RANT: Martin O’Malley wants to expand “social security” with more and higher taxes

Sunday, August 30, 2015

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150825/OPINION02/150829657

Another View – Martin O’Malley: To ensure retirement security, let’s start by expanding Social Security
By MARTIN O’MALLEY

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This is not our American Dream. As a nation, we must act to ensure the retirement security of American families. And we should start by expanding Social Security benefits — not cutting them or merely “enhancing them” — to provide a foundation for a more secure retirement to all those who have worked hard to achieve it.

Social Security has worked so well for so long because it is fundamentally fair: Everyone pays in, and everyone receives a payout. The result? Social Security now provides a guaranteed retirement or insurance benefit to almost every worker in America — while keeping 300,000 Granite Staters out of poverty.

However, despite Social Security’s remarkable success, if you listened to Republicans and even some Democrats talk about the program today, you’d think the sky is falling. But let’s be clear: Social Security is not in crisis.

It’s not the sky that’s falling. It’s the floor that’s falling out from under our seniors.

As Democrats, it is time to stand up for our values and call for the expansion of Social Security for all beneficiaries. Increasing Social Security benefits remains the best and most straightforward way to provide greater retirement security for American families — not raising the retirement age, or cutting benefits for our seniors, or privatizing Social Security and putting the program in the hands of Wall Street.

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Sorry, but “Social Security Insurance” is a Ponzi scheme where the victims don’t get a choice.

If it’s such a great idea, why is it compulsory?

It’s hard to get into all it’s negatives in a short space and limited time, but let’s remember Bastiat’s “seen and unseen”. What could people have done with the “FICA taxes” stolen from them and their employer?

Even an index fund that mimiced the S&P, Dow Jones, or Total Stock Market would have returned 10% per year average over 30 years. What kind of retirement would people have versus the negative return that social security represents.

In 1977, Chile eliminated their “social security” plan in favor of a free choice one and they are better off for it.

Argh!

Stop socialism and trust the free market for a better life for all. 

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POLITICAL: Read the Bills Act has been referred to committee; argh!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mr. Ferdinand Reinke
1641 International Dr Unit 414
McLean, VA 22102-4831

Dear Mr. Reinke:

Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 1831, the Read the Bills Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

On June 15th, 2015, Senator Rand Paul introduced S. 1571, legislation to require Congress to post potential bills online for a minimum of seven days before voting on passage of them. In addition, all legislation would have to be voted on by a roll call vote.

The Read the Bills Act has been referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Please be assured that I closely review legislation that comes before the Senate, and I will be sure to keep your views on this important issue in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Signature

Tim Kaine

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Translation: Now please go away!

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POLITICAL: 8,648 Employees on Thanksgiving

Friday, August 28, 2015

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/f7mst/n-j-supermarkets-laying-off-8-648-employees-on-thanksgiving

N.J. Supermarkets Laying Off 8,648 Employees on Thanksgiving
Bergen County-based company files reduction in force notices with Department of Labor.
Originally posted on the Toms River, NJ Patch
By TOM DAVIS (Patch Staff) August 24, 2015 

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Anyone care to tell me how low the unemployment rate is?

Everyone always is saying the “economy is recovering from a short recession”.

What a joke.

Go to any mall and count the vacant stores. That’s malinvestment.

Check out the number that have left the workforce. After a while, they don’t count as unemployed.

Look at the numbers on “disability”.

And yet the political class of politicians and bureaucrats are doing just fine.

Argh!

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RANT: The TSA now isn’t the ONLY suspect

Thursday, August 27, 2015

http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/22/tsa-reveals-master-baggage-keys/

TSA inadvertently shows the dangers of master baggage keys
blogger-avatarby Jon Fingas | @jonfingas | 22 hrs ago

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Security researchers have long warned of the dangers of using master-keyed locks — if thieves get their hands on just one key, they compromise all of the compatible locks at the same time. And unfortunately, the US’ Transportation Security Administration is learning this lesson the hard way. It briefly let the Washington Post show a photo (we’ve blurred the details) of the master baggage keys it uses for approved locks, giving crooks a crude guide to making duplicates. And you can’t just switch to a non-standard lock to get around this, since TSA agents will rip it off if they catch it during an inspection.

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Can the Gooferment be any more immoral, ineffective, and inefficient?

The stupid bureaucrats allowed a picture of their “masters” to be published.

Maybe it’s deliberate?

Now that the picture’s out, you can’t automatically blame the TSA!

Argh!

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RANT: Bernie Sanders is a socialist

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Occupy Healthcare

Disagree on principle — If one has a “positive right”, then who is required to pay for it. As distinguished from “negative rights”, that outline what human can’t be prohibited from doing — likfe liberty, and property. Hence self-defense, speech, and not to be hurt or have their stuff stolen. “Health care” is not a right and “charity care” has always been a hallmark of America. Hospitals were originally set up by religious group (i.e., Baylor Baptist, Jewish Memorial. Mother Cabrini Hospital).

Disagree on strategy — Healthcare is wonderful in Canada and England if you don’t die waiting for an MRI. And, look what is not covered or just not available. If single payer is so great then explain the VA healthcare fiasco or the Indian Health System’s half year disaster. And, Medicare / Medicaid ain’t great either. They make the mean old insurance companies look like saints.

Disagree on tactical — one size fits all healthcare is a national disaster. Obamacare / SCOTUS care make nuns have pregnancy insurance. Makes a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income pay for stuff they will never need.

Finally, the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. Why would anyone in their right mind give them more to screw up?

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INTERESTING: Hilton stops porn

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

https://video.foxnews.com/v/4430136078001/hilton-hotels-pulls-the-plug-on-on-demand-pornography/?intcmp=hpff#sp=show-clips

Hilton Hotels pulls the plug on on-demand pornography
Aug. 18, 2015 – 1:10 – Adult videos will no longer be available in rooms

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Hmm, wonder why?

Could it be that it’s costing more than it earns?

If that’s the case, it’s a turn in the culture.

Maybe “sex” isn’t selling so well!

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INTERESTING: Space, the final frontier.

Monday, August 24, 2015

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3200738/Was-Sardinia-home-Atlantis-Comet-triggered-enormous-tidal-wave-wiped-ancient-civilisation-experts-claim.html

Was Sardinia home to Atlantis? Comet triggered an enormous tidal wave that wiped out ancient civilisation, experts claim
Writer and Atlantis expert Sergio Frau says the southern end of Sardinia in the Mediterranean resembles an underwater Pompeii
This may have been the inspiration for Plato’s fictional Island of Atlantis
Frau believes a tidal wave caused by a comet may washed the ancient civilisation away in 1,175 BC, taking the island back to a dark age
By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:45 EST, 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 06:36 EST, 17 August 2015

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Ancient documents suggest a huge tidal wave swept over the island, forcing people to flee and now modern scholars have suggested it was caused by a comet.

Experts say a wave may explain the flat Campidano plain, which stretched from Cagliari to the Phoenician port of Tharros in the south of the island. In a conference held in Sardara, Stefano Tinti, a geophysicist and expert on tidal waves, explained that until the 1980s, experts did not know that tidal waves had devastated towns in the Mediterranean.

But now 350 events have been pinpointed in the last 2,500 years.He said that a comet landing in the sea near to a coast could have caused walls of water 1,640 feet (500 metres) high to ruin the nuraghi and sweep across the plain of Campidano.

So far there is no evidence to support his comet theory, but the professor believes his idea may explain why complex dwellings were abandoned so quickly.

He said: ‘A falling comet strikes the sea at a speed of 20km a second. It takes less than a second for the wave to propagate, with a four or five fold increase in size.

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Interesting how we know so little about our “origins”.

To me, this stuff indicates our frailty as a species. And, gives us — as a species — to go forth, be fruitful, and multiply.

As the old Star Trek intro … … “Space, the final frontier.”

Argh!

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