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  • Social Security

    04/22/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 36 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Eric Patrick
    "Some think Social Security is going bankrupt, but since the program uses taxes from current workers to pay current retirees, it is impossible for it to go bankrupt. The program also doesn’t contribute to the national debt or the deficit as some have suggested. All taxes and spending for the program happen independently of the federal budget." "Social Security took in more money than it paid out in benefits until 2010, which created an enormous trust fund, but since 2010, the program has paid out more in benefits than it has received in taxes. Should this trend continue, the trust...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 32 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • Government suspends controversial program to recover money from adult children of dead taxpayers

    04/15/2014 7:44:17 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/2014 | Fox Mews
    The Social Security Administration announced Monday it is suspending a controversial program that goes after adult children of deceased taxpayers who the government claims were recipients of overpayments more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she has directed an immediate halt to the three-year-old program while the agency does a review. The controversial program seized tax refunds in an effort to recoup the funds. The move to stop the program came after many of the recipients and members of Congress complained to the federal agency.
  • Shakedown: Treasury now seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents’ decades-old SS debts

    04/13/2014 6:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 11, 2014 | Allahpundit
    When I say “debts,” I don’t mean loans that the parents willingly sought from SSA. It would be bad enough to hold a kid responsible for that (since when are children responsible for their parents’ obligations?), but at least it would have been voluntarily incurred by mom/dad. The “debts” here are overpayments of Social Security benefits, the product of SSA’s own errors. The parents who received them might not have even realized they were getting money they weren’t supposed to have. And now, somehow, it’s junior’s problem. But wait. It gets worse. When [Mary] Grice was 4, back in 1960,...
  • Government Can't Say No

    04/13/2014 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program's trust fund is expected to run out of money. When that happens, there will be "large across-the-board cuts for all beneficiaries," warn James Lankford, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees entitlements, and Jackie Speier, the subcommittee's ranking Democrat. Those cuts will be painful for the "truly disabled," whom the system originally was designed to serve. Washington has a choice to make: provide for the truly disabled or the newly disabled. The definition of disability was expanded to include mental disorders, such as anxiety...
  • Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    04/11/2014 12:34:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 118 replies
    Washington Post | 4.10.13 | Marc Fisher
    The Washington Post reports that hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check. http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/social-security-treasury-target-hundreds-of-thousands-of-taxpayers-for-parents-old-debts/2014/04/10/74ac8eae-bf4d-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html?tid=HP_more
  • Shakedown: Treasury seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents' Social Security debts

    04/11/2014 12:33:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2014 | AllahPundit
    When I say “debts,” I don’t mean loans that the parents willingly sought from SSA. It would be bad enough to hold a kid responsible for that (since when are children responsible for their parents’ obligations?), but at least it would have been voluntarily incurred by mom/dad. The “debts” here are overpayments of Social Security benefits, the product of SSA’s own errors. The parents who received them might not have even realized they were getting money they weren’t supposed to have. And now, somehow, it’s junior’s problem.But wait. It gets worse. When [Mary] Grice was 4, back in 1960, her...
  • Bill Clinton on voter ID: Why not solve problem by putting a photo on every Social Security card?

    04/10/2014 5:01:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | AllahPundit
    After years of lefty rhetoric about how even the smallest ID requirement at the polls is some sort of pogrom against minority voters and the poor, I … did not see this coming.But maybe I should have. Per some polls, support for voter ID reaches 80+ percent. Maybe Bill’s already thinking about purple states in 2016. With 34 states now requiring some form of identification at the polls, former president Bill Clinton and civil rights leader Andrew Young on Wednesday endorsed the idea of adding photos to Social Security cards as a way to prevent voter suppression…Clinton and Young, a...
  • GHEI: Millennials, the Social Security sucker generation

    03/29/2014 11:04:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/29/2013 | By Nita Ghei
    Their golden years aren’t looking so golden. A mere 6 percent of the so-called millennial generation think they will receive the same level of Social Security benefits as current retirees, according to a study recently released by the Pew Research Center. It is hard to decide the appropriate reaction to this finding. On one hand, I am relieved that the vast majority of this generation understands that there is little hope Social Security will be around for their retirement — regardless of how much they pay in taxes. On the other hand, I am incredulous that 6 percent of this...
  • Top Dem Hints at Forbidden Entitlement Cuts (Steny Hoyer)

    03/25/2014 11:36:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Rob Garver - The Fiscal Times
    The Republican Party is currently trying to sort out an internal battle between its dwindling stock of moderates who are occasionally willing to work with Democrats, and its hard-right base, which views compromise with Democrats in general, and President Obama in particular, as heresy. But in a speech Monday, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the House showed that there are significant fissures in the Democratic Party as well. Hoyer, though nominally Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s second-in-command, is starkly different from Pelosi and many others on the party’s left wing when it comes to economic and fiscal issues....
  • Health care act no more a 'job killer' than Social Security or Medicare

    02/21/2014 4:33:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-19-14 | Edward Lotterman
    The critics are right, however, that some people will choose to work less because they qualify for a tax-credit based subsidy. If not for this government program, they would have to work harder and employment numbers would be higher. So might total output or gross domestic product. This aspect of the Affordable Care Act distorts economic efficiency. But don't kid yourself that this is anything new. Social Security has the same effect. About 41 million people currently get Social Security retirement benefits. Many still do work, at least part-time. But most do not. If not for their monthly checks, which...
  • Putting Social Security on Solid Footing: It will require a fundamental change to the system.

    02/17/2014 10:44:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/17/2014 | Jon N. Hall
    If you lend yourself money, should you charge interest on the loan? It would depend on how badly you need the interest income, wouldn't it? If you were desperate for cash, you'd pay yourself a hefty interest rate. After all, you need the money, right? If you fail to see the absurdity in those questions, you might be a member of Congress. But what may be even more absurd than those questions is federal finance. You see, the federal government "lends" itself money and pays interest on those "loans." The prime example of this practice is the surpluses generated by...
  • Obama faces budget dilemma (Hussein's Social Security & Medicare cuts)

    02/16/2014 5:52:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/15/14 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama is facing a deepening dilemma about whether to abandon cuts to Social Security in his next fiscal blueprint, which is due out in March. Obama touched the third rail of American politics last year when he proposed a new formula for Social Security and other entitlements that would result in benefits being cut over time. Now congressional Democrats and unions are ramping up their pressure on Obama to drop the proposal, which many fear could become an albatross for the party in the midterm elections. “We want the president to make very clear that he is going to...
  • Retired and broke: Social Security and the struggle to make it last

    02/13/2014 9:40:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/13/14 | Mandi Woodruff
    Over the course of their 60-year marriage, Bernard “Bernie” Karpinkski and his wife, Violet, took few chances when it came to their retirement. “From the time we were married, we started saving,” says Bernie, 89, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado. “We lived much more conservatively than most people. We had three cars our entire lives and drove them until they had close to 200,000 miles on them before we bought another. We didn’t buy our second home until we had enough saved to pay cash.” While their friends moved into bigger homes, took vacations and put their life on plastic,...
  • ‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat

    01/25/2014 11:42:54 AM PST · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A “blind” Wisconsin man’s $175,000 Social Security disability fraud scheme ended when federal agents caught him driving a speedboat, according to the inspector general. Lawrence Popp, 58, was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday for defrauding the Social Security Administration... Popp, a wealthy businessman, continued to work and go on lavish vacations in the Cayman Islands while collecting disability benefits for five years. A record 10,988,269 people received federal disability benefits in December 2013, according to the SSA. A 2012 report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) found that more than 25 percent of benefits are awarded with...
  • 7 Lies Liberals Tell Young Americans

    01/18/2014 3:58:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Saying that life is hard is kind of like saying the sun is hot, water is wet, or noting that politicians lie a lot. It's so obvious that anyone who's paying attention already knows that it's true. That being said, life's even harder when you're working under false assumptions that have been drilled into you by your teachers, college professors, Hollywood, and politicians in D.C. Much of what liberalism drums into the young skulls full of mush simply isn't true and millions of lives have been ruined by people finding it out the hard way. The good news is that...
  • Judge Makes Order To Investigate Obama’s Social Security Number

    01/13/2014 5:33:39 PM PST · by Jayster · 70 replies
    The Patriot ^ | 1/12/2014 | The Patriot
    It took years for Watergate to unravel fully. The controversy over Barack Hussein Obama and his past, along with fraudulent documents continues to make headlines. Yet, the items needed to actually verify who Obama is continue to be kept from the public eye. Well, that all may be about to change. Attorney Orly Taitz may have just found a chink in the federal government’s armor in protecting Barack Obama from scrutiny, following a judge’s ruling over her Freedom of Information Act request from the Social Security Administration.
  • Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut

    01/12/2014 10:18:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections. The president proposed a new formula for calculating benefits in his budget last year, in hopes that the olive branch to Republicans would persuade them to back tax increases in a broader fiscal deal. But Democratic lawmakers say Obama should shelve the idea now that they are facing a difficult midterm election where they need to turn out the liberal base to preserve their Senate majority. “I’m not sure why we should be...
  • The out of touch GOP: Clueless, gutless, heartless

    01/05/2014 4:29:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | January 5, 2014 | Ken Vegotsky
    Whose side are you on? Theirs or yours? While the Republican Party opposes virtually every social advance in the past 100 years, the Democratic Party gives us: Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, job safety laws, child labor laws, consumer protection, clean air and clean water laws, aid for the poor (food stamps) and middle class, student aid (Pell Grants, lower loan rates), financial safeguards (Consumer Financial Protection Agency), pending immigration reform and DREAM Act, veterans’ aid, saving the auto industry (and jobs), support for public education, building America (stimulus, jobs bills)....
  • Nearly 11 million Americans on disability at the end of 2013

    01/01/2014 10:49:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2014 | Rick Moran
    For the 202nd straight month, the number of Americans receiving disability benefits rose. The end of 2013 saw another record set - 10,988,269 Americans now on disabilty, up 6,000 from the end of November. CNS News: The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year.Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average monthly benefit of...
  • Your government’s message to you, “Happy New Year! Now start paying more tax!”

    01/01/2014 8:59:32 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/1/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Barack Obama and the Republican House have a New Year’s greeting for you that you might not have heard about. The thieves in Washington are hitting us with a series of taxes that will take a noticeable bite out of your income. Here are some of these increases. The amount we pay for Social Security will jump from 4.2% to 6.2%. If you earn just $50,000 a year, this will mean an additional $1000.00 bite out of your wallet. The top marginal rate will rise to 39.6% from the previous 35%. This will impact couples earning over $450,000 and singles...
  • Don't Let Death Stop your Social Security

    12/29/2013 5:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Uncle Sam, always generous to a fault with taxpayers' money, doled out about $108 billion in Social Security benefits to the dead in 2012.  Give or take a few billion, over a decade that's about $1 trillion going to folks who crossed the River Styx.  Or more likely their kin, who may or may not take portions of the proceeds to decorate their loved ones' graves.     The Washington Times reported on Friday that the Social Security Administration does a spotty job tracking Social Security recipients' deaths, hence the dollars for the dead.  Reports the Times:      "Because SSA does not verify death...
  • Dead or alive? Social Security can’t always say (spotty data on recipients)

    12/28/2013 6:02:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/27/13 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Federal auditors said Friday the Social Security Administration still struggles with a basic problem — figuring out who is dead and who is not. The question is a crucial one, since federal agencies rely on the administration to cross-match data on deceased persons and avoid paying out federally funded benefits to people who aren’t alive, or to establish accurate benefits for survivors. The administration also maintains a “Death Master File” that is available to the public. “SSA’s methods for processing death reports may result in inaccurate, incomplete or untimely information for users of its death data,” the Government Accountability Office,...
  • Military Retirement Cuts: Prelude To Coming Social Security Changes

    12/28/2013 5:50:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 60 replies
    Forbes ^ | 20 Dec 13 | Robert Laura
    As someone who is constantly researching retirement, I find the recent funding cuts to military retirees very disheartening. Worse yet, I see this as a move to establish ground zero for the testing of changes to Social Security benefits. On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget that scales back cost of living adjustments for working age military retirees starting in 2015. Several sources including Military.com suggests that qualified participants could lose between $3,700 and $6,200 per year, or an aggregate between $83,000 and $124,000 before they retire based on rank, age and years of service. Despite some protests, a...
  • Give Low-income Earners Exit from Social Security

    12/16/2013 6:20:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2013 | Star Parker
    A new study just published by the National Institute on Retirement Security – “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States”- presents a dismal snapshot of the state of retirement savings of minority American families. It reports that 54.3 percent of blacks work for employers that offer retirement plans compared to 62.3 percent of whites. And 43.9 percent of blacks participate in those plans compared to 53.9 percent of whites. Among Latinos, 37.8 percent work for employers with retirement plans and just 29.7 percent participate. Only 37.9 percent of non-white Americans have assets in a retirement account compared to 63.4...
  • America's Clash of Generations: How Many Working People Can Support One Retiree in the Future?

    12/09/2013 7:07:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/09/2013 | Robert Samuelson
    We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it's ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for their aging parents. For families, these collective obligations may work. But what makes sense for families doesn't always succeed for society as a whole. The clash of generations is intensifying. Last week, a federal judge ruled that Detroit qualifies for municipal bankruptcy. This almost certainly means that pensions and...
  • Warren is MoveOn.org’s “Progressive Champ” for Her Expand-Social-Security Agenda

    12/06/2013 1:09:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2013 - 8:16 AM | Susan Jones
    In a message to its members, MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group, hailed the Social Security “expansion movement” launched by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). In a speech on the Senate floor, and in television interviews, Warren recently declared, “The era of fighting about cutting Social Security is over, and now it is time to talk about expanding Social Security.” According to MoveOn.org, “Our progressive champ (Warren) isn’t alone—more than 150,000 MoveOn members have already backed Senate and House plans for increasing Social Security benefits, not cutting them.” …
  • Obama's uncle to appear at new immigration hearing

    12/03/2013 7:39:17 AM PST · by oxcart · 15 replies
  • Socialism is the "New" Middle Ages for Dummies

    12/01/2013 5:59:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2013 | John Ransom
    Goldilocks wrote: The statement is quoted out of context. NY Times Musters Hillary Defense Of O’Care “What Difference Does It Make?” Dear Comrade Locks, Ok, so let me put it in context for you. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone S. Woods, Glen Anthony Doherty and Sean Smith died on or shortly after September 11th, 2012 in a terrorist attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya by supposed allies of the Obama administration. The administration was supposedly acting on behalf of the American people. But yet, no one really knows why this terrorist attack happened. Still. At the time Obama said that...
  • Killing The "We Paid Our Taxes; We Earned Our Benefits" Social Security Ponzi Meme

    11/23/2013 7:09:05 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 79 replies
    Submitted by Gary Galles of the Ludwig von Mises Institute,“We paid our Social Security and Medicare taxes; we earned our benefits.” It is that belief among senior citizens that President Obama was pandering to when, in his second inaugural address, he claimed that those programs “strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers.”If Social Security and Medicare both involved people voluntarily financing their own benefits, an argument could be made for seniors’ “earned benefits” view. But they have not. They have redistributed tens of trillions of dollars of wealth to themselves from those younger.Social Security and...
  • Judge Napolitano to Juan Williams: "You've Abandoned Notion That Constitution Means What It Says"

    11/21/2013 5:14:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | November 20, 2013
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Juan, fasten your seat belt. The federal government should stay within the confines of the constitution. The constitution does not authorize the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with healthcare. So, Obamacare should be abolished along with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, but the people who are on those programs should be grandfathered in because they paid money to be in there and they've ordered their lives to stay there. The states should regulate healthcare because the states retain that power under the constitution. So, if you want if you want mandatory healthcare, go...
  • Do Americans Prefer Deception? Who really pays for Medicare and Social Security taxes?

    11/19/2013 2:54:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/19/2013 | Walter Williams
    There’s more to the deceit and dishonesty about Social Security and Medicare discussed in my recent columns. Congress tells us that one-half (6.2 percent) of the Social Security tax is paid by employees and that the other half is paid by employers, for a total of 12.4 percent. Similarly, we are told that a Medicare tax of 1.45 percent is levied on employees and that another 1.45 percent is levied on employers. The truth of the matter is that the burden of both taxes is borne by employees. In other words, we pay both the employee and the so-called employer...
  • Social Security Disability scandal cost taxpayers $2.5 billion

    11/10/2013 8:38:22 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/10/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Throw-away track phones bought at a nearby dollar store. Private investigator hired to trail working mom. Massive document shredding days. Bashing of hard drives. Office Chaos. Wow. Is this the latest fiction novel on a crime themed best seller list? No. These are actual references in US House of Representatives hearings on the massive Social Security Disability Fraud Scandal. Honest and dedicated federal employees, sickened and disgusted over the theft of money and services of US taxpayer dollars filed a whistleblower lawsuit to blow the lid off of a scandal that looks to bankrupt a federal agency founded for the...
  • Social Security Disability scandal cost taxpayers $2.5 billion

    11/10/2013 6:34:15 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 11/10/2013 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Throw-away track phones bought at a nearby dollar store. Private investigator hired to trail working mom. Massive document shredding days. Bashing of hard drives. Office Chaos. Wow. Is this the latest fiction novel on a crime themed best seller list? No. These are actual references in US House of Representatives hearings on the massive Social Security Disability Fraud Scandal. Honest and dedicated federal employees, sickened and disgusted over the theft of money and services of US taxpayer dollars filed a whistleblower lawsuit to blow the lid off of a scandal that looks to bankrupt a federal agency founded for the...
  • Will there Be Social Security Left for You? Inequity in Entitlement Payouts

    11/04/2013 5:54:25 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 222 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 11-4-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    According to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), different generations have paid and will continue to pay disparate amounts of Medicare and Social Security payroll taxes, and they will also receive dissimilar amounts of Medicare and...
  • Quick Question re Releasing SS#s / Real Estate Transactions (Vanity)

    10/28/2013 12:19:03 PM PDT · by NH Liberty · 11 replies
    Monday, October 28, 2013 | NHLiberty
    Can anybody cite the law that exempts people (Sellers) from divulging their SS#s during real estate transactions? I know this can be done (at least in NH) because I was at a closing 8.5 years ago, where the Seller was refusing to release his. The in-house lawyer was then called upon and, when he came out, he and the Seller had a bit of a back-and-forth about it in front of everyone. The Seller then told the lawyer that he could prove it to him if he'd just come with him outside the room (presumably out to a telephone?). When...
  • Stanley Druckenmiller: How Washington Really Redistributes Income

    10/27/2013 10:56:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10-21-13 | James Freeman
    Stan Druckenmiller makes an unlikely class warrior. He's a member of the 1%—make that the 0.001%—one of the most successful money managers of all time, and 60 years old to boot. But lately he has been touring college campuses promoting a message of income redistribution you don't hear out of Washington. It's how federal entitlements like Medicare and Social Security are letting Mr. Druckenmiller's generation rip off all those doting Barack Obama voters in Generation X, Y and Z. "I have been shocked at the reception. I had planned to only visit Bowdoin, " his alma mater in Maine, he...
  • We Can't Solve Our Problems If We Deny We Have Them

    10/25/2013 5:31:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10-25-13 | Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)
    How do you solve a problem if you refuse to admit you have one — or if you delude yourself into thinking it's not as bad as it actually is? The answer: You don't. You might minimize symptoms and make some progress. But unless you address the root cause, you will not find a real long-term solution. Unfortunately, far too many politicians in Washington refuse to acknowledge — and as a result, never accurately describe — the challenges currently facing America. I'm not sure why so many choose to keep their heads in the sand, but their state of denial...
  • AFL-CIO head threatens political retribution for Social Security, Medicare cuts ('end your career')

    10/21/2013 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/21/13 | Elias Isquith
    In prepared remarks given in advance to the Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warns Democrats against accepting any budget deal that includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and even goes so far as to threaten to end the career of any politician who fails to heed his call. “No politician … I don’t care the political party … will get away with cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Don’t try it,” Trumka says, according to the Huffington Post. “This warning goes double for Democrats,” he continues. “We will never forget. We will never forgive. And we...
  • We’re Not Retreating – We’re Advancing in a Different Direction

    10/21/2013 3:55:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 1013 | Star Parker
    A number of years ago I was between flights on a business trip and was sitting in an airport restaurant having lunch. It was right after the 2008 presidential election and I knew that the election of America’s first black president, a man of the hard left, would make my job bringing a conservative message to black communities much more challenging and difficult. As I ate my sandwich I glanced at the wall and saw a sign with a quote from General Douglas MacArthur. It said, “We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.” I was...
  • Is The Obama Administration The Cause Of Gun Ammunition Shortages?

    10/20/2013 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Frank Miniter
    As gun sales break records—partly because of fear of coming gun control from the Obama administration—supplies of ammo ran so low that gun stores and ranges have to ration ammunition. Meanwhile, rumors of mass purchases of ammunition made by government entities began to fly around the Internet. Making all this even worse is that fact that it hasn’t been a short-term supply problem. Now well over a year since the shortages of popular types of ammo began there are still empty shelves and rationing here and there around the United States.
  • Social Security manager pleads guilty to ID theft ( RI )

    10/18/2013 9:05:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | Oct 18, 2013
    A former Social Security official has pleaded guilty to identity theft on accusations he used information from the federal agency's database and took more than $160,000 of a Coventry man's stock investments. ... Hurst, who was assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration in Warwick, used a Social Security database to find personal information such as a Social Security number and date of birth.
  • Story To Share About Obamacare and Disability

    10/18/2013 12:19:26 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 37 replies
    Myself | 10/18/2013
    I wanted to share a quick story about something that happened in our household today and 3 days ago with a friend of mine as well of 23 years. My wife is on permanent disability for the remainder of her life due to a number of health reasons from on and off cancer battles to other sustained health issues that prevent her from working. My friend Cory injured himself on the job a few years ago breaking his back, right knee, and shoulder. Both have been getting around $1,000.00 a month in disability. My wife puts that money towards the...
  • Sorry, Kids. We Ate It All.

    10/16/2013 12:18:00 PM PDT · by stonewall_jackson215 · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/15/13 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    Eventually this shutdown crisis will end. And eventually the two parties will make another stab at a deal on taxes, investments and entitlements. But there’s one outcome from such negotiations that I can absolutely guarantee: Seniors, Wall Street and unions will all have their say and their interests protected. So the most likely result will be more tinkering around the edges, as our politicians run for the hills the minute someone accuses them of “fixing the deficit on the backs of the elderly” or creating “death panels” to sensibly allocate end-of-life health care. Could this time be different? Short of...
  • Ryan Pushing Means Testing for SS Benefits?

    10/09/2013 10:15:32 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 163 replies
    10/9/13 | Originalbuckeye
    I just heard my Conservative radio hosts discussing what is being put on the table by the Republicans in the House. They said Ryan is pushing means testing for SS benefits.
  • Social Security Warns Benefits Could Get Cut

    10/08/2013 6:49:13 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 139 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8 Oct 13 | Damian Paletta@damianpaletta
    The Social Security Administration has begun warning the public it cannot guarantee full benefit payments if the debt ceiling isn’t increased. When asked by the public, the agency is notifying beneficiaries that “Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk,” according to a person familiar with the agency directive. The warning was assembled after the agency consulted with the Treasury Department, which would play a lead role in determining how the government handles payments if the borrowing limit isn’t raised soon....
  • Social Security Administration instructs employees to warn recipients about debt ceiling

    10/05/2013 1:12:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 4, 2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Social Security Administration employees are being instructed to tell people who ask that if the debt ceiling is not raised, their social security benefits could be in danger. In an email sent Friday, obtained by The Daily Caller, employees are instructed: “If a member of the public asks whether their Social Security payment will be affected if the federal debt ceiling is not raised, you may give the following response: ‘Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk.’ “Direct all program–related...
  • Obama's Old New Tactic Starve Old People

    10/04/2013 5:00:31 AM PDT · by GailA · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 04, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    The President’s comments, underlying the danger of not authorizing an increase in government debt, highlights the structural concerns within the government’s current fiscal policy. During a campaign style speech (does he give any other kind?) the President said "In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time, [ but] if we don't raise the debt ceiling, they don't go out on time." double speak "In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time, [ but] if we don't raise the debt ceiling, they don't go out on time."
  • President Obama ties debt ceiling to Social Security

    10/03/2013 4:21:51 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Oct 13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama warned Thursday that as bad as the government shutdown is, a failure to raise the debt ceiling would be even more damaging to the U.S. economy, and called on congressional Republicans to end their “irresponsibility” on both issues. “As reckless as a government shutdown is … an economic shutdown that results from default would be dramatically worse,” Obama said on the morning of the third day of the government shutdown, at an event held at M. Luis Construction Company in the D.C. suburb of Rockville, Md. The president had on Wednesday warned Wall Street that “this time’s...
  • Yes, Chile's Private Pension Model Works, Big Time

    09/27/2013 10:02:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/27/2013
    Pensions: In Chile, a major study shows the nation's private retirement accounts provide workers pensions worth 87% of their salaries, 73% of that from profits on savings. So much for the canard about the perils of markets. The story was front-page news in Chile's largest newspapers, El Mercurio and La Tercera, on Sept. 3, a powerful affirmation of what former Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain called "The Chilean Model" of private retirement accounts. The study of 28,000 households by Dictuc, a consultancy affiliated with the Catholic University of Chile, showed that male workers who contributed just 10%...