Now once again, in an interview with Scott Pelley of the CBS Evening News, the President instilled fear in the retirement sector by stating that he couldn't guarantee that Social Security payments would be mailed to recipients.
However, this is not a new tactic for the President, as he provided a similar warning on February 15, 2011 when he said: If there’s a government shutdown, "people don’t get their Social Security checks." However, based on previous shutdowns, we know this is not true. Yet the President insists on holding senior citizens as hostages during the Republican debates.
Since 1976, the Federal Government has been shut down 17 times, and each time, Social Security checks were sent out ( This would be 18th government shutdown in U.S. history ).
- 1976: 10 days beginning Thursday September 30
- 1977: 12 days beginning Friday September 30
- 1977: 8 days beginning Monday October 31
- 1977: 8 days beginning Wednesday November 30
- 1978: 17 days beginning Saturday September 30
- 1979: 11 days beginning Sunday September 30
- 1981: 2 days beginning Friday November 20
- 1982: 1 day beginning Saturday September 30
- 1982: 3 days beginning Tuesday December 21
- 1983: 3 days beginning Thursday November 14
- 1984: 2 days beginning Sunday September 30
- 1984: 1 day beginning Wednesday October 3
- 1986: 1 day beginning Thursday October 16
- 1987: 1 day beginning Friday December 18
- 1990: 3 days beginning Friday October 5
- 1995: 5 days beginning Monday November 13
- 1995: 10 days beginning Friday December 15
Perhaps the biggest disruption of the possible August 2, 2011 shutdown will be to the President who will be celebrating his 50th birthday at a Chicago fund raising bash ( Obama 50th birthday bash set for August 3 ).
For the sake of the country, let's hope the Republicans stand together and block any increase to the federal debt and implementation of new taxes.