Pensions: Even in normal years, the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees´ reports typically get overlooked. This year is far from normal. But the reports should be top of mind for anyone who cares about retirement security. The Social Security report finds that the "trust fund" will run out of money in just 17 years. The news only gets worse from there. The program´s unfunded liability over the next 75 years is now $12.5 trillion, which is up from $11.4 trillion last year and $4.7 trillion a decade ago. In other words, Social Security´s long-term unfunded liability has increased by 166% in
This outcome alone should have been tackled years ago by bringing to a screeching stop those immigrants (whether "refugees" using the new meaning of the word) who cannot work or speak English or have more than one wife, etc., and pay their way.
Don´t worry - RINOs in the Senate are keeping the extra 1.9% from our income over $250k for Medicare. Oh - they are using this money and 3.8% investment income tax to pay off Senators to vote for Trumpcare´s non-repeal of Obamacare.
Good job guys - you´ve got the House, the Senate and now the White House; next up is a Continuing Resolution to fund the $400 Billion a month Federal Government - vs Trump´s budget.
And you expect me to vote for yall big-time next November???
Trump needs to call out RINOs that he wants to defeat next year, so we can start culling the spineless ones - like McConnell & Ryan...
I started SS in 1968 when I took my first civilian job as an order picker in an industrial warehouse supply. I remember not knowing a thing about that deduction. But, I also remember way back then the political harping going on about how it had to be fixed! That is was not sustainable. That something had to be done. Well, here we are, 49 years later...same old problem. Politicians truly are worthless, aren´t they?
I´d be happy to call us even if they´ll just send me a check for the amount they stole from me at gunpoint over the years for SS and mediscam. I can get a much better return on that money than they ever have.
I really don´t like fascist/socialist/communist directives from my government telling me I have to buy this or I must pay that - too bad there are so many helpless morons that think it is just great.
When my grandfather was on SS, in the 60s, there were 15 workers paying into the system to fund his checks. Now that I am on SS, there are two or three workers, last I heard, paying in for my check.
They are running out of other people´s money. Thank goodness I planned my retirement to where SS is helpful, but I can survive if it is cut off - this is because, from a teenager, I never trusted SS to be there for me. It was apparent at the time that it was an unstable Ponzi scheme, and nothing has improved in the 50 years since.
And for anyone still believing the "trust fund" story, it is a pile of IOUs, redeemable by increasing taxes or reducing spending at some future time to divert that revenue to pay back what was spent decades ago. Essentially a fraud, but a very legally laid out one. Does anyone believe that there will be more revenue or lower spending to pay these back? Me neither.
The government is lying. Its broke now. They rob Peter to pay Paul every quarter. Each of us can look at just the large number of cars with disabled tags for parking in our small towns. A good number of them are all on disability. I know two new Boeing retirees with fabulous pensions. Both are 51 and both say they get SS disability checks. How does that work?
Let´s start removing the people who are not entitled to a dime.....people who lift 400 pounds in gyms, don´t work because of some ´illness´ but are able to collect. How about ´aunt´ Zesumi or whatever the Obamination´s aunt was called and the forever drunk ´uncle´ stopping them from collecting? How about Mouchelle´s mother who suddenly gets $160,000 per year for what??? Let´s remove all the ´disabled´ who weigh several hundred pounds, are able to lift up a fork and pick up a check.....On and on.....let´s clean all that trash out and you will see SS and Medicare will suddenly be in much better shape!
Obola giving it to everybody entering the country and calling it an "entitlement" didn´t help. How many times did he take from Medicare to fund Zippycare? How many illegals in this country get paid in cash and neither them, or their employer, are paying into the system?
The National Football League´s preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn´t have an NFL job. One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments. Washington Post sports columnist Jerry Brewer pulled out a very large straw man on Aug. 17 in a column headlined "Days of Docile Black Athlete Have Ended. Get Used to It." He doubled down in the text, saying: "Sorry for the inconvenience, sports fans, but the days of the docile black athlete are over. This isn´t a time to
Health Care: In Iowa, the state´s sole remaining insurer announced on Thursday that it wants to boost ObamaCare premiums by 57%. This isn´t exactly the vibrant, competitive, low-cost market that Democrats promised. But it is the inevitable outcome of ObamaCare´s government-knows-best approach to health care. Earlier this year, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced that they were pulling out of Iowa´s ObamaCare exchange, leaving only Medica, which was also threatening to leave. Not surprisingly, Medica has used its newfound monopoly status to push for increasingly higher rates, while trying to pin the blame President Trump for the
The Presidency: President Trump´s statements regarding the tragic events in Charlottesville have created a firestorm that, even by the unique Trump-era standards, appears unprecedented. Unless Trump can undo the damage, it could cripple his administration. In his presidential memoir, "Decision Points," President George W. Bush wrote about the fallout from 2015´s Hurricane Katrina and his own mishandling of the situation. In particular, he admitted that a photo taken of him flying over New Orleans was a huge mistake. "That photo of me hovering over the damage suggested I was detached from the suffering on the ground. That was not how
Who knew David Duke mattered? Cable news made the former wizard of the KKK quite visible in Charlottesville, at what planners billed as the largest gathering of the "alt-right community." The "Unite the Right" rally encouraged the like-minded to go to and demonstrate in Charlottesville, Virginia. Counter-protesters, of course, showed up, and many violent clashes ensued. When the dust settled, a woman had been killed and 19 injured when a suspect apparently intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people, although the matter remains under investigation. Two police officers died when their patrol helicopter crashed. Duke got considerable airtime in Charlottesville.
Here´s a rich one from the news: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has loudly announced he´s resigning from the president´s manufacturing council, to protest, of all things, violence.He´s thrown racism, too, in the mix, baselessly accusing President Trump of it, in line with his long history of race-baiting. But the doozy is his newfound sudden aversion to violence. Up until now, violence has always been his stock in trade. Get a load of Trumka´s acts and statements from the fact sheet of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation upon his election to the AFL-CIO presidency from his previous position
Extremism: It wasn´t long ago that Americans were being told repeatedly not to overreact to Islamic terrorism, because that would only serve as a terrorist recruiting tool. That´s worth remembering now, in the wake of the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Va. Harsh language, bitter attacks, backlash against attacks, accusing whole groups of being in bed with terrorists, were all, we were told again and again, "just what ISIS wants." "The Islamic State wants the West to overreact," was a typical comment over the years. One commentator complained after the Manchester bombing in England this summer that saturation coverage of terrorist attacks by
Nuclear Diplomacy: With U.S. anger over North Korea´s burgeoning nuclear weapons program at a full boil, President Trump has announced the first step in what could become a trade war with China. It´s not a coincidence. To say that the U.S. is disappointed with China is an understatement. China loves access to our markets, but until recently played both sides as North Korea developed both a small nuclear bomb and the long-range missile capabilities with which to deliver it, and the U.S. tried to stop it. As we´ve noted before, Trump has explicitly linked improved ties between the U.S. and China to
Civil Society: There is no excuse for murdering innocents, and all terrorist attacks should be roundly condemned. That should be a simple proposition everyone can agree on. What isn´t so simple or agreeable is the immediate attempt to politicize this tragedy. President Trump was getting attacked — and rightly so — for issuing a mealy mouthed statement in the immediate wake of the attack by a white supremacist who plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., killing one and injuring more than a dozen others. By Monday morning, however, Trump made an impromptu statement at the
A Telegraph reporter over the weekend shared a fake image showing President Donald Trump meeting with one of the alt-right leaders present at a white supremacist rally in Virginia. "Millennial Matt" is one of the leaders of the "Proud Boys," a far-right men´s-rights organization run by former Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes. He was also one of the participants in the pro-Nazi, pro-Confederate rally in Charlottesville, Va. that saw one counter-protester murdered and dozens injured. "Here´s a photo of @Millennial_Matt with Trump and carrying a burning torch in Charlottesville," Telegraph Middle East correspondent Raf Sanchez tweeted Saturday. "This isn´t complicated."
The son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has threatened to take over the White House with rifles. Nicolás Maduro Guerra made the comment on Saturday following President Donald Trump´s statement that he would not rule out a U.S. military option in the South American country, CNN reports. "Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary," Trump told reporters in New Jersey. Since April, more than 120 people have died in anti-government protests that have turned violent as Venezuela´s socialist economy has collapsed. There
A street artist´s creative handiwork began popping up last week around Venice, Calif., home to a cluster of Google offices. Posters displayed Steve Jobs and Apple´s iconic slogan, "Think Different." Next to him: Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai and the words, "Not So Much." Why did Pichai´s firing of software engineer James Damore — over a 10-page internal memo critiquing Google´s diversity practices — subject the tech giant to responses ranging from concern to outright mockery? In the course of 30-plus years in crisis management, I have come to define a "crisis" as an organization´s perceived failure to live up to
There was plenty of reason to get the creeps from a new report from the Miami Herald suggesting that Venezuela´s Chavista thugs are targeting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for a death-squad hit. According to the Herald: One of Venezuela´s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country´s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month. Though federal authorities couldn´t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a
WASHINGTON – Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said many federal employees are leaving the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over “fear” that the Trump administration is going to “suppress their viewpoints” or move them to irrelevant positions. Beyer, ranking member of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight, was asked if he would have full access to the “unfiltered” final version of the latest federal government report on climate change. The New York Times published a leaked draft of the report, which was submitted to the Trump administration for review. “The majority members of my committee may
“There must always” be a flow low-skilled immigration to the United States, no matter its impact on American workers, according to Republican establishment figure Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Flake slammed the idea of potentially cutting legal immigration levels in half to raise the wages of American workers and end the current low-skilled oriented system to make only admit immigrants based on their skills and merit in a New York Times op-ed. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the specific plan, known as the “RAISE Act.” President Donald Trump endorsed the plan and said the legislation “will reduce poverty, increase
Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say. What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects. Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk.
Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal hoped for the assassination of President Trump in a Facebook comment on Thursday then deleted it in a panic. She even acknowledged she would get a visit from the Secret Service for her comment. (Photo) Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s Facebook comment was so egregious that even ABC News reported on the story. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted a comment in a Facebook conversation Thursday morning saying she hoped President Donald Trump will be assassinated. The comment was removed but Chappelle-Nadal confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that she had written it in
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has revealed that during the 2016 presidential campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan told him and his fellow Republicans to give up on Donald Trump´s campaign and just focus their energy on keeping "President Hillary Clinton accountable." According to Ryan, the Republicans had no chance at the White House, so at the very least they should try to retain their House majority. The directive came during a conference call, Gohmert told The Daily Caller in a video interview and then confirmed again during his appearance on "Fox & Friends" Sunday. The Texas Republican, as you can imagine, was not
WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump´s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex´´ Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year. The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it
As the “Russian Collusion” excuse for Hillary’s loss fails for want of evidence (and common sense) as did her “misogyny” claim before it, Hillary’s pal, Governor Terry McAuliffe, obviously thought he had another keen plan to keep his party from utter ruin. Instead, he is more likely to have stirred up a whirlwind, which will sink his party even further in the voters’ eyes. Led by Charlottesville Deputy Mayor Wes Bellamy (a McAuliffe appointee to the local school board now on leave for racist, sexist, homophobic tweets, the city council narrowly approved removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from
Ten sailors are missing and five have been reported injured after the USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel on Monday morning, the Navy has said. The collision between the US guided-missile destroyer and merchant vessel Alnic MC was reported at 5.24am local time. The John McCain was underway east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, on its way to a routine port visit in Singapore. It is now sailing under its own power and heading to port, the Navy said. The crew is reportedly fighting flooding in two crew berthings and an area of the ship known as the 'shaft alley'.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Sunday gave a strong endorsement to the movement for removing monuments to leaders of the Confederacy and called for the electoral college to be abolished. Speaking at the Islamic Center of Southern California, Jackson blamed the electoral college system, giving disproportionate influence to less populated states, for the 2000 and 2016 loss of Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Hillary Clinton despite their winning the popular vote. “Today we are looking at a structural problem,” Jackson said. “These monuments must go. Calling for the audience to repeat, he said, “Say the monuments and the flags
A Texas college campus removed four statues of prominent Confederate figures in an overnight sweep, according to reports. The statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, Confederate Postmaster General John H. Reagan and former Texas Gov. James Stephen Hogg were each taken down from the campus’ Main Mall in an operation beginning just before midnight and continuing through the early morning, KSAT 12 reported. “Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation,” University of Texas President Greg Fenves said in a statement. “These events make
NEW YORK -- A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the NFL. Kaepernick, the former starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color. He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so
WASHINGTON — Five days after President Donald Trump took office, he signed an executive order that promised a swift, sharp crackdown on illegal immigration — immediate construction of a massive border wall, quick hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and stepped-up deportation of undocumented migrants. "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump declared at the Jan. 25 ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security, which controls federal immigration agencies. Seven months later, construction of the wall has yet to begin, the number of Border Patrol officers has actually dropped by 220