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    The “Character” of #OccupyWallStreet

    Anyone with a smart phone can snap a picture of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests and turn it into a game of “spot the hypocrisy.”  Here you have people protesting the evils of capitalism and corporations and yet they sport smart phones, wear designer clothing, and take coffee breaks at the local McDonalds or Starbucks.  Their phones, clothing, and coffee all come from large corporations | Read More »

    Who’s the Racist?

    I was flipping through the channels the other night and came across an episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC.  I stopped watching this show regularly years ago because of its overly biased political nature and backhanded commentary on the Bush administration.  It looks like they have not given up on their old tricks, but without evil conservatives in power their new | Read More »

    Social “Screwturity”

    I just got my yearly Social Security statement. Enclosed was a short leaflet with an article titled “Will Social Security still be around when I retire?” The article states that the funds for Social Security will be depleted by 2037 under the current law. But what really angered me was this statement:

    However, this does not mean that Social Security benefit payments would disappear. Even if modifications to the program are not made, there would still be funds in 2037 from taxes paid by workers to pay about $760 for every $1,000 in benefits scheduled.

    So basically, the government will withhold $240 for every $1000 I should receive. Would you ever own an investment portfolio that had a 24% management fee and offered a near 0% interest rate? I can’t believe I am forced into a system that takes more money away from me (percentage wise) than what I lost in the financial meltdown of the last two years.

    I just got my yearly Social Security statement. Enclosed was a short leaflet with an article titled “Will Social Security still be around when I retire?” The article states that the funds for Social Security will be depleted by 2037 under the current law. But what really angered me was this statement:

    However, this does not mean that Social Security benefit payments would disappear. Even if modifications to the program are not made, there would still be funds in 2037 from taxes paid by workers to pay about $760 for every $1,000 in benefits scheduled.

    So basically, the government will withhold $240 for every $1000 I should receive. Would you ever own an investment portfolio that had a 24% management fee and offered a near 0% interest rate? I can’t believe I am forced into a system that takes more money away from me (percentage wise) than what I lost in the financial meltdown of the last two years. And yet, this inefficient, near-criminal behavior is just seen as “business as usual” for the U.S. government.

    I could have put this money into a savings account. That would at least earn a little interest and not put my capital at risk. I could go to Las Vegas and gamble with it. If I lost 24% at the blackjack table I would be doing as well as placing that money with the government. At least in a casino there is a small chance of making a profit. Heck, I would have come out in better shape just putting the money under my mattress! When we are done taking on the government over cap-n-trade, socialized medicine, and out of control spending we need to launch a revolution on Social “Screwturity.”

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