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Monday, September 26, 2016

Q: I was surprised by the woman who wrote to you and said that people living on a small amount of Social Security were just lazy. Let me share my story to help this callous woman understand why people like me don’t get very much from Social Security.

Believe me, I am not lazy. I worked for quite a few years before I married my husband. Shortly after we were married, I withdrew all of my retirement savings to help him start a business, which eventually became very successful. I quit my job and worked for his business but never got compensated.

  • JOE BLIVITZ

    IF HUBBY RAN OFF WITH A YOUNG FLAT TUMMY AND YOU WERE MARRIED TO A MAN WITH A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS THEN I WOULD THINK YOUR DIVORCE SETTLEMENT WOULD PUT YOU ON THE BEACH ON SOME SOUTH SEA ISLAND

  • DebbieKiesel-Ryan

    You are, a heart. He had the buiness and probably the money, thus she was probably not able to get a good attorney to get her a good settlement. She cashed out her retirement to start his business, she should have received part of the business, but it doesn’t always work that way. I hope she get the SSI and she should be entitled to it as they were living in a common law state. He sure took her money, now take his!!!

  • jbowen43

    Most of those folks that you refer to as bootstrappers have little knowledge of how the world works outside their little bubble. My wife worked in highway construction for thirty years where a normal work week consisted of 5 fourteen hour days and often was five or six sixteen hour days of hard physical labor. During that time we raised cattle and sheep and she frequently had to haul hay in five ton loads from a farm over a hundred miles away and she was our chief artificial insemination technician AI-ing 1200 pound cows. After all that and the damage done to her body she stopped working at age sixty and had to wait until age 62 to get Social Security. She gets a little over $500 per month in Social Security. He situation isn’t all that unusual.

  • dawnowens

    If your SS or retirement money isn’t enough to live on safely or comfortably, get together with a friend or 2 and share expenses and living arrangements. Three people each bringing in 500, or 1000 a piece, can live very comfortably even if you still have rent or mortgage payments to make. I really don’t understand why people insist on living alone and then complain that their money doesn’t go far enough.

  • ajaxgeneral

    dawn, your assuming everyone has friends, not taking into consideration that as you age, some die off while others move away.. You must be very young. I’m 66 and have no friends left.. I don’t go to churches or bars, so I can’t troll for friends there.. I can find friends on the internet but most of those are at least States away.. The problem with people like you is you’ve been lucky to grasp what you call a secure future.. If anything happens to this security there will be no one to pay your way and as far as charity, well you’ll just have to wait in line with the other thousands waiting in line and as you wait, your life gets worse.. Only the g’ment can help in these matters but alas, you will not realize what this means to those in desperation until you reach their age and discover the people you trusted to care for your future is no longer around, and neither is your investment. I pity you for not having sympathy for those in real need, complaining because some low life (as you would view them) is getting money from your taxes instead of allowing every penny to go to the military and the war mongers.. Shame on you and those heartless people who values monetary gods over moral kindness!!

  • michaelndayton

    You mentioned that this woman might be able to prove she was a ‘common law wife’, one living outside marriage with a partner. Is it then legal, in a gay / lesbian ‘common law’ partnership to enjoy the same benefit?