>> Social Security
>> My Mom (per original sender) was a homemaker and dad worked all his
>> life and paid into SS, dad has passed away and now my Mom can barely
>> make ends meet. While the possible "illegal" alien in front of her
>> at the grocery store buys the name brands, my Mom goes for the
>> generic brands, and day old breads.
>> She doesn't have out of state calling on her phone, because she
>> can't afford it and shops at the thrift shops and dollar stores
>> while the "illegal" aliens go to Mace's, Gap, J.C. Penny, Banana
>> Republic, etc.
>> She considers having a pizza delivered once a week "eating out". She
>> grew up during the depression, watched her husband go overseas to
>> fight in WW II a year after their marriage, and then they went on to
>> raise, feed and clothe 5 children, scrounging to pay tuition for
>> parochial schools.
>> I'm sorry, but I can't see how the Senate can justify this slap in
>> the face to born and bred, or naturalized citizens.
>> It is already impossible to live on Social Security alone. If they
>> give benefits to "illegal" aliens who have never contributed, where
>> does that leave us that have paid into Social Security all our
>> working lives?
>> The Senate voted this week to allow "illegal" alien access to Social
>> Security benefits. Attached is an opportunity to sign a petition
>> that requires citizenship for eligibility to receive Social
>> services. If you do not wish to sign the petition yourself, please
>> forward on to anyone you think might be interested.
>> PETITION FOR: President Bush Mr. President: The petition below is a
>> protest against the recent vote of the senate which was to allow
>> illegal aliens access to our social security! We demand that you and
>> all congressional representatives require citizenship for anyone to
>> be eligible for social services in the United States.
My wife got this e-mail from her aunt and as far as we can tell it is in response to a bill in congress last June, mentioned in this snopes article. The version she got also included a list of a little over 500 names of people from roughly a third or so of the states, and not all from the border states. This was my wife's initial response, which I post here, along with the original e-mail since some of the things I say below wouldn't make sense otherwise (and because she's wittier and pithier than I.)
I will not sign, because these are not real petitions (you have to have verifiable email accounts or addresses for the petition to work) but I will comment on my opinion on this issue. If this story is really true, am sorry for this woman's mother who is struggling to make ends meat. But it isn't a problem
with so called, "illegal aliens". There is a deeper problem here. Why is our minimum wage still so low($5.15)? Why do women still get paid 80% of what men get paid?
I believe that not only do we as citizens of the United States deserve what is rightfully ours, Social Security, we also deserve to treat each and every human being with decency. I know from having friends in this "category" that if there are people who live and work here in our country,
but are not counted as citizens because of a beaurocratic governmental system that prevents immigrants from getting a speedy citizenship(takes as long as 7-14 years for working immigrants), they deserve to recieve every benefit that I might receive IF there is still enough money in Social Security funds left after the debt our country has incurred because of our war on terror and tax breaks for the rich. Don't get me started on those two issues. But most of all, we are fortunate to be living in this country, that we even might get a social security check someday, and that we get to vote (even though roughly half of us take advantaget of this).
I will not go further. But if I did, it would be this: How many people really know the story about the person standing in line with them at Macy's? Even if you don't agree, thanks for reading.