Category Archives: retirement
Social Security really needs to be reformed. Medicaid probably needs to be capped when it comes to the states. Medicare, there needs to be some sort of means testing.
The (Social Security) retirement age needs to be raised. A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized, if not all. And there probably needs to be some means testing. It’s a Ponzi scheme that’s not sustainable.
“Citing a story in USA Today, which reported that a rash of retirements in 2009 is pushing Social Security to the brink, Johnson said the retirement age needs to be raised perhaps to 70 or 72. “This is the reality, we’re broke,” Johnson said in 2012. Continue reading →
Fracker’s friend frets that you might retire and get your Social Security, instead of working to death
When Libertarian Gary Johnson proclaimed that Americans should not get their Social Security until age 72, he was actually condemning many to death before receiving any of their “earned benefits.”
That’s because the average life expectancy of a Black male in the U.S. is 68 years, meaning death four years before Gary would grant retirement security. While the average life expectancy for men in general is 76.9 years, men in the middle and lower income levels die five years sooner, or at 71.9. With a 72 retirement age, most men would die before that first Social Security check.
As an aside, male life expectancy in this country, where we work so long and hard, is ranked 32d in the world, behind such places as Costa Rica, Chile, Greece, Slovenia and Korea, as well as most members of the EU. We did tie with Cuba – for what that’s worth.
David Barton, another Johnson/Tea Party type, personified the big business view of Continue reading →
Chinese women retire 17 years earlier than us, but moronic scolds want to hike pension age even higher
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, pontificated about plans to cut Social Security on Thursday, last week, at the Urban-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, Washington, DC. Brady wants to cut Social Security by not only raising the retirement age to 70, but also imposing means testing to cut benefits. He advocated “creating a true cost-of-living for seniors,” meaning using the chained-CPI cost-of-living adjustment formula to further reduce benefits. Chained CPI is lower than the CPI used to adjust everything else.
Brady’s only accomplishment, other than public office, was serving as an executive at the Rapid Cities (ND) Chamber of Commerce before he moved to Texas..
In addition to gutting Social Security he pushes for lower taxes, deficit reduction and Continue reading →
Primary debates hide questions on Social Security! If we knew their actual plans, nearly all would lose
Republican candidates for President have avoided using the Primary debates to explain their plans for Social Security. Exceptions include Chris Christie, who saw his ratings collapse after publicly urging that the retirement age be hiked, and Donald Trump, who said he would not cut benefits.
Ben Carson has not settled yet on a stance, except to remind us that life expectancy has increased. As a doctor, he must realize that today, fewer babies die at birth and feeble seniors are kept alive, but not active, for decades.
First, the GOP.
- John Kasich, Ted Cruz, George Bush and Marco Rubio all want to raise the retirement Continue reading →
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.
The 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.”
The foundation wants to pay anyone, who contributes even a pittance into the Continue reading →
Jeb Bush wants to steal $48,060 from each of us with brutal Social Security cuts. His rich backers are overjoyed at scheme!
The median Social Security benefit in the United States is $1,335 a month, before they take out monthly $100+ in Medicare premiums. Jeb Bush, the somewhat fat and very goofy brother of former President George Bush, wants to steal that benefit, not for one month, but for 36 months, or a total of $48,060. What will you get in return – probably just a chance to say you contributed to lower taxes for rich families like the Bushes.
Jeb thinks this plan will win him the Presidency, which is why it was announced today with a peculiar thought process that surrounds most petulant aristocrats. Jeb knows the very rich just don’t need Social Security. Most make more in a day than you will earn in benefits in a year.
The math of these cuts is revealing. About 99% of the folks who currently live to 67 Continue reading →
White House wants to disarm some seniors; afraid of a revolt? Or, are there even more cuts to Social Security in the works?
Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.
The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others.
A potentially large group within Social Security are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.” – Chicago Tribune, July 21, 2015
President Obama’s hometown newspaper hasn’t noticed that their city is a murder destination, despite bans on guns for the law-abiding, but oodles of firearms on the black market, primarily imported from Indiana. As one wealthy windy wit explained “if people want protection, do what I do, hire security guards.”
Were it so easy to have your own Secret Service in some of Chicago’s rough neighborhoods! The average Social Security check is about $1,400 a month, and then you have to deduct three or four thousand a year for Part B, deductibles, catastrophic insurance. A good security guard should run you twice your gross earnings, and you need three a shift. Of course, you can dip into your average senior savings of $38,000 to pay for Continue reading →
Leave it to the greedy politicians and their wealthy puppet masters to come up with yet another “reform” that will benefit the upper class at the expense of the other 99%. This time it’s called the “Fair Tax”, and it’s made of fairy dust for the entitled.
Every GOP candidate for President appears to have been told this is the official goal for the year. It’s now a mainstay for every conservative campaign, along with the standard “reforms” – abolishing Medicare (offering instead, a stipend to buy an imaginary “inexpensive” private plan for 70, 80, and 90-year-olds), plus. the usual GOP and “centrist” Democrat brainstorm to hike the retirement age for Social Security to 69 or 70 at first (and then increase it annually, according to Continue reading →
Now that nearly everyone, of every persuasion, seems to want to be married, seniors should advise the newly matrimonial-prone that true love expressed can cost you big bucks, when dealing with Uncle Sam. Here is a mock 1040 for a mythical single filer Herman Schmidlap:
Herman is filing single, and the return would be the same if filed as “married, but filing separately.” His wages were $15,000, plus $10,000 he was required by RMD to take from his IRA or face penalties, plus $25,000 Social Security Benefits. He has a $25,000 Continue reading →
Behind the headlines calling for private accounts and trumpeting tax increases and benefits cuts for Social Security recipients, there lurk good intentions, political dogmas, past decisions by committee-think, and grotesque pandering to young and old.
How can this be explained in simplest terms, the media seems to wonder? How can we sell our root philosophy, the politicians ponder? Meanwhile, millions are being spent to “educate” you by calling on your emotions, clouding your reason, and confusing you over what is common sense by turning United States social security benefits and retirement discussion into double-talk and half-truths about voluntary, private accounts, and constant reference to “entitlements,” as though decades 0f contributions to Social Security equal some form of welfare..
The stakes are incredible. Continue reading →