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    I was born in July of 1946 and first went to work as a busboy in a restaurant at age 16. $1.00 and hour plus tips. As an adult I was fortunate to have high paying jobs most of my life. In the 60's and 70's I made between 15 and 35,000 a year. In the 80's and half of the 90's it was 60-90,000. I was working in aerospace. Every Sept. or Oct. I would get a raise when they stopped taking out SS. In the mid 90's I got laid off and went to work for a major university and my pay dropped to the 50's, so no more SS holidays. I had to retire at 60 due to two major back surgeries. When people ask how I screwed my back up, I tell them it was from 40 years of being an idiot.Because I went out on SSDI I was able to collect my full benefit right away and get Medicare two years  later. Thanks to SS, three pensions, and Med. Insurance supplemental from the University I actually got a $2,000 dollar a month raise when I retired. I wish the younger generations were able to do this, but unless there are major changes in the country I don't see it happening. I'm afraid we're in a race to the bottom and everyone will be living in a Wal-Mart world.  All we can do is try to elect people who will fight to change this.
    Interesting fact. At the University SS was called OASDI. Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance.

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