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We should not use our Social Security worker contributions to pay for general welfare programs

The day after the President’s State of the Union address, many pundits are concerned with his reference to Social Security, a subject he continues to toss out as a bargaining chip with the GOP.   Social Security is a worker program that has been used as a welfare program. Our 13.4% contributions (you plus your boss) should pay for a decent pension when we get to 65 (why not 60?), […]

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Social Security benefits keep dropping…

While there has been much discussion about the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) and revising it upward so it affects fewer people, Social Security benefits have not received the same attention. The SSA website notes: Beginning in 1984, includes up to one-half of Social Security benefits as taxable income for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income, combined with half their benefits and any tax-exempt interest they may have exceeds $25,000 for a […]

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We need a third party with no pure social issue concerns

We need a separate political party that only focuses on economic equality – no social issues, idealogy, etc. – just plain fair taxes and benefits for the middle and lower class. With just a few votes in the Senate and a couple dozen in the House, this new party would wield enough power to move both parties to stop screwing the American people. Somebody can come up with a name, […]

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MSNBC and Politico Unite (it seems)

Today, the news seems to be mirrors – MSNBC commentators, Politico writers and even the Huffy AOL, are arguing that entitlement cuts have to come fast, and that means the destruction of Social Security and Medicare. One of the most disgusting examples of this Pete Peterson type campaign was MSNBC introducing a segment on cuts for homeless vets as necessary, only because the public is reluctant to cut Medicare, Medicaid […]

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If Bush had been allowed to win another term as President, then:

We would have 150,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guantanamo Bay would be open. There would be no public option on healthcare, and policy costs would continue to rise. Seniors would face cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits. DADT would be Pentagon policy. Wall Street would get all the tax breaks they wanted, paid for by the middle class. The Patriot Act wouldn’t be repealed. There would be no […]

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Paris is burning! Deficit Commission looks for matches.

Paris is burning and a Democrat on President Obama’s deficit commission predicted recently that the bipartisan panel would come up with recommendations to “shore up” (destroy) Social Security. “The stars are aligned,’’ said Alice Rivlin, a former budget director under President Clinton and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “I do expect that some long-run changes in Social Security, both on the benefit side and on the revenue […]

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MSNBC finally found France

In a news report early this morning, MSNBC noticed that some 3.5 million residents of France were demonstrating in the streets against raising the retirement age from 60 to 62. In the U.S. the current age is 66 with a law change leading to 67. There was no mention of the strike affecting the supplies of airline fuel, a huge number of schools closed, or how supplies of goods and […]

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An evil twerp – Ross Douthat wants to steal your Social Security and Medicare

“To this list, I would add tax reform and entitlement reform. The former should broaden the tax base while cutting taxes on work, child rearing and investment. The latter should means-test both Social Security and Medicare, reducing both programs’ spending on well-off retirees rather than questing fruitlessly for their privatization.” That’s the word from 30-year-old Ross Douthat, who was hired by the NY Times to be an opinion columnist representing […]

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