Posts tagged "seniors"

Illinois should tax retirement income

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner created headlines on Friday when he said in a debate that he wouldn’t rule out taxing retirement income as part of an overhaul of Illinois’ tax system. He said he doesn’t have a position on that right now, but he should. And that position–as with all other candidates–is that all... Read more »

How glad I am that I'm too old to be starting a family.

Today’s young couples are facing impossible financial expectations and demands. I was reminded of that when a friend told me that her son’s college education was costing $54,000 — a year. That’s more than I spent some 20 years ago for my two children’s entire college educations. I can only shudder when I think what... Read more »

Seniors: Who do you want rationing your Medicare?

My dear brother and sister seniors, Someone has to say it: You and I will have to sacrifice, like everyone else, to help pull America back from financial disaster. Just like the sacrifices demanded of public employees and government beneficiaries. Just like the millions of private-sector unemployed and underemployed have already sacrificed. Without some sacrifice,... Read more »
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A sure-fire diet.

This is circulating anonymously on the Interent: Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had, an elephant? So since I’m... Read more »

Seniors' free rides may end. Yes!

A House committee has approved legislation that would roll back the free transit rides for seniors program pushed through by ex-Gov, Rod Blagojevich. The committee vote, 19-4, indicates that enough House members may have found the courage to end the controversial program. Under the measure, sponsored by Rep. Suzie Bassi, seniors would return to paying... Read more »

Bye, AARP

The American Association of Retired Persons announced today that it is supporting the Democratic House health care legislation The reason? According to the AARPBulletintoday Waiting for grandma’s health care bill to arrive  AARP Chief Executive A. Barry Rand said  the organization supports the House bill over other proposals because the measure does more to lower... Read more »
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Congressional pandering to seniors

If this doesn’t beat all: Chicken House members voted to make sure seniors get a cost of The Chicken Coop living increase in their social security checks, even though the cost of living hasn’t increased. As reported by the Associated Press: The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to eliminate monthly premium increases for millions of Medicare... Read more »
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