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Yesterday I* posted on just where each of your tax dollars go.  The largest outlays were for our Senior Citizens in the form of Medicare and Social Security.    And yes dear reader I went into my usual rant about the reason for Social Security and is oldsters living much longer than we should and therefore getting  years and years more than we put into the Social Security program thru our payroll deductions while we were working.  In fact, we each get back every cent we put into our account within two and one half years after retirement!!  After that People we are on WELFARE and living off the backs of the young!!   Social security needs to be means tested and should go only to those who need it to live a decent life.  That does not mean paying for Grandma and Grandpa to spend lovely warm winters in Florida in their fancy RV’s.   And yes, I spent eleven years as a full time RVer so I know well what I am talking about.  I also lived for 19 years in Florida before retirement and know how populations in some towns in Florida go from 7000 in the summer to 70,000  in the winter.  People who can afford to own RVs do not need Social Security.  They should not be living on the backs of the young or getting money that is becoming a national debt that their great grandchildren will have to pay back.

Of course next on the Greedy Geezer list are those who are well able to buy their own health insurance but who take Medicare.   At the grand old age of 24 in 1965 i was so much against this Medicare scam that President Johnson and the Congress (both Democrats and Republicans)  were in on with the insurance companies.    At that time only an estimated 40% of seniors needed some help paying for their health insurance.  And instead of putting these people on Medicaid or some type of stipend to help them purchase their own health insurance the ENTIRE elderly population 65 and over no matter their income was put on Medicare.  It was a disaster in the making just as Obamacare is going to be the devastation of our country as we know it.   ALL the estimates of costs of the Medicare program in 1965 were 2000%  (that is two THOUSAND percent) under the actual costs of Medicare in 2010.  Again we Seniors are being kept healthy and alive on the backs of our current working young and by putting our great grandchildren in debt for life.  Our great grandchildren in effect will have no life because they will be slaves to paying for the lives we are living now.

How can Americans bear to live with what we are allowing to happen?  I grieve for my country and for my great grandchildren yet to be born.

Anyhow, no more ranting from me.  The following article from Cato Institute  explains better than I can why we must stop the madness of our entitlement programs and put them on a course that will  help those who truly need help but take those who can do for themselves  off the programs.  It really grates me when wealthy Americans are using Medicare.

Be sure to go to the referred sites for additional information.  Sincerely, Brenda Bowers (BB)

APRIL 16, 2013 8:40AM

Entitlement Spending Is America’s Biggest Fiscal Challenge, but Discretionary Spending Is Still Far too High

If America descends into Greek-style fiscal chaos, there’s no doubt that entitlement programs will be the main factor. Social SecurityMedicareMedicaid, and Disability are all fiscal train wrecks today, and the long-run outlook for these programs is frightful.

Just look at these numbers from the Bank for International Settlements and OECD to see how our fiscal future is bleaker than many of Europe’s welfare states.

Simply stated, if we don’t implement the right kind of entitlement reform, our children and grandchildren at some point will curse our memory.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t worry about other parts of the budget, including the so-called discretionary programs that also have been getting bigger and bigger budgets over time.

That’s why I want to add some additional analysis to Veronique de Rugy’s recent piece inNational Review Online, which might lead some to mistakenly conclude that these programs are “shrinking” and being subject to a “Big Squeeze.”

…there is another number to look at in that budget. It’s the shrinking share of the budget consumed by discretionary spending (spending on things like defense and infrastructure) to make space for mandatory spending and interest. This is the Big Squeeze. …in FY 2014 mandatory spending plus interest will eat up 67 percent of the budget, leaving discretionary spending with 33 percent of the budget (down from 36 percent in FY 2012). Now by FY 2023, mandatory and interest spending will consume 77 percent of the total budget. Discretionary spending will be left with 23 percent of the budget.

She’s right that discretionary spending is becoming a smaller share of the budget, but it’s important to realize that this is solely because entitlement outlays are growing faster than discretionary spending.

Here’s some data from the Historical Tables of the Budget, showing what is happening to spending for both defense discretionary and domestic discretionary. And these are inflation-adjusted numbers, so the we’re looking at genuine increases in spending.

Discretionary Spending FY62-14

As you can see, defense outlays have climbed by about $100 billion over the past 50 years, while outlays for domestic discretionary programs have more than tripled.

If that’s a “Big Squeeze,” I’m hoping that my household budget experiences a similar degree of “shrinking”!

Veronique obviously understands these numbers, of course, and is simply making the point that politicians presumably should have an incentive to restrain entitlement programs so they have more leeway to also buy votes with discretionary spending.

But I’d hate to think that an uninformed reader would jump to the wrong conclusion and decide we need more discretionary spending.

Particularly since the federal government shouldn’t be spending even one penny for many of the programs and department that are part of the domestic discretionary category. Should there be a federal Department of Transportation? A federal Department of Housing and Urban Development? A federal Department of Agriculture?

No, NO, and Hell NO. I could continue, but you get the idea.

The burden of federal government spending in the United States is far too high and it should be reduced. That includes discretionary spending and entitlement spending.

P.S. For those who don’t have the misfortune of following the federal budget, “entitlements” are programs that are “permanently appropriated,” which simply means that spending automatically changes in response to factors such as eligibility rules, demographic shifts, inflation, and program expansions. Sometimes these programs (such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc) are referred to as “mandatory spending.”

The other big part of the budget is “discretionary spending” or “appropriations.” These are programs funded by annual spending bills from the Appropriations Committees, often divided into the two big categories of “defense discretionary” and “nondefense discretionary.”

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In case you missed these during the year I am posting Heritage top 10 2012 research papers here in one place.  They are all as relevant now as when they were published; in fact some even more so.  The United States is well on its way to total destruction as a free nation.  Our one chance at salvation was to elect Mitt Romney for President and we didn’t.  Obama won by a slim margin, but he  and the Democrats take that as a mandate to do as they please and because they still control the Senate and Harry Reid is at the helm there is nothing in the federal government to stop them.   The only forces now fighting Obama and Obamanation are the states and some very brave companies and individuals  who are trying thru the courts to hold off or hold back the onslaught of our demise.    I think you need to know what all of these reports say in order to perhaps  minimize the  personal damage the federal government will do to individuals in the coming years.  Sincerely and Happy New Year my Friends, BB

Top 10 Heritage Research Papers of 2012

Todd Thurman

December 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

federal spending 2008 – 2012As the year comes to a close, we reflect on 2012 by offering highlights of the top 10 most-read research papers by Heritage scholars.

1) The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government
By William Beach and Patrick Tyrrell
February 8, 2012
The great and calamitous fiscal trends of our time—dependence on government by an increasing portion of the American population, and soaring debt that threatens the financial integrity of the economy—worsened yet again in 2010 and 2011.

2) Taxmageddon: Massive Tax Increase Coming in 2013
By Curtis Dubay
April 4, 2012
If President Obama and Congress fail to act this year, an enormous, unprecedented tax increase will fall on American taxpayers starting on January 1, 2013.

3) High Gas Prices: Obama’s Half-Truths vs. Reality
By Nicolas Loris
February 23, 2012
Higher gas prices drive up production costs for goods reliant on transportation, and more money spent at the pump means less money spent at restaurants and movie theaters.

4) Federal Spending by the Numbers
By Alison Acosta Fraser
October 16, 2012
The federal government has closed out its fourth straight year of trillion-dollar-plus deficits, and the imperative to rein in spending has never been greater.

5) Red Tape Rising: Obama-Era Regulation at the Three-Year Mark
By James L. Gattuso and Diane Katz
March 13, 2012
During the first three years of the Obama Administration, 106 new major federal regulations added more than $46 billion per year in new costs for Americans.

6) The Ryan Budget: Confronting the Nation’s Spending Crisis
By Alison Acosta Fraser and Patrick Louis Knudsen
March 21, 2012
In the few months since Washington’s dramatic debt ceiling confrontation, America’s fiscal situation has only worsened. Federal spending is set to soar past previous record-shattering levels, endangering the economic future of the nation.

7) Auto Bailout or UAW Bailout? Taxpayer Losses Came from Subsidizing Union Compensation
By James Sherk and Todd Zywicki
June 13, 2012
The U.S. government will lose about $23 billion on the 2008-2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. President Obama emphatically defends his decision to subsidize the automakers, arguing it was necessary to prevent massive job losses.

8) Government Employees Work Less than Private-Sector Employees
By Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
September 11, 2012
The stereotype of the under-worked government employee is frequently invoked in criticisms of public-sector employment. But does the average public employee really work less than the average private employee?

9) Tax Policy Center’s Skewed Analysis of Governor Romney’s Tax Plan
By Curtis Dubay
September 23, 2012
Their conclusion is the result of a series of carefully made choices. These choices, not the underlying nature of the Romney plan, cause them to arrive at their selected result. This finding is harming the debate on tax reform.

10) Welfare Reform’s Work Requirements Cannot be Waived
By Andrew M. Grossman
August 8, 2012
Under the guise of providing states greater “flexibility” in operating their welfare programs, the Obama Administration now claims the authority to weaken or waive the work requirements that are at the heart of welfare reform.

To Boldly Go Where No Party Has Gone Before… | The Weekly Standard.

By laying out the GOP case for entitlement reform this year, Republicans in Congress would show themselves to be the “adult” party. They’d force 2012 GOP candidates to be serious. They might even find bipartisan support for changes sooner rather than later. They’d also prove to the voters that they know why they were sent to Washington. What would it mean, after all, if the Tea Partying GOP House shied away from attempting to address federal spending in all its particulars—discretionary and nondiscretionary?

Why, it would mean failure.

The Republicans only control the House and they have a formidable  liberal wall in speaker Harry Reid Democrat in the Senate but they can put press and get things done  if there is a will to do so.  Just reducing or even doing away with all the “discretionary spending” will only be a drop in the bucket.  Our country needs to cut our entitlement spending!   This Congress has a chance now with the people by in large  behind them.

Many still can not understand that they did not pay into Social Security what they are getting out of it and demand “their” money back.   Most however are slowly coming to the truth and facts of the matter and know that Social security is really a government welfare program now.  And it is broken and broke.  The money is gone.  Yes it is true that the past Congress’s have stolen the money and squandered it on other programs.  And it is equally true that nothing can be done about this raiding of the Social Security pot.  And even if it were possible to put this money back it would only carry the current retirees until 2017 or there abouts depending on who is telling the tale. Something has to be done about the system now if  the young men and women  now employed and paying for us old geezers are going to get a bit for themselves.  The Debt Commissions has an excellent plan to save the system if Congress would but give it a hearing.

 

Medicare and Medicaid are so far in the red that only draconian changes can save the system.  I believe those who can afford their own medical insurance no matter how old there are should buy their own and get off of Medicare.  I also think that the taxes taken out of our paychecks for Medicare and Medicaid should be taken out of all income no matter how high it is.  Right now there is a ridiculously low cap, IMO.

 

Anyhow, the title is very apt: To Boldly Go where No Party Has Gone Before….       Please God help our Congress to have the courage top save our nation.  BB

I did something I seldom do, I carried over not only the entire article but the comments as well.  (There is only 112 of them at this point.)  Andrew Mellon is one of the most astute liberty loving individuals of our time.  I have made his blog  Mellon’s Musings. a part of my daily visits tho I have only “pimped” his article from Big Government Blog.  His bio reads: “Andrew Mellon is a liberty-loving student at Columbia University (oxymoronic though that may be). Writing deep behind enemy lines, Mellon covers issues political, social and economic with a Classical Liberal bent. He worked on his first campaign when he was five-years-old and has been fighting to return the country to its founding principles ever since. If you enjoy his pieces, check out his blog, Mellon’s Musings.

This particular article is a must read.  Not only a must read, but a must understand!    This is going to happen.  It will happen at some point in the future; maybe tomorrow maybe next week or next year but it will happen.  You must prepare for it.  We are all going to suffer when the chaos comes.  And as is usual; the poor among us will suffer the most.  Prepare yourselves and your families as best you can.  I would say save money but probably it would be better to buy up and save food.  Glenn Beck has been telling us to remember our Grandmother’s root cellar where she stored food over the summer  to carry the family thru the winter.  I mention this as being the best course of action for those of lower income because the dollar won’t be worth much  with hyperinflation.  At the same time you should save as much money as possible so you can continue to pay your rent or mortgage and utilities.  You will survive because people do.  Families and friends pull together and help each other.   We as a people have survived before but this time will simply be so much worse because we have been made dependent on the nanny state which is not going to be there for us any more.  The biggest entitlement programs will simply have to go since they now take up one half of our national budget: No Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no government services of any kind for anyone at all!  Only  the necessary  police services for our personal security and possibly the city utilities.  Our nation has come to the point where there simply is no more money and soon there will be no more lenders.  Remember: we are now borrowing from China to pay the interest on our debt to China!  But as things continue to get bad for the people of the United States and the people stop buying then China too will suffer because the imports from China will decrease causing factories to close in China.  Do you see the connection and how our fall will cause another  because we have become so inter dependent as nations?  It is like tying your income to your neighbors work and spending habits and having him spend like a drunken sailor.  We Americans have been the drunken sailor!

(Sigh) Please read the article .  BB

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Fiscal Death by Welfare

by Andrew Mellon  (highlights are mine BB)

Ironically enough, the medicine applied by our state as the antidote for our ills has proven to be poison.  The welfare state is killing our nation.  Today entitlement spending makes up nearly half of our budget.  Long term, we know that there will be no way to pay off our unfunded obligations — we will go bankrupt. There will be three options ultimately, though ultimately can come quite suddenly: default, hyperinflation or abolition of the welfare state.

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Default is considered by many to be an impossible option as it would likely lead to mass chaos given the necessary suspension of many government services, not to mention the practical reality that WE are the collateral in the event of default.  To default is to be honest, and to be honest is anathema to the state.

Hyperinflation in my view is the most likely outcome given the massive increase in the money supply, which is good for politicians until it hits because it allows them to kick problems down the road and impose a stealth tax.  Currently, government is toeing the line between monetizing debt and intervening to keep its borrowing rates down, while incentivizing banks to keep money in their vaults or pump it into the stock market.

I believe that as the downturn goes on the government will blame the banks for the lack of economic growth and force them to allocate credit to chosen political entrepreneurs and other bad credit risks, leading to massive inflation in prices which they will likely blame on evil speculators and greedy price gouging companies.  Hyperinflation would allow the government to pay for the welfare state –  by writing entitlement checks in worthless dollars and lead to economic paralysis as constantly rising prices would make economic calculation and thus commerce impossible.

The final option would lead to the crucifixion of politicians.  Of course, this might not be such a bad thing.  All joking aside, there is a reason that entitlement spending is categorized as “mandatory” spending in our budget.  It is wrongfully viewed as an essential function of a civilized western nation, and its end would be met with a serious backlash from all of the welfare state’s recipients.

(The screaming will be loud and hysterical when Social Security and Medicare are cut!  Look what happens when there is even a hint that Medicare may be cut just a speck which the $500,000  really is.  The elderly have grown accustomed to being care for by the nanny state and they feel they have a right because of being bad mannered enough to get old entitles them to special treatment.  And they feel no concern for the young who are trying to pay the bills or the future children who will pay their bills!   BB)

Yet while default is the most honest option, hyperinflation the most likely and abolition the most untenable, in my view it is the third option which is the inevitable end, regardless of the path we choose, with the only question being whether we take our lumps now or at some unknown and jarring point in the future.

But it never had to be this way. Back in February of 1887, Texan farmers were struggling as a severe drought was killing their crops.  Congress was looking to pass an appropriations bill to bail out the ailing farmers.  President Grover Cleveland had the following to say on the matter:

Though there has been some difference in statements concerning the extent of the people’s needs in the localities thus affected, there seems to be no doubt that there has existed a condition calling for relief; and I am willing to believe that, notwithstanding the aid already furnished, a donation of seed grain to the farmers located in this region, to enable them to put in new crops, would serve to avert a continuance or return of an unfortunate blight.

And yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose.

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.

The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune…Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.

Unfortunately, as we well know future politicians failed to heed these words.  Due in large part to the New Deal and Great Society legislation, post-Lochner era court decisions and ideological subversion of the left in media and academia, the state became the paternalistic figure that it is today.  The welfare state imposed on the people the notion that we were morally required through the force of government to help out our fellow man, an inherently immoral argument.  In so doing, the state became the institution of moral hazard.

By providing aid to untapped politically lucrative constituencies for many of life’s woes, the state altered the character of the American people.  When before, life was based on self-reliance, innovation and entrepreneurship, today a wide swath of American life is based on dependency, complacency and politics, an ironic assertion in that we built our wealth that funded the welfare state on the very foundations that the welfare state undermines.  George Will outlined this transformation eloquently in his CPAC speech.

The demoralizing nature of the welfare state in absolving people from making decisions on matters of health, career and retirement in altering our character necessarily altered our actions, the sum of which make up our economy.  By taking long term planning out of the hands of people, the welfare state led us to increase our time preferences.  Time preference refers to our relative short term or long term orientation.  When we prepare for the long term, we make prudent decisions such as saving more and borrowing and spending less, in expectation of reaping greater rewards down the road.  On the other hand, when government taxes, reducing returns on capital and removes the need for cogent planning, we become more short term oriented, valuing more highly instant gratification achieved through spending and borrowing more to consume today.  High time preferences result in low capital formation, high real interest rates and diminished prosperity.

It should be noted that politicians are not immune to time preferences.  Since politicians are concerned most with getting re-elected, and the state came to be seen as the mechanism for spreading the wealth around to various voting blocs, naturally there grew a conflagration of welfare programs (using the term welfare loosely) funded through direct taxation, inflation and debt with little regard for the future.

The psychological and concomitant economic effects of the redistributive state cannot be understated.  What has been consistently understated is what the world would look like without the welfare state.  If we were to abolish Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, billions of dollars would return to the hands of the people.  People would have to plan their lives more carefully and responsibly and redevelop the drive that had been taken from them by the state, and they would allocate these new funds accordingly.  This influx of new cash to be reallocated according to the preferences of consumers would lead to unimagined innovations.

How many new hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurers would crop up?  How many more dollars would people save for retirement and in so doing invest in the private sector?  How many charitable organizations would be created for people to voluntarily help their fellow man?  How many government bureaucrats would be unleashed into the economy and employed in productive jobs?  How many productive jobs would the private sector create?  How many people would pick themselves up out of poverty?  One fascinating anecdotal example of the types of innovations that occurred when the government did not coddle people from cradle to grave was the institution of the fraternal society, one of the functions of which was healthcare provision under “lodge practice,” whereby society members could voluntarily pool their money and draw upon it when in need of medical care.  Prices were low and service was of quality until government intervened and destroyed the practice.

Now surely, as a practical matter the scrapping of the welfare state would cause great disruption, and people expecting to receive and/or reliant on benefits would incur immediate hardships.  But with the infusion of capital back into the hands of private individuals making decisions for themselves, in the long run our standard of living would increase, our competitive advantage in the world would widen and we would restore the national character to which Cleveland spoke.  We would reverse the demoralization and economic stagnation induced by the state.  We would see the bountiful unseen benefits blocked by the massive edifice of the state that holds our people back. It bears remembering that we didn’t grow wealthy with a safety net under us in the first place.

Our society was built on the non-aggression principle.  Individuals should be free to pursue purposeful ends so long as they do not harm others.  Government’s role is to protect us from external harm by providing defense, public safety and the courts.  By government attempting to protect us from the harm of our own decisions, imposing morality on the people through forcing some to subsidize others, government becomes an immoral, socially and economically destructive institution and perpetuates a cycle of intervention, dependency, crisis and further intervention.

As the healthcare debate rages on, and in context of the reality on the ground today, it surely seems as if we are miles from the end of the welfare state.  But indeed, we are going to arrive at the end of the experiment of the Ponzi welfare scheme, and it will not be by government fiat but by gravity.  This will be a blessing in disguise, though the short term pain of a sudden collapse will be great.  Traumatic as the collapse of the welfare state will be for those reliant on it, collapse will go quite a ways towards restoring power back with its rightful owners, the people.
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Cowboy Logic's avatar - Go to profile Cowboy Logic 118p · 16 hours ago

Parasitical organisms must always live off their host organisms, until they have drained them of blood. Then they move on to the next host, for the next free lunch, and free ride…………

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“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
Alexis de Tocqueville’Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.’
Won’t that be nice? That is exactly how the the British Empire fell from world economic power when the ‘pound’ lost status…

Wasn’t it Rahm Emanuel who said ‘“Let not one crisis go to waste”?
One really has to wonder just what the end game is here, these are not stupid people in the White House.

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“Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”— DICK CHENEY

7 replies · active 13 hours ago

Well written, Mr. Mellon.
“The final option would lead to the crucifixion of politicians.”
I favor the final option. Although painful, it does offer full relief, in the end.

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Excellent post, Mr.Mellon.This is Truth, and it hurts.Just how disconnected from reality are our politicians?This article shows, quite succinctly, how far in the stratosphere the pols are today. Engorged with their own self-importance, these pompous fools have taken our great nation from the heights of greatness to the shallows of despair, accelerating the course exponentially in just a couple of generations.None dare call it Treason? I do.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Hanzo

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MarkG's avatar - Go to profile MarkG 98p · 15 hours ago

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill”When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” – Ronald Reagan

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StoryKeeper's avatar - Go to profile StoryKeeper 83p · 15 hours ago

Can we say Cloward-Piven?

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Welfare is the extension of slavery which is acceptable to the lazy and irresponsible for generations. If you are a welfare recipient; then this indictment is for you. You have no honor.

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I think its all part of the progressive design. To change us they must first break us. Share the weath…let all the illegal immigrants in who can receive benefits without paying taxes. Create countless useless entitlement programs to “help them” (the poor and lazy) and of course share some kool aid. Normal hard working Americans don’t believe in entitlement and the progressives know that so.. they buy the votes and support of the poor and lazy and import others who will do anything to get out of there own country.

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Your whining might have more legitimacy if you prioritized your focus a bit. “Welfare” on Americans is more justified than welfare on foreigners – particularly violent, terrorist foreigners who have attacked us and make enemies for us by supporting them: Israel.

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Excellent and very, very honest piece. It’s a shame FDR was right when he said that no damned politician would ever get rid of his social programs. The people are too damned used to the government handout right now. There are too many out there that would only lift a finger to keep the checks coming – and then sit right back down on their sorry, lazy butts.

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Ron Greene's avatarRon Greene · 15 hours ago

New York cops get a pension of 80 % of their last year of service salary so what they do is buy up overtime from other officers to run up thier last year salary to 120 % of normal and then after 20 years retire collecting 100 % salary for the next 30 years plus their Social Security and none of this money has been set aside and all must be pulled from that states annual revenue.
It just cannot work the numbers just do not add up and something must be done to end this.

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kooz's avatar - Go to profile kooz 80p · 15 hours ago

Unemployment compensation has to be adding to this right now.
I suppose the recession in general.
It would be great to have a time table,but I suppose the best thing is to buy what you need now
without going into debt.

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The welfare state cannot exist without the creation of an authoritarian government structure which forcibly takes the funds from one to give to another.After that, it’s just a matter of degree – in how much is taken from the “haves,” and how much force is used in the taking.

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Woodshedder's avatarWoodshedder · 14 hours ago

Excellent. I agree with you 100%. And I thought I was the only one having these kinds of thoughts.

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Once a people accept the notion that failure should be rewarded, it was all over.

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To quote Rush Limbaugh, we are speaking truth to welfare.Hey Obama – you wanna see fundamental transformation – The Tea Party Movement is gonna create a Revolution against the big government monster your ilk feeds off and they’ll return America back to First Principles.

The free ride is over for you parasites!

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Preventing the insolvency of the socialist welfare entitlement state has been the goal of every administration for a very long time, and crafty politicians have been inventing ways to forestall the event. After all, no politician wants to be the one who presides over that.This, I believe, is the prime motivation for “comprehensive health care reform,” with its four years of benefit free tax increases and medicare cuts used to prop up social security, as well as the cap and tax green agenda which is designed to extract more money from every American in order to move the eventual collapse of the welfare state beyond 2012.

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but they need anohter $93,000 for petty cash !!!! WTF ?????What is wrong with them? This is not the hope and change I voted for !!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNRt9R7S8aM

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On a site that’s full of excellent posts, Mr. Mellon’s writings the past few weeks provide the clearest warnings of a perfect storm dead ahead, how it formed, and some idea of painful choices to be faced.. We Americans sometimes pat ourselves on the back about extreme hardships overcome by previous generations, forgetting the genuine and lasting pain involved, and imagining it immunizes us from any real pain of our own.Unfortunately, we’re likely to experience a historic crisis firstthand. And it it wil be largely inflicted from within.Some Democrats argue they just need to push their stinking carcass of a health-care bill over the hump to get it passed by any means, and Americans will learn to like it. This sounds like some crack dealer who wants to pin down a recovering addict and shoot them up in the arm, figuring once that addictve dependency is injected forcefully, they’ll have a lifelong customer. It may mean ruin for the victim, but keeps the money and power flowing to the pushers, BHO, Pelosi, Reid & crew.

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The collapse of Greece, & the potential of the same for Ireland & other western European countries will bring about the fall of the EU. The U.K. will double-dip into recession followed by the U.S., Japan & China. We are witnessing the final cut w/all ties to 20th century policy. The short term result will be difficult to say the least as those who’ve become addicted to government-imposed dependency start waking up to the real world without their fix. This will be the evil outcome the political “Left” (of both parties) has imposed; FDR’s legacy. But the long term runout will be a much better place & uniquely 21st century as Americans again learn to be self-reliant & neighbor-helping neighbor becomes the new norm.

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Marko68's avatar - Go to profile Marko68 36p · 13 hours ago

Thanks for finally calling it what it really is, WELFARE! The 800lb guerilla in the room at the summit are politicians don’t dare mention.

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j2points's avatarj2points · 13 hours ago

Get ready for the great recession of 2012 & the final defeat of Liberal Progressivism.

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ahahahahaah all your cons .. fell for the republican line.. they got you convinced that ALL our tax $$’s are spent on people who sit around drinking beer and not working – collecting welfare….
the fact is if congress started to cut all that YOU think is “welfare”.. so many of you would jump up and say “hey not that one”… then on the other hand you are happy with 13 aircraft carrier groups and corporate american paying them selves HUGE bonuses… if my country is going to pay for anything. .I want it to pay for what the people need not what corporate america needs
we need to cut ALL the fat
this is NOT a left/right issue.. it is US against them…..
no palin.. no obama.. no cheney

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Government-worker unions are on the rise and they are demanding higher salaries and benefits with your tax dollars. They refuse to take pay cuts, benefit cuts, more employee contributions, etc.. They want top raise property taxes, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, user fees, higher sales tax, food tax, etc…If you are lucky they will sue you with your tax money and take the unions dues you give them to continue to socialize America.

http://thelibertyjournal.com/2010/03/01/the-unite…

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“Death by Deficit” and “Death by Welfare” are two phrases that should resonate with most Americans. We should use those phrases relentlessly because they clearly enunciate the future and our consequences of the path we are on.

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That’s what stimulus (porkulus) was all about TARP, healthcare, and on and on. These bastard politicians have over promised, and now, “America’s chickens…have come home to roost!” Stand back America the parasite class with devour itself. It’s time to say, “NO!”

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I work in the welfare state. I can promise you that welfare has killed more people than poverty ever did. It has helped NO ONE. And at what staggering cost. Look at the crime rate, the incarceration rates, the miscarriage rate, the life expectancy among welfare recipients. It’s a staggering travesty and our tax dollars are paying for this death.

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toconn – March 1st, 2010 at 1:18 am
“Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”— DICK CHENEY
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Hey “toconn”, obviously Chenny never could have imagined that a Progressive scumbag like Obama would come along and run up a deficit in one year that exceeded all of the deficit spending of every President in the history of this country combined. When you spend that kind of money to the welfare left and unions then deficits DO MATTER!

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Dau.of Patton's  3rd's avatarDau.of Patton’s 3rd · 12 hours ago

The Marxist in Chief must be awfully proud to see this happening.
Probably has a thrill go down his leg everytime he thinks about it.

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We should be inundating our Senators and Congressmen with
e-mails, letters, phone calls, about this healthcare takeover…
Time to put on the pressure…With all the people out of work, and
not paying taxes, there will be a shortfall…there’s no way they’ll be
able to pay for the programs they have without adding this piece
of crap…..

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Congrats’ America Your entiteded To It!

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All Your Entitede Are Us

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Over The Hill's  avatarOver The Hill · 12 hours ago

It’s About time

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Socialism is a fraud. Keynesian economics is a fraud.Socialism lets politicians lie to gullible people, telling them what they want to hear, which is that they can get something for nothing. Keynesianism lets the politicians print unlimited amounts of money to pay for the promises. But when the promises come due, there will be a reckoning and it is coming.

In times of financial collapse and turmoil, civil society may break down. It is at that time that our civil society is weakest and may either devolve towards dictatorship, under the guise of keeping civil order, or civil society will recover and reboot itself. We need to be prepared for that time.

It does not bode well, or give any comfort, to know that the Federal government is hurriedly trying to make us give up our liberty in advance of that time.
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Nothing worth having ever comes easy.
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I remember Jack Kemp (speaking around the time Perot got Clinton elected and the MSM caused the L.A. Riots) advocating the creation of “enterprise zones” in inner cities. As I recall this involved tax breaks and govt loans. I thought “eh, not too bad” but then I heard him talking about home ownership [because you don’t burn what you own] and while I can’t remember the details I think it was an expansion on the already growing Fannie/Freddie bubble.
See, while I paid attention to politics, without the benefit of Liberal indoctrination, I hadn’t a clue about the ramifications of the Open Conspiracy in play. I knew something was wrong – that RINOs were filling the ranks of the Republican party but I didn’t know about the Progressive infiltration or agenda. I’m indebted to Andrew Breitbart, Beck and the other New Media outlets for bringing truth to the surface for all the world to see.
Now, how are we going to get that country “though the people support the government, the government should not support the people” back?

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Dave Rooney's avatarDave Rooney · 10 hours ago

Mr. Mellon.With all due respect give a time line or time table when you say “Hyperinflation in my view is the most likely outcome given the massive increase in the money supply, which is good for politicians until it hits because it allows them to kick problems down the road and impose a stealth tax.”

One year? Two years? Three years?

You’re not speaking about the crux of the crisis. And that is fatal. CREDIT my friend is contracting and is in a tailspin. Those that want it can’t get it. Those that can get don’t want it.

How on Gods great green earth is that inflationary in the near term? Are you suggesting that house prices have to rise to unleash pent up credit? Hyperinflation is a wet dream for the Fed. Gold bugs are going to take some heat. Which ones can hold on and not be forced to sell time will only tell.

This analysis is not only counterproductive to BIGs readers but it almost galvanizes their beliefs. NOTHING will reverse the credit contraction with current prices. It will be a huge lower price tailspin that precedes the availability of fresh new credit. Ergo reduce the risk and let the new games begin.

But at that juncture you will find an American psyche so wounded by the carnage that only the brave souls will step up to the plate and seize opportunity. And that is how fortunes are made. Be prepared to act and not react. And based on the what I see as prevalent few will be in a position to act. The masses will be scared chitless.

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If you want to really understand all that needs to be changed. Just look here at what the last Congress did (110th.) With an avg of 170 days in session they enacted 460 Laws >> http://tinyurl.com/yhmlezgMost of the laws had to do with funding/creating entitlements and monuments to cronies. We have a long way to go to correct ourselves.

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When we have card carrying socialists in our government, no one complains, people elect these people.
This seems to me these are the free loaders of society, these are the people who want more.
60 plus congress people are Democratic Socialist.
Until the people of the nation become independent thinkers, and become informed, the DemoRats will destroy our great Nation.
It will take generations to try to undo what this administration has done, if ever.

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And the rose colored glasses approach that future growth will bring in more revenues, I’ll work twice as hard in the future knowing that my hard work will be transfered by the likes of Nanny Pelosi to those she deems worthy, by sacrificing my labor for the greater good I will get that euphoric feeling of being a good commie.

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Roundup_Logan's  avatarRoundup_Logan · 4 hours ago

I’ve always thought the true underlying issue with health care was to kick the entitlement program crash further down the road. We should start reversing this now by cleaning out the illegals off the welfare roles, then move to married couples (potential double income earners), and then start raising the income base line lower and lower to be elligible for any type of public assistance until soon if you make more than $1000 a year you won’t get public assistance. And if you can walk, talk, and breath – you can work and if you can work, you don’t need public assistance. Spend your time working instead of standing in the welfare line to get some of Obama’s “stash”.

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It’s called ‘mordidas’, the death of a thousand cuts.

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We have too many illegal immigrants, AND too many recent “legal” immigrants we unwisely allowed into the country that have become a burden to society. They need to go.

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Kevin  Butterfield's avatarKevin Butterfield · 3 hours ago

I see no real end to the welfare state. In fact, it is probably more true that the vision concerning monetary ends for the citizenry according to the Socialist visionaries is a society where there are no wages, but credit. You would work, do your job, and have an allotment of resources that you can access. Products would be government controlled, and therefore equal in quality, so excessive consumption would be, theoretically, phased out. For instance, think, no exotic sports cars, because there would only need to be so many models for certain demographics necessary to produce in a One-Minded homogenized society. Obviously, sports cars are not a necessity. All that is needed in this particular scenario is for an exotic car company to fail, become owned by the government, and have it decided that the best interest of the company is to be absorbed by a general car manufacturer where, from that point, the exotic car companies goals and aspirations for future models is also absorbed. Ahhh, there is so much to consider, but it really is similar to 1984. Healthcare definitely is a major first step in building this new world. Mind, it isn’t begun with welfare – that was tearing down the old. I see it starting with healthcare, because society turns on food, and health is primarily about consumption. So, it isn’t about controlling money really, but controlling actual needs. Needs are subconscious, and logical. There is a lot to consider…

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Justamused's avatarJustamused · 3 hours ago

After coming out of a Wal-mart, filled with “Made in China” merchandise, I watch as a mother/daughter sumo team worked strenulously to lift the lard they carried on their frames into a $52,000, 2009 F-350 Ford. It was convieniently parked in the handicapped spot with bales of hay (a sure sign of hay burning horses) and empty beer cans. A cigarete dangled out the puffy, celulosic lips of both. I was amazed that a disable individual could climb into such a tall vehicle, let alone afford it. This thing was crew cab diesel. Heel, I work for a living and can’t afford such high end equipment. But I guess Walmart’s motto is right, “SAVE MONEY, LIVE BETTER”. Keep paying your taxes kids. The poor need you.

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Yeah, well, when the $hit hits the fan we suburbanites won’t look so stupid for having fled the cities. Welfare has to end, just like those ridiculous and unsustainable gov’t salaries have to end, and the end won’t be pretty.

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its time  continued's avatarits time continued · 3 hours ago

If you cannot help yourself, then you can you help?

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How does ANYONE expect the problem to be corrected when the scumbag PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES is, himself, a welfare rat and entitlement clown. From his high school days to his degrees at Columbia and Harvard he has sucked on the welfare teat of minority programs to pay his way. And no records to ever be reviewed. Gee.. I WONDER WHY ! One cannot change the stripes on a welfare bum. It’s generational as those of us who have lived close to large urban areas know !Cut all welfare programs and subsidies to minority pregnancies immediately. Let them work as I am sick and tired of carrying their lazy asses while they get their “HAIR AND NAILS DID” ! Lazy scumbags…. Soon to change !

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In a world where a smug socialist president takes cheap pot-shots at a vietnam war hero, serving in Congress, and is obsessed with using the words HealthCare to ‘transform America’ into a Welfare state, we have no choice but to use whatever freedoms we still have left, to to overthrow him and his entire team. TeaPartyNurse, NJ

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Look on the bright side!Economic meltdown will present plenty of opportunities to get back in touch with our roots!

Dig up your lawn and plant crops! Get a rifle and learn how to hunt (something edible, not each other …).
Throw away that useless paper money and learn how to carve wampum out of clam shells!

Consider it as an opportunity for personal growth!

sbenard's avatarsbenard · 45 minutes ago

“Death by Deficit” and “Death by Welfare” are two phrases that should resonate with most Americans. We should use those phrases relentlessly because they clearly enunciate the future and our consequences of the path we are on.

This year Social Security pay outs will exceed what is taken in.  And, there is nothing but debt in the treasury.  Our nation is on the brink of bankruptcy.  Our debt is 84% of of Gross National Product.  That means that if we could take all the money  that changes hands in the form of profits (wages are profits) this year  and pay off out national debt it would take 84% of it.  Think of it as your pay check or ypou yearly wages if you want.  Your bills for  everything but food, clothing and shelter (that diamond ring you got your wife, that expensive vacation, those iPod and cell phones and cars for everyone in the family of driving age–all this stuff) takes $84 dollars out of every $100 you earn just to pay off your debt for this things.  That leaves you $16 out of every $100 for food, shelter and clothing.  This is where our government is right now.  The debt for the government is in the form of Treasury Nots (promised to pay or IOU’s) our government has sold to other countries and other entities, even Americans themselves.  This debt the government has incurred is now 84% of what the entire nation can make in profits for a year and the debt is growing by the minuteas our government continues to buy those diamond rings!

This is what has to be done and there is no other alternative.  We elderly have to bite the bullet the same as our young workers and their families for what our government leaders have led us into.  But remember, We the People voted these people in office and now it is time to pay our bills and take our lumps for investing  with not our dollars but with our trust in the Ponzi Schemes of Social Security and Medicare.


The solution is simple.  Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi Schemes.  Or more precisely, Welfare for the elderly.  The government has sold the American people a bust just as did Madoff and the people who swallowed the lies unfortunately are going to have to take the loss.  The fact is anyone who paid into Social Security has received back every cent put in after only two years of retirement.  At that point it becomes welfare—taking money from one and giving it to another.

The Congress is going to have to pick a number and anyone having an income above that number will not receive Social Security. Period!  Cut off!

Cut out Medicare.  Insists that all people have to purchase their own health insurance. (I sincerely hope for a rational health care reform package based on the Republicans model)   Now since health insurance for the elderly is expensive and the government intervention in the health care industry by foisting Medicare on people has made the cost escalate beyond the stratosphere then the government will have to help elderly people purchase their own insurance by putting those who cannot afford it  on a sliding scale of support based on their income and costs of the insurance they will have to purchase, and this  based on their individual needs.  Many in this group will have preexisting conditions.   Those on the lowest level of income must be put in an expanded Medicaid.    This is a sad adjustment but has to be  until it is worked out of existence by the death of the current and some future retirees.  With reform the younger workers will have their own insurance as they age and retire.   (I would have had my own if government intervention had not priced me out of the market.  I hate and resent the fact that my government has forced me to take Medicare because I can not afford the insurance they helped to create!  )

This will be a hardship on the elderly and retired for now and into the future, but we have to accept that the burden of carrying us the elderly is a great burden on the young workers today and into the future.   We with our voting the wrong people into office who promised us the moon and we blindly followed  just like those who invested their dollars with Madoff must accept responsibility for our actions.  The young workers didn’t do this to us.  No one is going to like this or get the bigger piece of cake.  In fact, we are all young and old going to be reduced to crumbs now for the sake of the future of our nation and our children.  We created this problem and now we are the ones who must pay our bills and not pass them on to our grandchildren!  Oldeer Americans are proud people in the main and they believe in paying their bills.  Once they understand what has been done to them and to the future children they will tighten their belts.  BB

Mar. 23, 2007 – How China Purchased the United States. Part I

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On the evening of January 11, 1944, President Roosevelt was unable to give the annual presidential State of the Union speech before Congress so he instead gave it to the entire nation by way of his famous Fireside Chats. Cass Sunstein, a prominent liberal law professor at the University of Chicago called it “the most important speech of the century”. It’s importance is due to the fact that it is the first and most far reaching speech and endorsement of an American president for the legitimizing of the welfare state. The idea of the welfare state is that government MUST GUARANTEE the social and economic security for all citizens. The fore fathers and creators of the United States of America promised all citizens the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more! Originally the statement read: life, liberty and happiness. With the word happiness meaning financial well being and security for each individual. It wasn’t long before the delegates realized the mistaken assurance that promise made. No free man or free government could promise happiness (financial security) to it’s citizens. Not all individuals are endowed with the same abilities and talents. Nor are they all desirous of pursuing the same goals. So it follows that in the scheme of things some individuals will be more financially secure than others, and for a wide variety of reasons. One of the founding fathers was a prime example, Samuel Adams, the Father of the American Revolution was a brilliant orator and writer who could have chosen to turn his talent into a source of income and “happiness” (security) for himself and his family. Instead he chose to spend his talent and his time deriding the English Parliament and King George’s treatment of the colonies, and involving himself in other political matters. In that time politics was the realm of the wealthy because there was little pay for holding public office. Because of Adam’s choices his family lived on charity. When he was sent to Philadelphia as a delegate to the first Continental Congress the city fathers got together and purchased a suit of clothing for him to wear so his appearance would not embarrass them.

The Founding Father’s quickly added the words the “PURSUIT of happiness”. All men were guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This belief was accepted by all from July 4, 1776 to the last century when our 32nd. President after being elected in 1932 set about initiating his New Deal with Americans and that New Deal he finally legitimized with his speech on January 11, 1944.

It is important for all citizens to recall the one thing the founding fathers knew and avoided when creating a new country and new government, a welfare state is in fact Socialism. And Socialism morphs easily into communism as the state takes from those who have to give to those who have not and in so doing reduces the haves to the level where they can not maintain the investments which produce jobs and job security forcing the state to therefore take over and operate these factories and businesses. The state owns all. All people are guaranteed a job for life and healthcare from birth to death. There are in theory no classes or divides, no people getting more than any others. Well anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention to Russia and China the two largest communist (socialist) countries in the world should be cognizant of the fact that there are very definite disparities between peoples and groups. They should also be aware of the standards of living of even what is in this country considered the middle class. Doctors and scientist are happy the state allows them a three room apartment and a salary of $100 per month. The factory worker gets a two room apartment and only $70 per month. People line up for hours at the grocery stores to be able to purchase a limited supply of groceries from the state own stores and the state own factories and the plants and the state own farms. There are shortages of every type consumer goods because production levels are very low. Why are they low? Why should any one work any harder than the laziest worker if all are going to be paid the same amount for their labors?

As for health care in Russia and China since the Iron Curtain fell we have been treated to the horror stories concerning the conditions in their hospitals. If we ever get to view the conditions of health care in China I am sure we will see the same. The polluting of the rivers in China have made headlines. these same rivers provide the drinking water for millions of people.

This is the welfare state that Franklin D. Roosevelt started and legitimized with his introduction of Social Security, a promised payment of funds to all elderly upon reaching age 65 based on how much they put into the system. (The dirty little secret of Social Security that most Americans don’t realize is that every cent a person has put into the system thru pay roll deductions is returned to that person after 2 to 2 1/2 years and after that it is nothing more than Welfare for the Elderly with the younger workers picking up the tab. I hear all the time” I deserve this because I paid into it”. The answer is , “Yes you paid into the fund but certainly you are getting much more back.”

The Social Security Act was quickly followed by several others that would come to be known as “entitlements” 1)a payment to widows and orphans from this same fund called a Survivors Benefit. Having had experience with the Survivors Benefits I can tell you they are generous enough that a widow and her children can live well enough if not extravagantly. In fact it was President Reagan in 1981 who stopped paying the benefits past age 18 to surviving children who went to college.

2) a Medicaid Bill providing health care to the needy and poor. A bill I fully support and feel should be expanded for the needy children who will be the future workers and supporters of all this largess.

3) guarantee of funds to those who are disabled and unable to work. The only problem with this program is the large disparity in what is considered a disability.

I admit these are all worthy causes but they are like that second bathroom, nice to have if you can afford it.  The thing is we the tax payers can not afford them.  We couldn’t then because we were in a depression and we surely can not now given what has been done to the programs and the funding for the programs.  In the beginning the payment into the Social Security account from a workers pay check was only one half of  1%. Another fact of life then was that most people did not reach age 65 so it was deemed a “safe” age for retirement and promise of payment of benefits which of course would not need to be paid.  Things have changed considerably over the years. With advances in medical care and then the Medicare Bill which came along in 1965 people began to live much longer. It is not unusual for a person to receive Social Security Benefits for 10 or even 20 years after retirement. And though the payroll deductions into the Social Security Trust Fund is now up to 15% (7 1/2% from each the employee and the employer) the fact of any one person cashing out their contribution in 2+ years is still true.

World War II came along and the military requirements meant jobs were available for everyone. This prosperity continued into the 1950’s and 1960’s. Everyone was on top of the world and everyone remembered FDR. He was in fact all but a God to my parents and grandparents who had lived during the “Great Depression” and Roosevelt was credited with getting us out of the Great Depression. Well, really he did. He got us into a war and wars mean jobs and jobs mean money.

The prosperity of the 1950’s and 1960’s was also primarily due to the war. First, there were jobs during the war years and good money being made but no consumer goods being produced to spend it on so people had money in the ‘50’s for homes and appliances and cars and colleges for their kids. The government encountered a problem tho after the troops began returning home from the war that threatened another depression with more workers than jobs. The government solved this problem by offering the soldiers coming home a GI Bill for special schooling or college which ushered in a huge middle class in the United States which further added to the prosperity of the country for decades.  The GI Bill was probably the only outstandingly prosperous and good legislative act of the  government  since the Constitution of the United States of Amrica was written.  Itr made possible the United States as we known it today; a country whose citizens enjoy the highest standard of living in the world.  The only shame is that our elected officials failed to make more of this wave of prosperity we at one time were riding.

Anyhow, getting back on topic, the second thing the government did which created jobs was to rebuild Europe with what was called the Marshall Plan (the greatest idea ever conceived after a war. Do read about it if you never have. The Marshall Plan did more to insure peace than any thing else ever could.) It wasn’t freeas  we were taking back IOU”s from the Europeans for this help. So our factories kept producing and jobs were available into the 1960’s rebuilding Europe and then continuing into the 1980’s to supply the restored and gaining in prosperity of the European people with much wanted American products.

Enter President Lyndon Johnson who in 1965 made another welfare state deal with Americans with his Medicare Bill which guaranteed all elderly Americans health care for a very small monthly fee taken from the Social Security Franklin D. Roosevelt had given them. Johnson also expanded Medicaid which I grant was needed, I have always felt the poor and needy should be cared for. Then Johnson looked around and decided more “poor” kids needed to go to college and since the GI Bill wasn’t getting enough of the population in college now that there were fewer soldiers so he started the ball rolling towards the government stepping in and guaranteeing  student loans. The money for students loans weren’t from the government,  but were government backed and the government paid the interest on these loans until the student graduated and began paying back the loans themselves. The banking industry loved this bill! It was a sweetheart deal made in Heaven as far as they were concerned and they couldn’t lose because if the student defaulted then the government paid off the principle after paying the interest all those years. Billions of dollars are owed the government on defaulted student loans. (another story for another day).

The Medicare Bill did set up a separate tax for the so-called Medicare Trust Fund, but it basically operates the same as the Social Security Trust Fund and is stuffed with all but worthless T-Bills. Both extra tax systems are pay as you go schemes where those paying now are carrying the load for the present recipients. When more funds are taken in than are needed then they are to go into these trust funds. The funds are then taken out of the Trust Fund and used for current government expenses while being replaced with Treasury Notes, or promises of payment by the same government( read that: tax payers) from future taxes when the funds are needed. I suggest some of you take a good look at the predicted value of treasury notes in the future when they are “needed”. They ain’t got no value at all! And next year when the first of that huge group of so-called baby boomers (children born to the returning WWII veterans) start to retire and demand their Social Security the only place our government has to turn is to tax you the tax payer more, or to do what it has been doing for years now and that is sell more of our treasury notes and assets to China. We are selling our country to China thru buying far more from them than they are buying from us. Jobs that were once in the United States have now gone to China.  Our government is spending more and more than it is taking in in taxes meaning the government must “borrow” this money from somewhere to pay the defitcit.   Along comes China quite willing to take our governmentss IOU’s for its goods.  Thus my title for this rant: China now OWNS the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!   Sincerely, BB

**John Marini, Professor of political science at The University of Nevada spoke at Hillsdale College and his speech was later printed in Hillsdale’s Imprimis Newsletter. This particular newsletter is what got inspired this post. For you not familiar with Imprimis Newsletter it has a monthly readership of 1,250,000. Hillsdale College’s motto is Educating for Liberty since 1844. Their roll call of speakers are some of the foremost experts in their fields. They have a web site if you too would like to receive their newsletter.

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We Americans are contemptuous of the bribery and corruption that goes on in other governments around the world and insist they clean up their governments or we will withhold funding or other aid, but we tolerate the bribery that goes on constantly in our Congress.  The Obamacare bill in the Senate had the most egregious amount of bribery in it that I have seen in any bill to date.  Of course, I must admit that seldom does the public get a look at these corrupt little side deals because usually both parties are involved and each has reason to keep them from the public.  The spending bills just passed in both houses are prime examples since the ear marks  amounted to 5000 (yes, five thousand) in the Senate alone and Lord only knows how many in the House, but both party’s members got their piece of the action so nothing was said except on a few right-wing blogs.  The Obamacare bill however is a Democrats bill so the Republicans are willing to scream their heads off about the buy-ins!

Earmarks Buy ObamaCare

by Brian Darling imageDCSA10701182130

Do you want a good laugh?  Check out this press release from January 18, 2006:

Democrats from across the country today unveiled their Honest Leadership and Open Government Act. In the Great Hall of the Library of Congress, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, were joined by Senator Barack Obama and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and their Senate and House colleagues to shine a spotlight on the Republican “pay for play” politics that put special interests first at the expense of the priorities of the American people and signed a pledge to restore honest leadership and open government.

The below headlines sound like “pay to play” politics:

Senator Ben Nelson “negotiated” some changes to the Senate Health bill that have were needed to gain his support. One change stipulated that federal money wouldn’t be used to pay for abortions, while the others are nothing but freebies for Nebraskans. Here’s a brief summary:

Nelson secured full federal funding for his state to expand Medicaid coverage to all individuals below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Other states must pay a small portion of the additional cost. He won concessions for qualifying nonprofit insurers and for Medigap providers from a new insurance tax, and was able to roll back cuts to health savings accounts.

“I know this is hard for some of my colleagues to accept and I appreciate their right to disagree,” Nelson told reporters at the Capitol, of the many changes made at his behest. “But I would not have voted for this bill without these provisions.” Read the rest of this entry »


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