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How to Save Social Security

24 Apr

There is really nothing wrong with the Social Security system in our country. Social Security is funded via a payroll tax on all income up to $110,000. You pay 6.2 percent and your employer pays 6.2 percent. And since those numbers were set in 1983, and for the next 30 years or so those payroll taxes provided more money than was needed to pay out benefits to retirees and left a pretty whopping surplus…something like 3 trillion dollars worth of surplus!

But did the surplus get invested in high yield bonds or stocks or anything else that would guarantee that 4 trillion dollar surplus to grow like it should have, astronomically, like say, if it had belonged to the Koch brothers or Walton family or any other billionaire worth his or her billions?

No. Instead Congress borrowed it to spend on its pork filled spending programs, gigantic wars and tax cuts for the wealthy, rather than raise additional taxes or balance their budgets, and then they put treasury bonds up as collateral for the borrowed surplus with a promise to repay at 4% interest, which of course is chump change, to any real investor, let alone a trillionaire, like we Social Security Trust funding taxpayers are supposed to be.

But today the SS fund no longer brings in as much in pay roll taxes as it pays out in benefits so it’s time for the Federal Government to pay its debts… And now, Just like any degenerate gambler, who knew all along that he was never going to pay up when the time came to cover his losses because his losses were simply going to be too big to repay. So what are we hearing from Congress now? “Oh no! The SS program is broken. It was never meant to work. There are too many people taking and not enough people paying into the system. It was all a Socialist scam!” Which of course are all lies because our Congressmen simply don’t want to pay back today, what they have been borrowing and spending over the last 30 years of yesterdays.

Nice, huh? Especially since “borrowing” the surplus SS funds is a polite term that Congress has been using, rather than the correct term of “stealing”, because in order to repay the “borrowed” money Congress will have to borrow money. Which would be like that degenerate gambler saying to his creditors, “May I please borrow some money from you so I can pay you back?”

So what to do? Well first the SS Trust Fund needs a champion…a billionaire manager or board of managers who represent the fund and the taxpayers, as opposed to the degenerate gamblers who have been fraudulently managing it. Then that SSTF manager can let the federal government refinance their treasury bond loans as Government “Student Loans”. You know, the ones that the government provides for our students at 8% interest and beyond. The ones that the government has made 41.3 billion dollars worth of profit on in 2013 alone…and that’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world. And they would be Exxon Mobil and Apple!

And if we refinanced the Social Security debt as student loans then, as per federal law, those loans would have to be repaid and could never be forgiven…not even if the federal government declared bankruptcy!

Right now our students owe over 1.2 trillion dollars to the federal government that they must repay at outrageous interest rates while the federal government owes Social Security about 3 trillion dollars at a modest interest rate that most Congressmen are now saying they can’t repay! Ain’t that America? Well, it shouldn’t be.

And don’t listen to any politician who says that he knows how to solve the Social Security problem by dissolving it, especially those who are bought and paid for by the Koch brothers who have said in the past, “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.” …And they are currently spending over 1 billion dollars on a Presidential candidate who will do just that, if he is elected.

It’s just too bad that the American Congress has borrowed America’s money. Just like everyone else they have to make good on a loan and pay it back, with interest. Otherwise they all need to step aside, resign their positions as elected leaders and let honest American men and women fill their posts and honor America’s debts. If we can promise to repay the Japanese and Chinese governments the trillions of dollars that we owe them and yet refuse to forgive the trillion dollars that our children owe us…then we can certainly honor debts to ourselves without boo-hooing about how expensive it’s going to be…can’t we?

And Anyone who says otherwise is a degenerate opportunist who needs to go straight to jail!

Water, Water Everywhere but…

18 Apr

Captain Kirk to the rescue! William Shatner, of Star Trek fame, is proposing a project on the west coast of the USA to build a pipeline from Washington State to Lake Mead in California. The cost? 30 billion dollars…which he hopes to raise through awareness, donations, government support… or whatever.

And I say, why not? We build pipelines for the flow of oil and gas all over the United States and no one ever argues about the cost or about building them in the first place. Below is a map of all of the oil and gas pipelines that we have criss-crossing the country now. That’s a lot of pipe! Only thing is you can’t eat or drink oil or natural gas. And where would you go with your car filled with either if there’s no water there, when you get to wherever it is that you’re going?

We have lots of water in some places and not very much, if any, left in other places and California is one of those places… and it has less than one year of water left! So what’s the plan if disaster should strike and our largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the country and one of the largest economies in the world, runs dry?

Mr. Shatner admits that he doesn’t know how to build pipelines and he may not be able to raise 30 billion dollars but someone needs to get the ball rolling and he hopes to start rolling it by creating a conversation and raising some awareness. If Congress can support and advocate for more needless oil pipelines, and get behind the transport and pumping of billions of gallons of water into fracking holes to free up more natural gas just so we can all “prosper” a little more…then why can’t they come up with a plan to move potable water from where it is to where it ain’t so that we can all “live longer” too?

So, I agree with the Captain…with all engines, warp speed!

What a Pip!

4 Apr

Charles Dickens desk chair

The desk of the late, great Charles Dickens, author of Great Expectations and many other famous English novels, has been found! And purchased for £780,000! That’s 1,156, 591.US dollars…and 80 cents.

The desk where I write is probably worth closer to the 80 cents than any other part of that monetary amount…but more than likely it will end up in a landfill somewhere or as kindling for some local fireplace because, alas, I have not written anything famous…except for that last word.

Dickens’ desk however, and accompanying chair (my apologies to the chair…for which truly has the greatest claim to fame? The desk upon which the paper sat or the chair upon which the author sat?) were purchased by England’s National Heritage Memorial Fund and the furniture will go on display at the Charles ­Dickens Museum, one of the author’s former homes in London, where he lived for two years.

More than 1,200 items and places have been preserved by the fund, which exists to safeguard England’s heritage. My desk should at least be famous to some of the members of my family. It’s where I have spent many a moment in my life… when I wasn’t paying any attention to them, that is, so perhaps infamous, would be a better word.

Still…we humans have a strange penchant for wanting to preserve that which we think or feel has some special meaning… for all time. Especially if it is old. The older the better it seems. And the older, the more venerable or holy the object or place becomes. Although sometimes what we think as valuable becomes less so, if even valuable at all, after we die. Then the value of said object or place is up to whoever gets to possess it after you.

In the case of Charles Dickens’ desk, what was once just a desk, where once upon a time a man sat and wrote, is now a million dollar work of art. Whereas my desk?…well, somewhere in the future, someone might be cursing the man who somehow managed to get such a giant monstrosity through such a little door…while they search the rest of the house for the old man’s axe.

But still…a million dollars for a desk!?!!!

Ah well, Somewhere the ghost of Charles Dickens is penning a new novel about poor, hungry, disenfranchised and homeless souls searching for a place to sleep and a crust of bread to eat while somewhere nearby in a large country estate, well-to-do official sorts, sit and discuss over hot tea and crackers how to spend over 1 million dollars on one single museum piece in order to..as the newspaper article so aptly put it, “save the nation’s best heritage in memory of those who gave their lives for the UK.”

Goodnight sweet desk: And £780,000 sing thee to thy rest!…You’ve now got it better than most.

War is Peace?

29 Mar
Is War Peace? Freedom Slavery? Ignorance Strength? As suggested by the leaders of Oceania in George Orwell’s novel, 1984? Well, Here in 2015, the United States, the country with the largest military budget in the history of the world, more than the next 10 militaristic country’s military budgets put together…has finally done it!
Currently we are fighting in Iraq, along side the Iranians, in an effort to defeat the terrorist forces of ISIS. And we are fighting in Yemen, alongside the Saudi Arabians, in an effort to defeat the terrorist forces of the Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran!
Whose side are we on anyway? …Answer: Yes!
We are now fighting with our enemies against our enemies and they are both us, or at least one is us, or some combination of us and them. It’s quite confusing, but suffice it to say that we are fighting over there so we don’t have to fight here… which is kinda the same thing as saying…well, you know…don’t ya think?
And meanwhile here at home we are fighting over whether we should be increasing the military budget while cutting homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, and healthcare for the unhealthy…which is kinda the same thing as saying…
N’est-ce pas?…or as we like to say here in the USA… Freedom Fries!

Born in the USA?

27 Mar

Ted Cruz is the first Republican to announce his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Did you know that Mr. Cruz was born in Canada and that his father is Cuban? So how come he is eligible to run for the presidency of the U.S. let alone serve as a Senator in the U.S. Senate?

Well, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, A child born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent acquires U.S. citizenship at birth under Section 301(g) provided the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child’s birth. Mr. Cruz was born in 1970 and for births between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, the child’s parent must have lived in the U.S. for a period of ten years, five after the age of fourteen, in order to transmit U.S. citizenship.

So Mr. Cruz is a United States citizen because his mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. So that made him a U.S. citizen at birth, and therefore eligible to be president.

So what was all the fuss about President Obama!? President Obama was born in Hawaii. And for those who might be geographically challenged, that’s actually in the United States. And the president’s mother was born in Wichita, Kansas, which is also in the United States where she lived for the first 25 years of her life. So, even if President Obama had not been born in the U.S. it would never have made any difference anyway because his mother was a U.S. citizen and so the president’s citizenship, just like Mr. Cruz’s, was never, ever in doubt and never, ever should have been, birth certificate or not!

So why didn’t anyone in the Republican party, especially those 47 Senators who decided to take Iran to school on the constitution, or any of the Tea Partiers or any of the reporters on Fox News, or anyone in the American media for that matter, point that out to everyone in the country and put all of this racist hate mongering immediately to rest?!… can someone riddle me that?

And in addition, Mr. Cruz has also announced that his first order of business, should he be elected president, will be to dismantle the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as the Republicans are so happy to call it…but, since his wife is taking a leave of absence from her job to help him campaign for the presidency, the Cruz family will be without healthcare so…wait for it…Mr. Cruz is going to sign his family up for…the Affordable Care Act!

When asked why he wouldn’t just purchase healthcare for his family on his own and avoid The “Obamacare” exchanges in protest of the healthcare law that he so thoroughly loathes his answer was…(you can’t make this stuff up)…”It’s too expensive that way and using the ACA exchanges is much more affordable for my family”. !!!!!!

So here we go ladies and gentlemen. Start your engines…the only way you’ll ever know if these candidates are lying to you will be if they move their lips. Maybe someone in the media will raise their hand and call them out on it, but the chances of that happening are probably slim and none. It’s going to be a long election cycle but I guess, as we U.S. citizen’s like to say, “one hell of a show!”

Cracker box Palace

21 Mar

Our government no longer works. In fact, by its own admission it won’t work. It more resembles a kindergarten class run amok then it does an august governing body of adults. Rather than taking traditional aye or nay votes on questions of the day Congress’ typical response to law and matters of governance nowadays is Nya, Nya, Nya, Nya, Nya!

Case in point: Loretta Lynch is the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general. Even the Republicans in Congress acknowledge that she’s been a great prosecutor who has prosecuted terrorists and gone after organized crime and public corruption. Her integrity is unimpeachable and by all accounts, she’s a great manager, and even Rudolph Guliani, the avowed Obama-hater, thinks she’s a perfect choice who needs to be approved immediately. Plus, the Republicans in Congress hate the man who is the current Attorney General and want him replaced.

Yet, they have been refusing to take a vote on her nomination for the past 130 days because president Obama nominated her and they don’t like President Obama so, Nya, Nya, Nya, Nya, Nya to him! And unless they get what they want, which is an anti-abortion bill, passed…then nobody gets nothin’ so there!

And this, believe it or not, is how “the most wonderful government ever invented in the history of the world” functions…or rather, dysfunctions. Even your little children at home understand that this behavior is childish and needs adult intervention and supervision. Go ahead and ask them. I’m sure they will agree…and they’re just little kids…not elected adult representatives of a sovereign nation!

And yet there is nothing “We the People” can do about it. And no way for us to reprimand, replace or receive a refund from these juvenile delinquent legislators who refuse to do their work. Some government, huh? If this were an excerpt from a history book you were reading, you’d swear I was writing about 17th century France or some foppish, poofy European kingdom where they all wore monocles and sashes and carried long polished swords with scabbards.

But no, this modern day government is all ours. And I’m ashamed to say, as nutty as a fruitcake. So they say Nero fiddled while Rome burned? Well alas, here we still are, wallflowers… at the dance.

Any Given Sunday?

13 Mar

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Here’s a sobering fact for the NRA and gun advocates everywhere.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health and the most recent government data available, 19% of all U.S. adults have suffered from a mental illness in the past year. In fact, Research on mental health and disease patterns shows that mental disorders are common throughout the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year, and that, overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment.

So with some 300 million guns of various kind and caliber, distributed throughout the populace of a country with tens of millions of adults suffering from various kinds of mental illnesses…is this not a certain recipe for disaster? And is it any wonder why so many horrible tragedies involving guns, occur each and every year within our country’s borders?

So, is asking for a little more control, regulation and oversight over weapons that are designed to either kill humans, along with other weapons that are mostly only used in the killing of humans, really all that difficult to understand and grasp…especially when our laws all but guarantee the potential for tens of millions of deadly weapons to be in the hands of tens of millions of mentally ill adults on any given day?!

And how can it not be indicative of an illness, mental… to think otherwise?

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