It, like the rest of the United States treasury, is gone. The government loaned it to itself over the years and spent it long ago.
You thought it was sacrosanct? That it was handled separately from the federal budget?
This from the budget/debt ceiling talks in Washington emerged yesterday:
For the first time, President Barack Obama warned that Social Security checks for millions of senior citizens could be in jeopardy next month.
Why, this wasn't supposed to be. How did Social Security checks become part of the budget debate?
It's been there all along. You were being duped. Lied to. Played the fool.
And many of you bought it. Hook, line, and sinker. Because, well, you just want the money. And as long as it's coming, you don't care where it's coming from or what accounting gimmicks are required to get the checks to your mailbox.
Guess what. Your mailbox may soon be as empty as the federal treasury.
Is that your alarm clock screaming for you to wake up?
A day late, dude.
The sad part? This could have been prevented. Long ago.
Now? I'm not sure. We may be beyond the point of being able to fix this. This crisis could soon swell beyond payments to the elderly. Our entire way of life may soon be in jeopardy.
Something you old folks need to take into account: When the crash comes - if it comes - you are the first bunch to be thrown to the wolves. You're expendable. Highly.
So sad. You trusted your government to do right by you.
The United States of America. It's come to this.
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It should be mentioned that the disagreement between House Republicans and Obama is over the latter's demand that our taxes be raised if he's going to agree to a debt ceiling increase. A quote from a few years ago is in order:
"Make no mistake, allowing taxes to go up on all Americans would have raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family and that could cost our economy well over a million jobs."
Raising taxes causes job loss. Who knew?
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Oh, on a lesser note, the government has decided that we can't have our light bulbs back.
"Of the people, by the people, for the people." Your decision to either laugh or cry is yours to make. The government permits it.