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Liberals fail to recognize that modern conservatives are direct evidence of the failure of the public education system.
The "hand-outs" could be cheaper then the bullets and barbed wire it'd cost to deal with the folks with no wage to be made else-wise.
Nancy Pelosi is on record for stating that unemployment insurance benefits is an economic stimulus-- Of course this being taken out of the so-called economic stimulus bill of 787 BILLION dollars that was delivered to the states to provide unemployment insurance benefits. Money that was shoved down our throats with a promise to create private sector jobs.
It's of no surprise that 1/3 of the wages in this country is delivered by the working taxpayers of this country. And if it keeps going down this road with no serious cuts to social security--medicare (which make up 40% of the federal budget)--this country will turn into a 3rd world country. Baby boomers are retiring into these two funds by 18,000 per day and this will continue for the next 15 years.
Everything needs to be on the chopping block and there should be no sacred cows in this. If Americans don't understand what a too big out of control federal government has done--they are truly blind.
So, what we need is for the Congress to take a serious look at the entitlement programs.
1. Social Security: Raise the retirement age; base Social Security Retirement payments on a sliding scale. The more you make in retirement income the less you get from Social Security. Make Social Security basically a insurance program, if you need it you get it; if you are making let say $50,000 a year as a married couple...no Social Security
2.Medicare same requirements as above
3.Medicaid take a real close look at who and why they are on Medicaid
4. Unemployment benefits: reduce the number of weeks allowed for payment. Must have proof that you are looking for a job. Too many sit around and wait for unemployment to run out before they start looking
5. Welfare. Reform it. Welfare payments can only be use for food and shelter plus a annual allotment for clothing. No more big screen TV's, trips to the casinos, etc.
6. No payments if you are in this country illegally.
I miss any?
Ladies, Gentlemen, other... it is only going to get worse. The economy is not getting all that much better no matter how much government is trying to spend and we have a significant level of people, baby boomer generation, moving into the realm of social security. 34%-35% of the population getting "wages" or "income" or
from the government is only the beginning. I'd expect to hit 40% or more within the next 5 years, easy. With a nice debt to go along with it.
- Frustrated Independent
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people. - Penn Jillette amazingly enough, and I agree.
Rather than viewing the "handouts" as a management problem that's correctable, I'm seeing it as a symptom of a greater disaster: America is no longer a self-sufficing economic unit.
It is one thing to make most everything we need and trade with other nations for some of what we want. But when we reach a point where we trade with other nations for much of what we need, and it is they who come to us for some of what they want ..
.. Then they hold us hostage to their standard of living.
Poverty permeates and breeds whereever and however it's invited.
Either we choose not to let it in, or we'll most certainly suffer its diabolical spread .. and, we have.
The great "silent" majority centrist uprising sweeping America: Centrists: The Great Majority -- A New American Political Party
Because the sane 75% of us at the center of the Amerian political spectrum are tired of living under the dysfunctional craziness of the 20% on the wings who suffer from liberal v. conservative BIPOLAR conflict disorder!
I know of a way that could help SS a little.................Stop killing your babies!
Moderates are not republicans
Are vital U.S. interests more imperiled by what happens in Iraq where were have 50,000 troops, or Afghanistan where we have 100,000, or South Korea where we have 28,000 -- or by what is happening on our border with Mexico?...What does it profit America if we save Anbar and lose Arizona?