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Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, begins with a simple question: Who is John Galt?
The answer comes in the last third of that 1957 book, where Galt emerges as the champion of capitalism and defender of Rand’s Objectivism philosophy, which has opposed:
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Federal Housing Assistance
- Food Stamps
- Head Start
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- Medicare & Medicaid
- Nationalized Health Care
- School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
- Social Security
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
- State Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
- Title XX Social Services Block Grant Program
- Trade Adjustment Assistance
- Workers’ Compensation
Galt was not real, but he was a hero to the children of many wealthy families. These sheltered capitalists-in-training saw Ayn Rand as a hero, because she espoused that caring for nobody but yourself was not selfish, but a virtue. Continue reading →
When the right and left political wings agree, you can bet middle-class Americans are in trouble.
And if you are talking about Social Security, a new bipartisan plan spells major cuts in benefits, as the establishment is set to privatize our public retirement system after the mid-term elections next year.
About $2.8 trillion (2,800,000,000) has been borrowed since the 1980s from your Social Security contributions to pay for bureaucratic wars on poverty. to fight real wars on ungrateful Arabs, to sweetheart deals to campaign contributors, and to create a war machine larger than all other countries combined.
But the political class has decided it should not pay back this money, but will instead cut your Social Security benefits enough so they you only get benefits from FICA taxes paid in the current year, and receive none of the money borrowed from the Trust Fund, which will be dissolved. Continue reading →
Remember the promise of a tax cut primarily for the middle class?
For many Americans that will be a lie, and retired seniors will be hit the hardest, despite the attempted sleight of hand numbers game that “gives” you about double the standard deduction, but doesn’t mention the loss of personal exemptions.
Even worse, the so-called reform means that a couple that used to itemize deductions above $12,700 (under 65) and $15,200 (over 65) will now have to wait until the itemization exceeds $24,000.
The table below shows the current income tax formula for a senior couple with the average Social Security benefit, plus a part-time job, and an RMD. (At age 70 1/2 the government forces you to take out part of your IRA and pay income tax on it every year. If you have stocks or bonds, they must be sold to satisfy the IRS, even if they lost value.)
This average senior couple will pay $1,506 income tax under current law without itemization.
Some might wonder about that tax on Social Security Continue reading →
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year had 4,036 generic drug applications waiting for approval. In October 2012, there was a backlog of 2,868 drugs. It now takes a median 47 months to approve a generic drug by the FDA – nearly four years.
What does this mean to the healthcare consumer?
First, it allows a drug company to continue selling their “brand name” drug because there is no replacement on the market. Brand name drugs are sold at incredible prices, pushed up by obscene profits, as well as constant advertising, plus promotion of drugs by medical professionals. To many in the health business, brand name drugs are the real money makers.
By comparison to the United States, the European FDA – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – has just 24 generics awaiting approval. It takes about a year to get approval in Europe, one quarter the time of the U.S.
Why would it be faster to approve generics in Europe than here? The answer is that patients in America pay for their drugs, either directly or through health plan premiums. In Europe the government negotiates drug prices, because they are working to lower costs to benefit their citizens and reduce spending. It’s the difference between healthcare for profit or Continue reading →
71-year-old man shoots robbers at internet cafe in Florida
Last week, it became more dangerous to be old or disabled.
That’s because the Barack Obama brain trust ordained a rule that will force the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share records with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look for so-called disabled or impaired individuals.
The government then decides whether or not to ban them from buying a gun.
The SSA maintains that “under our representative payee policy, unless direct payment is prohibited, we presume that an adult beneficiary is capable of managing or directing the management of benefits.” That means you better keep your checking account in your own name, and if you go crazy. just let someone handle your finances using only your name.
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 →
Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, current hubby of Andrea Mitchell (Hillary Clinton’s talking head at NBC), and long-time member of the Trilateral Commission, has a big problem
Al isn’t mad at the “pop” in pop-out-of-the-cake by some former girlfriend, like Barbara Walters. He sees a dangerous “pop”, the worst kind – the potential revolt of what he might call the “vast unwashed multitude of the deplorable and nonredeemable.”
Google identifies the threat to Al this way: 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 →
Gary Johnson wants to cut 43% from Medicare and the Defense Dept., end the senior drug benefit, eliminate student loans, and stop taxing the rich
Is the grass always greener?
It was a simple question to Gary Johnson in a 2012 interview, while running for President as the Libertarian candidate: How do you stop the deficits and out of control spending?
The answer from Johnson, who is currently managing 6% to 10% voter support in national polls:
A: Well, cutting $1.675 trillion from the federal government. You got to start out by talking about (cutting) Medicare and Medicaid by 43 percent. They could block grant the states, 50 laboratories of innovation. Give it to the states to deliver health care to the poor and those over 65 and do away with the strings. Do away with that regulations; let states handle it. There would be best practices emerge. Other states would emulate the best practices. They’re be failure. States would avoid the failure.
Johnson also wants to eliminate the Federal Income Tax, which would require huge program cuts in the federal budget to pay for it. His revenue solution would be a national 23% sales tax, plus virtual elimination of the earned Medicare benefit (now paid for by workers with a payroll tax). Continue reading →
“What difference does it make?”
This is a banner day for the soon-to-be Democrat candidate for USA President, as the FBI Director described use of a private server in her basement as only “extremely careless,” despite 2,000 classified emails stored at home without government servers’ anti-hacking protection. His recommendation was to do nothing, even though knowingly exposing national secrets to foreign governments is a criminal act.
The candidate’s husband met with the Director’s boss, the Attorney General, a few days ago in a plane after emptying it of reporters and the Secret Service. Reports from the two politicians described it as G & G – meaning golf and grandchildren. Other reporters said the confab was accidental, but those pundits probably also believe in the bicuspid bully.
The recent forgiveness of her serious crime was not limited to electronic mail. A few days ago, the press agreed that “nothing new” was contained in the Select Committee on Benghazi proposed report that damned the state department, which the candidate once headed.
The report was most concerned with events leading to the deaths of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, emphasizing that there was very much that was new in the revelations. The committee’s own analysis of their report follows: Continue reading →