Obama Going After Railroad Retirement

Railroad Retirement: The Stealth Issue That Will Sway The Outcome Of The 2012 Election

Summary:

  • Ryan proposed going after the RR Retirement fund.
  • Romney unenthusiastically denounced Ryan’s proposal.
  • Obama said he would not touch it, but worked behinds the scenes to redistribute it to illegal aliens and lifelong welfare recipients.
  • You were right to be fearful of Romney, but if you voted for Obama because of this issue, you made a uninformed mistake.

The budget proposal President Obama recently submitted had several provisions designed to increase government tax revenue. But one provision concerning retirement accounts triggered alarm bells for many Americans, raising fears that the government will confiscate your retirement savings.

Why people think confiscation is possible

The provision in the Obama budget calls for tax laws to “prohibit individuals from accumulating over $3 million in tax-preferred retirement accounts.” Specifically, the budget refers to a complicated formula that involves figuring out how much money a person would need in order to buy an annuity contract that would guarantee annual payments to retirees of $205,000 for the rest of their lives. The proposal would raise $9 billion over the next 10 years, according to the budget’s forecast.

Immediately, many analysts jumped to the conclusion that the provision might involve actually taking away money from retirement accounts. CNBC’s Larry Kudlow described the measure in a special editorial in the New York Sun as an “incredible and arbitrary limit or tax on — or even possible confiscation of — IRA-type tax-advantaged savings account [emphasis added]… Keep Reading

If you are wondering why three million conservatives decided to vote for Obama, look no further than this. Despite my best efforts, Romney/Ryan never did come out and vocally put this issue to rest. They did  put some more up on their website, but they never brought it up as a campaign issue.

BTW  – My neighbor, who is a good conservative Christian guy, voted for Obama for this very reason.

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Nothing is more true to the spirit of the “Taxed Enough Already movement” than privatized retirement trusts. And nothing is more tax and spend liberal than to try to liberate these trusts into the money-flushing toilet that is our government’s general fund.

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Published on: Aug 11, 2012

Why is Obama spending so much time and effort on the Bain Capital story, when it only affects a handful of people? It is because it is a distraction. Bain Capital is Obama telling Mitt he has a “bat in the cave” so that he can get all the cheerleader’s phone numbers while Mitt is in the bathroom mirror digging. Obama’s real interest is not attacking Romney on Bain. Obama has more fertile fields like railroad retirement to cultivate — on the sly.

You are probably thinking: “Why are you making such a big deal out of a few railroaders? They can’t hurt Romney! It is just a few votes! Isn’t the Ryan budget stuff old news anyway?” (And no I am not a railroader. My retirement is in a 401k plan.)

If that is what you are thinking then you just don’t know. And what you don’t realize is that Railroad retirement issue could be the deciding factor in the 2012 presidential election. I will go so far as to say that if Mitt would come out and publicly say that he will never touch Railroad Retirement that the election would be over. Done! Obama would not stand a chance.

As I write this, Obama is secretly attacking Romney on this issue because it is a huge deal. And unlike the Bain Capital attacks, these attacks are working!

Conservatives are going to stay home!!

(Update August 12, 2012 4:36 PM – see comment below) Look, Romney just lost my vote. Period. Lifelong Repub, my vote now will go to Obama. I have 25 years of railroading in, 5-10 years to go. RR retirement is potent, among the very best retirements out there for union guys, even by union standards. And, it is completely [sic] PRIVATE. Not one thin dime of public funding goes to my retirement. I pay for it…

If Romney doesn’t come out soon and clearly articulate that he will fight to keep the Railroad Retirement Trust as is, and denounce just that one part of Paul Ryan’s budget plan verbally — like he has in writing on his website — he is in serious trouble come November. That light at the end of the tunnel for getting rid of Obama will be a train, and “we the people” are the ones who will get run over.

Why this is such a big issue?

The rail freight industry is enormous! All of the closely contested swing states are heavily involved and influenced by different railroads and their unions. Each of these railroads have thousands of miles main-line track and spurs. On these tracks (about every one hundred miles) is a railroad town of at least eight or ten thousand people. [At one time a couple of hundred miles was all a railway worker was expected to travel - home terminals and away from home terminals (towns) sprung up.]

These towns are the homes of the well-paid union rail workers (track men, signal gangs, conductors, brakemen and engineers). Plus the railroads also support their kids, grand-kids, railroad subcontractors, hotels, food marts etc. The list goes on and on. But the real people of influence of these communities are the railroad men.

(Update: Woman: Well, I just wrote him on his page about this very issue. Not that I expect to get a response on it, but I guarantee I am not done checking into this. I am a Tea Party Patriots local coordinator, and I will press the issue all the way to the top if I have to, to get him to answer the issue. He BETTER back off on this quest…)

They are the upper middle class, community leaders who influence everything from who is the local football coach, to who is on the school boards and even to whom people should think about voting for in presidential elections. These influential people are active in the churches, members of the golf clubs, you name it. This is especially true in the small towns of the rail/coal swing states like Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, but it also true throughout the Midwest and nation wide. We are talking over a million people here, who have influence over millions more people.

These people have skin in the game, they are concentrated in the coal rich swing states, and they — and their spouses — will show up to vote this Fall! Right now they could go either way.

(Update: (DATA.GOV) 777,646 railroad employees across the United States, plus 528,759 who are now retired and collecting paychecks… Now factor in their families and the people they have influence over.)

If  you just count one spouse and one kid, it comes to over three million votes!

 

These are good God-fearing folks who are being tugged on one side by their morals, and on the other side their livelihoods. And the unions heavily influence them, because the railway industry is unique in the sense that they still need them. RR officials treat their employees terribly, and these guys have a legitimate need for union protection — but that is another story. What matters is that they are the swing voters, and I believe that they will decide this election.

Meanwhile at the spit and whittle club

“Man I hate Obama, but I can’t vote for that Romney because he supports Ryan’s plan to raid the Railroad Retirement.” This is what is being said in countless barber shops in the vital swing states that Romney will need to win. I myself have heard this being said three times this week from people who have absolutely noting to do with the railroad or it’s retirement plan.

I am not sure that analysts like Dick Morris;  pundits like Erick Erickson or GOP candidates like Mitt Romney even have a clue as to the importance of the railroad retirement issue. But Obama does!  The union officials know the issue’s power, and they have put their “General Secretary” Comrade Obama in the know.

Proof is in the actions they are taking. Obama and his union ilk have launched an all out cold war stealth assault on Romney, hitting him where they think that it will hurt him the most. His union comrades are sending out millions of fear mongering flyers to the millions of union workers, and more importantly to millions of union retirees.

Newest Union Flyer (Source northeasternsystemfederation.org)

(Click pic for larger image)

These letters and flyers have one clear message: “ROMNEY IS AFTER YOUR RAILROAD RETIMENT!” The people receiving these letters are not the government-union commies that we are hearing about on Fox News. These are limited government conservatives who would vote for Romney, but are afraid that our out of control government will get and waste their hard earned retirement if they do. They are being propagandized and fear mongered by Obama and the liberal union leaders.

What is Railroad Retirement?

Railroad retirement is what social security should be. It is not available to the government. It goes in a coffer that the government can’t get to. The people who put into the coffer are the ones who take out of the coffer — for retirement and healthcare alike. People who work for forty years can expect live the same lifestyles they had before they retired, because the government can’t get their greedy tax, waste-and-spend hands on it.  It is the closest thing to privatized social security we have here in America.

Company Overview of National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust

The National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust is a union pension fund affiliated with the United States Railroad Retirement Board. The fund has $20 billion in assets and was established pursuant to Section 105 of the Railroad Retirement Survivor’s Improvement Act of 2001, which was signed into law on December 21, 2001. The sole purpose of the Trust is to manage and invest Railroad Retirement assets. The Trust invests the assets of the Railroad Retirement Account in a diversified investment portfolio in the same manner as those of private sector retirement plans. Investment of Railroad Retirement Account assets is no longer limited to U.S. government securities and the Trust is a tax-exempt entity independent from the federal government.

Railroaders do not pay Social Security. What is held out of their check goes into this coffer. And as you might suspect, because the government can’t get to it that it has become huge success — to the sum of $24.1 billion.

This is the RR workers’ money, and it should be left alone. Any government official, who tries to reach in to get it, should be run out of Washington on a rail. But as you might have guessed, both liberals and republicans would love to get there hands on it, so that they can destroy it like they did the social security system.

This is the basis of the Obama attack

To all Republicans in Congress and especially Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.: Keep your hands off railroad retirement.

The House of Representatives just passed its budget resolution that would conform Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits to equal those of Social Security, suggesting that changing our railroad retirement would save the government $2 billion over 10 years. Railroad retirement is fully funded by railroad employers and employees with no funding from the government. This plan was passed on to the Senate by a count of 228-191, with all Republicans except 10 voting for it.

The Railroad Retirement Act of 2001 privatized our retirement and removed it from the grasp of our government, unlike Social Security. If you Republican lawmakers want to get involved with railroad retirement, how about helping us (National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees Inc.) fight against Widows Initial Minimum Amount and the take-back provision of 1983. Both of these agreements hurt our spouses by denying COLAs (Cost of Living Allowances) and reducing their annuity by5 percent.

Our Railroad Retirement Fund, since 2001, has grown to $24.1 billion as of Dec. 31, 2011, and is doing well. Leave it alone!

Obama has called out the big dog. He has sent the Mooch to spread propaganda!

 “First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a Kansas City Southern Railway facility in Shreveport, La., Railroad Retirement fund solvent and healthy

Michelle Obama to visit KCS rail yard April 12

SHREVEPORT, La. — First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a Kansas City Southern Railway facility in Shreveport, La., Thursday, April 12, where the UTU represents various crafts, to celebrate the 50,000 veteran or military spouses hired by American companies nationwide as part of the president’s Joining Forces initiative encouraging the hiring.

Kansas City Southern is among numerous railroads that have recruited and hired veterans and military spouses.

Mittens better get on the ball, before it is too late

Although “Mitt Romney has never introduced or stated any plans to modify the railroad retirement” he has not put this issue to rest.

Here’s the attack on the Railroad Retirement Board. The Ryan budget would:

Eliminate the “60/30” provision which allows railroad employees to retire with full benefits at 60 years of age with 30 years of service;
Eliminate the Railroad Retirement Occupational disability program for rail workers who can no longer perform their railroad duties due to disability;
Increase the minimum retirement age for railroad employees to 62 years of age with a reduction in benefits;
Increase the minimum age for spousal annuities with a reduction in benefits;
Increase the annual out-of-pocket medical costs paid by railroad retirees and cause the costs of railroad retiree health insurance under GA46000 to soar.

And here’s what Mitt Romney said about the Ryan budget on March 20 in Chicago:

I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on his part and on the part of the Republicans and it’s very much consistent with what I put out earlier…. I applaud it. It’s an excellent piece of work and very much needed.

Remember in November!

This is a major concern for a large number of voters

The End of Railroad Retirement

To be delivered to: President Barack Obama

The two puppets leading the act on confusion in America is Mitt Romney and his sidekick Paul Ryan. This duo’s plan is to do away with a grandfathered retirement plan that railroad workers themselves have paid into. This money does not belong to public funding and is a private fund but those vested in it. The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan, plan on ruining American and making it a profit for Republican and personal gain. Vote no on anything related to these two wolves in sheeps

Another example:

Republican Budget Targets Railroad Retirement Benefits

On March 29, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on a party line vote adopted the so-called Ryan Budget over the opposition of House Democrats.

One of the Budget’s provisions states that railroad retirement benefits “are more generous than Social Security in many ways.” The Budget goes on to call for legislation to conform railroad retirement Tier 1 benefits “so that its benefits would equal those of Social Security, with an estimated savings to taxpayers of $2 billion over 10 years.”

There are two things to know about this budget.

First, it has no chance of being adopted as legislation this year. Why? Because the Democratic Senate will not even take it up for consideration, and President Obama wouldn’t sign it even if Congress passed it.

Second, if the Republicans succeed in November in winning the White House and Senate, railroad retirement, as we know it, may not survive.

The Ryan Budget is enthusiastically supported by Mitt Romney and almost all of the current Congressional Republicans. Even though the above quoted Budget language reflects a fundamental misunderstanding about how railroad retirement is funded, there is no doubt as to its intent: to eliminate occupational disability and 60/30 retirement, as those are the two chief benefits that exceed Social Security benefits.

As railroad workers and retirees, we understand that those benefits are completely funded by the taxes we and railroad employers pay. But that doesn’t matter to the Republican majorities who voted for this.

Mitt’s only response

Romney is clear in his answer to the the question that was raised on aboutmittromney.com.  His answer even goes as far as saying this part of Ryan’s bill  was “unnecessary and ill-advised.”

But this is not enough! He is being killed by the Obama team on this issue, and I don’t think he has any idea.

Question: The union folks are claiming that Gov. Romney plans to move the railroad retirement system into social security (which would reduce the benefits of those who have worked on the railroad for many years), and that is a basis to vote for Obama. To me this is not very smart since Obama has an all-out war on coal, nevertheless it is the argument they are using…Could you please confirm or deny this plan?

Long Answer: (short answer found below at the bottom)

This is an untrue rumor by the democrat-aligned unions in the important coal and railroad regions in Virginia and West Virginia, and told to railroad workers and retirees nationwide.Mitt Romney has no such plan, and it would go against his stated philosophies to introduce such a plan.This is merely an attempt to swing the vote to Obama by using untrue scare tactics.Mitt Romney has laid out his plan to reform social security and it does not mention and does not touch the railroad retirement. (See summary by NY Times below.)Mitt Romney has never introduced or stated any plans to modify the railroad retirement.

Reason: The railroad retirement is healthy and currently does not need reforming:

“Barring a sudden, unanticipated, large decrease in railroad employment or substantial investment losses, the railroad retirement system will experience no cash-flow problems during the next 23 years. The long-term stability of the system, however, is still questionable. Under the current financing structure, actual levels of railroad employment and investment return over the coming years will largely determine whether corrective action is necessary.”

rrb.gov – RRB Financial Reports – July, 2011

But Social Security needs reforming:“Social Security began running deficits in 2010, paying out $48.9 billion more in benefits than it received through payroll taxes. Nor will these deficits ever end, meaning that without reforms, Social Security will continue to add billions to the deficit and debt each year.”

Heritage.org – Social Security Deficits are Permanent and Growing

Background:Railroad workers pay into a separate railroad retirement instead of paying into social security:“While railroad retirement tier I payroll taxes are coordinated with social security taxes so that employers and employees pay tier I taxes at the same rate as social security taxes, both railroad employees and employers pay additional tier II taxes which are used to finance railroad retirement benefit payments over and above social security levels.”

rrb.gov – Regarding House Budget Report on Conforming Tier I benefits to Social Security Benefits – 2012

“Railroad Retirement Tier I … payroll taxes on employers and workers are the same as for Social Security, but Tier I allows railroaders with at least 30 years of service to retire at age 60 with full benefits for themselves and spouse. The cost of early retirement is funded by Tier II payroll taxes, which also fund additional Railroad Retirement benefits similar to private-sector pension plans where they still exist.

“The average Railroad Retirement benefit paid current retirees is some $1,700 more monthly than paid to Social Security recipients, while the Railroad Retirement spouse benefit is some $500 more than paid spouses under Social Security.

“Carriers pay the bulk of the additional Railroad Retirement taxes – 12.1 percent on payroll up to $81,900 per employee, while employees pay 3.9 percent on the same earnings. This significant pension benefit is what the railroads rely on to keep our professional workforce on the job until retirement.”

utu.org – Vigilance key to protecting pension benefits – Apr 30, 2012

Basis:The basis for spreading this rumor is that the 222 page draft resolution of Paul Ryan’s budget plan included the following two paragraphs:“Illustrative policy options… that could be considered by the committees… are the following:

“… Conform Railroad Retirement Tier 1 Benefits to Social Security Benefits.”

gpo.gov – House Report 112-421 – Mar 23, 2012

Mitt Romney praised the “vision” and “principles” laid out in Paul Ryan’s blueprint for the fiscal year 2013 budget resolution (which by the way said nothing about railroad retirement), and in the budget passed by the house on March 29, 2012 (which by the way, none of the versions said anything about the railroad retirement either):

“We are making progress. The House of Representatives has unanimously rejected President Obama’s vision of an America with higher taxes, unlimited spending, and expansive government… I look forward to working with Congress to achieve fiscal discipline and passing a budget that moves us toward a simpler, smarter, and smaller federal government.”

MittRomney.com – Mar 29, 2012

(And although Mitt Romney never endorsed the draft consideration on the railroad retirement, the unnecessary and ill-advised proposal would not have reduced benefits once they kick in, but only would have been to hold the retirement to 62 and older, as social security currently does, verses allowing full retirements at 60 for those with 30 plus years in, as the tier I benefits currently allow.)The unions are spreading big, false rumors based on innuendo and congress proposing in a draft to consider a much more minor change than combining the railroad retirement with social security and removing all the tier II benefits (which probably would be illegal and impossible to achieve anyway).If Mitt Romney were ever to try to reform the railroad retirement, it would be for the same purpose (of saving the retirement, which is unnecessary at this point)

NYTimes.com – The Serious One – Nov 7, 2011

Short Answer:No one, neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama, has plans to combine the railroad retirement with social security, or to reform the railroad retirement plan.The real question railroad workers need to ask is which one will provide a stable enough economy that the pension fund will securely grow (not lay stagnant or shrink) providing enough funds to support additional retirees, and ensure the industry thrives so there will be enough new workers to pay into the system when existing workers retire?~ Based on Correspondence on Jun 13, 2012, updated Jun 30th

Paul Ryan is departing from teaparty values and we need to call him out on it.

Don’t get me wrong I like Paul Ryan. He is just wrong on this issue, or he has made a terrible blunder because he didn’t fully understand it.

Romney clearly stated on his website that although he supports the Ryan budget plan, he has no plans to modify Railroad Retirement. He needs to do more than that. He needs to stand up and clearly — verbally — state that he will never touch the RR Trust. As for Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP who voted for this bill, they need to go on record as denouncing it as well. Because Romney is right; it was “unnecessary and ill-advised.”

I only hope that Romney can clear this issue up before it is too late!

Note: We will be updating these attacks below as we find them. If you know of or have access to such material, drop a comment with a link and we will add it here.

War on Workers: Ryan Budget targets railroad workers, retirees

CLEVELAND, April 16 — The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted federal budget legislation sponsored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) that would have devastating effects on the retirement security of both active and retired BLET members, as well as all railroad workers. The measure passed on March 29 by a vote of 228-191, with 10 Republicans joining all of the Democrats in voting against it.

Perhaps the most devastating portion of the Ryan Budget are the provisions that sponsors claim “would conform Tier 1 so that its benefits would equal those of Social Security…

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Unearthed Union Flyers 

click for larger image (source)

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Facebook Comments

The screen shots are from Paul Ryan’s FB page. He knows about this issue!

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Update: (Anonymous Facebook) Mitt Romney has selected congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Ryan, is the creator of the “Ryan Budget” that will take your Railroad Retirement away, and in its place will stick social security up your ass. In my humble opinion Ryan is an even bigger jerk off than Romney, who is a world-class jerk off, and much more dangerous to us as railroaders, and keep in mind I’m a Republican.

I have voted in every election since I was 21 years old but I can’t remember a single election where the outcome is going to effect me personally, and all other active and retired railroaders, more than this upcoming presidential election. Romney has already stated, numerous times, he is very much in favor of the Ryan Budget and will sign the bill should it come across his desk as President.

In response to a letter from a railroader questioning the logic of doing away with railroad retirement, Ryan refused to answer the questions put forth in the letter, and stated he did not respond to individuals who were not in his congressional district, and referred the writer to the congressman in his own district. Ryan is an ASSHOLE, and together with Romney they are a very definite threat to our retirement. They are telling us up front, they are going to screw us if elected. How much more incentive do you need to do whatever necessary to insure these two clowns don’t get elected? I didn’t work 30 years just to have my retirement taken away from me.

As a lifelong Republican I urge everyone to vote for Obama! These f*@!in’ republicans like Romney and Ryan are going to make life miserable for everyone, not just railroaders.

Personally, whichever side their on, I can’t stand the “I only answer people who live in my district” nonsense. Meanwhile, everything you vote on affects the whole country, not just your district.

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(Update August 12, 1:32 PM) FULL RADIO INTERVIEW: Mark Levin says Paul Ryan was a great VP pick by Romney.

I believe that Mark Levin is right, Ryan is a great pick, but he is going to need to clear up this issue before it becomes their Achilles Heel.

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(Update August 12, 2012 4:11 PM)  The purpose of this article to clear up the misinformation that is being spread by the Obama administration and campaign, and their union allies about Mitt Romney and his stance on railroad retirement. This is not an attack on Mr. Romney or Mr. Ryan. It is a heads-up!

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Update: We have done our best to be Paul Revere on this important issue. If conservatives stick their heads in the sand, and allow Romney/Ryan not to address this,  it is going to result in four more years of Obama.

How many votes did G.W. Bush beat Al Gore by in the 2004 election?

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  • Shawnramirez52

    I am a female RR Transportation worker, It is a hard demanding job, It takes me away from my family, and working in all types of weather lowers our quality of life by retirement age. now they want us to work even longer. RR workers move this country and our thanks is to take our retirement we pay into away and work longer. By the time a RR employee is old enough to retire his knees, back and hips, shoulders ect are shot, many die within a few years of drawing there first check, and lets not forget that the money we work so very hard for our whole career, when the worker dies only a portion goes to the spouce. I say if they decide to do away with RR retirement give me back what Ive paid into it, after all its my money and I will take care of  my retirement myself. If this crap goes through the unions will band together and we will shut this country down.  Ronald Regan took our ability to strike away but under these conditions Im positive the unions will have no choice but to agree with a wild cat strike. Its time for us to speak up for ourselves and tell these elected officials the working class is so very tired of taking care of everyone but ourselves the rich get richer and we can barley get by, the weight of the US is on the shoulders of the working class. We will be heard.

  • Bwmize871

    This is something that I have spent a long time on the phone with Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R, from Alabama, Chairman of the the Senate Budget Committee)  staff as well as the RRB in Chicago.  Senator Sessions is aware of this situation and if it is ever brought to the Senate floor for a vote, I was assured that the language about Tier I would be removed from the Budget Plan and sent back to the House to be voted on again.

  • cindy daugherty

    I’ll admit up front that I’m not up to speed on the Railroad Retirement fund and the issues and concerns raisied in the articles are justified.  My only comment is this — if Pres. Obama stripped the Medicare fund of 716Billion to fund ObamaCare, he demonstrated that no “fund” is sacred to him. When taxpayers funds were used to bail out GM, the Obama Administration intentionally stripped non-union workers retirement funds (Dephi). Pres. Obama, in developing ObamaCare has stripped veterans of their “TRICARE for Life” program, that guaranteed every veteran free health care.  I would argue that despite what Romney has or has not said regarding the railroad fund, the Ryan Plan is not HIS campaign plan. Ryan himself stated that the two have differences of opinions regarding some points. The Romney/Ryan plan is just a plan that has not been passed into law. So you all are faced with two choices in Nov. 2012 — you can vote for Pres. Obama, who has demonstrated that no retirement “funds” or programs are sacred to him if it leads to achieving his objectives or take a risk that you can have a say in the Romney/Ryan plan during development.  Me personally, I want my TRICARE for Life program back in its original form, so I’m voting for Romney/Ryan in hopes that the veterans groups will lobby to full restoration once ObamaCare is repealed. And if you think that “share the wealth”, Pres. Obama’s ideaology means that you all will enjoy your retirement funds, you are not seeing the full measure of “share” coming from your pockets. We can have socialism with Obama or drive for the restoration of America’s promises made to numerous segments of our country.  

    • Johnny

      tis better to strip 700 billion from medicare to fund the medicare part of Obamacare as Obama did than strip 700 billion from medicare to fund more tax breaks for the rich as Ryan and Romney do. Get the facts, Mam.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EEF6GCNJ72SV4DHNX76VOU4MLQ Lynn

    Any Railroader or their family members who votes for Romney/Ryan are crazy to do so.  Even if Romney states he will not touch Railroad Retirement, who can believe what he says.  He is the biggest flip-flopper we’ve seen in a long time.

    • RRWife

      My husband and both of my sons work for UPRR.  The UNIONS stated in their newsletter in May that the “rumour” should be ignored.  That as soon as it was pointed out that the funds belonged to the railroad, republican congressmen agreed that there would be no savings in touching tier 1 benefits.  And that our benefits were safe.  I also wrote to my congressman who said the same thing to me.  The Ryan plan is a blueprint to start with.  Even Clintons advisor said it was a great plan….at least someone was trying to come up with a place to start a conversation with.  On the other side, Obama’s war on coal has cost my son THOUSANDS in income.  Coal traffic has reduced so much that they are back to 2006 levels of employment. Bailey yards is the largest railroad classification yard in the world and yet still have people on the auxialiary board from 4 years ago.  All because of allowing an epa to make any rules they want without having to answer to anyone but the president.  So don’t tell me about how harmful a Romney/Ryan presidency would be….what amazes me are the RR employees that still stay loyal to Obama KNOWING how he has hurt their jobs.  In 2008 we were told to “vote your job”.  Kind of tough to do if the person you are elcting is busy eliminating your jobs through his progressive policies.   I do agree on one thing…if Romney would clearly state the same things they are telling us, the issue would be over! (Oh yeah, except for people like you would listen to the talking points rather than doing your own research to find out the facts!)

  • Rick Lakehomer

    BC, stealing for re-post in it’s entirety later today tonight and have already sent this to many folks. Thank you and BFH!

    • conservativeBC

      Thanks Rick

  • http://twitter.com/ManeCoon51 @ManeCoon51

    My husband is employed with Burlington Northern Railway and has been for 27 years.  He is in the technology side and has made a decent living from it.  We knew something like this would come up eventually with the government trying to take away his pension.  We had no idea it would be Republicans.  I can see Obama doing this in a heartbeat though. 

    I think we just need to keep an eye on this and not make a knee-jerk decision.  I don’t trust Obama NOT to do this.  Once he knows he has the confidence of the Union leaders, he will go back on his word.  I also expect Romney to do the same thing.  Romney has NEVER been good on his word for anything and neither is Obama.  We are in a very big mess with this and we all need to be engaged is all I can say.  Our lives do depend on this.

    TRUST NEITHER PARTY.  Paul Ryan is a nice man but he has voted in many big government issues which has placed us where we are today.  Think TARP, debt ceiling etc.

     

    • conservativeBC

      Stick to conservative principles, and call out either side… I will not boy water boy for Ryan,or try pretending he is very conservative

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EEF6GCNJ72SV4DHNX76VOU4MLQ Lynn

      This isn’t the first time Republicans have tried to raid Railroad Retirement.   Bush, Sr. and republicans tried in the 80′s to get their hands on railroad retirement.  Since I have worked for the railroad we have fought this battle against Republicans many times and every time it is a Republican Idea.  Wake up!

      • conservativeBC

        So you like Obama?

      • RR wife

        Please read my above post…I was and am a Republican.  Most of the congressmen, including the democrats, did not know that ALL of the funds belong to railroaders.  I remember when RR Tier 2 benefits were seperated so it could be privately invested.  Obviously, we all know it was the best thing that could happen. And yet, the same Unions that wanted THEIR benefits to be invested privately, scream and yell about Republicans wanting to privatize any of social security!  Wow…

  • Bucky Badger

    Everyone remember this: Obama’s plan is to destroy America, period. Everyones’ retirement, our currency, colapse the dollar, take all our freedoms and make us slaves of his dictatorship. Wake-up America, read Atty. Stephen Pidgeob’s book entitled, “The Obama Error”, or listen to his 56 minuete interview on Youtube, smell the truth, please. A vote for Obama is a vote for everyones demiss, period, no ifs ands or buts. Awaiting anyones comments.

    • Rune

      I can’t appreciate political commentary from someone who can’t spell “collapse”.

  • mjr47

     Another comment…as these RR’s retire at 60…they open the path for MORE jobs by younger workers, which only goes to help STIMULATE the economy.  This retirement for the RR workers is a great idea!!  And, it’s self funded not something the GOVT has been able to get their ‘sticky fingers’ into as they have Social Security…which also was funded by a Lifetime of work…  However, the Govt ROBBED that account long ago just paying back the INTEREST on money borrowed from China.  THAT ‘tank’ is empty and WHY the Govt keeps screaming to stop Social Security…they are now having to support it because they ROBBED it of the funds.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOS2BLPDJSDDH6HF2SW5B32Q5E Valerie

    Single-issue fool.

    • conservativeBC

      JFK had a single issue – a bullet though the head.

      Clinton and Herman Cain had a single issue — women. 

      All of these single issues ended their presidential political careers.

      Fool  

       

  • Chalupa

    Must be male cheerleaders.

  • Honeybadger

    WE get nothing more than pilots or any other vital craft. When you are hauling 15, 20, 50 carloads of hazmat through downtown, thought peoples backyards, like CHLORINE or TUOLOMENE, you want us treated with kid gloves, you want us awake and… aware. Yeah, we have protections, but one exploding carload of LPG will kill more folks than 15- 20 A380′s. And LPG cars are often hauled in trains 20-30 or more at a time…one goes, they all go….like dominoes. Look, Romney just lost my vote. Period. Lifelong Repub, my vote now will go to Obama. I have 25 years of railroading in, 5-10 years to go. RR retirement is potent, among the very best retirements out there for union guys, even by union standards. And, it is comepletely PRIVATE. Not one thin dime of public funding goes to my retirement. I pay for it, so does Amtrak. He wants to raid it, set my retirement to SS levels, fuck him, I will do all I can to ensure Obama gets into office……fuck Romney. Use THAT on your show brother…

    • conservativeBC

       This is why Romney needs to come out and publicly say that him or Ryan will never touch the RRR. I don’t think people have a clue as to how big an issue this really is.

      Thanks for your comment

    • Foreman1

      I don’t think you read the whole article Honeybadger.  If you had you would have realized that there is not truth in the statements being made that Romney is going after RR retirement.  That was the whole purpose of the article to clear up the misinformation that is being spread by the Obama administration and their representatives.

      • conservativeBC

         Thank you. I am going to edit the piece and put your words at the top to so that it will be less confusing.

        • Meredith Glazier

          The article saying Romney isn’t going after RR retirement intentionally misleads.  This part “Mitt Romney praised the “vision” and “principles” laid out in Paul Ryan’s blueprint for the fiscal year 2013 budget resolution (which by the way said nothing about railroad retirement), and in the budget passed by the house on March 29, 2012 (which by the way, none of the versions said anything about the railroad retirement either):”…..I guess assumes that you won’t click on the links and read the bills…..click on “none of the versions”, read the last, most recent version, and there it is…suggestion to link RR retirement Tier 1 benefits to SS.  intentionally misleading readers.  A shame.

          • conservativeBC

            I didn’t click it

          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.wrightbehme Chris Wright Behme

            I am not sure what you are reading, but I cannot find that phrase in the bill. Can you cite the exact place you are finding it in the most recent version of the bill?

            • conservativeBC

              Do what?

    • aceofwands

      Obama has been lying since the day he was born…and now you believe him. If he is reelected, he will add an additional $10 or $15 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years, probably causing a currency collapse, meaning when you retire in 10 years, you will get nothing.

      U.S. Supreme Court
      Legal Tender Cases, 110 U.S. 421 (1884)
      Legal Tender Cases
      Submitted January 22, 1884
      Decided March 3, 1884
      110 U.S. 421

      MR. JUSTICE FIELD, dissenting.

      “From the decision of the Court I see only evil likely to follow. There have been times within the memory of all of us when the legal tender notes of the United States were not exchangeable for more than one-half of their nominal value. The possibility of such depreciation will always attend paper money. This inborn infirmity no mere legislative declaration can cure. If Congress has the power to make the notes a legal tender and to pass as money or its equivalent, why should not a sufficient amount be issued to pay the bonds of the United States as they nature? Why pay interest on the millions of dollars of bonds now due when Congress can in one day make the money to pay the principal? And why should there be any restraint upon unlimited appropriations by the government for all imaginary schemes of public improvement if the printing press can furnish the money that is needed for them?”

    • imainfidel

       Romney is no saint but your even more a fool to trust obama

    • Boris_Badenoff

       Let me get this right, You work for Amtrak and you have the gall to claim your welfare is completely Private? 
       I guess the $1.4 BILLION dollars Amtrak received in 2011 from TAX PAYERS was nothing…   get the F off your soap box ….

      You wanna know the difference between a money sucking pit like Amtrak and a private class 1 Railroad like I have worked for for the last 20 years?

      Myself and another rail stopped by to visit with a Amtrak engineer buddy a few years ago, In the course of our visit he goes Hey you wanna see what we got for a Safety Award this year?  We said sure…  He goes out of the room and comes back in wearing a very nice Leather Bomber Jacket,  we all know they cost minimum $200 to $500 per..   Well we said hey that’s real nice..  Nice that a taxpayer sucking entity like Amtrak decides to spend Taxpayer money on such necessities..

      YOu know what I get every year and have gotten every year for at least the past 15 years for  a yearly safety award?

       A $5.00 commemorative plate..  yeah ,  it’s wonderful…  go to ebay you can find them all day long for $3 bucks…

       But then I guess that’s the difference between spending someone elses money or your own..

        liberal fool…

    • RR Wife

      http://utu.org/2012/04/30/vigilance-key-to-protecting-pension-benefits/

      This is how worried the Unions were about tier 1 benefits back in April and May…PLEASE do your research.  Obama became president because people voted the dream…not the facts.

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