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  • Payroll Tax
    Tea Partier
    The whole premise of calling this a payroll tax cut is misleading. It is the sole funding mechanism for Social Security. Extending the "cut" depletes the SS trust fund of approx. $113 billion/year. That is why we are now paying out more in Social Security benefits than we are collecting in SS taxes. With 10,000 people a day retiring, how is Social Security not going to become insolvent with this kind of insanity?
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  • Who's flagging all my comments as abuse?
    contrarian
    Just because I criticize the TSP somehow all my comments are getting pulled.
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  • Response
    Moderate
    First to tea partier. I agree with you on this one, but I might be prejudiced because I am CSRS and am not affected by this until I go into the private sector to earn social security credits.----To contrarian, I did see the flag and could not read your comments. I never flagged you. I flagged only one comment from someone else, because I believe that person flagged me. I suggest that you email Mr. Causey and asked why the comments were flagged. He will then send the information to the appropriate person who will send you an email with the reason.
    worker
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  • People don't know what abuse is
    contrarian
    Or they're abusing the privilege of censoring speech.
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  • Fed Bashing
    Bud
    This SSA payroll tax cut is puzzling.OK,so the employee pays 2% less for FICA.Who deposits that missing 2% in that person's SSA account?Congress says raising taxes on "millionaires" will produce those monies.Does anybody really believe Congress will ensure those deposits are made to the SSA trust fund?The SSA trust fund now has no money,just pretty IOU certificates located someplace in WVa.If Feds performed on the job like Congress does,they'd be fired.This continuing resolution/shutdown cycle is costing agencies millions in wasted efforts planning on how to do/manage a possible shutdown.Congress could care less about this wasted money.I have nothing but disdain for the 535 "geniuses" on Capitol Hill,irregardless of what their party affiliation is.
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  • Grounds Hog Day
    Linda
    The Senate is looking like the movie Ground Hogs Day, only they don't seem to be able to change their actions for the better each time they get a replay. Go Figure...... As far as the Social Security Tax Cut, I am very blunt in my approach. I wrote to my Senator and asked "ARE YOU GUYS INSANE????" I actually got a real reply instead of a form letter. Some nonsense about how it will help the economy. Well it doesn help my economy to have a 2% tax cut, then pay in 2 1/2% more in retirement benefits??? That adds up to a 1/2 pay cut to me...........Congress needs to let the tax cut expire, let the Bush Tax Cuts expire, increase the limit on Social Security payments from 106,800 to unlimited, raise the age for people entering the Social Security program retirement age and then adjust it to life expectantcy, cut non-necessary funding for things like the Arts, reduce Farmer Subsedies, Tax Subsedies, Get out of a couple of wars (getting there), and reduce welfare programs and change them to work fare programs. I was shocked to hear the poverty level is $45,000 a year for a family of 4. Now I wouldn't want to live on that in DC, but in Montana, while not living high in the hog, you are getting by. Getting by is not poverty.
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  • Wow
    Moderate
    You actually got a valid, but disagreeable response? Not a canned response. I cannot believe that. We do not agree on everything as I think some of the subsidies are important, but you make some valid points as social security. Tea Partier made some good points about the contribution cuts.---Farmer subsidies may be necessary to reduce the amount of certain items grown due to too much supply. Otherwise, more farmers could go bankrupt. it is policy to avoid that.---Wrok fare for the able bodied is a great idea, but it will not always work. $45000 poverty level? I heard it was in the low twenties.
    worker
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  • To Moderate
    Linda
    Just FYI, I said reduce Farm Subsidies, not eliminate. Some are important, but not all. The one on Corn is rediculous. I know a guy who is a diary farmer that grows his own corn. He added corn fields to sell more due to the price of the subsidies on alternative fuel. He is literally laughing all the way to the bank! I approve research grants to try and find new energy alternatives, but I don't want to support them when gasoline is cheaper. When gas prices sky rocket again, the alternative will come out. And since more than 70% (?) of our electricity is coal fire, I am not sure electric cars are really all that green. But, that is another rant for another day.
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  • Poverty Level
    Linda
    I am hoping you are right and the poverty level is in the mid 20s. Minimum wage full time is over $15,000. I hope I heard the radio wrong.
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  • Research
    Moderate
    The time to research alternative answers is now. We want to bring these alternative energy prices down. It takes time to get answers. If we wait for oil to spike again, we will not get good energy results for years.----You may be right or not right about coal. Coal is a finite resource. We need renewable energy sources.----anyway let's rant about the idiots in Congress. I cannot believe a Democratic senator said to hold the funding bill so that the social security bill will pass first. That was stupid.
    worker
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  • Ground Hog Day
    Bud
    Linda,workfare is an outstanding approach.The CCC/WPA projects during the depression were workfare.Wait until the ACLU says you can't force people to work for govt. handouts.And the wars,geez,we never seem to learn and keep repeating history.Iraq-9 years,4500 americans dead,for what?My oldest son was there 3 different times.I support our troops but not the politicans who put them in Iraq(both Dems and Repubs).
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  • Really
    Moderate
    The radical right always anticipates in a negative way what a liberal will do. You accuse the ALCU of being ready to challenge workfare. That would be like me saying that Perry would impose Christianity on non Christians. Bush and the Republicans already allowed listening in to phone conversations without a court order. How about waiting until they do make the challenge and look at the circumstances.
    worker
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  • no payroll tax cut for CSRSers
    pensioner
    Whenever it is said that while federal employees have had their pay frozen, they are getting the benefit of the payroll tax cut, someone should jump up and point out that that is not entirely true. Federal employees under CSRS, of whom there are a constantly diminishing number, are subject to that pay freeze, but they get no benefit from the payroll tax cut. Their retirement benefits do not include a Social Security component, so they make no FICA contribution, but they pay a roughly equal amount for the pension benefits they get and that amount they pay into the CSRS trust fund has not been reduced by a single penny.
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  • Problem or Solution?
    MTFED
    The old saying is that you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. With the problems being rampant, and the solutions few, isn't it time we say F-you to the current incumbents (regardless of party) and give someone new a chance. Our current group of nimrods have created an environment where bribes (thinly veiled as campaign contributions) and insider trading are perfectly acceptable, not because it is right, but because they have created legislation that makes it legal. We need legislators with the stones to accomplish a top to bottom review of government spending and taxation and make decisions that are best for the country, not their campaign war chests that later get converted to personal accounts. Paying farmers not to grow something is ridiculous -the market will take car of that. Arguing that we shouldn't increase taxes on the wealthy because they create jobs, but then allowing them to pocket their savings instead of actually creating jobs, purley self serving to ensure the dole continues to roll. Time for change next November.
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  • Social Policy
    Moderate
    Our government is involved in social policy. There are price supports for farmers so they do not go out of business. Perhaps not paying the large corporate farms might make sense.
    worker
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  • MTFed
    Linda
    I 100% agree. I am tempted to vote for Donald Duck for President if I don't like any of the contestants.
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  • I'm tempted to flag you as abuse
    contrarian
    You used the same GROUNDHOG DAY analogy I used that got censored. I'm used to my bosses stealing my ideas so everybody feel free to run with my ideas.
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  • Censored?
    Moderate
    Please contact Mike Causey. Perhaps your comment should not have been censored and I would like to read it.
    worker
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  • Censored?
    Moderate
    Please contact Mike Causey. Perhaps your comment should not have been censored and I would like to read it.
    worker
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