We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Phantom wealth and SS trust fund fraud - the guy doesn't understand anything.
There can't be a SS trust fund. The government must instantly return to the economy every dollar it takes in, lest the money supply fall. This is even automatic, so if you try to arrange some savings fund, it winds up as the government holding an IOU and the money back in the economy. It can't be avoided.
So it's not a fraud. It's math. The government can't save because it's in charge of the money supply, and the latter task prevents the former.
Here's another secret : the nation can't save for retirement either.
What has to happen is that the retirement age rises to the point that the larger worker pool doesn't mind supporting the smaller retirement pool in return for the same deal for themselves in the future.
Stocks bonds and SS can't beat that invariant.
If stocks and too low a retirement age, you have too many sellers and too few buyers, and the price falls, reducing the savings of the would-be retiring people, who then have to work longer until the increased retirement age balances the supply and demand.
It's the same deal with social security.
The only fraud is the media not explaining the facts of mathematics that are out there in plain sight.
Free tampons, free birth control, free abortions, just goes to show that feminists need a man or The Man to take care of them. At what point of providing free stuff. does the govt/taxpayer own them? But don't tell them what to do; they have Choice and control over their bodies. Ha. T'is to laugh.
I like and support the police... but, we need to gain back control. I blame the DA's and the mayors and the police unions. Everytime a cop shoots someone there needs to be an open hearing/trial. If a cop kills someone under any circumstances that you or I would have to stand trial then there needs to be a trial. If a cop physically abuses/assaults/beats up somene then there should be a hearing and the least the policeman should face is being fired and labeled too violent for police work. If they were justified, then fine lets air it in public so the citizens don't feel like the police are out to kill us. Should police have armored vehicles and M-16's etc. Well up until this latest riot I was solidily opposed but the rioters had to be stopped and the police cannot do that with sidearms and nightsticks. What should happen though is the police should always act like a police force and not the enemy. Do what must be done to protect lives and property but no more.