Social Security,Health Care and Ted Kennedy

Social Security and Health Care : The Facts

As one of the icons of the far left passed away this week,it has created a lot of controversy  about health care,social security, and other so called benefits the government bestows upon us. They make it sound like most of us wouldn’t have the good sense to get in out of the rain if some government official didn’t tell us it was cloudy.
 I heard it said the other day by a senator that most Americans who are receiving social security really appreciate it.
Appreciate it!!It’s not a gift! It’s our money to begin with, Congress takes it from us and our employers, spends it, and  give back a small pittance. Then they act like they are doing us a favor by returning some of it.
 Do the leg work yourself, find a financial calculator on line and calculate how much money you would have after 40 years if the $200 a week  you and your employer contribute to social security was invested at a conservative 7%. $200 is probably the average amount of money each working individual invests a week in social security, including their employers contribution. I think you will find that at age 65 your income would be a heck of a lot more than social security is going to hand out. Plus , one could just live off the interest and never touch the principle, the money would never run out.
Following are some facts that the liberals fail to mention when it comes to OUR social security.
The Architect of Social Security was Franklin Roosevelt during the depression.

He promised that participation in the program would be completely voluntary,that the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1400 of their annual income into the program.
That the money the participants elected to put into the program would be tax deductible, and the money would go into a trust fund and not be used for anything else. He also promised that the income  one derived at retirement from social security  would never be taxed.
It was rather ingenious, he set the retirement age at 65 and the life expectancy at that time was 64, how convenient!

 Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a social security check and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘Put Away’ “OUR” money— you may be interested in the following:

In 1958, the democratically controlled congress voted to remove some of the funds from social security and put them in the general fund, congress logic at the time was there was so much money in social security, it would never run out .(I was only 14 at the time and I knew that was a really bad idea.)

Then in the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled congress took social security money from the trust fund and put it in the general fund so congress could spend it any way they see fit.

Then under the Carter administration illegal immigrants were allowed to collect social security, even though they never paid into it, the same applies today,plus they want illegal immigrants to be eligible for health care .

In the meantime, social security is being taxed, and is in the process of going broke, do you want the same for your health care?

As you can see, democrats are largely responsible for the current mess social security is presently in, but they keep claiming that republicans want to take away social security, this couldn’t be further from the truth. For the first time in years there will be no raise for social security recipients, thank you, Obama.
    
And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it! Maybe changes Will evolve! …   Maybe not, some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn’t so. 

There has been a lot of talk these days about people spitting on the grave of Ted Kennedy, no one is spitting on his grave, however
because of his policies and those of his fellow cronies, we as a country have continuously crept toward socialism and worse. In many areas there are laws against humans feeding wildlife and making them dependent on humans for survival, too bad the same laws don’t apply to congress.

 I don’t know about you but I like freedom of choice,I don’t want the government deciding what kind of car I drive,what I eat, where or when I go to the doctor or what kind of medicine I take.
 If I some day, my physical condition deteriorates and I decide to not take a treatment or medication of some kind to prolong my life, that is my decision, not the government.

Senator Kennedy, I realize no one is perfect and that one of your favorite pastimes earlier in life was sitting round telling Chappaquiddick jokes, no big deal.
I realize that you probably had noble intentions while doing every thing you could to convert our country to socialism, thinking that most people want a world where everything is given to them and done for them.
However this is not the way of the human soul. Most people are a lot happier when they earn their own way. We don’t want your help, you don’t know how to lead, can’t follow,so just get out of the way and let us make it on our own.
If one desires a life under Communism,Marxism, or Socialism, more power to you! There are plenty of countries that will give you that way of life, you are free to migrate any time you like. Leave America for us freedom lovers.


May Senator Kennedy, and his policies rest in peace.

A Government that is strong enough to give you everything you want, is

strong enough to take everything you have”.

Thomas Jefferson

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Ted Kennedy's canonization

Ted Kennedy’s Canonization

I came across this article, which I thought was extremely good.Makes sense to me.

Ted
Kennedy’s canonization is too much.  Every day brings the deaths of
thousands of people, the vast majority of whom are known only to their
families and friends.  These people aren’t mourned by politicians,
reporters, or the general public.

Yet almost every one of these unheralded persons has been more
productive than has Ted Kennedy – or Chuck Grassley, Nancy Pelosi, the
Georges Bush, or any other politician you name, whether he or she be
still breathing or buried.

Who installed the windows in my house?  I don’t know.  Yet he
provided value to me and never forced his hand into my wallet or his
nose into my eating habits.  Who will fly the plane that will carry me
home tomorrow from Michigan to Virginia?  I have no idea.  Yet that
pilot will render unto me (and dozens of others) a valuable service in
exchange for funds that I voluntarily paid to his or her employer. 
That pilot doesn’t force me to fly.  Nor does he or she presume to know
better than I do what is best for my family and me.

Who caught the fish that I will eat tonight?  Who trucked it from
the sea to my hotel?  Who will cook that fish?  Who designed the
dishwasher that cleaned the plate and utensils that I will use?

I know almost none of the millions of people whose daily efforts
make possible my life and that of countless other Americans.  These
people don’t hatch grand plans for arrogantly re-working society.  They
offer only to deal voluntarily with me and with others, never
pretending – unlike Mr. Kennedy – to be endowed with a mysterious
genius and a saintly inspiration justifying haughty intrusions into the
affairs of others.

Politicians are mortals.  But as their greedy lust for power and glory reveals, they are mortals especially flawed.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota,Florida. He has a website featuring  more photos and articles and also markets products featuring some of his travel photos.


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Barack Obama's Civilian Army

Barack Obama’s Civilian Army

This was reprinted from the Glenn Beck Show, as usual Glenn is right on target about our president.

August 28, 2009 – 1:01 ET

Thursday’s show, I believe, it’s the most controversial of all the shows this week — and maybe ever.

I will give you some facts, some history but also some of the future.

The reason Thursday’s show is the last before Friday’s solution, Iwanted you to see who was advising the president and what they aredoing, before I could ask you to look at this phrase from Barack Obama and think he meant it literally:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: We cannotcontinue to rely on our military in order to achieve the nationalsecurity objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian nationalsecurity force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just aswell-funded.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

I don’t know how anyone will respond to the facts I am going topresent, because they really haven’t responded to any of our questionsor challenged any of the facts in our last few shows other than “Hey,don’t call him a ‘czar!'”

But I can’t make this piece of the puzzle fit, unless this piece is about building some kind of thug-ocracy.

All week we’ve been asking tough questions — here’s one more, Mr.President: Why do we need a civilian national security force that is”just as strong, just as powerful” as the military?

Here’s why I ask this question: Who are we fighting? Who internally is threatening our security?

It’s clearly not because we feel there is a threat from illegalaliens crossing the border, because anyone who would say that has beendeemed a racist. A civilian national security force on the border iscalled The Minuteman and the attitude from this administration — aswell as the Bush administration — is that they were “vigilantes.” Soit’s not for the border.

It can’t be a civilian national security force against Islamicextremists, because according to this administration we aren’t even atwar against Islamic extremists anymore. Is this administration reallygoing to ask the American people to profile and call-in tips on MuslimAmericans who act suspiciously?

So, who’s left? Is it possible we are seeing the beginnings of another enemy?

Mr. President, is your civilian national security force to protectus from things the Missouri State Police, your own Homeland Securityand the liberal Southern Law Poverty Center have come out and said werea threat: militia groups; tea party goers; folks with “Don’t Tread onMe” flags; me; Sarah Palin?

Think about this: Is it unreasonable to think this government wouldask you to spy on your neighbors, in light of these recent stories:

— Flag.gov e-mail asking for tips on “fishy” behavior

— Cookies on your computer that track whenever you’ve been on agovernment Web site — this used to be illegal but that was changed

— The government is using outside companies to track and contactyou. Are they gathering information on you? I know that on “cash forclunkers” they didn’t trust the dealers.

To me, all of this sounds like a sci-fi movie, but again I have toask the reasonable question, in these unreasonable times: Who will thecivilian national security force protect us from?

Maybe a better question to ask is, Mr. President: Do you know of a coming event?

Or maybe we should ask Joe Biden, who said:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

THEN-VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOE BIDEN: Mark mywords, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obamalike they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to electa brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States ofAmerica…. Remember I said it standing here, if you don’t rememberanything else I said: Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis,to test the mettle of this guy.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

Is this civilian national security force just preparing for what Joe Biden predicted?

Who builds an army against an unidentified, unrecognized threat?Because we can’t answer that question — or any of the others justproposed — then it’s up to us to look for clues.

Maybe we have to start with the company whose CEO is a closefinancial adviser to the president of the United States, who helpedwrite the health care bill and cap-and-trade bill and who has billionsof dollars at stake: Jeffrey Immelt.

Immelt has been appointed by president to the board of directors tothe New York Federal Reserve. Does he have any information? Let’s lookfor what they may be saying the threat will be that we will need acivilian national security force against.

It would seem to me the network that sells “Yes We Did” dolls, mugsand t-shirts and is obviously extraordinarily close to the president inseven different ways — is it possible to watch their network and theirnews, to see if they have any inside information as to what this threatmay be? Immelt’s network seems to be the leading network in predictinga lot of trouble, but they’re not alone:

(BEGIN VIDEO MONTAGE)

ED SCHULTZ RADIO SHOW: Folks, these people arepsycho. That’s what they are. Sometimes I think they want Obama to getshot. I do. I really think that there are conservative broadcasters inthis country who would love to see Obama taken out.

FRANK RICH, NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST: I’m just oldenough, I was a kid, I remember I woke up in 1963 to the horribleevents in Dallas. Even as a kid, I happened to be growing up inWashington, D.C., it was palatable to me all this hate talk aboutKennedy and this sort of crazy fear…. But there were a lot ofthreats. There was a lot of stuff going on that in tone resembles this.

SEN. BARBARA BOXER, D-CALIF.: All of this is adiversion by the people who want to, frankly, hurt President Obama. Andby the way I saw some of the clips of people storming these townhallmeetings. The last time I saw well-dressed people doing this, was whenAl Gore asked me to go down to Florida when they were recounting theballots, and I was confronted with the same type of people. They werethere screaming and yelling, “Go back to California! Get out of here!”and all the rest of it.

CONTESSA BREWER, MSNBC: “A man at a pro-health carereform rally just outside, wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on hisshoulder and a pistol on his hip…. The Associated Press reports abouta dozen people in all at that event were visible carrying firearms….There are questions about whether this has racial overtones. I mean,here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showingup with guns strapped to their waists.

(END VIDEO MONTAGE)

Is it reasonable to ask the question — based on these clips — dothey think that a good portion of the American people are the enemy?They are such a danger we need a civilian national security force aswell-funded and well-trained as the military?

That’s who they think the enemy is and, once again, the media has it completely wrong.

So who is the real enemy?

“Common Sense” has been No. 1 for the last 10 weeks. One of the lastchapters is “The Enemy Within” — I wrote it months ago. It doesn’t takea genius to figure this out — let me give you this quote:

“It’s not just the political class who has mastered the art ofdeception. There are other potentially deadly masters who will seek toexploit your frustration and sense of desperation. Many will warn youof government tyranny; they’ll talk of secret societies, vastconspiracies, shadow governments, and the need for violent action. Iurge you to stay away fro
m these individuals and thos
e ideas.”

We’ve showed you the radicals in this administration. Now I’ll showyou the radicals outside the administration who are being used and willbe used by the media and by this administration:

There was the Obama Joker poster creator; the right tried to takeadvantage of this and added the word “socialist” under it. But thecreator of the poster is a Kucinich supporter who doesn’t like Obamabecause he’s not left enough.

Then there was that clip on MSNBC: The racist white person(according to MSNBC) who brought a rifle to the Obama town hall —wasn’t even white! He was black.

In Denver, Maurice Joseph Schwenkler and an at-large accomplishsmashed in windows at the Democratic Party HQ in Denver. Both partiesaccused Schwenkler of supporting the other, but he’s a “trans-genderedanarchist” who belongs to the radical anarchist protest group DenverBash Back.

While the radicals in the White House may not be connected to theradicals just mentioned, they are connected by the fact that they areradicals.

Remember, Obama adviser “czar” Jones created STORM who believes:”Revolutionaries need to be militant in street actions. As leaders inthe fight for liberation, we should be role models of fearlessnessbefore the state and the oppressor.”

These are the sort of tactics some of Obama’s “czars” know best.

So when we’ve got a president creating a “civilian force” as strongas the military and an admitted far-left radical in the White Housedoing this:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

VAN JONES, GREEN JOBS ‘CZAR’: Actually, my job isnot so dissimilar than my job was before…. What I do, can I make itsimple, I’m basically a community organizer with the federal family.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

How else am I supposed to read this? I’m happy to hear any other explanation than “don’t call him a czar.”

Australia: Aborigines and drugs

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Aborigines and Drugs

drug problem

One of  the sadder aspects of the native aborigine’s life is the introduction of drugs and alcohol into their lives. I took this photo while a bunch of children were playing soccer near the Laura River. The river was covered with syringes, there were more drugs in this water than in your local Walgreens.
The Aborigines have lost their culture and their way,after living in the outback for thousands of years of living in the Australian outback they have a hard time adapting to modern culture. The Australian government have tried, there are all sorts of programs to help them. However, the government will give them housing and they will sleep outside behind the buildings, because that is what they have done for 40,000 years.

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As a result of loosing their purpose and focus, many have turned to drugs and alcohol. The native Australians have many things they could teach us, hopefully their culture won’t disappear before modern man learns these valuable lessons.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Australia:Outback Pub

Australian Outback; Every Thing revolves around the Pub

Wallara RanchAs one gallivants around various parts of the Australian outback,it doesn’t take long to realize that life in these tiny hamlets revolve around the pub. Every town has one, most outback  villages are really small with a total population of 25 or less. So every evening the population of the town and the surrounding bush congregate at the pub for a longie and a game of pool.
Things can get a little rowdy in these parts, the men are men, and so are the women. You probably have noticed objects hanging from the ceiling. Those items are women’s under wear, women love to play pool,however if they loose a game, they are required to hang their underwear from the ceiling. I never had the opportunity to observe this ,however I understand at lot of them don’t bother to go in the other room to remove them.

 

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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Australia: Out Back Cooking, Chicken on the Barbie

Grilling on the Barbie, Australia outback style

making Billy Tea2What a way to end the day, after riding up and down dust infested Australian outback roads all day, it was always a delight to settle in at a campground and enjoy a cold “tinnie” and whatever the main course for the evening was normallyChicken,steak, burgers or shrimp normally highlighted the cuisine, sometimes, if we were lucky, all four items would be available. The driver ,  would be the chief cook and bottle washer, our main job was to supervise and make sure the beer didn’t run out.
After dining under the Southern Cross and enjoying a superb dinner with all the fixin’s, the only thing left to do was to enjoy an after dinner drink, watch our camp fire die down and settle in for a warm winter’s nap in our comfortable(not) swags,only to awaken to a new day and new adventures.

 

 

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Australia:Aborigine Boy in Ceremonial Attire

Aboriginal Boy in Ceremonial Attire

 


Aborigine boyPhotograph of a young aboriginal boy dressed to perform an ancient aboriginal ceremonial dance. The photo was taken during the bi-annual laura Riversongfest normally held in June. Laura is located at the base of the York Peninsula in Queensland.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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