Retired Berkeley Unified teacher Bonnie Cediel taught for 16
years. She was married for 34, but her partial CalSTRS pension
precludes her from receiving any Social Security spousal
benefits. The Government Pension Offset, (GPO) passed in 1977, is
Candidate Donald Trump told the American people he didn’t want to
cut Social Security, but Republicans have opposed the system
since its creation during the Depression.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has talked about “means testing”
Social Security. In other words, wealthy seniors wouldn’t get
benefits because they don’t need them. But they wouldn’t pay into
the system, either, and losing the top 10 percent of contributors
could lead to financial havoc.