Like many of you, I eke out a very limited, mostly housebound existence trying to make ends meet on Social Security Disability and SSI. No car,no cable, no activites,exhausted and in pain most of time, etc., frugal, careful. . .sigh. Got a 'nice' little Easter surprise from Social Security--starting in May, I will be getting $40 less a month (and I am at poverty level, disabled for a long time, and unable to work) which comes to almost $500 less a year--a huge amount for those of us relying solely on gov't. with no other options. I was told that it was a decision made in California only (it figures--don't get me started on who is currently in our governor's mansion--grrrr) and it had nothing to do with me Politics--you gotta love the rich politicos playing dice with people's lives. . .sigh. Funny how they always make cuts at the bottom for people like me who are honest, worked most of my life until about 13 years ago when health problems brought my life to a screeching halt, paid into the system,etc. Of course I 'officially' complained,etc. but just wondering if any other Californians got snipped like this also? On top of that, most of us who get SSI in Cali are NOT eligible for food stamps (I'm going to try again anyway, in light of this arbitrary cut) Ya know, there are some really nice people here (despite what you may have heard),but -, um most of us are not movie stars, or even tennis stars, or even Scrabble stars We are like most people, just trying to get by, and being disabled just adds another level of stress. . . BTW, to any other Californians on this board who are dependent on disability, and SSI--I'd be real careful about Measure 1A in the upcoming May election (the so-called 'Rainy Day' Budget Stabilization Fund.) To me, that's just code for making certain cuts permanent, and while there are abuses--often at the very highest levels,big surprise--there are honest, law-abiding folk like myself and others, for whom the cuts can be a matter of homelessness or a roof over one's head, and if more cuts come to the most vulnerable, it could very likely be a matter of life or death. And that ain't no joke. . .