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The Evolution of Social Security

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This easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican.

This evolution of events is a classic example of how progressive politics works.

Facts are Facts. Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary.

It is no longer voluntary.

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program.

Now it is7.65% on the first $90,000

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year.

It is no longer tax deductible.

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program.

Under Johnson the money was moved to the General Fund and Spent.

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Under Clinton & Gore up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed.

Since many of us have
paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

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Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

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Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

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Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

AND MY FAVORITE:

A: That’s right!

Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.

Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

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Then, after violating the original contract (FICA1 )the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away! And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it! If enough people receive this information, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe changes will evolve.

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July 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

The return of Van Jones and Marxixt Street Protests

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….Once a top figure in a Marxist group called Standing Together to  Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), Jones predicts “an American  fall, an American autumn, just like we saw the Arab spring. You can see  it right now with these young people on Wall Street. Hold onto your  hats. We`re going to have an October offensive to take back the American  Dream and to rescue America`s middle class.”

The Campaign for America’s Future, sponsor of the conference, depicts  the conservative Tea Party as a puppet of corporate interests and  protests Wall Street but remains silent about the millions of dollars  that Van Jones and other progressive activists have received from hedge  fund operator George Soros. Number seven on the Forbes list of the  richest people in America, with $22 billion, Soros runs an “alternative  investment vehicle” available only to the super-rich which is based  off-shore and taps into mysterious sources of cash beyond the  supervision of the Securities and Exchange Commission…..

…..Two of the conference organizers, Robert Borosage and Katrina vanden Heuvel, have just written a call to arms in The Nation magazine saying that liberals must exert more pressure on  the Obama Administration and they cite the work of the Communist Party  USA and other groups in forcing Franklin Roosevelt to the left and  expanding federal involvement in the economy in the 1930s.

“The Socialist and Communist parties and Huey Long’s Share Our Wealth  movement grew threatening enough to goad Franklin Roosevelt into the  second New Deal, including Social Security; the Wagner Act, recognizing  the right of workers to organize; and much more,” they say. However,  they complain that progressives have spent so much of their time over  the last three years helping to pass “the Obama reform agenda” that  their message has been “muted.”  The conference will be followed on  October 5 by a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

That the progressive movement has embraced Jones, despite his  embarrassing exit from the administration, is evidence of how far to the  left and how desperate modern “liberal” organizations are……..

Read more:

http://biggovernment.com/aim/2011/10/03/the-return-of-van-jones-and-marxist-street-protests/

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October 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

How does Google Work?

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How Google Works.

Infographic by the Pay Per Click Blog

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August 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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Jeffrey Immelt, the head of Barack Obama’s highly touted Jobs Council

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Jeffrey Immelt, the head of Barack Obama’s highly touted “Jobs Council”, is
moving even more GE infrastructure to China.  GE makes more medical-imaging
machines than anyone else in the world, and now GE has announced that it “is moving the headquarters of its 115-year-old X-ray business to
Beijing
“.  Apparently, this is all part of a “plan to invest about $2
billion across China” over the next few years.  But moving core pieces of its
business overseas is nothing new for GE.  Under Immelt, GE has shipped tens of thousands of good jobs out of the United States.
Perhaps GE should change its slogan to “Imagination At Work (In China)”.  If the
very people that have been entrusted with solving the unemployment crisis are
shipping jobs out of the country, what hope is there that things are going to
turn around any time soon?

Read more: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/ge-ceo-jeffrey-immelt-the-head-of-obamas-jobs-council-is-moving-jobs-and-economic-infrastructure-to-china-at-a-blistering-pace

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August 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

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Wild Bill’s Testimony

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This is the opinion of “Will Bill” who served as a Deputy US Marshall.  To find out more about Wild Bill, go to his website at: http://wildbillforamerica.com/AboutBill.html

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August 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

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Essay on Corporate Domination of the American Economy

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When I was a child, about 50 years ago, there was a general idea that, if
you wanted to make it in life, you could work hard with something that you
liked to do and create a living on your own by “producing” a product,
selling a skill or retailing a ready supply of a product made here in America.
You could literally create a product and go to a non-corporate, privately owned
factory and have that factory make your product or sell that factory’s products
on local market and be successful at it, if good business practices were
applied. This was the dream of many Americans; to have a small business of his
own by selling his crafts or skills or reselling someone else’s. This was an
achievable goal by anyone at the grassroots level at the time. Things have changed
since then.

It was in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s that the Us Government recognized
corporations as a separate tax entity making them equal to an individual in the
eyes of the government for tax purposes and made a board of directors as the
decision makers of the company’s daily business. This allowed for the grouping
of several business savvy people to pool their resources and leverage against
the individual to gain control of the sales market.

McDonalds was one of the first of these corporations to “take over the
market” with the sales of a hamburgers, fries and a drink. I remember when
their sign said “One million burgers sold.” and that was considered a major and
mind boggling accomplishment. That was in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.

Dairy Queen and Krystals soon followed. This was the beginning of the end
for Mom and Pop burger stands to expect any more than a lifetime of work for a
meager return. The trend moved to electronics products, household cleaning
supplies and most all consumer goods, edging out local hardware and five and
ten cents stores.

WalMart is the major example this. It even went to the food supply with Winn
Dixie, Kroger, Albertson’s (formerly Skaggs Albertsons) and A&P; edging out
the local grocer. Have you heard of the Hoover vacuum cleaner door to door
salesmen? There were TV Shows in the 1950’s insinuating that men had to resort,
in shame, to selling these products because they could not make it as a local
merchant nor could they any longer work for the local merchant.

Then in the 1980’s and 1990’s the corporations started moving the
manufacture of these goods, along with the jobs that created the goods, to
other countries because of profit margin and because of better federal tax
status. Most products, now, are made in foreign countries and the jobs creating
them went to the foreign countries as well. The embargo taxes, cost of
processing federal and state red tape on importation, and state and federal
regulations on products resulted in inflation of prices for goods and makes it
near impossible for a small businessman to even try to produce, or manufacture
a product for resale on the local market and make a profit.

Now due to population growth and the exportation of factory jobs, there is a
lack of jobs available in the corporate sector and the individual still cannot
compete with the corporations for a market share in hardly any market. He
cannot even go to a local factory and pay for the production of a product
because, if there is a local factory, it is owned and/or regulated by a large corporation
making a competitive, similar product in large numbers.

The only exception I can think of are the “Pitchman” who accept individuals
products as projects and make them successful sellers through mass media and,
once again, mass production through large corporations, usually in foreign
countries.

The result is that the individual is at the mercy of a merciless corporate
world who has gained control, through lobbying and financial power, of the
federal government creating the idea that they are “too big to fail” or too
important in the job market to go against. Comment of the influence of the
Trade Unions is reserved for another time, but they also hold key
responsibility for cost of living, control of saleable goods production, and
lack of jobs problems here in the US.

If an individual can get a job, the recruiting rhetoric includes the insane
logic of: “Must be willing to give 110% to the goals of the employer” leaving
little to no resources of time or energy for himself or his family. If he
cannot get a job, he is many times forced into severe scrutiny and
demoralization by the federal and state governments through government
assistance programs like Federal housing (HUD), Un-employment Compensation and
Food Stamps pre-empting him in making make personal progress, at the risk of
losing those life sustaining resources. Too many Americans have lost the
ability to control their own destiny. This is a major reason why we hear of so
many horror stories of violent and felonious acts by citizens in America.

The politicians who want to make a change in this scenario are powerless at
the city or state level to change things because of the enormous power held by
large corporations in the federal government. The politicians who have any
solutions to this dilemma are too few to make the changes necessary to make a
difference because so many politicians are personally tied so closely to this
financial system that they have no desire to make any changes. It will take a
changing of the guardians of our personal interests in Washinton through the vote of the
people to make the change happen.

I hope we, as individuals, begin to realize that we will have to suffer
these consequences of a system favoring those with corporate and political
ability unless we make, through the ballot box, distinct changes in our
representatives in political office locally, statewide and on the federal
level.

 

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August 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

Doctor Heal thyself! Will the battle of the wills cause unavoidable financial illness?

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There is a philosophy that government is created to make uniform
regulations for a nation so that its people can have a uniform set of standards
in order to maintain unity of purpose and direction as a nation. In a Republican
Democracy type government, it is the responsibility of the masses to control
the government’s scope of regulation. If left unfettered any government will
regulate anything they can find the time to encompass.

America today has been moving, generally, in a progressive
direction toward more and more federal regulation and endowment in the past sixty
to seventy years. This has become a problem because nearly every faction of
American life is influenced by some regulation having been passed to influence
or regulate its fruition. This has created a financial burden on the government
that has not been addressed properly.  Now
there is a movement to take some of those regulations and endowments away and
downsize the influence of federal government on everyday life both for the benefit
of the freedom enjoyed by its citizens and to allow fewer burdens on the
federal government and thus relive the current economic crisis.

The old camp (of all-encompassing
government) is, of course, resisting this trend and this makes the new camp (of
change to less government) stoke its fires of change even more. The result is
that the international financial community has become skittish and uncertain
when it comes to the future of America. This has resulted in the downgrading of
America’s credit rating by S&P for the first time in history.

The fact that this is the first time in history illustrates the
magnitude of the friction between the two camps. The new camp, favoring less
government, is making enough of an impact to gain attention of the international
community.

When there is a violent altercation of two or more people on any
street in the world, the reaction of the crowd is generally to stand back and
watch in order to see the resulting outcome of the altercation. The financial community
has decided to pull back until the outcome of the American internal disruption
is resolved. They are reserving their confidence of a swift conclusion of the
altercation, do not recognize either side as superior, and will not endorse the
instability of the current affairs.  If
either of the two camps wants to win back the confidence of the international
financial community, they will have to demonstrate their superior ability to
control and administer governmental direction, with financial responsibility,
to the satisfaction of the international community.

Restructuring any government will, no doubt, cause disruption as
it has done in the efforts of the progressives over the past sixty or seventy
years.   Any changes from here into the
future will certainly bring about disruption.
We must remember that change for change sake is not necessarily a good
thing but change for improvement is worth the price.

I personally favor less governmental regulation on activities and
fewer endowments and subsidies.  It not
only promotes the American idea of freedom of choice by independent citizens in
America, but it eliminates the large bureaucracies necessary to oversee the
execution, and administration of the regulations.

Just for arguments sake, people might say that some of the projects
funded by the endowments would not exist without federal funding.  I personally think that necessity is the
mother of invention and if left to our own natural incentives, in America, without
government intervention, we will not only find private endorsement for
necessary funding of necessary projects; but we will come upon swift, practical
application of the projects.  All those
rich people who do not want to give their money to the government will give their
money to just causes and projects if they are to be privately funded and not
attached to unfounded government regulation.

As for the monies being given for Food Stamps, Welfare, I refer to
my blog post “Social Justice vs. Equal Justice”  .

As for the dilemma of paying the current Social Security benefactors
I refer to my Blog post “The Evolution of Social Security” .  Our government should honor agreements with
those who it took money from in the pretense of offering a retirement
benefit.  It should probably put any
funds currently collected back into a fund separate from the general fund and
make any changes to the payment of future retirement benefits as is needed to
obtain stability.  When any government
makes a financial agreement requiring collection of funds for a specific
purpose, it must honor that agreement in order to retain the respect of its citizens.

Advertisment “too controversial” to air by cable stations

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A new television ad about the U.S. national debt produced by Citizens Against Government Waste has been deemed “too controversial” by major networks including ABC, A&E and The History Channel and will not be shown on those channels.

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August 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm