Social Security doesn't need quick fix that's unfair
We've been told that the trust funds of Social Security could fall short of paying full benefits by 2033. This is possible, but according to all the information I have received, it isn't likely to happen.
There doesn't appear to be a crisis as we are led to believe. However, we realize there should be time for wisely planning for Social Security which ensures full continuing benefits.
There have been different projections in previous years. According to reports from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, in 1988 the funds were projected to be depleted in the year 2048; in 1994, projection was for 2029; and currently the year to be depleted is 2033.
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Even with recession, lower tax revenues and high unemployment, it appears that Social Security remains financially sound as the funds currently total $2.7 trillion. This is $69 billion more than last year.
Revenues are expected to exceed program obligations until 2020 and pay full benefits through 2033. So it seems to me, that at this time there is no need for hasty actions that would hurt seniors and the younger generation.
We should encourage our elected officials to continue to seek ways to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and to reject the unnecessary and unfair plans of Paul Ryan.
Allowing the payroll tax cuts to expire and supporting legislation that raises the earning cap on payroll taxes should also be encouraged.
Get out the vote
Evidently it isn't enough for our elections to be bought and paid for by super PACs, the sources of which are not made known to the public. Now voter suppression is becoming another means to control our elections.
Wake up, America. If you are a registered voter, thank God for the privilege and vote on election day. If your work requires travel and you will be away that day, get an absentee ballot.
If your health would make it difficult for you to get to the polls, get an absentee ballot. If you are scheduled for surgery that day, get an absentee ballot.
If you are expecting a baby on election day, get an absentee ballot so that you won't have to make a detour to the polls on your way to the maternity ward. Every vote counts.
If you are 18 years old or older and not a registered voter, what are you waiting for? If you love your country, register and vote every time there is an election. Don't let our hard-won freedom and rights be lost through apathy. Government of the people and by the people only works when the people vote.
The country is bankrupt, so we are wasting $2.5 billion of taxpayers' money on going to Mars to see if there was once water and carbon.
It is hard to believe that our government is spending this kind of money. You can't live or grow anything on Mars. There is no air or atmosphere on Mars.
Think about what this money could be spent on — paying off the money we owe China. Remember how President George W. Bush borrowed billions from China to give the rich Republicans a tax break?
This money could extend unemployment money for the people out of a job, money that would go right back into the economy.
How about these genius space scientists using this $2.5 billion finding a cure for Alzheimer's or the cancers we suffer from.
President John Kennedy spent $25 billion going to the moon. What did we get for that — bragging rights with the Russians and five pieces of moon rock in five museums throughout the world?
While we were doing the moon business the Japanese and Koreans were taking over the electronics business with their scientists. Sixty-two percent of the electronics used to go to Mars are Japanese.
We need to have a national referendum for the taxpayers to put a stop to wasting taxpayers' money. We have had enough of billion-dollar rocks that we can't do a thing with.
Toilet comment all wet
Sen. Rand Paul was completely wrong in charges he made at a March 10, 2011, hearing of the Energy and National Resources Committee. He said that government regulation makes it impossible to buy a toilet that works and that power-assist toilets cost thousands of dollars.
A two-page article based on comparison tests of purchases, in the September 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, shows that inexpensive and highly effective toilets are freely available. Buyers can choose from gravity or pressure-assist models, with higher or lower water use or with a choice between two amounts of water.