Debt ceiling deadline puts food stamps and Social Security at risk

  • Article by: Zachary A. Goldfarb and Jim Tankersley , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 13, 2013 - 10:51 PM

 

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lsowieurjdcOct. 13, 1310:21 PM

Crack down on waste, fraud and abuse and Obama won't have to cut benefits to any legitimate recipient. But the Dems might lose some voter so that will never happen.

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crystalbayOct. 13, 1311:22 PM

"Crack down on waste, fraud and abuse and Obama won't have to cut benefits to any legitimate recipient"....................FYI: Obama's recouped almost 5 billion dollars in fraud and abuse - more in the last two years than Bush did in eight.

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markeyboyOct. 14, 13 7:06 AM

It is easy to keep repeating armchair social solutions to solve our financial issues and claim evangelical high ground at the podium. The most popular rant is to reduce funding to the vulnerable, disabled and elderly citing fraud within the system. Of course no tparty family member has ever been ill, been without work, poor, in hospice care, disabled or gotten old. Telling people with a broad brush to get a job and take responsibility for themselves is for many USA citizens out of the picture.

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lawstarOct. 14, 13 7:27 AM

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

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guessagainOct. 14, 13 7:39 AM

lsowieurjdc ===== Crack down on waste, fraud and abuse and Obama won't have to cut benefits to any legitimate recipient. ===== So until then, all the legitimate recipients can just starve, right? And I'd love to know just how much waste and fraud you think there is in Social Security retirement payments. The answer is ZERO.

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circleoflifeOct. 14, 13 7:40 AM

crystalbay "FYI: Obama's recouped almost 5 billion dollars in fraud and abuse - more in the last two years than Bush did in eight." FYI: Obama didn't have anything to do with it.

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circleoflifeOct. 14, 13 7:42 AM

If social security is effected, instead of whining about it and blaming someone else, I'm going to let the political process continue like it was meant to and "do the right thing" and help my mom if/when she needs it more than I already do now.

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hobie2Oct. 14, 13 7:42 AM

Why do Social Security Old Age checks take a hit? They are funded by FICA and the money in the trusts, money which the Federal government doesn't get to use - it only gets to borrow against... The wage earners put that money into Social Security Old Age benefits, not the taxpayers. Saying the checks don't go out because the government can't borrow is like saying you can't pay your Grandma's rent from her trust fund because your own credit card is maxed out.

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mn2niceOct. 14, 13 9:09 AM

I would like Congress to explain to my landlord why I can't pay my rent on November 1 if Social Security benefits are to be delayed for up to two weeks. I don't think they will be very receptive to the I owe you excuse.

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Truckman182Oct. 14, 13 9:41 AM

Entitlement change needs to happen right now.....

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