Monthly Archives: December, 2015

Does Heritage Foundation want Communist plan for Social Security? GOP candidates should denounce!

The Heritage Foundation is the think tank for so-called conservative Republicans, who offer flat tax plans, skeleton government goals and the destruction of Social Security as we know it today.

social-security.gifThe current Social Security program is regressive, and pays a lower percentage in retirement pension, the more you contribute. A retiree, who has paid in the maximum amount (on wages less than about $118,000 in current dollars), will contribute three times as much FICA taxes and receive only twice the benefit at retirement. But at least there is some relationship between the amount of taxes paid and the value of benefits received.

Rather than attempting to make the program more fair, the so-called capitalist Heritage think tank has gone completely Communist by urging a Marxist doctrine of “from each according to their earnings to each according to their needs.”

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Iranians, Syrians okay, but American dentist can’t serve country, because his mother lives in Israel

December 19, 2015

His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Dear Mr. Minister:

Thanks for a constructive meeting yesterday. I wanted to get back to you in response to your inquiry about amendments to our Visa Waiver Program. First, I want to confirm to you that we remain fully committed to the sanctions lifting provided for under the JCPOA. We will adhere to the full measure of our commitments, per the agreement. Our team is working hard to be prepared and as soon as we reach implementation day we will lift appropriate sanctions.

I am also confident that the recent changes in visa requirements passed in Congress, which the Administration has the authority to waive, will not in any way prevent us from meeting our JCPOA commitments, and that we will implement them so as not to interfere with legitimate business interests of Iran. To this end, we have a number of potential tools available to us, including multiple entry ten-year business visas, programs for expediting business visas, and the waiver authority provided under the new legislation. I am happy to discuss this further and provide any additional clarification.

Secretary of State John Kerry

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Rich look poorer, poor much richer – report distorted to make average Joe happy – despite Depression

350px-Personal_Household_Income_UIt’s so very wonderful to learn this week that “median household income” in 2014 was $53,657, even if it was down from $57,843 in 1999. You can still buy a nice basket of goodies on $50 grand a year. If only it were true.

Most jobs pay about $31k. Many families have just one parent or one spouse working. Something doesn’t add up. Welcome to the world of making statistics lie to fool the peons into believing serfdom is almost as good as living in a castle.

First, the bad news for the poor. The government is reporting your household income much higher than your wages. You may be earning $20k at a lousy job, but Uncle Sam’s statisticians massage that number upward by adding:

  • The value of the free lunches your children eat in school.
  • The estimated net price of the Medicaid and Medicare received for healthcare.
  • Pensions, unemployment insurance, welfare, workman’s comp.
  • Social Security retirement and disability payments.
  • Tax refunds, alimony and childcare payments to you.
  • Supplemental Social Security and Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Heating and utility subsidies for the poor.
  • Women’s and children’s subsidized clinic care.
  • The estimated value of government-provided childcare.
  • Employer cost of healthcare premiums, pension payments and insurance.

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When I hear $19 a month – I cringe and change the tv channel, whether it’s Humane Society or Wounded Warriors Project

SQUAT_NYC_BBIt’s dinner time and the tv is offering an overview of how Susan cooks rice in the White House, why Russia is our ally in Syria and enemy in Ukraine, how to wear climate change fatigues, way to waddle by a fat actress named Kim, ugly duck hunters who need a shave, and commercials for groups that want $18 or $19 a month from me.

The ads are the worst, especially the  mournful music that replaces the perky, blank stare news anchors:

Sometimes it’s $19 for a hospital for children with prosthetic legs, limping to the camera, crying. You wonder if the hospital CEO make a half million or a million dollars a year?  www.charitynavigator.com

Another $19 grisly grovel is spewed by something called Wounded Warriors, an ad that emphasizes cripples, burned faces, stumbling speech. How many of this group’s staff/execs make more than $200k a year, and how many tens of millions were raised last year, not spent on programs, just saved? Try charity navigator for their rating and tax returns of this project, and you might decide your money could be better spent elsewhere.

Perhaps, the “less than $20” first place award should go the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has its own $19 begathon, showing tortured animals, including cats and dogs, so even our children can be horrified by yet another paid commercial that strives to make mom and dad feel guilty. Teach them before they are seven or eight that somewhere there is evil in this world, and you can cure it by catering to hucksters. What better time to remind us than at 6 p.m. when the children are chewing their vegetables.

Criticism of the expensive fund-raising of some groups reaches a high against HSUS with efforts by humanewatch.org An entire website rips into HSUS, and a visit there and to the charity navigator link are recommended.

Partisan_RollCallAnother disturbing aspect of these $19 groups is not just how much they spend on charity, versus paying for all those tv ads, it is their influence on the public.

Do our veterans need grandma’s last buck to help veterans, or should it be the taxpayers’ responsibility to improve the VA? Are private organizations really providing prosthetic arms and legs, or is this just another Madison Avenue lie?

With hospital rooms costing us $3,000 or more a day, should we appropriate our children’s lunch money to send a high-paid, top-heavy organization almost an Andrew Jackson every month?

The initial offense of these commercials is the time they air – visible to small children, keyed to family time, and yet providing another reason to drink heavily at dinner because of what we see on tv.

For some, the answer may be turning off the box, but for the other 300 million or so Americans, the charity gravy train ride will continue. With no government regulation and influential folks slavering at the chance to cloak themselves in supposed good deeds, no big contributors will ask that these abuses are stopped. Did anyone say: “campaign finance reform”?

Lies about minimum wage – it’s not even a lousy $7.25 an hour

One of the least discussed provisions of the minimum wage law in this country is how we treat workers under the age of 20 – those high school and college students deprecated on FOX News, for example, as overpaid burger flippers, toilet cleaners, gardeners, and other manual workers. The concept of raising their wages to $15 an hour drives most of the GOP and some Democrats up the wall.

wagesIf you are under 20 and planning to spend most of your summer raising money for college, the thought of even $7.25 an hour (less 50 cents FICA) might sound attractive. So, you agree to your new job of flipping meat for eight hours behind the hot grill without asking about wages, and you assume you will be paid minimum wage of $7.25 or more.

The plan is work hard to reduce your student loan debt, especially since college costs go up 5% or more every year.

Paid every two weeks, after an exhausting struggle, there is your first paycheck, and something is very wrong. You go to your boss and ask – why is my pay so low? Is this for just one forty-hour week?

The employer paid you gross – before taxes – a total of $340. After FICA and state and local taxes, you take home about $300 – and your boss explains it is for 80 hours of work. Welcome to crony capitalism!

Here’s why this is allowed, according to the Department of Labor (DOL) minimum wage rules:

A minimum wage of not less than $4.25 may be paid to employees under the age of 20 for their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with any employer as long as their work does not displace other workers. After 90 consecutive days of employment, or when the worker reaches age 20 (whichever comes first), the worker must receive at least the Federal minimum wage.

Just as you are ready to qualify for $7.25 an hour, it’s time to leave your job and go back to Continue reading →

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