To some but few it was no surprise but it's gone now and probably won't return anytime soon.<quoted text>Actually it was no surprise to it. In 2011 the Obama tax deal had taken money from the general fund and placed it in SS fund. In doing that it was announced a 2% tax holiday on SS. The tax was not extended as part of the Jan 2013 budget deal and had been put in place as temporary at the time anyway.
The Internal Revenue Service has directed employers to implement the lower 4.2% Social Security tax rate paid by employees no later than January 31, 2011. Additionally, employers are supposed to refund to their employees any excess tax withholding if they were using the old 6.2% rate during January; the IRS has instructed employers to refund the difference no later than March 31, 2011.
"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
Join the discussion below, or Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com.
#75427 Jan 17, 2013
#75428 Jan 17, 2013
20 children in America in 2012 have died due to the Influenza virus, do you think Obama will get an Executive Order to ban the flu?
#75429 Jan 17, 2013
trying to discuss anything realistically with a leftwingwhackadoodle is like trying to talk to aperson in an asylum, that believes they know everything, but in reality they dont have a freaking clue
#75431 Jan 17, 2013
3.A civilian force (milita) that supports and defends the US Constitution from enemies, both foreign and domestic.
#75432 Jan 17, 2013
I work in a refinery with excellent benefits, bonuses, pension, so I don't see it either. I voted for Obama just to keep the cons out of the office. We didn't notice it either. Big companies keep on chugging. Small business owners (lots of reps there) will soon go under. Then they can join the regular workforce.
#75433 Jan 17, 2013
Don't worry because Wall Street is coming for everything YOU own and they will get it.
Retiring Boomers Find 401(k) Plans Fall Short
February 19, 2011 / http://tinyurl.com/47ong3n
The 401(k) generation is beginning to retire, and it isn't a pretty sight.
The retirement savings plans that many baby boomers thought would see them through old age are falling short in many cases.
The median household headed by a person aged 60 to 62 with a 401(k) account has less than one-quarter of what is needed in that account to maintain its standard of living in retirement, according to data compiled by the Federal Reserve and analyzed by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for The Wall Street Journal. Even counting Social Security and any pensions or other savings, most 401(k) participants appear to have insufficient savings. Data from other sources also show big gaps between savings and what people need, and the financial crisis has made things worse.
Corporate CEO 'Extremists' Target Social Security, Medicare
'For the wealthy, pampered, and narcissistic CEOs of the Business Roundtable, sacrifice is always for someone else.'
January 17, 2013 /
CEOs from America's largest corporations—including its biggest banks, retailers, and insurance companies who helped drive the country into the worst recession in nearly a century— are now calling on Congress to punish the nation's working class and society's most vulnerable by advocating major changes to Social Security and Medicare in a new lobbying push that critics say reveal the cruelty and selfish nature of the country's corporate class.
The Business Roundtable, comprised of more than 200 chief executives and some of the nation's wealthiest individuals, began lobbying DC lawmakers Wednesday in a press conference calling for major cuts to Social Security (including a raise in elgibility age to 70) and a new push to privatize Medicare.
Critics of the group call the move a clear assault by the nation's wealthiest on the social safety net that protects millions of working people.
#75434 Jan 17, 2013
You keep on Paying higher taxes while Mitt Romney only pays 14% sometimes 13%.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
January 20, 2012 / http://tinyurl.com/7gqthba
Bill Moyers and former White House budget director David Stockman on how politics and high finance have turned our economy into a members-only private club.
Twenty-five people at the heart of the meltdown
26 January 2009 / http://tinyurl.com/bwrl8l
The worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression is not a natural phenomenon but a man-made disaster in which we all played a part. In the second part of a week-long series looking behind the slump, Guardian City editor Julia Finch picks out the individuals who have led us into the current crisis
1. Alan Greenspan, chairman of US Federal Reserve 1987- 2006 2. Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England 3. Bill Clinton, former US president 4. Gordon Brown, prime minister 5. George W Bush, former US president 6. Senator Phil Gramm 7. Abby Cohen, Goldman Sachs chief US strategist 8. Kathleen Corbet, former CEO, Standard & Poor's 9. Hank" Greenberg, AIG insurance group 10. Andy Hornby, former HBOS boss
11. Sir Fred Goodwin, former RBS boss 12. Steve Crawshaw, former B&B boss
13. Adam Applegarth, former Northern Rock boss 14. Dick Fuld, Lehman Brothers chief executive 15. Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin 16. Lewis Ranieri 17. Joseph Cassano, AIG Financial Products 18. Chuck Prince, former Citi boss 19. Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide Financial 20. Stan O'Neal, former boss of Merrill Lynch
21. Jimmy Cayne, former Bear Stearns boss 22. Christopher Dodd, chairman, Senate banking committee 23. Geir Haarde, Icelandic prime minister 24. The American public
25. John Tiner, FSA chief executive, 2003-07 26. Andrew Lahde 27. John Paulson, hedge fund boss 28. Professor Nouriel Roubini 29. Warren Buffett, billionaire investor 30. George Soros, speculator 31. Stephen Eismann, hedge fund manager 32. Meredith Whitney, Oppenheimer Securities
The bankruptcy barons
27 January 2009 / http://tinyurl.com/bb9fax
#75437 Jan 17, 2013
Paul Pillar served for 30 years as an analyst at the CIA, finishing his career as the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia.
Question: At least the way the story is told by [journalist] Bob Woodward, is that even then the president is asking Rumsfeld to begin war plans.[Counterterrorism expert] Richard Clarke reports that [there is] lots of conversation about "Let's get ready." That's the fall [of 2001]. You're the Middle East guy for the Central Intelligence Agency, and you're not receiving any formal requests, any requests for information, any intelligence requests?...
I did not receive any requests from a policy-maker on Iraq until about a year into the war. Now, this is to be distinguished from our military, which was doing a lot of the planning work and making many, many requests, usually at other levels, but some of my colleagues in the National Intelligence Council were involved in supporting the military planning. But no, I did not.
A year into the war meaning when?
Meaning close to mid-2004.... Remember, things like the infamous National Intelligence Estimate [NIE] on weapons of mass destruction, which was published in the fall of 2002, that was not requested by the administration; that was requested by Congress.
Wait a minute. The Bush administration, the vice president, president, did not ever ask the Central Intelligence Agency for an intelligence assessment?
I want to be precise. From my seat on the National Intelligence Council,... not just the CIA but the entire intelligence community,... no, I did not receive any request on Iraq.... There were other requests being made, from DIA to CIA, particularly by the military as they faced their very awesome job of planning.
But not the vice president?
Not the president? Not the national security adviser?
The course had already been set. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darks...
#75438 Jan 17, 2013
Ex-CIA Official Paul Pillar Faults Use of Data on Iraq
Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says
February 10, 2006 / http://tinyurl.com/azl6w
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Paul R Pillar's critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official since Richard C. Clarke, a former National Security Council staff member, went public with his criticism of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its failure to deal with the terrorist threat beforehand.
It is also the first time that such a senior intelligence officer has so directly and publicly condemned the administration's handling of intelligence.
1948 Smith-Mundt Act The 1948 Smith-Mundt Act prohibited the domestic dissemination of United States government propaganda. The reasoning behind Smith-Mundt was that Congress wanted to be certain that a United States government agency could not brainwash our own citizens as Hitler had done in Germany.
A Spy Speaks Out
Former Top CIA Official Tyler Drumheller On "Faulty" Intelligence Claims /
http://tinyurl.com/rle4x / April 23, 2006
"The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy."
Tyler Drumheller CIA Ret.
(CBS) When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the agency — has decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.
He tells correspondent Ed Bradley the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House. He says he saw how the Bush administration, time and again, welcomed intelligence that fit the president's determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not.
#75439 Jan 17, 2013
Generals Speak Out Against Rumsfeld
DoD Determines US Foreign Policy, PERIOD!!! Congress is SUPERFLUOUS!!! The only thing to FEAR, is NOT ENOUGH FEAR.
"We went to war with a flawed plan that didn't account for the hard work to build the peace after we took down the regime. We also served under a secretary of defense who didn't understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant, who didn't build a strong team."
-- Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste.
"My sincere view is that the commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions -- or bury the results."
-- Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold.
"They only need the military advice when it satisfies their agenda. I think that's a mistake, and that's why I think he should resign."
-- Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Riggs.
"We grow up in a culture where accountability, learning to accept responsibility, admitting mistakes and learning from them was critical to us. When we don't see that happening it worries us. Poor military judgment has been used throughout this mission."
-- Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of U.S. Central Command.
"I really believe that we need a new secretary of defense because Secretary Rumsfeld carries way too much baggage with him.... I think we need senior military leaders who understand the principles of war and apply them ruthlessly, and when the time comes, they need to call it like it is."
-- Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack.
"He has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq.... Mr. Rumsfeld must step down."
-- Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton.
Perfect security is Not attainable at any price!!!
STAR WARS & other MISSILE DEFENSE for a Trillion Dollars may stop 8 atomic war heads, but 2 will still hit their mark.
What can be achieved besides mutually assured destruction, is BANKRUPTING the US TREASURY.
-- Retired Army General Wesley K. Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!
#75440 Jan 17, 2013
I dont care about any of this shit,, we all should have slaves, mexicans should stay out of America and christians should be locked up with child malesters!! That would be the perfect world.
#75441 Jan 17, 2013
What the hell? Did all you freaks get a same-day pass from the Institution? Is your posts on Topix some type of behavioral exam to see just how crazy you really are? You pass. All you morons on here today pass with flying colors. Now get back on your short bus and head back to lala land. Mission accomplished.
#75443 Jan 17, 2013
New York’s New Gun Laws Are a Cosmic Joke
and the *Criminals are Laughing
Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/01/new-yorks...
Roy Koch a day ago
Of course you Realize, Guns will only be Taken from The White Devil $lave Ma$ters. Imagine going into the Ghetto,Project, or Barrio and demanding the Peaceful Handing over of all Firearms!! Hah!
#75446 Jan 17, 2013
How's Obama's newest and latest "conflict" in African nations sitting with all you democrat slugs? Any news on the hostages? Some have already been brutally murdered by Islamic militants. If Benghazi is any indication we will know something this time next year. Maybe.
#75447 Jan 17, 2013
The Bible and Government
Biblical Principles: Basis for America's Laws
Sovereign authority of God, not sovereignty of the state, or sovereignty of man
Mayflower Compact, Declaration, Constitution, currency, oaths, mention of God in all 50 state constitutions, Pledge of Allegiance
Ex. 18:16, 20:3, Dt. 10:20, 2 Chron. 7:14, Ps. 83:18, 91:2, Isa. 9:6-7, Dan. 4:32, Jn. 19:11, Acts 5:29, Rom. 13:1, Col. 1:15-20, 1 Tim. 6:15
Republican form of government and warnings against kings but in favor of Godly rulers
Ex. 18:21, Dt. 1:13, Jud. 8:22-23, 1 Sam. 8, Pr. 11:14, 24:6
To understand why some of these passages above are applicable to our laws, one has to go back to the formative era of our nation and to America's culture and thinking at the time. The leaders of the various colonies, states, and ultimately the Founding Fathers themselves were steeped in biblical thinking. They drew from the Bible examples and looked for confirmation of ideas for government in Scripture.
We had an atheist visit our site and expressed a good bit of displeasure with some of the above citations. We responded that he should relish the freedom of expression that a Christian culture put in place for him. And that he should be thankful that our culture was not founded on atheism, given the horrible result of atheistic governments in the past (such as Communist Russia, etc.).
Jesus did not usher in a political kingdom. But Christianity has been the single largest influence on western society. America's Founding Fathers had the benefit of thousands of years of history to draw on when establishing their government.
These are "my" VALUES ...
What I "STAND "my" Ground" with ...!!! <3
#75448 Jan 17, 2013
You mean before Obama there had never been a terrorist that held Americans hostage? OH NO !!!!!!!!!! Doom and Gloom. You Repub bastards just hope that at least one American is dead to prove something. Hypocrites.
#75449 Jan 17, 2013
Historian Glenn Sunshine in his book Why You Think the Way You Do explains that, "Christians were the first people in history to oppose slavery systematically. Early Christians purchased slaves in the markets simply to set them free."
Most people are under the false impression that America's Founding Fathers were overwhelmingly in favor of slavery. For the truth about this see Barton on Slavery.
Professing Christians who held slaves prostituted the Bible by letting culture influence their faith (just as some unfaithful Christians today have abortions). Yet, the abolition movement was primarily a Christian movement.
#75450 Jan 17, 2013
And within civil government, our Founding Fathers understood that local and state government was more important than federal government.
Our Constitution specifically limits the powers of the federal government, even though this precept has been continually usurped.
The Founders referenced 2 Corinthians 3:17 in support of freedom above all else. This passage states, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." The Liberty Bell declares from Leviticus 25:10: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
#75451 Jan 17, 2013
The Founding Fathers & Slavery
Even though the issue of slavery is often raised as a discrediting charge against the Founding Fathers, the historical fact is that slavery was not the product of, nor was it an evil introduced by, the Founding Fathers; slavery had been introduced to America nearly two centuries before the Founders. As President of Congress Henry Laurens explained:
I abhor slavery. I was born in a country where slavery had been established by British Kings and Parliaments as well as by the laws of the country ages before my existence.... In former days there was no combating the prejudices of men supported by interest; the day, I hope, is approaching when, from principles of gratitude as well as justice, every man will strive to be foremost in showing his readiness to comply with the Golden Rule ["do unto others as you would have them do unto you" Matthew 7:12]. 1
Prior to the time of the Founding Fathers, there had been few serious efforts to dismantle the institution of slavery. John Jay identified the point at which the change in attitude toward slavery began:
Prior to the great Revolution, the great majority ... of our people had been so long accustomed to the practice and convenience of having slaves that very few among them even doubted the propriety and rectitude of it. 2
The Revolution was the turning point in the national attitude–and it was the Founding Fathers who contributed greatly to that change. In fact, many of the Founders vigorously complained against the fact that Great Britain had forcefully imposed upon the Colonies the evil of slavery.
#75452 Jan 17, 2013
Responding to Littleton: A Tale of Two Philosophies
Shortly after the nation’s attention was captured by the school shootings in Littleton (and also in Conyers, preceded by those in Paducah, Springfield, Edinboro, Pearl, Leesburg, Jonesboro, and near shootings in Ohio and Wisconsin), the “Juvenile Justice Bill” came to vote in Congress. That bill provided an opportunity to debate how to prevent future occurrences of school violence. The House and Senate pursued very different philosophical approaches to the solution. Interestingly, the two different approaches were set forth long ago by Speaker of the House Robert Winthrop, who declared:
Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.
The message of all history is clear: human behavior can be restrained by only two means-either internally, through the influence of God’s Word upon the heart, or externally, through coercion, restraint, and regulation. The Senate primarily chose the latter approach while the House focused on the former.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
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