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.
There are no angels, but there are certainly more demons in trying to dupe the working man into believing that fake issues such as Gay Marriage, Global Warming, open borders (which costs the working class jobs and lowers their wages), forcing medical insurance companies to cover the contraceptive pill at no additional cost, and the like.
It’s agitprop – plain, old fashioned agitprop thrown out there in the hope that anger at the shlebobbeth can be raised, and the public’s mean IQ lowered.
Bird Dog: Pap smears? Mammograms? Prostate exams? Not under Obamacare
Um, even though that's the headline, that's not what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended. Rather, they changed the schedule for certain tests, as previous schedules were unproductive and sometimes counterproductive.
Giving out certain tests to the population over 80 years of age does nothing to improve their health and lifestyle (unless such tests protect their partners from STDs -- yes, a possibility). Seniors can be gluttons for healthcare, especially is they watch all the scary commercials on TV (likely) and don't understand the ramifications of "free" healthcare...somebody IS paying...for everything from scooters to adult diapers.
What should be considered is making it easier for families to take care of older/disabled generations without the idiotic unionizing of the Medicare/Medicaid caretakers. Every dollar taken away from relatives who are keeping their family out of facilities multiplies down the road. Unions need to keep their fingers out of healthcare.
With a few modifications, I have long believed that the only fair income tax is a flat rate tax in which everyone pays the same rate. (1) A reasonable FICA tax, like the income tax, should only be levied on salary that's above an inflation-adjusted base level. Above that threshold there should be no ceiling on how much of a person's salary is subject to FICA. There should no exemptions or deductions allowed from taxable income. A reasonable estimate for what it costs people to live should be folded into the threshold or base amount of income that is exempted from tax. (2) Employers should not have to pay FICA on their employees' wages. Regressive payroll taxes serve to depress employee wages. (3) Most importantly, a retired person's SS benefits should be fully exempt from income tax until he has recovered all of the contributions he's made in the form of FICA taxes over the years he was working. Workers pay FICA tax with pre-income tax dollars; those same dollars should not be double taxed when a retiree begins to collect his SS benefits. After a retiree has recovered his "principal" any additional benefits he receives should be taxed not as ordinary income, but at the reduced rate of a long-term capital gain, i.e., on the same basis as a long-term investment.