February 12, 2010

Social Security Going Broke - Faster

As pretty much anyone and everyone who's paid any attention to the news for the past generation knows, Social Security, as it is currently configured, is going to run out of money. It's simple math. But it has always (to a great many people) seemed like a distant prospect, not something that demanded to be dealt with right now.

For decades and decades, the program has muddled along, with a few tweaks here and there, running a surplus of funds paid it by workers versus benefits paid to retirees. And, of course, the federal government "borrowed" those surpluses from the Social Security fund and spent them on just about everything else under the sun. Which means there has been an ever growing IOU in the "trust fund". Couple this with the beginning retirements of baby boomers, and many people have pointed out that it's going to be a problem sooner rather than later.

Well, guess what? That day of reckoning is here... (READ MORE)

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"How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for ya?"

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin received a rousing welcome at the Tea Party conference in Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend receiving 12 standing ovations in the process. One of the longest standing ovations came after she asked her audience: "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for ya?" not backing down from using down-to-earth language that her legions of fans have grown to love. Her question to her audience followed her statement that "The Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda will leave us less secure, more in debt and under the thumb of big government."

When running for president, Barack Obama ran on the slogan of hope and change. He promised bipartisanship. He promised there would be no lobbyists in his administration (there are at least 40 top-ranking officials who were lobbyists.) Obama promised transparency in governing. Indeed, he promised that C-Span would cover the negotiations of his ObamaCare medicine scheme so Americans could see who was asking for what and who was getting what, or words to that effect. Obama kept none of these promises.

So when Governor Palin asked her audience, "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for ya?" she knew that her audience and television audience, including those watching C-Span -- which she welcomed in her speech -- have not seen the change nor the hope Obama promised during his campaign... (READ MORE)

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Political Roundup: 2-12-10

The latest from the world of politics...

The last of the Kennedy's decides to retire from Congress

Connecticut Representative Patrick Kennedy, (son of former Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy), has decided not to run for re-election this year - which means this will be the first time in almost fifty years that a member of the Kennedy clan has not been in Congress. Kennedy issued a statement announcing his decision, saying that his life was "taking a new direction".

Of course, this is best viewed in the light of the recent stunning upset victory by Scott Brown for his dad's old Senate seat...and the fact that recent polls all point to a tough re-election fight this November for Kennedy.

Shocking poll results: Most Americans think more than half their tax dollars are wasted

Not that it should come as a shock that most people think that most of the money that they send to Washington is wasted, but rather it's shocking that a Washington Post poll would suggest it. According to the poll, 2/3's of the American public is "dissatisfied" or "angry" with how the federal government works (or rather doesn't work). Further, on average, Americans feel that about 53 cents of every tax dollar is "wasted"... (READ MORE)

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