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 Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.
1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.
1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.
1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.
1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.