And they didn’t pay interest on the debt they assumed.  And recently, they’ve told us that the money won’t support us for very much longer.  But is it our fault they misused our investments?  And now, to add insult to injury, they’re calling it a benefit, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it.  Just because they  borrowed the money,  doesn’t mean that our  investments were a charity! 
What do you think is going to get cut when Congress decides to pass laws to cut ‘Entitlements’, like food stamps and other welfare programs?  Do you think they will want to include the new ‘Federal Benefit Payment’ in that cut – Absolutely!
It is time to take a stand.  We have earned and paid for our right to Social Security and Medicare.  Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government.  Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going, for the sake of that 92% of our population who  need it.  When you hear someone, anyone, refer to Social Security as an ‘entitlement’ – DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH CALLING IT THAT – be it family, friends, Congressman or any other Politician.  Take them to the Wood Shed over that and make them understand the difference.
Send this link  –    –   to your representative and relatives and friends – ask them to pass it on to everyone, no matter what their age…. Before our government convinces them that our hard earned and paid for Social Security and Medicare are “FreeBees”…….
Then call it what it is:        Our Earned Retirement  Income.


I am fed up with the direction this Country is going and I am not sure it can be turned around. 2016 will determine the fate of this Great Nation. I fear for America now more than ever.