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  • Without Social Security numbers, illegal immigrants face eviction

    02/12/2016 6:11:42 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10 Feb 2016 | By Antonio Olivo
    The owners of a Northern Virginia mobile-home park are trying to evict about 15 residents who don’t have Social Security numbers and are in the country illegally, an effort that attorneys for the families say violates federal and state fair housing laws... Waples is owned by a limited partnership headed by Albert J. Dwoskin, who did not return calls for comment. Dwoskin’s property management company — A.J. Dwoskin & Associates — said it insists on Social Security numbers from all new tenants as a way to conduct background checks on those residents... “Everyone has to have an ID, a Social...
  • Bernie Madoff and America's Selective Outrage

    02/11/2016 6:21:42 PM PST · by huckfillary · 5 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 11, 2016 | Artful Dilettante
    Like seven million other Americans last week, I watched Madoff, the ABC miniseries chronicling the life and financial crimes of the infamous Bernie Madoff. Madoff, chairman of Madoff Investment Securities from its start-up in 1960 until his arrest on December 11, 2008, operated the largest corporate Ponzi scheme and financial fraud in U.S. history. The film, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner as Madoff and his wife Ruth, aired for four hours over two evenings. The film had the highest viewership of its time-slot, but earned only modest reviews. After the film, ABC aired Madoff: After the Fall, a...
  • Ted Cruz Wants To Raise Taxes On Your Grandma

    02/08/2016 7:00:17 PM PST · by kiryandil · 217 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | Chris "The Thrill" Matthews
    **snip** ...Ted Cruz has endorsed policies that would fundamentally change who pays the federal government’s bills, and how.Expect the establishment wing of the Republican Party to increasingly draw attention to this fact, especially when it comes to his tax policy. While on the one hand Cruz’s plan hews to Republican orthodoxy in its large tax cuts for the wealthy, he also embraces a European-style Value Added Tax, which is a lot like a sales tax, as replacement for all payroll taxes, and which would enable the elimination of all income tax outside a 10% flat tax for all earners...**snip** ...The...
  • Sowell: Toxic Words

    02/08/2016 11:51:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 9, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage." But the reality is that the human race is not entitled to anything, not even the food we need to stay alive. If we don't produce food, we are just going to starve. If we don't build housing, then we are not going to...
  • How A President’s Insatiable Lust For An Intern Killed Social Security Reform

    02/05/2016 8:24:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/05/2016
    The U.S. came very close to having private retirement accounts as part of a sweeping Social Security reform. And, no, it wasn't under President George W. Bush, who put forward a workable plan that went nowhere. It was under President Clinton. That surprising bit of news comes 18 years after the fact in a reminiscence by Cato Institute senior fellow Jose Pinera, who once upon a time served as Chile's secretary of labor and social security, and who designed that country's highly successful pension reforms in 1980. Pinera says that Clinton began thinking in earnest about privatizing part of Social...
  • Federal Debt Just Exceeded $19 Trillion: $58,000 for Each Person in U.S.

    02/03/2016 2:41:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2016 | 10:18 AM EST | Romina Boccia
    On Monday the U.S. national debt hit a new record: $19,012,827,698,418. This is the first time the national debt has ever exceeded $19 trillion. That's more than $58,000 for each person who lives in the U.S. today (including children). The main culprit behind the rising deficits and debt is growing federal spending--especially among Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. Traditionally, Congress has set a limit for how much debt the U.S. may take on, known simply as the debt limit. But rather than put a higher limit on the debt, lawmakers and the president have repeatedly suspended the debt limit,...
  • Obama’s “Common Sense” Gun Control Targeting Social Security Recipients

    01/28/2016 8:52:22 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/28/16 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Once again, Barack Obama believed that the American People were not paying attention. After all, much of what he spoke about “correcting” at his tear-stained, anti-gun press conference was already law. The women of “The View” were predictably apoplectic about automatic weapons–machine guns–and outraged that they have not been banned. This was before Sen. Rand Paul patted their hands and told them not to fear, that such automatic weapons are available to the public only after obtaining a special license from the ATF. Just another straw man propped up by our Socialist in Chief to cause the American People to...
  • Federal healthcare spending tops Social Security for the first time

    01/26/2016 6:40:06 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/25/16 | Sarah Ferris
    The government spent $936 billion last year on health programs including Medicare, Medicaid and subsidies related to the Affordable Care Act, a jump of 13 percent from 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Spending on Social Security, in contrast, totaled $882 billion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported.
  • ObamaCare does not Trump the Second Amendment

    01/07/2016 12:06:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Daniel John Sobieski
    Shredding the right to keep and bear arms has long been a goal of President Obama, the self-professed constitutional law professor who has long regarded the Constitution as an impediment to advancing his progressive agenda and acquiring as much federal power as possible. The rules he has announced are touted as “sensible gun restriction” are in fact a shameless gun grab that violate the Constitution and patient-doctor confidentiality.
  • New Social Security rules

    11/24/2015 8:27:50 PM PST · by FR_addict · 32 replies
    Fidelity.com ^ | 11/04/2015 | Fidelity
    A new law means that two claiming strategies will be off the table in the coming months. The recent budget agreement did more than authorize the federal government to engage in additional borrowing, it also changed the rules for claiming Social Security. Going forward, two claiming strategies that had given some couples the potential for higher lifetime benefits will no longer be available.* Closing the door on two strategies What do you need to know? Social Security strategies are built around the fact that you can start to claim benefits as early as age 62, but if you defer, the...
  • How Retirement Benefits Will Change in 2016

    11/17/2015 9:03:42 AM PST · by Steve Schulin · 17 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Emily Brandon
    Retirement savers will get the option to participate in a new type of retirement account next year, the myRA. There will also be fewer Social Security claiming options for married couples and a small Medicare premium increase for some beneficiaries. Here are some of the important ways retirement benefits will change in 2016...
  • 6 Million Un-Dead Have Social Security Numbers, Audit Finds

    11/16/2015 3:58:14 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/13/2015 | John Merline
    An internal audit out this week reports that there are 6 million people with Social Security numbers who were born more than 112 years ago. Unless there is a Missouri's worth of extremely aged Americans, what this means is that Social Security didn't get the death information that it was supposed to receive on these people.
  • Question about Social Security Benefit Increases

    11/14/2015 10:20:29 AM PST · by Bernard · 66 replies
    me | 11/13/2015 | Bernard
    Do SS benefits increase based on age breaks? There seems to be a different level of benefit at age 62, age 66, and age 70. So as an example, the monthly benefit at age 62 is $2,000, age 66 is $2,500, and age 70 it becomes $3,000. When I read the literature from SSA, it sounds to me like once you start collecting retirement benefits, the based amount you collect is "frozen" at that level, and subject only to COLA increases. I understood that if you start collecting at age 62, your benefit will stay at the $2,000 subject to...
  • Where is thread on recent social security changes?

    11/13/2015 7:33:27 AM PST · by George from New England · 18 replies
    self
    How do I find a thread talking about the news story I've been hearing about? I've looked for an hour and turn up nothing. Social Security changes affecting spouse loophole passed in this recent budget.
  • Illegal Alien Use Of Social Security Numbers For Employment

    11/11/2015 4:27:28 PM PST · by datura · 20 replies
    Self | 11/11/15 | datura
    First of all, I apologize for the vanity, but this is a subject that has been touched on inside the forum over the years briefly. Given the current political season and the focus on the illegals in our midst, I would like to bring this up again. We discuss the use of E-verify and other eligibility sites for employers to use, but we have a governmental enemy working against us: The Social Security Administration itself. Of course, the problem has gotten much worse during the current regime, and local SSA offices have been given their marching orders for years now....
  • Secret IRS policy hides identity theft from victims

    11/08/2015 8:26:07 AM PST · by Dana1960 · 39 replies
    WHTR, Indianapolis ^ | 10/29/15 | Bob Segall
    Why are you here?" I asked. The whistleblowers looked at each other and smiled. "Because I love my country. And I just can't do this no more. It's not right," said one of the IRS workers. "That's why we're both here," said the other, echoing her colleague with long, deliberate pauses. "It's a crime, and it's…just…not…right." Together, they have decades of experience at the Internal Revenue Service, working on the front lines with frustrated, angry or confused taxpayers who contact the agency for help. Risking their jobs to come forward, the whistleblowers do not want to show their identity. But...
  • Social Security Reform: A Conservative Plan; Strengthen safety net, build private savings on top.

    11/04/2015 7:13:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/04/2015 | by ANDREW G. BIGGS
    Social Security's financial health has deteriorated significantly over the past eight years, with multi-trillion-dollar funding shortfalls posing a threat to retirees and taxpayers alike. But if Social Security is to thrive in the 21st century, the next president needs to do more than simply adjust its tax and benefit rules. Instead, Social Security needs a new paradigm for how individuals and government programs contribute to retirement security. Social Security receives scant attention compared to many other policy issues, large and small. But Social Security is an important program, both in its impact on Americans' lives and in what it says...
  • ...while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from Social Security...

    11/04/2015 4:20:53 AM PST · by FR_addict · 99 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 30, 2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    See Mike Lee's Twitter page and his facebook post
  • Budget Bill Gouges Social Security

    10/30/2015 2:59:40 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 43 replies
    Mike Lee Facebook Feed ^ | 10/30/2015 | Mike Lee Facebook Feed
    From Mike Lee's Facebook: This is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point...
  • Congress Planning to Close Social Security Loopholes

    10/29/2015 6:55:32 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 93 replies
    Nasdaq ^ | 29 Oct 15 | Staff
    When Congress passed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act in 2000, it introduced a new concept called “voluntary suspension” of benefits, allowing those who had already started Social Security benefits to stop their payments and earn delayed retirement credits. In the process, however, the new voluntary suspension rules unleashed several additional Social Security claiming strategies, including various “claim now, claim more later” tactics involving File-and-Suspend and Restricted Applications for spousal benefits. Those may be going away. Under this week’s two-year budget agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House, Congress will close these loopholes in the Social Security rules....
  • Budget deal would nix popular Social Security claiming strategies

    10/28/2015 3:35:55 PM PDT · by taildragger · 114 replies
    Investment News ^ | Oct 28, 2015 | Mark Schoeff Jr.
    A budget agreement reached by congressional leaders and the White House would kill popular Social Security claiming strategies shortly after the measure becomes law, cutting off payments in midstream for beneficiaries, according to experts.
  • Another Government Ponzi Scheme Starts To Crack - Do You Depend On It?

    10/24/2015 5:32:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/24/2015 | Submitted by Nick Giamburino of International Man
    Another Government Ponzi Scheme Starts to Crack - Do You Depend on It?Government employees get to do a lot of things that would land an ordinary citizen in prison.For example, its legal for them to threaten and commit offensive, rather than defensive, violence. They can take property from others without their consent. They spy on anyones email and bank accounts whenever they please. They go into trillions of dollars in debt and then stick the unborn with the bill. They counterfeit the currency. They lie with misleading statistics and use accounting wizardry no business could get away. And this just...
  • About Social Security

    10/24/2015 1:43:58 PM PDT · by knarf · 43 replies
    FB ^ | October 24, 2015 | knarf
    I got this in my FB page and it is good enough to remind us ... again
  • Social Security is screwing over Americas elderly

    10/20/2015 5:31:34 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    NY POST ^ | October 17, 2015 | Jonathon Trugman
    More than 65 million seniors got their pockets picked last week, and the hue and cry could be heard across the country. The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that there would be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016. Yes, Americas elderly, who paid into the system with each paycheck, are getting screwed. And thats due to the way the SSAs COLA calculation is done it essentially comes directly from the notoriously inaccurate Consumer Price Index (CPI). Why not use the Core CPI, which strips out food and energy and is not subject to the volatile swings in commodities...
  • Medicare Rates Set to Soar for Many Seniors

    10/16/2015 6:39:36 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 October 2015 | Stephanie Armour And Anne Tergesen
    About 30% of the roughly 52 million people enrolled in Part B could see a 52% rise in those premiums if Congress and the Obama administration dont find a way to freeze or reduce the increase. New beneficiaries, those with high incomes and Medicare recipients who dont get Social Security would be hit with the increase. For them, the standard Part B premium would rise about $55 a month, or about $650 a year.
  • Medicare Premiums May Soar as Social Security Payments Stay Flat

    10/15/2015 11:18:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON The 60 million people on Social Security will not receive any cost-of-living increase in their benefits in 2016, the government said on Thursday, but because of a quirk in federal law, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes. With millions of older Americans on fixed incomes facing that one-two punch, the Obama administration is urging Congress to moderate or stop the health insurance premium increases, which could raise the cost for some Medicare beneficiaries by about 50 percent the largest increase, by far, in the history of Medicare. But...
  • Government Says No COLAs for Social Security in 2016

    10/15/2015 7:57:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/15/2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) There will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, the government said Thursday. It's just the third time in 40 years that payments will remain flat. All three times have come since 2010. And there's more bad news. The lack of a benefit increase means that many older people could face higher Medicare costs, an issue that has advocates lobbying Congress. The main reason for no increase next year is low gas prices. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure...
  • Donald Trump: My Rich Friends Shouldnt Take Social Security

    10/12/2015 12:40:06 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    WSJ ^ | Heather Haddon
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said he and his rich pals should voluntarily forgo their Social Security benefits to bolster the health of the retiree entitlement system, declaring I dont need mine, by the way. At a multi-candidate presidential forum in New Hampshire on Monday, Mr. Trump said that for the good of the country, rich taxpayers should sacrifice the benefits from the entitlement system into which they had paid throughout their professional lives. I have friends that are worth hundreds of millions and billions of dollars and get Social Security. They dont even know the check comes in, said...
  • Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year (Or V.A., federal retirees, etc.)

    10/11/2015 3:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2015 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation's population. They can blame low gas prices. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation, which is being dragged down by lower prices at the pump. The government is scheduled to announce the COLA or lack of one on Thursday, when it releases the Consumer Price Index for September. Inflation has been...
  • Expect no cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security in 2016

    10/10/2015 2:02:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 45 replies
    aier ^ | 6 October 2015 | Polina Vlasenko
    The annual cost - of - living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security benefits will likely be zero in January 2016. The COLA will be announced on Oct. 15, when the last data required to compute it becomes available. But the data already suggest that prices have fallen over the past 12 months, removing the need for an adjustment. If prices have fallen but the COLA is zero, the purchasing power of Social Security benefits would increase. The Social Security Administration determines the COLA based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) compiled by the...
  • John Kasich on Social Security cuts: 'Get over it'

    Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment. The Republican presidential candidate was asked about entitlement reform during NH1's "Fiscal Fridays" series in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday, and he said it was something that would have to get done. "We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won't touch entitlements. Kasich said he...
  • Were Not That Far from a Balanced Budget

    09/29/2015 6:58:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/29/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Americans are funny about taxes: When we complain about them, we dont moan that we are paying too much we lament that others are paying too little. In a Pew Research Center poll last year, only 27 percent of Americans cited their own tax liabilities among their complaints about the tax code, while 64 percent complained that other taxpayers the wicked 1 percenters, the dreaded corporations were getting off too easy. If youve ever met anybody who believes that we can balance the budget by cutting foreign aid, that the Social Security trust fund is a real...
  • New Deal with Stacked Deck

    09/22/2015 10:30:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 22, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A high school teacher who has worked in Oregon and Manhattan is determined to pass on his history of the Great Depression. By the end of Roosevelts first two terms in office, nonagricultural private-sector workers had the right to organize unions and the National Labor Relations Board was created to enforce that right, Adam Sanchez writes in the Fall 2015 issue of Rethinking Schools. The unemployed had access to a new, permanent system of unemployment insurance, and the elderly could rely on social security. Millions of people were put back to work through federal jobs programs. Sanchez, who teaches at...
  • Low gas prices may doom Social Security raise

    09/21/2015 3:52:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    cbs58 ^ | Christie Green
    "It's very likely the COLA will be zero, given the way the numbers are now," said Polina Vlasenko, senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. The problem: The way the government measures inflation simply doesn't reflect what people on Social Security spend their money on. The elderly simply don't benefit as much from lower gas prices as the average American worker because they're no longer driving to and from work. The falling gas prices are due primarily to oil prices, which are near a six-year low. A surge in U.S. oil production has fed a massive glut...
  • The Question No Candidate Will Answer [The responses to this question have never been persuasive]

    09/21/2015 6:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    I like Jake Tapper, but I already was ready to punch him in the ear over the lets you and him fight structure of the debate questions last week when he abandoned all pretense of adulthood and asked the candidates what theyd like their Secret Service code names to be. It was a low, cringe-inducing moment, and the candidates made it lower and cringier with their answers. (Trueheart? Justice Never Sleeps? Ergh.) Marco Rubio just barely acquitted himself with Gator, but the correct answer was: Thats a dumb question, Jake, and I am not going to answer it. Now, back...
  • The Scheming Marxist Architect of Obamacare, Robert Creamer, Helped Sell the Iran Deal

    09/20/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 11 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 2015 September 14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton (h/t Judy Weddle)
    [picture of Robert Creamer] Looks like the Marxist architect of Obamacare also had a major say in putting forth the Iran Deal. Robert Creamer was convicted in 2005 for tax violations and bank fraud. He served time and was under house arrest. While in prison, he crafted the core underpinnings of Obamacare. Creamer is a political consultant who is very close to Barack Obama and is married to Jan Schakowsky, the Marxist Congresswoman from Illinois. While on the inside, he wrote, Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win. Obamacare was only the first major step in...
  • Trustees: Social Security Will Run $84 Billion Deficit in 2015

    09/05/2015 11:24:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 1, 2015 | 5:17 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program commonly known as Social Security, which celebrated its 80th birthday on August 14, is projected to run an $84 billion deficit this year, according to the 2015 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees. [] During 2014, $646.2 billion in payroll taxes was collected from 166 million working Americans. But that was not enough to cover the $859 billion in Social Security benefits that were collected by 59 million people, including 42 million retired workers and their dependents, six million survivors of deceased workers, and 11 million disabled workers and their dependents....
  • Big Price Hikes Coming For Medicare Premiums In 2016

    08/16/2015 8:52:26 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 25 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 14 August 2015 | Martha Lynn Craver
    The actual rates for Part B (which covers the costs of doctor visits and outpatient care) will be announced in October and take effect Jan. 1. The boost may be 15% for all participants [$105/month to $121] or a whopping 52% for some [$105/month to $159], depending on whether Social Security recipients see a cost-of-living raise for 2016.
  • Huckabee Aims for Seniors with Social Security Pitch in Florida

    06/02/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered a strong defense of government safety net programs for seniors at a candidate forum in Florida Tuesday, aiming for retired voters in a state rich with them.</p> <p>While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have called for raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security benefits, Huckabee called those proposals absolutely ridiculous.</p>
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    04/17/2015 9:46:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president. "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare program is," Huckabee said in response to a question about Christie's...
  • Chris Christie kicks off New Hampshire town hall series

    04/15/2015 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    nbc 2 ^ | 4-15-2015 | AP
    <p>LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is introducing himself to New Hampshire voters in a format he knows well - a town hall meeting.</p> <p>The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender drew a capacity crowd Wednesday to his first town hall in New Hampshire, in Londonderry. He opened the event by talking about his life story.</p>
  • Chris Christie: I now oppose a path to citizenship for illegals

    05/19/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/19/2015 | Allahpundit
    He told ABC five years ago that he supported citizenship, leaving him with two options now. One: Stick to his guns and give conservatives another reason to treat Christie as a curse word. Two: Follow Scott Walkers lead by pleading ignorance in his earlier views and claiming that hes since seen the light. Actual quote from Christie: I have now learned some of the ramifications for all of these things. What those things might be isnt clear, but itd be impolite after such an earnest pander to badger the poor guy for details. Hes trying, Republicans. A for effort? This...
  • Chris Christie: Not Just a Memory

    08/06/2015 10:56:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Chris Christie bills himself as the candidate willing to speak the truth even if his audience doesn't want to hear it. Opening his talk at Beck's Sports Grill, he wastes no time inviting a negative reaction. "The last time I was here was to go to the UNI-Dome," he recalls, referring to the University of Northern Iowa's nearby football venue. "Mary Pat and I are alums of the University of Delaware." At this point, those present drown him out with groans in bitter memory of the Blue Hens' elimination of the Panthers in the Football Championship...
  • CHRIS CHRISTIE -- DEMOCRAT

    04/16/2015 6:10:40 AM PDT · by shortstop · 16 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 04/16/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Chris Christie can be Hillary Clintons running mate. Theyre both liberals, theyre both clueless, theyre both egocentrics. And theyre both wrong. Well talk about Hillary another day. Todays subject is Christie. Specifically, his announced intent to take on entitlements. He rightly points out that entitlements consume some 70 percent of the federal budget and are a fiscal and social cancer that is destroying America. Entitlements the rights of the welfare state oblige the taxpayer to fund a limitless number of people receiving a limitless number of dollars over a limitless series of programs. Entitlements are automatic theft, redistribution...
  • In GOP war on Social Security, only Trump gets it

    08/29/2015 7:34:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 204 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | Aug 18 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Republican presidential candidates. who have had to seek contributions from a handful of wealthy contributors, want to cut Social Security. Average Americans love the program; the superwealthy dont. Something strange is happening in the Republican primary something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And its interesting to ask why. The issue in question is the future of Social Security, which turned 80 last week. The retirement program is, of...
  • Earth to Paul Krugman and The New York Times: Debt Is Not Good

    08/29/2015 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Source: Source information located at the bottom of column. First the good news. The federal government’s tax receipts are coming in at a rate somewhat higher than what was expected a few months ago. That means a shut-down-the-government debt limit stalemate will be pushed back until November or December. It also means that the federal debt will actually decline a bit this year. Now for the bad news. We are experiencing the calm before the storm. The Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday that although our fiscal situation is improving, by 2018 we will snap back to swelling deficits and unsustainable...
  • Two Misguided Campaigns: Ending Birthright Citizenship and Raising Social Security Retirement Age

    08/21/2015 9:42:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/21/2015 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Ending birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants and raising the retirement age for Social Security are two causes Republicans tend to favor more than Democrats. But different groups of Republicans are enthusiastic about each idea: very roughly speaking, the base and the establishment, respectively. (There is, of course, some overlap: Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Rand Paul are for both ideas.) These ideas seem to me to have a few things in common. Theyre neither necessary nor sufficient to solve the underlying problems with which they are associated (too much illegal immigration and insolvent entitlements); campaigning for them...
  • Marco Rubio: Saving Social Security in the 21st Century

    08/15/2015 6:04:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2015 | Marco Rubio
    This week, America marked two significant milestones in its history. Friday was the 80th anniversary of Social Security, a program that has helped millions of seniors, including my parents, retire with dignity. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, when the most violent conflict in human history ended as an American victory. We refer to the Americans responsible for these accomplishments as the Greatest Generation. In less than two decades, they survived economic catastrophe, triumphed in a global conflict, and laid the foundation for unparalleled prosperity for their children in what would become an American...
  • Things to know about Social Security at 80: Is It Overhaul time?

    08/14/2015 5:06:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance via AP ^ | 08/14/2015 | By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age. Social Security's disability fund is projected to run dry next year. The retirement fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035. But once the fund is depleted, the shortfalls are projected to be enormous. The stakes are huge: Nearly 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children get monthly Social Security payments, and that number is projected to grow to 90 million over the next two decades. And the timing is bad: Social Security faces these problems as fewer employers are...
  • Some Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government

    08/10/2015 2:26:18 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 3 replies
    Federal government agencies ^ | August 10, 2015 | williamofcarmichael
    Some may find this interesting and germane to today's federal budget issues.. it's data from the "Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government". Below in my reply are the data and the links. Only the first few lines of the hundreds of lines are shown.