Via WHOtv.com, a local NBC affiliate in Des Moines, here is video of a woman at a retirement center during an event held by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Progress Iowa, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy For America, MoveOn.org, Social Security Works, and Credo Action.
The topic: Social Security cuts.
Harkin's bill would increase monthly benefits by $65 a month by lifting the cap that taxes income for social security, and expressed his disappointment in President Obama when he said, “I’m sorry to say the president of my own party has advocated this and he’s wrong... I’m so tired of people saying we’ve got to cut social security. No, you can increase social security.”
Sheryl Tenicat, who is retired and now looking for work, broke down in tears while pleading for expanding Social Security benefits-- as opposed to continuing efforts to slash the program. She told her very real, very painful story about what happens when life-saving programs are cut:
I have $624 a month. That’s what I'm living on.
99 of that goes to my Medicare Part ‘A’ and ‘B’. After I get my check in two weeks, it’s gone. I have nothing.
I live on what I eat here [at the senior center]. And I just do not want my cost of living cut because I’ve paid in since I was 16, to the government.
I'm looking for work!... I have property taxes to pay. ... My car just broke down. I can't repair it, so I'm walking and taking the bus...
There is no way for me to eat less. Thank you.
No, thank you, Ms. Tenicat.
Here is a video of the entire news report: