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I AM A “SEENAGER”, ARE YOU?

My friend, DR. Peter Forrest sent me the basic facts to explain how fortunate it is to be a “Seenager”. I have changed the singular context of most of the document and both deleted, added or paraphrased some passages.

My age group is now known as “Seenager’s (Senior teenager’s). We have everything that wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later.

We don’t have to go to school or work,

We get an allowance every month.

We have our own pad.

We don’t have a curfew.

We have a driver’s license and our own car.

We have ID’s that gets us into bars and the liquor store.

The people we hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant.

We have been blessed to live this long.

We don’t have acne.

Brains of older people function slower because we know so much. People do not decline mentally with age. Like a computer, it just takes us longer to recall facts because we have more information in our CPU/brains.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. This is NOT a memory problem, it is nature’s way of making older people get more exercise.

SO THERE!!

I probably have more friends I should send this to, but I can’t remember their names. So, please forward this to all of your friends; they may also be my friends? ANON

Should you know who created the original “Seenager” fact sheet please let me know so I can give credit to them for a great way to cheer up all of us older folks.

C Brewer 

Federal Benefit Check?

I received this message from a good friend today and by chance my “Federal Benefit Check” from the Social Security Administration, arrived three days late. The past several months they have been late and they were always on time for some 21 years. In addition they told me I was not in compliance with a Federal Law by not registering for an electronic payment instead of a check since 2013. I suppose I will soon be arrested along half of the older retirees in the United States who don’t like electronic payments, debit cards and don’t need a bank account.

They warn us it is easy to lose a check but Debit cards can be lost by old folks much easier than the Postal Service can lose our checks. I have received this same message each month for two years. Soon I expect  government regulations that will tell us when and how we have to brush our teeth and wipe our rears.

As I am approaching 85, life in a Federal Prison would be a lot cheaper by not having to buy food, clothes, pay to insure my health and eventually the costs to bury me. I suppose I could divorce my wife of 55 years and give her all of our assets now. Please absorb the following scenario of our government helping you that you may not be unaware of? This older lady is obviously quite upset.

 The Story

Before reading the information below, I’d like to share an incident that happened to me a couple of months ago at a Walgreens. My husband had a new prescription that cost over $200. I have the Balance Rewards card from Walgreens, which honors prescriptions as well as other purchases. So, I asked for the Balance Rewards for this prescription to be added to my Rewards account.

The pharmacist said she couldn’t because I was paying for it with an entitlement. I explained that we have never been on any kind of entitlement program. She stated that Social Security and Medicare are entitlements. I tried not to come unglued, but told her nicely that my husband and I had earned our Social Security and Medicare with money paid into these accounts each and every payday. She said she understood, but it was now called an entitlement, and I couldn’t get the Rewards points. I could care less about the Rewards points, but was livid that the government now called Social Security (that we paid into all our lives) an entitlement!

To be fair to Walgreens, the pharmacist said that there was a federal law that no one on 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.

Here we go. JUST REALIZED THAT WITH REQUIRED AUTO DEPOSIT, I NEVER GET TO SEE THE CHECK. ALERT EVERYONE YOU KNOW. THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US.* *Subject:* SOCIAL SECURITY becomes FEDERAL BENEFIT CHECK. Have you noticed, the Social Security check is now referred to as a “Federal Benefit Payment”?

I am writing it 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!

Let’s take a stand. We have earned 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.

*Then call it what it is: Our Earned Retirement Income.* 99% of people won’t share this. Will you? *You can bet I WILL!* I ALSO THINK WE SHOULD DEMAND THAT THEIR SALARIES AND RETIREMENTS BE CALLED FEDERAL BENEFIT PAYMENTS. THIS WOULD BE MORE HONEST THAN WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY.

I have no idea who wrote this but I hope you will share this with everyone possible. I wonder if we will see Obama, Holder, Hillary and the rest of the people like the IRS lady who ignored the laws when we all get to the federal pokey? C Brewer

RAMBLINGS OF A RETIRED MIND!

Even children, now have the status symbol of today, a cell phone. Some wear those devices over their ear, others wear them clipped to their belt or purse and some flash them to get attention. As technology passed me by and to look cool, I disguised my hearing aid, wear a garage door opener on my belt and carry an empty i phone case when I am shopping or at public events.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and call it “Pumping Rust”.

I’ve gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That’s when your chest is falling into your drawers!

When people see a cat’s litter box, they always say, ‘Oh, have you got a cat?’  Just once I want to say, ‘No, it’s for company!’

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, “A Good Doctor”!

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me.  They were cramming for their finals.

As for me, I’m just hoping God grades on the curve.

Birds of a feather flock together . . . . Then poop on your car.

A penny saved is a government oversight.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost is to buy a replacement.

He who hesitates is probably right.

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you likely have someone in mind to blame.

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble…

Did you ever notice:  When you put the 2 words “The” and “IRS” together it spells “Theirs”?

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and a lot of the roads weren’t paved.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth. AMEN

Thanks Allan for sharing your thoughts.

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