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  •  People do not remember or know (5+ / 0-)

    How tenuous old age - past the time of working- can be. Older people that I work with (60+) talk about how without their SS, their part time income would mean welfare and possibly being homeless. With SS, life means enough to eat and drink (perhaps a bit of excess) and keeping their home. Having clothes on their back. The part time job is to stay young and have extras.

    •  I'm over 60 and this was never a problem. (0+ / 0-)

      Roosevelt is the one who started social security.

      Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better,do better. Maya Angelou

      by pipercity1 on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:10:57 AM PDT

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      •  I don't understand your comment. I am in my (0+ / 0-)

        early 60s and the great-aunties I remember were born around 1890s. They were widowed homemakers barely surviving on charity.

        I'm not sure how SS benefits worked for them, since several were widowed during the depression before SS was in place, so neither they nor their husbands contributed much to the system.

        If your relatives didn't experience anything like I described, then yours were fortunate indeed.

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 05:26:38 PM PDT

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