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Is GOP destroying S.S., or is Obama destroying America?

Obama claims GOP trying to destroy Social Security
August 14, 2010 by ERICA WERNER

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama used the anniversary of Social Security to trumpet Democrats’ support for the popular program and accuse Republicans of trying to destroy it.
Seventy-five years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday: “We have an obligation to keep that promise, to safeguard Social Security for our seniors, people with disabilities and all Americans—today, tomorrow and forever.”

Some Republican leaders in Congress are “pushing to make privatizing Social Security a key part of their legislative agenda if they win a majority in Congress this fall,” Obama said.

He contended that such privatization was “an ill-conceived idea that would add trillions of dollars to our budget deficit while tying your benefits to the whims of Wall Street traders and the ups and downs of the stock market.”

Most Republicans, in fact, are wary of touching that idea, because Social Security is virtually sacrosanct to voters, particularly seniors.

Obama’s Stimulus Plan: Failing by Its Own Measure
July 14, 2009 by STEPHEN GANDEL

Still think big government knows best? Check history first.
Forget accuracy or the 5 million lost jobs, Obama wants the credit
AP shows economic stimulus spending was useless
Government’s Good intentions harm the people again
Obama doesn’t get it, urges new housing bubble
Biggest Spender in History complains of too much debt
If Obama fails, the country succeeds

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The welfare state’s death spiral

The welfare state’s death spiral
May 10, 2010 by Robert J. Samuelson

What we’re seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state. This isn’t Greece’s problem alone, and that’s why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery. Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven’t fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies.

Americans dislike the term “welfare state” and substitute the bland word “entitlements.” Vocabulary doesn’t alter the reality. Countries cannot overspend and overborrow forever. By delaying hard decisions about spending and taxes, governments maneuver themselves into a cul-de-sac.

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To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature

A friend emailed this to me

gone broke

It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:

  • The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.
  • Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
  • Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
  • The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??

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Tax Hikes Will Kill the ‘Recovery’, Which Isn’t Real Anyway

John Mauldin: Tax Hikes Will Kill the ‘Recovery’, Which Isn’t Real Anyway
October 21, 2009 by Tech Ticker

The economic recovery currently underway is a statistical mirage, based on easy year-over-year comparisons and inventory rebuilding, John Mauldin, president of Millennium Wave Securities, tells Henry in the accompanying video.

The unemployment rate is closer to 12% when you include people who’ve been dropped from the survey and the “underemployment” rate – people working part-time vs. full time – is 17% to 18%, “and rising,” Mauldin says. “That doesn’t feel like recovery.”

Mauldin, who writes the popular Thoughts from the Frontline e-letter, predicts the U.S. economy will be back in recession next year because of higher taxes, both new and with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.

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Look, government rationing of health care already

Florida plan advises hospitals to bar some patients in event of severe flu pandemic
October 18, 2009 by Sheri Fink

Florida health officials are drawing up guidelines that recommend barring patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions from being admitted to hospitals if the state is overwhelmed by flu cases.

The plan, which would guide Florida hospitals on how to ration scarce medical care during a severe flu outbreak, also calls for doctors to remove patients with poor prognoses from ventilators to treat those who have better chances of surviving. That decision would be made by the hospital.

The flu causes severe respiratory illnesses in a small percentage of cases, and patients who need ventilators and are deprived of them could die without the breathing assistance the machines provide.

In June, Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros sent the draft guidelines — which had already undergone a series of internal revisions — to 16 state medical organizations for their feedback.

But the state has not yet publicized the guidelines or solicited input from the general public. The Florida Department of Health released a copy of the draft plan at the request of ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization, which provided it to the Sun Sentinel.

The document addresses one of the most heart-rending issues in medicine: What to do if the number of people in need of ventilators and other treatment dramatically exceeds what is available.

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Someone Else in the White House Digs Mao
October 20, 2009

George Stephanopoulos recently spoke of just how much the tea partiers confused him, saying, “The tea bag movement are sort of driven by the idea that President Obama and the Democrats have a secret plan to impose socialism.”

Having an administration with Maoists could have something to do with that, George.

Manufacturing Czar Ron Bloom had some eerily familiar things to say about the bloodthirsty tyrant Mao Zedong. Just last week, a video was unearthed of White House Communications Director Anita Dunn bragging about Mao being one of her “favorite philosophers”.

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Suddenly NPR doesn’t think religious discrimination is bigotry

In Israel, Kibbutz Life Undergoes Reinvention
October 13, 2009 by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

“And they want to achieve certain common goals. This group is active in local politics. At the moment, they are leading the charge in trying to maintain the secular character of their neighborhood as increasing numbers of Orthodox Jews move in.”

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When Democrats scare seniors into thinking Social Security will be cut

When Democrats scare seniors into thinking Social Security will be cut, just remember this: in Washington, a reduction in rate of growth (or freeze) is portrayed as a cut.

Social Security Payments to Shrink for First Time in a Generation
August 23, 2009

Social Security freeze means seniors must scrimp
October 16, 2009 MATT SEDENSKY

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Social Security Payments to Shrink for First Time in a Generation
August 23, 2009 by AP (hat tip to Gateway Pundit)

The trustees who oversee Social Security are projecting there won’t be a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the next two years.

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