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Who says that more Americans have renounced their citizenship than ever before? Michelle Bachman?
Read "The Sociopath Next Door:" the American culture of individualism can foster sociopathic behavior that isn't as tolerated in more group-oriented societies such as in Asia.
Having been to Singapore (starting with R&R, 1966), I will testify that it is no democracy , and eveyone is guilty until proven otherwise.
May 18, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.
A few months ago, I had to go to Baltimore on business. The entire downtown was in griodlock. All the hotels were full. The restaurants had long waiting lines. The reason was that there was a "fantasy" convention in town. It looked like haloween, with people in costume everwhere. The local businesses played along as some of the waitresses were dressed for the occasion.
Convention properties have been built in many other cities, so there is a lot of competition. To remake itself into a convention destination takes imagination and insight.
What if Youngstown were the national headquarters for every minor sport or hobby that does not already have one?
How about the national badmitton tournament city? Tiddlywinks? Quoits? Canasta? One a month might put a lot of people to work and might pay off the debt.
Two a month might make a lot of people rich.The list could be endless.
May 1, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.
Actually, that idea has been around for a long time, started by Milton Friedman and espoused by the Chicago school of economics. For me it is prroof that the extermes reflect themselves better than the means in politics, as it is communism with a small "c."
Howver those of us who paid in have a legal right (not a privilege) to get what we have been paying to get. The way it works is that Social Security is like an insurance policy, and when you meet the terms and conditions set by law, you get it. Wall Street and some politicians have wanted our money for a long time. Are you one of them? If not, you are doing their bidding!
If you looked at the links above, retirement benefits are based on a "High 35" method. If a person has not paid into the fund for 35 years, and paid at the top amount of FICA tax, retirement amounts are decreased.
The retirement fund is fully funded for the next 26 years. That is because as surplusses were accumulated, the "debt" has risen. Actually, at the end of each year, the fund lends money to the general funds to run the government. However this is not debt as if a person went to a bank to get a mortgage. No service charges. No penalty clauses. No middleman. If you loan money to yourself it is a wash for bookkeeing purposes.
April 27, 2011 at 8:11 a.m.
You apparently want to turn Social Security into a welfare program. Of alll of the crazy ideas to "fix" Social Security, means testing for Social Security is the worst. People pushing it (Pete Peterson et al) have been opposed to the entire concept and want the program to fail.
April 26, 2011 at 5:51 a.m.
Re: Made in America.
Think globally, buy locally!
April 10, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.
"Yet every day I go pick my child up from a school that looks like a battle post in Kuwait, and I see these rude, disrespectful thugs coming out, pants hanging lower than prices at WalMart, lighting up their various Black & Milds — on school property, mind you."
Video it. Send the video to Dr. Hathorn.. If that doesn't work, send it to the media.
The kids have parents who should be notified.
April 2, 2011 at 8:24 a.m.
"Over $400,000 of bonus money was credited to Kasich for using his political connections to facilitate investment of $480 million from the state pension fund with Lehman Brothers. All of the $480 million investment was lost when Lehman Brothers bellied up."
If this is true, did he and or Lehman Bros. have E&O insurance? If so, did he put the carrier on notice? Has the trust fund gone after the money?
March 16, 2011 at 5:16 a.m.
"...a democratic right enjoyed by all ... " if you are wealthy. He's not lobbying, he's investing in his candidacy.
If Gingrich opposes gay marriage, he should first "lobby" his sister.
March 16, 2011 at 5:09 a.m.
So just how much natural gas underlies the Valley? Think it might cover all those cuts?
March 16, 2011 at 4:57 a.m.
Some people do not venerate veterans:
Veterans groups blast proposed tea party cuts
By Rick Maze - Staff writerPosted : Friday Jan 28, 2011 16:20:26 EST
...Bachmann’s proposal would result in a reduction of up to $2,224 a month in veterans’ disability compensation for a veteran who also receives Social Security Disability Income, known as SSDI. Additionally, it would freeze veterans’ health care funding at current levels.
The proposal, which would affect more than 150,000 veterans, has long been on a list of possible budget options prepared by the Congressional Budget Office, which describes the option as a way to “eliminate duplicate payment of public compensation for a single disability.”
The average SSDI benefit is $12,800 a year, according to CBO.
According to CBO’s estimates, saving $1.9 billion in one year would require applying the change to all veterans receiving both payments. Applying it only to those who become eligible in the future would save only about $40 million in the first year, according to CBO.
The Tea Party was supposed to oppose bail outs. Please note that Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson, Jr., 74th United States Treasury Secretary, formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of bailed out Goldman Sachs, and Bachman's fellow Republican, made $5 Billion last year on gold futures.
January 30, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.