President Obama Says Social Security Checks Threatened

10:23 PM, Jul 12, 2011   |    comments
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) --- When President Obama told CBS News anchor Scott Pelley that he could not guarantee 27 million social security checks would be sent to recipients on August 3rd, if there is no agreement to raise the debt ceiling by August 2nd, residents of the Leisure World retirement complex were taken aback.

"You know what will happen. People will be put out of their places. They'll be put out. How are you going to pay your rent? I got rent coming up this month. How am I going to pay it," he asked.

"I'm very much upset by it because I want my social security check. I live on it. That's important to me," said Thomas Conolly.

"What would you say to these negotiators," asked 9News Now.

"I think someone has to concede and think about their country and not just their political party," Conolly said.

At a nearby softball field, Americans of younger generations played spirited games in the summer heat and humidity as 9News Now asked whether negotiators are spending too much time debating entitlement programs like social security.

"Yuh, I'd say there is too much time being spent on that than what could be spent on more important things in order to balance the budget," said Zack Angel as he prepared for a run through nearby woods.

Alina Kasprik is 27 years old, and has thought about the money issues, including social security, involved in the debt ceiling debate.

"I guess it's a great focus for older Americans who probably rely quite a bit on income sources like social security.

"I guess young people are more focused on what is going to happen in the future, and whether we are going to have that in the future.

"For right now, there are a lot of different problems that are more of a focus for young Americans like the big government deficit that we are facing and how we're going to cut it and, if we don't, we probably will face even more serious than social security not going on time," Kasprik said.

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