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The fictional fiscal cliff

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new-logo25 Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved

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The public could have fixed this problem in short order

If you ask most people what the so-called fiscal cliff was comprised of, most cannot tell you.  They have no idea.  If you ask most congressional members what it was comprised of, most will simply tell  you what their pet peeves were/are, and yet most haven’t the vaguest notion of what was supposedly about to befall us as a nation if we went over that non-existent cliff.

The end-of-year fiscal cliff was a carefully staged production where we were led to believe that the two factions of the one party system in the District of Criminals were going “balls-to the walls” in a fight over whether or not the wealthy should be taxed to help reduce the massive and unsustainable debt the Criminals had wracked up, or, should they just increase the taxes on the middle and working classes so that the wealthy could retain more of their wealth?

Here are some quick tips on how the US government has squandered billions, if not trillions on pointless, useless and totally worthless programs. More

Why So Little, So Late?

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In my struggle, shared with some 190 million of my fellow citizens, to fathom why the Congress waited until the ’10th’ hour, albeit 24 hours late, to pass legislation preventing the draconian impact of the ‘fiscal cliff,’  it came to me this morning.

 

The necessary debate and final vote during the holidays between December 24th and January 2nd occurred during what is as close to a news blackout as we can muster in this, the age of 24/7 communication.

 

Most of us had simply tuned out.

 

While many of us were ho-ho-hoing and, hopefully, arranging for the designated driver, they thought they could slip this bit of buffoonery past us.

 

They had overlooked the third part of the trilogy:  You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

(attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

Why did they miss the deadline by twenty-two hours?  Well, date-time math is tough, what with all those 12s and 60s.  Even the Excel spreadsheet has trouble with some of the concepts.

 

By the way, we have no lock on this math challenge, either geographically or in time.  In the Jonathan Swift 1726 satire spun around the travels of Lemuel Gulliver, Lem meets the Laputans:

 

“Laputa’s population consists mainly of educated people, who are fond of mathematics, astronomy, music and technology, but fail to make practical use of their knowledge. Servants make up the rest of the population.

 

“The Laputans have mastered magnetic levitation and discovered the two moons of Mars (which in reality would not be discovered for another 150 years). However, they are unable to construct well-designed clothing or buildings, because they take measurements with instruments such as quadrants and a compass rather than with tape measures.”  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laputa)

 

Remember, not ALL of us, not ALL the time!

 

The New CRAP-italism: Amnesty traded for killing Social Security

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new-logo25Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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The fiscal cliff: How to screw ordinary Americans again

The stage show in the District of Criminals about the fictional fiscal cliff,  is in full production.  Democrats are busy agreeing to cut Social Security and Medicare to appease Republicans who have now “evolved” to the point where they will support [comprehensive immigration reform].  Both factions of the one party system are trying to rephrase Medicare and Social Security as “Entitlement” programs.  That word swap is really important.  If they can convince the general public that Social Security has somehow become a welfare program instead of an invested insurance program, it will be far easier to rob peoplerydencarrot.jpg of their retirement investments they have been funding all of their working lives.

The Republican faction has now decided that they just have to give in on immigration reform.  Neither faction of the one party system has mentioned enforcement of our laws which, as it turns out, neither faction is interested in.

Of course if you would allow the government to privatize your Social Security investments somehow that would be just peachy.  You could throw at least a portion of your SS taxes into the black hole that is Wall Street and then watch it disappear into the pockets of the thugs and thieves who robbed the country blind in 2008 and 2009.  In the interim, we can stand by and watch as our retirement investments are doled out to illegal immigrants.

In that sense, Social Security has become an entitlement program.  If you are here illegally, and if you can prove you worked here a minimal amount of time even under a false identity, you can collect from Social Security.

GAO report

“Under the Social Security Act, all earnings from employment in the United States count towards earning social security benefits, regardless of the lawful presence of the worker, his or her citizenship status, or country of residence. Immigrants [both legal and otherwise] become entitled to benefits from unauthorized work if they can prove that the earnings and related contributions belong to them. However, they cannot collect such benefits unless [or until] they are either legally present in the United States [hence the Administration’s Guest Worker Program], or living in a country where SSA is authorized to pay them their benefits. [Hence an SSA office in Mexico City] Mexico is such a country.”

Democrats sell out

The offer now has morphed into “carving out sections of Medicare”.  In other words…..the District of Criminals will collude to reduce your Medicare benefits, raise your rates and reduce quality of care and access.  This will be done to avoid addressing the actual problems with the program.  There will be no discussion on capping insurance rates, allowing negotiation of drug prices or of closing the “donut hole” that was created specifically as a gift to the insurance industry so that they could profit from selling worthless gap insurance.  There will be no earnest investigation and prosecution of fraudulent claims by medical industry providers of all kinds where services never rendered are added to billing, hospital bills are padded, and other fraudulent activities go on as “business as usual”.

The well-known fraud that occurs in Medicare by unscrupulous medical providers and suppliers along with other industry players has cost Medicare billions if not trillions.  Obamacare will add 540 billion in administrative, record keeping, data basing over the next ten years, to Medicare. More

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