Saturday, May 28, 2011

Regularly and with a consistency so systematical as to be considered conspiratorial, Congress withdrew money from Social Security

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens - and then everybody disagrees.
~Boris Marshalov

Merely a Weekend Recession

Hey, G.I Joe and Rosie Riveter where are you when we need you the most. America's greatest generation was baptized in the fire of necessity and shouldered the burden of fighting a world war. They were boys and girls when it began and in their mid to late twenties when it was won. On returning to civilian life those veterans and their wives were ready to begin their life adventure no longer content to share rooms and meals with an extended family in small walk up apartments. Mostly they wanted work and were ready to stake out their claim to a brighter future. Out of their need for housing and cars and furnishings for growing families boomed a working class economy. America was the new leader on the world stage briskly stepping out from the shadow cast on the former colonies quickly rising above second nation stature.

It was in the flame of that furnace that the prewar promise of Social Security was forged and cured and the idea of Medicare tempered. Joe and Rosie contributed with hard cash payments and would rail at the thought that politicians would one day minimize and belittle the programs referring to them as mere entitlements. Social Security was never meant to be equated with home relief, or welfare and there was nothing free lunch about it. Each worker and their employer was and is required by law to pay into it.

Workers and their employers have made equal matching contributions paying a total of 12.8% of salaries into Social Security. A self employed individual paid the full sum without contribution from others. Social Security was the original and foundational contract with America having been established by mandate and without benefit of collective bargaining. It is and was always simple, uncomplicated, ala cart, pay as you go, don't pass go, don't collect $200.

Regularly and with a consistency so systematical as to be considered conspiratorial, Congress withdrew money from Social Security leaving in their wake bad government IOU's. In short Social Security for the many contributors was robbed by the Congress to spend in favor of and for votes of the special interests. There is little left other than the bald, naked, promissory notes of a government bereft of morals and dignity and most importantly one without cash.

It's not that there isn't enough tax money to go around, there is plenty but it's being gobbled, often wastefully by special interests and unions including the support of civil service pensions. Surely many civil servants make contributions to pensions and should rightfully collect from them, but to compare them with payments made into Social Security is like comparing apples with having none. Social Security if left alone was fully funded, but pensions always required raising taxes to fund them. Much like paying interest only on credit cards pension debt is never paid. Ergo the Social Security contract with America is suddenly and conveniently called an entitlement being vulnerable and retractable; but the contract with the few and preferred is off the table and sacrosanct. Go figure.

Raising taxes solve nothing and worse enables government encouraging further irresponsible spending. Does the word entitlement come to mind? If there is ever a solution to be realized it will be in jobs, real jobs, jobs that Americans can work at now not twenty or thirty years hence. Sure Americans are interested in the environment and green jobs, but what is needed most is the dirty, greasy coal fired steel jobs of foundries, factories and assembly lines where real wages can be earned. For more than a decade Americans have only made deals, we no longer make stuff. As a nation we need to make stuff and left alone all else would fall back into line without government mucking.

This June more college graduates and those having earned MBA's will remain unemployed unable to find work. What does that portend for the economy when the number of high school graduate and other lesser educated young people are factored in. It doesn't matter whether jobless numbers are increasing exponentially or geometrically when arithmetically there are no jobs in actuality. Kind of poetic but it sucks when the house has been foreclosed and sold. As a nation we need to make stuff and let the deals make themselves.

However, most taxes, laws, rules and regulations are repressive and have the effect of barbed wire blocking growth and driving business off shore keeping people hurdled in and subservient to government. Serious consideration must be given to closing down and disenfranchising the alphabet soup of Federal regulatory agencies and open up the free range to commerce and business and watch America come back to life. Government must back off becoming content to leave the business of commerce to business and passively collect taxes.

America was not meant to become a nation like Britain or Greece or France, stifled in ancient hierarchy without a vision for the future; but rather an experiment, a game really, one to be played and lived up front and openly. The hero is supposed to be an adventurous inventor, a wily scrapper a dude with rolled up sleeves, a shock of hair across his brow and a coal smudge on his cheek. He wears white socks and done right no one knows who made his jeans and sneakers or what car he drives, or for that matter would care. Instead America has been whored off by Congress and now belongs to the thin nosed beady eyed kid with wire rim glasses, handmade Hong Kong suits and thin soled Italian leather shoes. He ain't no dude, he's a financial analyst, lobbyist or lawyer or worse all three in the employ of a foreign company.

I thought it cool watching the Iranians and Egyptians and then Libyans marching in protest for democracy. Conversely I think it odd that Americans sit back and watch their democracy slip away permitting threats being made to their Social Security and Medicare. What would Joe and Rosie have done?

Congress get yourselves and government out of the way or fairly soon commentators will begin to write that this recession has made the Great Depression look like a bad weekend. Just saying... Doc Graham, 5/28/2011

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Two good things happened in American politics this week

"I worship the ground that Paul Ryan walks on."

~Dick Cheney

Two good things happened in American politics this week. The Ryan bill that would have essentially destroyed Medicare and Social Security was defeated in the senate. More on that later. The second bit of good news was the special congressional election in New York which was won by a Democrat. What was special about that election is that the district is traditionally a Republican seat, with Republicans having a majority of over 30,000. This was seen as a no vote on the Ryan bill to destroy Medicare and Social Security.

The senate soundly defeated the Ryan bill. With all but a handful of Republicans voting to destroy Medicare and Social Security. Forty senators voted for the the Ryan bill to destroy Medicare and Social Security. Five sided with the Democrats and voted against it. It is a start.

"Voting with all of the Democrats against debating the plan were Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) -- both 2012 incumbents -- along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against it because it wasn't radicalenough.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) did not vote."

Republicans claim it is too expensive to keep Medicare and Social Security. The GOP has fought against it from the very start. They never wanted it and have always opposed it. But they don't oppose unnecessary wars, oil company subsidies and tax breaks. Tax break for the riches Americans, corporate welfare, tax loop holes for major corporations that cost Americans billions. Lastly they don't want to give up senate and house medical coverage which amounts to government health care, which they will have for life. Government health care is good for them but not for the rest of America.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eric Cantor is not interested in helping the people of Joplin Missouri.

“Compassion is the basis of all morality”
~Arthur Schopenhauer

Republican, Eric Cantor is not interested in helping the people of Joplin Missouri. He won't visit so here are some pictures he can see. Cantor needs a heart transplant because the one has doesn't work.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says no aid for Joplin without cuts

"if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri’s tornado victims, the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere else.
“If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental,”
~Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican

I want to call him heartless or indifferent to the suffering of others but the truth is he is worse. I think he is a psychopath and indifferent to the suffering of others. He lacks empathy. To play politics with the lives of Americans who have been devastated by a natural disaster borders on the criminal.

"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says no aid for Joplin without cuts"

"The horrific tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri may have also created a political battle in Washington D.C. The death toll from the tornado now stands at 119, making it the single deadliest tornado since modern record-keeping began 60 years ago. The financial toll is also expected to be high, with initial estimates putting damages at around $3 billion. Without significant aid from somewhere Joplin will simply not be able to recover from a tornado that literally ripped the town in half. Today House Majority Leader Eric Cantor signaled that the Congress may not be willing to provide aid without accompanying spending cuts to other programs."

Hundreds of Americans have rushed to Joplin to help their fellow Americans who have lost everything, they are the heroes. They are there with tools, bandages, anything that they can use to help. All one can say is God bless our fellow Americans who stepped forth to help Americans in need.


Vote against Paul Ryan's kill medicare plan, vote for a Democrat, save medicare and social security.

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