Posts Tagged ‘Social Security’

THE PERVASIVE INSANITY OF WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION

April 22, 2015

Whoa, what was that? I recently read an article in the Washington Post that said hundreds of Puerto Ricans living in the United States are now, and have been, receiving Social Security disability payments because they cannot speak English. Over two hundred Puerto Ricans have been granted disabled status between 2011 and 2013. It seems they are less employable due to the language barrier.

I recognize that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and that the residents are non-voting U.S. citizens, but Spanish is their native language. Spanish is also the native language of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and of course Mexico. Does this mean that soon we will be working and contributing to Social Security not for our own supplemental income in retirement but so that illegal immigrants, made non-deportable by an unconstitutional executive mandate, can draw on this fund rather than having to learn English? Is this a way to redistribute wealth that the candidate Obama told Joe the Plumber about?

I have seen many employment ads for applicants who must be bi-lingual. But those two languages are generally assumed, not identified. In fact, I know one Vietnamese job seeker, a college graduate, who was turned down for a job in California despite the fact she could speak English and three other languages fluently. Her problem was that none of those four languages was Spanish. Could she have received disability benefits for not speaking Spanish? She was otherwise well qualified for the position.

Perhaps, just maybe, if we had an official national language, and if we had an immigration policy that was properly and legally enforced this problem could be overcome. How about, “if you want to come to this country and work, you must first prove who you are and that you can meet all conditions and qualifications of that employment”.

OBAMACARE=SOCIAL SECURITY DELUXE=FAILURE

July 27, 2013

Many times over in this blog and elsewhere, I have written that Social Security began as a fraud fraught with the foreseeable consequence of ultimate failure. Nevertheless, it sounded good to the ignorant masses and sucked in a generation seeking retirement stability.

Franklin D. Roosevelt led socialists, posturing as “progressives” to promote the program. The term socialist elicited an unwelcome response from the majority of American patriots, thus the term progressives came to be. Cloaking themselves as progressives gave socialists an ability to prompt a majority to accept a program rife with deceitful dependency.

With an average family size of 5.51, or 3.1 children produced by each couple (census figures 1900), the program looked good on the surface. Each child working productively would contribute to the retirement of the preceding generation in perpetuity. The flaw-the 3.1 child figure was down by .4 in the 35 years since the census of 1900 and over 3.9 from the 1800 tabulation. Family size began shrinking with urbanization and the industrial age vs. rural living and farming. The indicative trend actually encouraged knowledgeable socialists.

Twenty years later, in 1955, the average household size had dropped to 3.92 and Social Security, as originally proposed, was obviously no longer sustainable. By that time, however, the program was a political hot potato and no politician desiring re-election wanted to touch it. Doomed for failure, it became the problem of the next congress, then the next and the next.

By 2010, the average household size shrunk to 2.61 with many of the working household members supporting an elder parent, not a potentially productive offspring.

We now face another socialist program of like ilk. Obamacare, the Social Security of the 21st century has a similar ultimate fate projection. Sold as the bread slicer of the future, the salesmen fail to share that all the bread is now riddled with dirt and weevils.

Our elected president, a student and proponent of Karl Marx, along with radical progressives in congress, forced upon the American public a program that is failing before full implementation. Obamacare, at triple the original budget, is causing doctors to leave the field of medicine or, at best, refusing to accept Medicare and PPACA patients. The very program professed to ensure health coverage for the most needy makes care more difficult and costly for them.

Most unfortunate is that we now have another under funded feel good program making what was once the greatest nation of the world just another Greece-like failure. Unlike the European countries, there’s no coalition of countries from which to beg.

We’re the primary funding source of the U.N. Perhaps they’ll bail us out. Yeah, that’s the ticket. All we have to do is borrow more money from some of our adversaries, give the money to the U.N. and ask the world for forgiveness. Surely, the dictators and radical Islamic fundamentalists of the U. N. will respectfully reward President Obama. They’ll bolster the U.S. Constitution and aid in the restoration of our Democratic Republic. Letting more foreigners vote in our sovereign elections will also help.

Welcome, again, to the scary amusement park known as Bizarro World, USA. Hold on firmly to the safety rail, the ride only gets rougher from here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

July 14, 2011

WASHINGTON–President Obama returns to Chicago on Aug. 3 to mark his 50th birthday with fund-raisers at the Aragon Ballroom, with tickets ranging from $50 a person to $35,800 per couple, which includes VIP seating at a “Birthday Concert” where celebs will be performing and a dinner with the president.

Timing?  You can’t help but find it a bit funny, funny peculiar-not funny ha-ha, that right at the time Obama is threatening to withhold payment to elderly and disabled persons (Social Security) and patriots (military) he will be hosting his own birthday bash.

While people are losing their jobs, savings and homes, he’s partying like its good times for all.

He stomped out of a meeting like a four-year-old and refused to compromise or even acknowledge the current deficit and debt or consequences of continued deficit spending.  Apparently he had to organize the community gala where he will be charging guests up to $35,800 to kiss his ring and submit waiver and exemption requests.

The man has no conscience and no shame!  But he does have an ego that is so fragile the slightest suggestion of impropriety will unleash a fierce wrath upon the purveyor.

PONZI SCHEME

October 3, 2010

I’m certain that it can’t be just me that sees it this way, but I have not seen, heard or read anywhere that the government has turned into a federal Ponzi scheme.  Think about it!  Charles Ponzi, namesake of the ploy, devoted his life to perfecting the wealth redistribution program.  This is exactly what our current administration is attempting to project upon us.  Just like Bernie Madoff, our current elite are not the first to run this fraud.  They are simply the most dedicated to making it look like it is working.

In explanation, let’s start with Social Security.  The longevity of this socialist program was initially predicated on each generation producing more children who will work and pay into the system.  As soon as a generation fails to meet the expectations through lack of work, inability or unwillingness to work or fails to reproduce a sufficient number of productive workers, the program begins to unravel.  Economists recognized over two decades past that the Social Security bucket had some serious rust and would not hold water for much longer.  Yet, to discuss crediting people with tax allowances to plan for their future and retirement seems to be almost blasphemous to the powers that be.  The government continues to take a portion of each worker’s paycheck knowing that the program is destined for failure and many will not see any return from their contributions.

One of the things that helped secure failure for Social Security retirement benefits was the introduction of the Welfare benefits.  An acceleration of the failure began when Congress agreed to extend benefits to those who had not paid into the system, then again when they allowed non-citizens access to the pool of funds.

This noble program was initially instituted to assist people in time of need; after unemployment or temporary disability benefits ran out, in times following natural disasters, etc.  Congress built the program to be so generous that it is now more lucrative for many families than earning an income on which one must pay taxes.  Welfare is now the mainstay for 5th and 6th generation families.  Pay no taxes, receive myriad tax benefits, it’s the American way.

Various other social programs have been introduced over the years, but none as devastating to the nation as Universal Health Care.  This program is guaranteed to force companies and industries to have goods manufactured or produced outside of the U.S. reducing employment within and thus reduce employment tax revenue.  It will force more former employees onto unemployment and Welfare rolls who will then be drawing on the GNP.

Just how much longer can we expect to continue growing the government and paying idle employees one-and-a-half to two times their private sector working equivalent from an ever diminishing revenue base?

It has been reported that +/- 2,000 IRS auditors have been hired to go after people who need their few owing tax dollars to buy food for their families.  Like sending paramedics to an accident scene to extract hemoglobin from victims with severed aortas, the Obama administration appears to want to kill off the electorate while touting assistance to the needy.  Charles Ponzi would be embarrassed that he didn’t think of it!

U.S. v ARIZONA

May 27, 2010

Prior to 2008, undocumented immigration into Mexico was considered a criminal offense punishable by up to two years in prison.  It has since been decriminalized.  However, Article 67 of Mexico’s Population Law still reads, “Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal … are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues.”  Hmmm, not unlike Arizona’s S.B. 1070 except in Arizona there must be a reason beyond simple suspicion of illegal presence for authorities to pose the question.

In Mexico, undocumented immigration is now a minor offense punishable by fines equivalent to about $475 to $2,400.  Though there is no judge to sentence jail time, detention in the proverbial Mexican jail still occurs until the fine is paid.  Personal checks not accepted.

Given the above facts, how is it that President Felipe Calderon can lecture the U.S. Congress on how unfair the Arizona law is to law breakers?  Why would congress even waste the taxpayers’ time listening?

President Obama, after being harangued about the illegal immigration problem along our Southwestern states has ordered National Guard troops to the area.  He is so committed to stemming the flow that he is sending 20% of the number G.W. Bush deployed on a temporary basis in 2006.  Mexico’s President Calderon objects to the use of troops to defend against the intruders, even though his country does the same to guard their borders.

The Guard troops sent by Bush could not stop, detain or arrest human or drug smugglers.  They’re positioning was to observe and direct border patrol to areas of activity.  That was when the invaders were more lightly and less frequently armed.  Today, the smugglers shoot to kill land owners and innocent civilians encountered along their trails and passes.  They use military style automatic weapons, often on full auto to express command.

Even in the war zone of Afghanistan, our soldiers must hold their fire and demonstrate “courageous restraint” in battle.  They can even receive a medal for not acting in a war-like fashion.  Just what will be the restraints on the 1,200 National Guard troops now?  We don’t know, and probably don’t want to know, how this administration is planning their military cutbacks and population control.  The drug cartels will consider these troops as targets used for old ammunition expenditure or dialing in their scopes.

At the same time, a team of Justice Department attorneys is mounting a challenge to the Arizona state law.  The draft complaint says that the Arizona enforcement impedes federal law.  Arizona insists that it assists federal law.

John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.  It’s as if he said, “We aren’t doing the job for which we’re being paid and we’re still getting paid.  What makes you think we might help you do our job, Arizona?”


In another border state:

According to a security expert who reportedly saw a memo, the Department of Homeland Insecurity issued a BOLO for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico and Texas.  This memo came after the indictment, of a Somali man in Texas accused of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” responsible for bringing hundreds of Somalis from Brazil through South America and eventually across the Mexican border, was recently unsealed.

Obama continues to ignore pleas from Texas (Bush 41 & 43 home state) for more security along the Mexican border.

Do you feel safe now?