LEE COUNTY, Fla. - For the second year in a row, the social security administration will not increase benefits for the 58-million recipients in the U.S. Some of them, in Southwest Florida, reacted with anger and disappointment.
"It makes me very mad. My husband worked hard his whole life, and we can barely get by," said Kathy Bush. She and husband Chuck live on his social security check: $1124 a month.
"There is just not enough money now," complained Chuck Bush. "I was hoping for an increase, because it seems the price of everything is going up. We cannot afford to got out socially, unless it's the senior movie night, 6 dollars per night, and no popcorn or treats to eat!"
Bobby Thomson also reacted with anger. He is disabled, and gets just under 700 dollars a month in social security. "I am mad, but I also know, I just have to adjust. I have to cut some things, cut back on some food maybe. It does hurt, because even a few more dollars per month would have helped a lot of people, including me," Thomson told WINK-TV.
The trustees of the system say that inflation is not going up, so they could not justify an increase in the checks. However, the Obama administration is suggesting a one-time payment to recipients, to help ease the pain of no increase in benefits. The extra payment would be 250-dollars. The U.S. House speaker says the body will take up the payment after the election. However, opposition is forming in the Senate, to defeat the extra 250-dollars per person.