••can ye pass the acid test?••

ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

time bomb tick tock? nervous tic talk? war on war?

or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

on the issues

 Ron Paul on Social Security 
Click here for 12 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Abolish Social Security, but not overnight. (Jan 2008)
  • Let people get out of Social Security; it’s a failure. (Jan 2008)
  • Never voted to spend one penny of Social Security money. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow young people to get out of the system. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one’s future. (Sep 2007)
  • Federal government won’t keep its entitlement promises. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Sponsored bill to put Trust Fund into market certificates. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
data on the "background on Social Security" link is way out of date, but i think ron paul's views are accurately represented. essentially, he wants to privatize social security by phasing it out so current seniors won't be hurt. that shows he's trying to get support from today's seniors to cut the safety net out from under tomorrow's seniors. that's not significantly different from most gop anti-new-deal plans, including paul ryan's.

we can save social security (and medicare) for everyone, and we don't have to rush into it. it's not in the red yet and won't be for a while. even medicare, which recently slipped into an annual deficit, still has a surplus in its trust fund and will continue to pay full benefits for nearly two decades even if it doesn't get corrected.

one of these days i'll get around to posting a way to save social security and medicare without cutting benefits and without raising the retirement age. i'll even show how we can end payroll taxes at the same time.

don't let the right wing panic you. patience is a virtue. cultivate it.

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