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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.