Mitt Romney and Congressmen Bobby Schilling want to privatize Social Security, which would be yet another handout to Wall Street, one that would put workers and retirees at great risk. This idea would create individual Social Security accounts managed by big Wall Street firms.
With all the chaos and greed in the stock market in recent years, I think this would be a terrible gamble for workers and retirees who need a solid secure pot of savings they can count on.
Almost every day you hear about some financial scandal or some wild fluctuation in the stock market. That is fine if you are a big gambler, but for the rest of us, keep our Social Security as far away from this as possible. Workers and retirees in Illinois need elected officials who care more about people here on Main Street than their campaign donors on Wall Street.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.