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#76376 Apr 15, 2013
Pete wrote:
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Hi Sassy, I agree with you regarding the stock market. But there are several other investment mediums out there, i.e. bonds, real estate, mutual funds, CD's, gold, etc.
Now I want to ask a sincere question. Why do you and OT keep saying SS is getting cut and is being destroyed? I have not seen or heard where anyone wants SS cut and I highly doubt we will ever see actual cuts, regardless of which party is in office. The method used to calculate cost of living adjustments has changed, but actual benefits have not been cut nor have I seen where they will be. Medicare got cut due to Obamacare. These cuts were what he stated partially funded Obamacare. I don't think that was a Tea Party thing. I also think there are enough reserve funds in SS to handle the baby boomers. I don't think SS is as bad off as everyone thinks. Right now, interest rates are super low so the payment going into SS aren't growing very much. However, interest rates will go higher, and when they do, payments going in will start growing. It might not be enough, but it will sure help. Low interest rates are good for housing and borrowing money, but they are very harmful to retirees and other savers. As soon as the housing market picks up a bit and the economy picks up a bit, I am confident interest rates will start going much higher.
And all of them either pay practically nothing in interest (Banks using your money and paying you practically nothing for doing it), or they could become practically worthless overnight...even Real Estate! We're going through that right now in my County...Eminent Domain and the changes that were made to that Law during G.W. Bush's Terms!
Olivia

Manchester, TN

#76377 Apr 15, 2013
Haslam is refusing federal money for healthcare that is totally federally funded for the first 3 years and then 90percent federally funded. Instead he wants a lottery that happens twice a year,for one hour each time, where folks get to call in for health care benefits if they get through. They are advised to call repeatedly. What kind of individual is this, how degrading. He gets wonderful health care and if he is against government health care then let him refuse the healthcare he benefits from and pay for his own. He can afford it. The folks that the affordable healthcare act will benefit cannot afford it, but he will deprive them and sleep well at night as he benefits from government healthcare and a six figure salary.

Since: Feb 13

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#76378 Apr 15, 2013
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Sassy, I agree with you regarding the stock market. But there are several other investment mediums out there, i.e. bonds, real estate, mutual funds, CD's, gold, etc.
Now I want to ask a sincere question. Why do you and OT keep saying SS is getting cut and is being destroyed? I have not seen or heard where anyone wants SS cut and I highly doubt we will ever see actual cuts, regardless of which party is in office. The method used to calculate cost of living adjustments has changed, but actual benefits have not been cut nor have I seen where they will be. Medicare got cut due to Obamacare. These cuts were what he stated partially funded Obamacare. I don't think that was a Tea Party thing. I also think there are enough reserve funds in SS to handle the baby boomers. I don't think SS is as bad off as everyone thinks. Right now, interest rates are super low so the payment going into SS aren't growing very much. However, interest rates will go higher, and when they do, payments going in will start growing. It might not be enough, but it will sure help. Low interest rates are good for housing and borrowing money, but they are very harmful to retirees and other savers. As soon as the housing market picks up a bit and the economy picks up a bit, I am confident interest rates will start going much higher.
Pete, changing the way that the COLAs are determined is nothing but a "backdoor" way of cutting the benefits and everybody knows it , even you I suspect. There have been years that there was no raise at all, two in a row as a matter of fact, a couple of years. The COLA now, in no way keeps up with the actual cost of living increases each year, if there is a raise that year, and this is widen that Gap by a lot.
I don't care how much lipstick you put on a Pig, it's still a Pig and this idea is a definite Pig!

As far as the Bank Loan, the Borrowing has tightened a lot and the Interest Rates , if you can even get the Loan, are UNBELEVABLY high on every Loan, including Credit Cards!

Prices going up every day and wages stagnant for many years.
Yet, the number of Super Wealthy is growing everyday and the already Super Wealthy are making unprecedented amounts of Profits!

So, you put all of this together and there is definitely a Redistribution of Wealth, alright...but it's been Redistributed from the Average American to the Super Wealthy over a period of about 35 years. It's not only time that it STOPPED, but it's also time that we took some of it back to a more sane Level before it destroys this Nation and the Majority of us with it!

But, the TEApublicans who are "owned" by the Super Wealthy are fighting with everything they can muster, not only to keep that from happening, but to Redistribute it in the Super Wealthy's favor even more and they won't stop until they have it all and the rest of us will have lost it all to them...and that includes Social Security and Medicare!

The Republican's even before the Tea Party was formed by the Koch Bros., NERVER did anything in a hurry. They are sneaky and they form a Plan years in advance and implement it very slowly, so the People don't form an Revolt against it. Then, they implement it very slowly, while distracting the People with all kinds of Propaganda about mostly unimportant things, as a diversion to the real "biggie" that will actually change their Lives forever!
They used that tactic for years and it's worked most of the time...that one reason that we're in the mess we're in today, the beginning of which was the Reagan "Trickle Down" Theory of Economics, which is to give it all to the wealthiest and eventually some of it will "trickle down" to the Less than Wealthy. Members of Reagan's own Administration have publicly stated that IT DOES NOT WORK, in recent years. But, it certainly works well for the Super Wealthy and they're not about to let go of it, as long as they can buy the TEApublicans in Congress and have them take EVERYTHING from us!

Since: Feb 13

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#76381 Apr 16, 2013
This little Jerk better thank his lucky stars that I'm not President. After what happened in Boston today, he would be a bad memory by tomorrow morning!
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"North Korea Issues New Threats Over Protests In South."

Click here:
http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-issues-mili...
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76382 Apr 16, 2013
Pete wrote:
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Aah, the old "redistribution of wealth" argument. This argument has been hashed and re-hashed on almost every political venue, so I am not about to start it up again here. Why - because nobody wins this argument. The argument continues on an on, yet nothing gets solved by it. What you are doing OT is simply looking at two percentage numbers that are almost equal, and simply saying that person with the lower income is getting a raw deal while totally discounting why Obama is paying an 18% tax rate.
Obama pays an 18% tax rate because of his higher earnings. He has enough of an income where he can live off less than what he makes. Therefore, he invests some of the rest. Investment income is taxed at a rate lower than earnings. Why - because the government wants to incent investment. Why - because if someone consistently invests long enough, they won't have to depend on the government for part of their sustenance. Therefore, the government won't have to do it. Second, Obama donated a lot of money last year. The government allows a deduction for charitable donations. Why does the government incent these donations - because if individuals are donating directly to those in need, the government won't have to spend as much doing it. Obama in effect directly gave to those in need without sending it through an inefficient government process. These two things are why Obama paid 18% in taxes. He did his part by taking part in his own retirement planning, he directly helped the poor and needy, yet you say he should pay more. You also totally discount the fact Obama paid a whole lot more in taxes than someone making $50,000 per year yet receives not one more governmental right or privilege than the $50,000 person does except for what he gets for being the President.
I don't agree on anything regarding our president, but I applaud him for being a success at what he does. The income goes along with the success. I would rather incent people to get off of governmental assistance rather than incent them to stay on it.
Regarding our current economic crisis, we are well beyond the point where simply raising taxes will solve our problems. Spending cuts will happen, because they have to. This is the only option at this point.
Again, I realize this is only my opinion and no harm intended.
"Pete", there is no argument on the redistribution of wealth, unless you wish to refute the figures that I provided, proving that the accumulated wealth of the top 1% doubled in 35 years as the wealth of the 99% declined. Those figures show without a doubt that this nations combined wealth is being redistributed UPWARD.
Most of that redistribution of wealth has occured for two reasons. One is the lowering of the top tax rates from 70% to 35%(raised this year to 39%) and the other is the ridiculously low capital gains rate which incentivises passive income over labor. Not only is capital gains income taxed at a lower rate than work, but investment income is not subject to payroll taxes.
This redistribution is happening in the background of a narrative of propaganda pumping the idea that the the country with the world's largest economy, the world's largest and most powerful military, and the world's reserve currency, can't provide basic healthcare, and a basic retirement income for it's own citizens. I again ask the basic question behind my posts...is it fair for the President, who is pretty well off to pay a lower tax rate than the guy you hired to mow your lawn, and should that guy out there WORKING lose some of his Social Security income in an effort to preserve the tax rates Obama enjoys ???
(BTW, I take no offense from your posts "Pete"...as I posted before, I am quite happy you joined the conversation !)
Dunlapian

Dunlap, TN

#76383 Apr 16, 2013
Pete wrote:
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That's a very good question. I in no way proclaim to be an authority on this, but I would think good parenting is a big contributor to a child's ambition and motivation. I do realize not every boy or girl has the good fortune of having good parents. In that case, I would think the school would try to involve a role model in a child's education along with proper guidance. Sometimes, a successful child simply has ambition, motivation and initiative in them even with a bunch of obstacles. However, I don't think money has anything to do with it. I have known a whole lot of spoiled rich kids who were sent to expensive private schools that ended up as basically failures. Drug and alcohol awareness in schools and other civic organizations for children would be a big help too in my opinion. When a child discovers late in life what it takes to become successful, there are programs available to attend colleges and universities on grants, financial aid, etc. You just have to have the desire and ambition to do so. Exactly how a child gets this without good parents is a question I really can't answer though.
Good Morning Pete;
Pete you hit the nail on the head, when you stated that parenting was a contributor to the childs success. Also guidance along the way goes a very long way.(outside factors)
The school has a very large impact on the child(not as large as the parents) so when both the parents and the school team up it's a win win.
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76384 Apr 16, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
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Obama recently tried to get the Republicans to close the Tax Loopholes that Obama qualified for, as you very well know...and they refused to vote them in. So now, they cannot blame him for following the Tax Laws that THEY refused to change, but they will try. It won't wash with the Voters!
Exactly, my friend ! The Obama tax form is going to separate the true believers (apparently "Pete" is one) from the Obama haters...who will be FORCED into defending the low tax rate the Obama's enjoy, because of their own obstruction to the higher taxes that Obama SUPPORTS !

Since: Feb 13

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#76385 Apr 16, 2013
Leroy Snot wrote:
http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/21 983463/fbi-locks-down-pilot-fl ying-j-headquarters-in-knoxvil le
Good Morning, Leroy. Good to see you back. If you don't mind , allow me to put a Headline with your Link, because it is a very interesting Link and I don't think anybody clicked on it.
This is the Haslam's Family Business, TN. Governor, after all. I wonder what this is all about!
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"FBI Locks Down Pilot - Flying J Headquarters In Knoxville."

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/21983463/fbi-lock...

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#76386 Apr 16, 2013
Leroy Snot wrote:
http://www.local8now.com/news/ headlines/FBI-at-Pilot-Headqua rters-203075541.html
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"FBI, IRS Still Tight-Lipped Day After Pilot - Flying J Headquarters Raid."

http://www.local8now.com/news/headlines/FBI-a...

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#76387 Apr 16, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
<quoted text>
Good Morning, Leroy. Good to see you back. If you don't mind , allow me to put a Headline with your Link, because it is a very interesting Link and I don't think anybody clicked on it.
This is the Haslam's Family Business, TN. Governor, after all. I wonder what this is all about!
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"FBI Locks Down Pilot - Flying J Headquarters In Knoxville."
http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/21983463/fbi-lock...
So anyone know what this is all about? http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/15/fbi-...
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76388 Apr 16, 2013
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
Now I want to ask a sincere question. Why do you and OT keep saying SS is getting cut and is being destroyed? I have not seen or heard where anyone wants SS cut and I highly doubt we will ever see actual cuts, regardless of which party is in office. The method used to calculate cost of living adjustments has changed, but actual benefits have not been cut nor have I seen where they will be. Medicare got cut due to Obamacare. These cuts were what he stated partially funded Obamacare. I don't think that was a Tea Party thing. I also think there are enough reserve funds in SS to handle the baby boomers. I don't think SS is as bad off as everyone thinks. Right now, interest rates are super low so the payment going into SS aren't growing very much. However, interest rates will go higher, and when they do, payments going in will start growing. It might not be enough, but it will sure help. Low interest rates are good for housing and borrowing money, but they are very harmful to retirees and other savers. As soon as the housing market picks up a bit and the economy picks up a bit, I am confident interest rates will start going much higher.
Well my friend, I base my opinion that Social Security is under attack, on the Ryan Budgets which have been embraced by virtually every Republican in the House and the fact that if not for Democrats, the Ryan Budget would be the law of the land....now Obama, who I believe is the worse negotiator in history, has put chances to Social Security and Medicare "on the table", making cuts all but inevitable.
If you have time, spend a moment checking out what Ryan has in store for average Americans, based on his budgets....and I checked both liberal and conservative sites to be sure I had a CLEAR picture so I suggest you do likewise...the truth is out there and it ain't pretty.
natural

Lumberton, NC

#76389 Apr 16, 2013
There are no more good politicians

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#76390 Apr 16, 2013
Here's another Article with a little more information, but not much , on the same Story.
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"FBI, IRS Raid Pilot-Flying J HQs; Company 'Cooperating Fully'."

Click here:
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/15/fbi-...
Overtaxed

Thorn Hill, TN

#76391 Apr 16, 2013
natural wrote:
There are no more good politicians
I disagree ! Good politicians get elected all the time. What we need instead of good politicians is good statesmen and those are an endangered species.
Bayless

South Pittsburg, TN

#76392 Apr 16, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
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If they buy a Gun legally, they will have no choice, but to abide by the Laws or they won't get the Gun. That's the whole point!
Criminals who obey the law...SHEESH!

Since: Feb 13

Guild

#76393 Apr 16, 2013
Tired wrote:
My question is, how do you propose we motivate a dirt poor welfare child to become successful?
You cannot spend enough taxpayer money on 'programs' and you simply cannot 'will' someone else to become motivated. The 'Great Society' and various government programs have not only taken away any reason for a person to succeed - but also, and more importantly, the desire to do so.

There are a very few exceptions - Dr. Ben Carson is a great one.

The lack of personal motivation is not that much different than a drug addict or an alcoholic...no matter how much YOU want them to change - if THEY don't want to - it will not happen.

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#76394 Apr 16, 2013
SpySpy wrote:
<quoted text>So anyone know what this is all about? http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/apr/15/fbi-...
We don't get much information about Haslam, his Family, or his Family Business here in W. TN., unless it's on the Nashville TV News. The TEApublicans keep it all out of our Local paper.

Since: Feb 13

Guild

#76395 Apr 16, 2013
SexySassySenior wrote:
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We don't get much information about Haslam, his Family, or his Family Business here in W. TN., unless it's on the Nashville TV News. The TEApublicans keep it all out of our Local paper.
Oh yes - it is the conservative media that is to blame!! LOL

Actually, it's ironic that the Haslam's were strong supporters of the proposed state income tax - for everybody. There is the Hall Tax that I and possibly a few others here pay, but by in large there is no statewide income tax.

Maybe they're turning on each other. But, right now it's anybody's guess...and despite that evil conservative media Sassy references - the reason for the raid will come out.

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#76396 Apr 16, 2013
Bayless wrote:
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Criminals who obey the law...SHEESH!
It's not about Criminals, it's about People who are Mentally Ill more than anybody else, IMO....and there seems to be a lot of that going around lately.
Criminals are not going to try and buy a Gun, legally, to use to commit a crime, because they know it can, and will be, traced back to them.
Dunlapian

Dunlap, TN

#76397 Apr 16, 2013
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Sassy, I agree with you regarding the stock market. But there are several other investment mediums out there, i.e. bonds, real estate, mutual funds, CD's, gold, etc.
Now I want to ask a sincere question. Why do you and OT keep saying SS is getting cut and is being destroyed? I have not seen or heard where anyone wants SS cut and I highly doubt we will ever see actual cuts, regardless of which party is in office. The method used to calculate cost of living adjustments has changed, but actual benefits have not been cut nor have I seen where they will be. Medicare got cut due to Obamacare. These cuts were what he stated partially funded Obamacare. I don't think that was a Tea Party thing. I also think there are enough reserve funds in SS to handle the baby boomers. I don't think SS is as bad off as everyone thinks. Right now, interest rates are super low so the payment going into SS aren't growing very much. However, interest rates will go higher, and when they do, payments going in will start growing. It might not be enough, but it will sure help. Low interest rates are good for housing and borrowing money, but they are very harmful to retirees and other savers. As soon as the housing market picks up a bit and the economy picks up a bit, I am confident interest rates will start going much higher.
Pete, last week I called both of our Senators, Corker and Alexander both and both of their interns want to put "Chained CPI" on S.S. and take out Cola, and they both added that S.S. has to to be trimmed. Also just like my Congressman, Scott DesJarlais Republican(who runs on a pro-life, family values) married, with a pregnant lover on the side, who he wanted to get an abortion, he voted to raise the starting age on S.S. to 72.

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