Loony Left on Social Security

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I was enjoying “Failed States” by Noam Chomsky until that final chapter on Social Security* which the left seems to have adopted as their mindless defense of the status quo.  So it is with “Your County Is Just Not That Into You” by Jimmy Dore which made some good points along with one of the dumbest arguments yet for ignoring the impending implosion of Social Security and Medicare.

Below are excerpts from my Memorial Day reading including that referenced inanity:

I’m a comedian. If comedy were about to make millions of people lose their homes and cause giant 100-year-old banks to fail, I think I would try to warn people.  Hell, I tried to warn people about Dane Cook and Jay Leno. (page 12)

Even when their lives are crushed by a collapsed unregulated economy, they act as if politics is a luxury, reserved for people with too much time on their hands. As if government has as much relevance to their lives as Arena Football. I just don’t get that mentality. The could be a Jew in 1932 Germany and be voting for Hitler. “I don’t pay attention to politics, I let the guy with the little mustache take care of stuff. I’ve got other stuff to do, you know?” (pages 14-5)

it appears to me that MSNBCs sole purpose is to make as much money off the Left as they can without doing any real damage to their corporate bottom line. (page 52)

No statement can be too ridiculous, because everyone knows they will go unquestioned by host David Gregory. (page 58)

Yes, the very people the newsman is supposed to be investigating are actually the ones funding his investigation. More accurately stated, they are funding the media’s non-investigation. (page 63)

FYI: Social Security is solvent at least until 2033, and Medicare is running a surplus for the next 11 years.  That fact should be the starting basis for this discussion, or else it isn’t very informed. (page 66)

On one side, I got the Tea Party people – “Hey, we came to Congress specifically not to govern!” What the hell is that? “Hey, I tried out for the basketball team specifically so I could refuse to play basketball.” (page 78)

Chris Christie’s candidacy would break down the doors of discrimination if he could only squeeze through them. (page 82)

I, for one, would rather sit through a state-mandated English survey course than catechism – and that’s not snobbery – that’s a reasonable sense of entertainment value. (page 83)

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Well, like, deep down, people generally hate other people. And when someone is being a dick to someone who is not themselves, they find it entertaining. Most people are pussies. It’s a thing they wished they could do..would do…if they only had the balls and could afford to lose their shitty mizzzz-er-able jobs. (page 92)

And what he’s (DICK DURBIN – SHITTY DEMOCRAT) talking about is Social Security, and how its solvency runs out in 27 years, and then it will only be able to pay out 70% of benefits. And what he’s saying is, we should fix that. I totally agree; I think we should fix Social Security, only I think we should do it right after we fix literally every other public policy issue ever. (page 150)

Dianne Feinstein wants to define what a journalist is…which only helps define what she is. (page 155)

At the time the First Amendment was conceived, pretty much any asshole with access to a printing press could call themselves journalists. Yellow journalism abounded, and the reporting of rumors was common. There were plenty of 17-year-old bloggers at the time. Out of this maelstrom we got Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” – the pamphlet credited with fomenting the ideas of the Revolution. And this is precisely what scares Senator Feinstein. (pages 156-7)

Not only am I not being informed when I watch news reports about Wall Street, but I swear to God, it feels like I am somehow having information erased from my brain. (page 166)

Another surefire way a politician is ful of shit is if he proposes to fix a problem that isn’t going to happen for 25 years.  Social Security is solvent until 2037, and with very minor fixes is solvent until 2080. I have never heard of a politician wanting to solve a problem that isn’t going to happen until he’s long gone from office and even dead. So when a politician says “We have to fix Social Security from going bankrupt,” ask him what other problems that won’t happen for 25 years does he think we need to fix right now? I’ve never heard of a politician wanting to fix a problem that is 25 years out. (page 244)

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* I mentioned this to Mr. Chomsky in an email at the time and he responded though, disappointing for me, his defense of that chapter referenced another source rather than his own research.

 

 

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by skip3house on May 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Right on with trivial observation being the measure of politicians plans for our future.

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on May 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

    TL and devout followers; individuals presenting a right wing conservative perspective based on half-truths and lies.

    TL continual posts repetitive misinformation citing sources with extreme ideology. Yet sumarial dismisses other posts with conflicting opinions and sources.

    Specifically, purposely misstated the tax status of public pensions in the following post; https://burypensions.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/christie-curses-out-nj-media/#comments When called to task tried to double talk their way out of it. Standard operating procedure for most of their commentary.

    Fair and equal for all is the mantra. Fair enough, but not when I suggest Federal workers and members of our beloved Armed Forces be part of the bigger conversation. The response, they’re different. But why, because they risk their lives like first responders at home. Their DBP are paid with Federal tax dollars as opposed to State or Local. Everyone knew the job risks when they accepted employment. But they also knew what their salary, pension, and benefits were supposed to be.

    To blame and demonize public workers for the current situation is unfair and untrue. Do politicians make “deals” with unions that don’t always have the taxpayers best interest? I think everyone knows the answer to that is yes. But politicians are always making “deals” it’s what they do. Just ask the various segment market corporations; defense spending (lucrative contracts), farming (subsidies) and the list goes on and on.

    Your bully tactics and demeaning attitude only motivate me more to push back your parties ridiculous vision for NJ and America. Yes I’m sure John knows all of our IP address, so you and your business name can be exposed as well.

    The purpose of continually posting this comment is to allow the counterpoint perspective to be heard. I will no longer personally engage your comments tit for tat.

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