Calling Out Debate Moderators

And in many cases the media in general that perpetuate a gotcha method of news-making that the questioners believe would be entertaining to their audience (and possibly helpful to their careers) but adds little to intelligent discourse.  Ted Cruz summed up the first problem nicely at tonight’s Republican debate:
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Chris Christie provided an example of the second major failing:

  • Breaking a social compact?
  • Knowing you cannot pay promised benefits?
  • Bankrupt in 7 to 8 years?

Substitute ‘New Jersey pensions’ for ‘Social Security’ and bingo!  Though the irony is lost on anyone with only a superficial knowledge (or interest) in the real situation which obviously includes those debate moderators (and Christie).

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 12:16 am

    He showed up, why?

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  2. Posted by Tough Love on October 29, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Christie’s comment that SS will be “insolvent” in 7-8 years is very misleading. It’s well known that only minor tweaks are needed to get SS back on track, and even if NOTHING is done, that 75-80% of promised benefits can continue to be paid forever simply from annual SS tax collections.

    Unlike SS, when NJ’s pension Plan assets hit zero in about 5 years, the State’s current annual contributions can only pay for about 20% of current annual payouts.

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    • Posted by dentss dunnigan on October 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Most people in SS would be happy to get back what they put in ….

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm

        Well put most people IN not ON b/c they already got their money back +

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      • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! on October 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

        Most people in SS would be happy to get back what they put in ….

        The average SS recipient gets out everything they paid in, plus interest, in three years, yet collects for six years…someone (forgot who) made mention of a similar comment last night, maybe it was Kasich….

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Tough Luck still the……

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  4. Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 8:02 am

    SOME of what you say is accurate and the canidates own arrogance and stupidity sometimes begs the questions.

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  5. Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 9:20 am

    GOP own your party’s TRUE platform, the 1%, don’t question our intelligence by claiming your trickle down economics benefits the poor and the middle class.

    Nice to see Trump knows about filing for bankruptcy, that’ll be his plan for this Country’s recovery.

    And poor Rubio, only got $1M book signing deal and still had to cash in a retirement account and have a home foreclosed on. Talk about things out of balance, fair and equal – maybe on Mars!

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  6. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! on October 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Substitute ‘New Jersey pensions’ for ‘Social Security’ and bingo!
    When Christie was spouting off those “talking points”, this blog, and his failures documented here, were the first things that came to me…..

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Substitute (?), maybe a SS offset as part of the P&B reform’s reduced future accruals for SS eligible members.

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  7. Posted by Anonymous on October 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/10/nj_republicans_accuse_dems_of_obstructing_property.html#incart_2box_politics

    It’s clear nothings going to happen anytime soon, dysfunction has replaced compromise.

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