RANT: Social Security is a fraudulent theft by the Gooferment

http://reason.com/blog/2010/06/01/how-high-canshouldwill-retirem

How High Can/Should/Will Retirement Age[*] Go?

Nick Gillespie | June 1, 2010

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[*] For the purposes of Social Security; retirement ages in the private sector should be decided by the individual affected or the company paying same.

Last week, French folks took to the streets when the government threatened to raise the age at which vous could collect public retirement benefits…from 60 years to possibly 61 or even 62! Zut!

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There is something truly perverse about any system that takes from the young and relatively poor and gives to the old and relatively rich, which is what Social Security and Medicare do. Indeed, the system is not just economically inefficient but morally bankrupt. It reverses centuries of tradition in which children inherit from their parents. Adding to the insult is that Social Security benefits do not pass on to the next generation, meaning that all that payroll tax money is belong to us (with us being the government). I’m no fan of mandatory savings accounts in the place of payroll taxes but even something like that, which would give all workers something like a 401(k) account that could be passed on, would be far preferable to the current system.

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It’s even worse than that. “Social Security Insurance”, which I have mistakenly called a Ponzi scheme (i.e., in a Ponzi, the chooses to play; with SSI, there are the guns of gooferment to rob you), actually transfers from poor minority men to rich white women. Due to the disparate death rates!

I can’t think of a single redeeming value for SSI.

* It single-handedly destroyed the extended family by enabling grandparents to move away “to Florida” with the SSI income.

* It set up intergenerational theft.

* When it was set up, FDR knew it couldn’t be stopped. (It will stop with the bankruptcy of the nation.)

* It made being on the dole acceptable.

* It set a “retirement age” that locked into people’s thinking. With one size fits all thinking!

* It was supposed to be a tax free benefit, but the perfidious Congress made it taxable

* It was supposed to be a retirement, but it became “supplement”.

* COLA is given by the gooferment; not reality.

Argh!

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GOVERNACIDE: Turning over health care to the blob

http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/19/internet-ibm-cities-technology-breakthroughs-healthcare.html

Health Care
Staying Healthy In Big Cities
Rob Merkel, 05.20.10, 06:00 AM EDT
Why urban centers are the perfect place for ”smart health care.”

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This smarter approach is already beginning to take hold. In October 2009, during the height of the H1N1 flu outbreak, Duke University Health System used analytics tools to cull through 20 million electronic patient records for insights into chronic illness and medical history. High-risk patients, such as children with respiratory distress, were prioritized to receive the H1N1 vaccine. Via e-mail, Duke was able to update its patients on vaccine availability. It also used its system to contact more than 250,000 patients and provide education on how to avoid getting the flu and spreading it to others.

In the U.S. alone, an estimated $59 billion has been allocated for health care stimulus spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). With recent advances in technology and the improvements made possible by ARRA funding, we have the potential to infuse our existing health care systems with new intelligence. Technology alone can’t cure what ails us. But it can provide new ways to help those who treat our illnesses and battle major outbreaks do their jobs even better.

Rob Merkel is the Global HealthCare Service Line Leader for IBM Global Business Services. For 19 years he has helped many of the world’s leading health care brands, governments and institutions tackle their complex challenges.

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Sorry, but your vision for elites deciding what’s best is communism. The recent swine flu with the gooferment in charge was a disaster. Immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. Immoral because the gooferment robs wealth at gunpoint to provide “services” that folks don’t want, don’t need, and can’t afford. This is but one example. Ineffective because the shots were late to the marketplace, misdirected, poorly prioritized. But, rest assured, all the elite, politicians, and bureaucrats got theirs first. Argh! Finally inefficient because the cost was absurd, the doses were late, delivered long after the need, and they expired unused.

No, we need to shoot the FDA and put Walmart in charge of health care. It’ll be good, cheap, and available.

Freedom for those cranky individuals to buy what they need when they need it will motivate greedy drug makers to get what we want to buy to us in plenty of time.

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Don’t overlook the bias of the author. IBM will make big buxs off of this particular form of “corporate welfare”.

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How many people died from the swine flu? And, after the vaccine was delayed by red tape?

None of the elite, politicians, or bureaucrats, I’m sure.

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