Not too late to fix benefits for Notch |

Not too late to fix benefits for Notch

In 1977, our lawmakers created the Social Security Notch: although well intended, the resultant “glitch” formulated substantially less in benefits for retirees born between 1917 and 1926 (the notch babies).

All previous efforts to amend the notch have been defeated. AARP when championed by James Roosevelt, was in favor of correcting the errors, but is now opposed to amendment and project themselves as spokespeople for all 12 million notch babies, which they are not; especially this one.

Ironically many notch babies were encapsulated by World War II (ages 19 to 28 at the time). Taps is sounded for 2,000 of these Vets every day.

A possible cure for the notch problem has lain dormant in committee for nearly three years, and to quote one congressional spin doctor, “they’re just waiting for you guys to die off.”

Fortunately, Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, has proposed the “Notch Fairness Act of 1999” (S-390). This act offers a respectable solution with some restitution and/or a realistic formula to calculate benefits for retirees born in the notch.

Although Jim Gibbons (R-NV) co-chaired the do-nothing committee mentioned above, he has decided to co-sponsor the “Notch Baby Act of 1999” (H.R. 1771): a bill similar to Reid’s – Notch Babies could benefit from the best of both acts.

Since the federal budget boasts a two-year surplus, legislators can make amends by giving top priority to the notch now.

If you are a notch baby or know someone who is, regardless of your political affiliation, call, write or E-mail your representatives now; this could be our last shot.