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  • I am confused
    deployed decoy
    I know the world is about to roll out of orbit. If not the USA defaulting, it will be one of the EU PIIGs that go down. But what has me very confused is why Social Security and or Medicare cuts are even on the table as part of the deficit plan. Both these have their own tax and customer base. The fact that congress has raped both accounts for years notwithstanding. Fix these at the same time but find something else to cut, say the Billions we give to Saudi in military sales that they use to suppress Bahrain or their own people. Cut the aid to Pakistan to nothing offer them our protection for free run of the country, demand that WE the USA, escort all supplies from port to foxhole in Afghanistan. Currently (and this is not widely told to Americans) some 15-40% of the war supplies and fuel that moves through Pakistan is taken t gun point or some other means of force or extortion. Cut all funding to the Arts; let the federal museums and parks charge the rate required to fund them being open. Revoke federal flood insurance for cities and trophy home owners that build below the 500 year high water mark. Charge the states for all emergency response from everything that starts on state or private land, this should include wildfire suppression and law enforcement. Raise taxes across the board with everyone required to pay a minimum 10% federal income tax on ALL income. Any combination of earnings, allowances, incentives that exceed $minimum, taxed at a flat 38%. Extend this tax to all contractors outside the USA and military not in Iraq or Afghanistan proper. Heck here in Kuwait select (rank has its privileges) people bring their spouse and kids. They receive tax free COLA, housing allowances and $10,000ís of dollars in tax free allowances to put the kids in local schools. But at the same time are in a war zone and pay no federal income tax on base wages. How does this make sense? Given these folks sure need no cash incentive to hang around due to pay grade.
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  • Politicians
    BeanerECMO
    of whatever stripe will use whatever prices to support whatever position they want to take on COLA. Some will use the housing market (new, previously owned, etc.) as the chief indicator that prices are down, so no COLA increase. Others will show the essential costs have risen dramatically; e.g., food, fuel, medical, etc. So, who do you believe; there is truth on both sides, but which impacts COLA more? Realizing that foreign aid is a drop in the bucket; it's a place to start - just like restoring an old painting; one chip at a time. Agree wholeheartedly with the trophy homes on the sides of foothills that consistently are burned out or 'slid' out. Re: Kuwait COLA. I lived there for 3 years under contract to the MOD through a local company (consideration, doncha know). Essentially, one pays 3 times what one does in the States. Ya hafta treat 1 KD as 1 USD. The select few who bring family are those that opt for an accompanied tour. If it's unaccompanied; then it's a shorter tour; but still a lot of outlay. Remember, there are over $61T (yes - T) if unfunded federal mandates. I wish I could list them all. But, they are feel good social programs. Again as Gerald Ford said in 1974 (it wasn't Thomas Jefferson according to historians), "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have...". However, Jefferson did write, "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, and government to gain ground." What does this all mean? DC has a spending problem - what effort does government do to produce 1 drop of oil revenue or 1 loaf of bread? Oh, they manage. Yes, much like MMS, USAID, DOEd, DOEn, DOC, NEA, NLRB, HHS (keep 25% staff), HUD, EPA, OPM, FDA (yes, I know they're blasted if they do release/recall and blasted if they don't) et al. DEFUND THEM ALL!!!
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  • To Beaner
    Moderate
    Which affects colas more? Depends on your situation. A young couple will be more affected by housing, food and college(with kids), and other items. An elderly couple is more affected by medical and food. I guess it depends on your situation.-----------I do not know about feel good social programs that you oppose. The government does not give you everything all of the time. I guess you can substantiate that.---------As I told you before, the government is not in the business of producing oil or bread. If you advocate that, you must be a communist.------------Your alphabet soup of agencies without any idea of what they really do is senseless. The NLRB protects workers from the foul attempts by management to impose improper working conditions such as 7 dsy 70 hour sweatshop work weeks without breaks or overtime payments. The EPA forces manufacturers to limit pollution so we can breathe clean air The FDA helps stop the magic elixirs you are so fond of. I could go on, but your mind is closed.------- You have always been a regressive (radical rightist) who was educated by sweatshop owners and monopolists, who mugged people who wanted decent working conditions and decent pay.
    worker
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  • COLA/SSA
    Bud
    DD-You make sense overall.We need a way to have a minimum tax on the current 49% who pay no taxes.Set a limit of 3% of total income or $1000 whichever is lower.Tax them on food stamps etc. just like people are taxed on SSA payments.Some liberals will think that concept cruel but today 49% of taxpayers have no stake;they just keep taking and give zero.
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  • How cruel
    BeanerECMO
    you are!! (not really) Those that don't pay taxes, and actually receive a check as a result of earned income tax credit, do have a stake. They have to ensure that the largesse of those that do pay taxes never stops. Of course, there are those who really do need the assistance, but for a lifetime?? What is the estimate for those that can never get off public assistance out of a population of 320 million plus millions of illegal aliens?
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  • Why
    Moderate
    What purpose would your tax serve. They are getting these benefits because they haveno money. Should they pay taxes or eat or pay rent? Maybe you would prefer they sell drugs to make a living?------And of course beaner writes about the huge amount of money these people get. Try living on that amount beaner?----------I do think we agree that illegal aliens should be out of here and not getting any benefits of any type. Additionally, the illegals' children should not be citizens with any benefits. if the illegals' children are citizens then the illegals should have a choice. Leave with or without your children.---It is not worth repeating what your last paragraph is worth. You already know its lack of intelligence.
    worker
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  • Finances
    Moderate
    Social security must be changed even if the money was not IOU's. The fund was to run out in 2936 or 7. This is because the fund was never meant to be sound actuarilly(sorry about the spelling). Now with the baby boomers retiring, there is not enough support by workers to fund the pay as you go system. I was told that if the tax is increased by 1% for payor and payee, then the funds would last until about 2075. Raising the retirement age to 70 would help. Cutting culture is not a good idea even if it is not self supporting. This is part of education. Education allows people to be self supporting which, hopefully will increase tax revenue. The states are already having financial problems. Adding to that will not help anything.Forcing the poor to pay a minimum amount of tax is a joke. if they cannot support themselves now, why add to their problems. This would increase the sale of illegal items such as drugs. Try to collect taxes on that.
    worker
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  • Federal/Social Security: Stalling?
    Celtic Wolf
    America opens its doors for new immigrants, many of us are offspring of such immigrants. America protects the rights of foreign peers, France to Saudi to China to West Coast Africa and South America. America provides Entitlements to those who are poor, disabled, addicted, imprisoned and un-employable. America seeks out ways to inhabit Outer Space. America seeks ways to cure some diseases, yet not the profitable ones like the Common Cold, AIDS, or Childhood Diabetics. So to even think or wonder if America cares about less than two million federal employees is to think unwisely. To think America cares about the future or the current lives of Federal Employees is to dream the unrealistic dream of Fools. I was sent off to war as Cannon Fodder. I was told to work hard for almost 40 years for small bonuses and the occasional promotion. America has done what America does best -- take the easy way out when budgets come into play. The Federal Employee future is dead. Federal Employees need to see what is truly happening.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • America
    BeanerECMO
    HAS opened its doors to immigrants; unfortunately, there are so many more illegal immigrants that have drained, and are draining, greatly limited resources, which adversely impacts all facets of life in the US. Re: cannon fodder; we're all sent off as cannon fodder in one way or the other. Re: America provides Entitlements to those who are poor, disabled, addicted, imprisoned and un-employable. If only it was limited to those; i.e., means testing. VA care (except for service connected maladies) as well as SocSec and Medicare / Medicaid should be means tested. Raise the retirement age for SocSec & Medicare / Medicaid to 68 for those who reach 50 by 09/30/2011; and raise it to 70 for those who reach 45 by 09/30/2011. Re: America has done what America does best - take the easy way out when budgets come into play. And, that is why we have over $61T in unfunded federal mandates, which doesn't count what individual states have levied onto themselves. But, it surely felt good to pass all those feel good social programs whether they are successful or not. If they were/are so successful, why is there still a permanent socio-economic underclass that will never leave the trough because they have been convinced they have no other way except to depend on government for their survival.
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  • More nonsense from beaner
    Moderate
    See above comments on entitlements. They include what we pay for such as social security, medicare, and our pensions. They do not include welfare. Medicaid is means tested. Social security and medicare should not be means tested as we already paid for them. Stop confusing medicare with medicaid. I hope you are more educated than that. What is a feel good social program? One you do not like? or one you like such as the wealthy and corporate welfare?--------------Some of the underclass was formed by the effects of your good friend, George Bush and his depression. Anyway, try living off this great trough. You might find it very challenging. Your last comment is stupid and not worth anything.
    worker
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  • Entitlements
    Moderate
    Celtic, do not classify welfare etc. as entitlements. It was not earned and is a very generous gift to those in need. Entitlements like social security and medicare are paid for in taxes over many years. Otherwise, you make some good points.
    worker
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  • Social Security
    Linda
    The problem with Social Security is only in part that Congress has raided it and threfore it has no earnings. Part is that when Social Security started you got it at 62 and average life expenctantcy was 52. So you got social security 10 years after your average life expectantcy. Now average life expectanty is 78 and you still can get Social Security at 62. That makes the lack of funding pretty apparent as to why. Also when the program started there was no Medicare. There was no suppliment for children whoes parents died, there was no assistance for college (although I understand that doesn't exist anymore), there was no SSI. The children, and SSI is money out to people who never paid in. The early deaths were to offset the long lifers. If you got Social Security at the same timing as originally planed you wouldn't get it until you were 88 years old. If people had to work until they were 88, there would be lots of money is Social Security for Congress to raid. But as we all know, that is not the case......I just resent the governement raiding my TSP and pension account and then telling me I will get to good of a retirement benefit and they want to cut it!!!!
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  • COLA/SSA
    Bud
    I spent several hours one day trying to decipher how the COLA is computed.An opinion: It's as out of touch with reality as our president/congressional clowns are.As for the famous/infamous SSA Lock Box,well it's full of Government IOUs, not real money.I don't think the average folks/feds etc. really understand how close the USA is to true bankruptcy.The day of reckoning is like future California earthquakes: Not a question of if,just when.
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  • COLA
    Moderate
    You must have a doctorate in computers and math to make that computation. Congratulations on the attempt.
    worker
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  • COLAs
    marien
    I wrote my Congressman (R - VA, thank goodness not Eric Cantor - I'd be forced to move to a different district) and asked him what he would do if he had $5000 to invest right now. Would he put it in the US stock market and watch it disappear when the US economy tanks when the gov't defaults, put it under his mattress where it will be devalued upon default and will never grow with inflation, or invest overseas? No response, of course. I've also asked him how the US plans on actually paying down the debt vs just cutting spending. There is a difference, you know. For instance, we Americans who "sit around the kitchen table figuring our household budgets" (you know, we families whom the Republicans refer to all the time as having to do just that) might cut back spending on eating out or whatever but we ALSO plan on how much money should go towards decreasing credit card debt. In other words, we actually use money to decrease our debt, we don't just simply cut back other spending. Simplistic? Maybe so, but too simple I guess for a response from him. Meanwhile my 92 year old mother needs her social security check (no other source of income for her) but the Republican narcisists and haters of all Democrats couldn't care less. PS Note that Eric Cantor stands to make money on some of his extensive investments should the government default. Just google his name and you'll see for yourself, including a copy of his most recent financial public disclosure statement. Would that all of us had a portfolio as long, tricky, and extensive as his.
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