Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Officially Old…and Supporting the Economy

There is no denying or dodging, no circumventing or sidestepping the issue. I am officially old.

The stamp of irrefutability is on my forehead.

Today I applied for Social Security and Medicare.

The sign-up did not take long. The marvel of the Internet and my laptop allowed me to undertake the procedure from the comfort of my favorite chair. One screen followed another as I filled out basic name/address information and answered yes/no to a series of questions.

Review the information carefully the bold print commanded as all my data appeared on one screen. I dutifully complied. At the bottom of the screen a warning, again in bold, declared my information could not be changed after submitting my application.

I took a deep breath and hit submitIt was all over, my data now inscribed in the Cloud and the government’s computers forever.

The on-line process proved painless and trouble-free, yet somewhat mentally distressing. Or maybe depressing is a better word.

Although not real, I could see the big banner in the sky bearing a melancholy message in bright-colored flashing lights declaring, “You are old! No hiding it now! This is it! YOU ARE OFFICIALLY OLD.”

But there is a bright side. Soon money sent from the Social Security office of our esteemed government will be deposited directly into my bank account every month.

I will become a card-carrying member of the 47% of the population receiving a government entitlement (to which this loyal taxpayer contributed for decades as a member of the working crowd).

My money will almost immediately be moved into the accounts of companies waiting impatiently for my funds, like my local gas and electric company, Comcast (only because there are no good alternatives), the grocery store, convenience/gas station, the guy shoveling my sidewalk, the local coffee shop – the list goes on. And as time passes (I fear) medical establishments will receive a larger and larger chunk of my cash.

I contribute to the paychecks of younger folks working in these companies, providing needed services, supporting their families and their government by paying taxes.

I am proud to be part of a vast federal employment program, helping to create jobs.

Think about it. My money will be going right back where it came - Into the coffers of the U.S. Treasury for redistribution once again.

So, politicians out there ranting about cutting off my entitlements, my dollars will be widely spread around, helping to sustain and grow the economy.

Sure there is bloat in the budget and room for improvement. If I could make a suggestion – first round cuts should be the salaries of the politicians aiming for my entitlements.

Meanwhile I eagerly await my first government largesse.


  1. You'll be tempted to call your bank every month to make sure it is deposited, but you'll get over that. lol Don't expect your annual SS increases to help much, unless they change the way they do things again, for the better. For the past two years, it has been under 2%. This year, it will almost pay for my raise in rent.

  2. I look at my bank's website every month when the check is expected, and it's always there, thank goodness. It's been seven years now, and I still get anxious about it. Congratulations! :-)

  3. First time commenting. I tend to check my bank online regularly and I agree my check has always been there, in fact it generally comes on the Tuesday before the second Wednesday. I actually got my money on the green card for about two years (I got SS early) and loved that solution, because I'm a card person!!

  4. Good for you! The payback into the economy is often (conveniently, I might add) forgotten in all of the negative rhetoric being tossed around.

  5. I feel a twinge of guilt watching money arrive in my bank account that I didn't just spend 80 hours working for.

    Weird, I know.

    1. Don't fell guilty, Linda. We all worked 80 hours, and sometimes more for it, we just did the work in previous years. Enjoy getting your money back.

  6. I couldn't remember if I left a comment, but wanted to say that I too am a card-carrying member of your group.