Do We Need the DHS? | Cato Institute

During the recent cock-up about funding of DHS….many questions were asked and few actually answered……but the one BIG question that needs an answwer urgently is……do we really need DHS?

This is a white paper from the CATO Institute……with whom I seldom agree…..but they asked and answered that one burning question…

Check it out and let me know what you think about the question…….

 

Do We Need the DHS? | Cato Institute.

How About Social Security?

There has been a debate for decades on Social Security, especially from the Right that is pulling out all stops to have the program privatized…….there are those that push the con that it is going broke…..and even those that blame the program for much of the national debt…….every word of it is POLITICS!  And by POLITICS I mean……LIES!

There is an election quickly approaching and I look for the Social Security system to become a major story and a major issue……the GOP will be trying to hone their message on privatizing the program…..

Check it out and move on to something that will truly be a ground breaking program……

 

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There is an easier way to help the system and do the right thing at the same time……..

 

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Paul Ryan’s sorry invention: The GOP’s self-appointed poverty warrior coins “envy economics” – Salon.com

You want a good chuckle today?

Remember back when Ryan was the VP candidate?  He called people that need help as “TAKERS”…..remember?

Anyway he is the GOP’s point man on the “income equality” issue…..and he has some good, humorous stuff here…..damn!  the GOP has it’s moments….unfortunately….this is NOT one of them.

 

Paul Ryan’s sorry invention: The GOP’s self-appointed poverty warrior coins “envy economics” – Salon.com.

Rapid Death Of A Tax Plan

Recently Obama proposed that the money in college funds, hencewith called “529”, be taxed at time of withdrawal……and the Right sphere of politics exploded with negativity…..pundits from all persuasions started pissing and moaning……and claiming that it would be devastating to the average American to have their savings for their children taxed.

The typical GOP attack was that it will hurt the Middle Class…..which is their typical smoke screen when taxes are proposed……but there is a hole in their theory………

In reality 97% of us mere mortals have NO such savings account and the 3% that do include those that were the loudest critics like the anchors from MSNBC morning shows…….in essence only the wealthy have these plans.  The rest of us have to depend on grants and scholarship and massive student debt for our children to go to college.

For days the relentless attacks on the manhood of the president was just mind numbing…..and then the news broke………

President Obama has backed away from a plan to end a tax break for “529” college saving plans after meeting a backlash from lawmakers from both parties. The White House, which had presented the plan as a way to end a tax break mainly enjoyed by the wealthy and replace it with a fairer—and much larger—tuition tax credit, now says the issue has become a “distraction” and it will focus on “education tax relief that has bipartisan support,” reports the New York Times. House Speaker John Boehner had urged the president to drop what he called a tax hike, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was among the Democrats calling for Obama to reconsider the move.

The 529 plan, which is sponsored by all 50 states, is “a pretty good deal, and one that’s been around since 2001,” says NPR‘s Tamara Keith. “But the White House says fewer than 3% of families use these accounts—and 70% of the money in them comes from families earning more than $200,000 a year.” The Wall Street Journal, however, accuses Obama of trying to squeeze middle-class taxpayers, noting that as of last June, there were 11.8 million 529 accounts and the average balance was $20,671.

As usual the wealthy gets their way…….that is how we roll here in the good old US of A……..screw everyone but the wealthy.

Red states suffered higher rate of federal budget cuts between 2009-2013: report

Red state voters loathe the president and anything Democratic…….they vote for people that promise to slice federal spending and will be a better day for everyone…..

The problem is in their haste to send mental midgets to DC they are systematically screwing themselves……does that speak to civic illiteracy?

 

Red states suffered higher rate of federal budget cuts between 2009-2013: report.

A Tax For The Sake Of A Tax

Recall back in the day when some pudgy little dude that was against taxes had all the power for the GOP?  He made them sign a pledge that they would NOT support tax increases and would work to lower taxes at every turn?  Remember that?

This went on for 20 years more or less….he was the most powerful lobbyist for awhile…..well all that influence is starting to dwindle away…..

It appears that those Congress slackers that are indebted to the Military-Industrial Complex has had a change of heart on taxes…..some taxes….

Politico is reporting…….

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is taking a bold stand for a Republican and fifth-generation Texan who represents one of the most conservative districts in the country: He’s not ruling out tax hikes as part of a deal to avert sequestration.

“I’m pretty much open to any solution that would fix sequestration,” Thornberry said in a wide-ranging interview, making clear he believes “the taxpayers of this country have been taxed enough” but that a compromise could be necessary to spare the military further budget pain.

“This is not about my preferences,” he said. “This is about having the bigger, longer conversations about how we get from here to here even though I can’t tell you that road map at this moment.”

Thornberry also said the issue of sequestration was too big for his committee to solve but that Armed Services members have a responsibility to make clear to other lawmakers the damage the cuts would do to the military.

And there you have it…..Repubs will support a tax increase as long as it benefits those in the M-IC…..but nothing for the really important issues like health, education or poverty…….God forbid that defense contractors have to actually work for their profits……..

Once again the GOP has shown that war is far more important than the society as a whole.

“War is good business…invest your children”!