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Steve Breen

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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Notice that your FICA taxes went back up this year, to where they should be.
    Now if only the 1% would pay FICA on ALL their income, not just the first $120,000 or so, it would help.

  2. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, almost 2 years ago

    I don’t know about Medicare, but Social Security is good for another 30 years or so. This is GOP propaganda to scare the elderly. The same propaganda they use to meddle up defaulting on your loans with “government shutdown”. These are NOT the same things!

  3. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    I’m glad someone saw through that propaganda. I’m trying to get disability. Now if only it didn’t take a lawyer to go through all the paperwork….. : /

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    Congress raided Social Security decades ago and now they want to punish the elderly who paid into SS for decades rather than making responsible decisions to refund it. A temporary tax on stock transactions would not only help with such matters, but it could cause people to invest for the long term instead of “hyper trading” for that 2cents on the dollar profit gambling on currency value or oil futures. There was a time investors put money into a stock they believed in and kept an eye on it and even voted when companies made decisions effecting the value of that stock. Now, hyper trading, the practice of using intricate formulas to do thousands of trades a minute, add to the volatility of international markets and make money for people who produce nothing but paper. You can’t build a nation on paper, it takes people, roads, electricity, food, water, and so much more. And those people have a right to believe that the nation they help build is going to do right by them when they are too old to work. The congress took stole social security, they now need to find a way to give it back without doing further harm to the people who built this nation and voted the legislators into office.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, almost 2 years ago

    @NebulousRikulau

    If the amount of Social Security benefits were not limited, your suggestion might make sense.

  6. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, almost 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    The Social Security system may be good for thirty years, but that is only because it is funded by general funds. There is no trust fund.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    It was such a wonderful thing when our fearless leader put money in the pockets of the common people by dropping the tax that funded care for the elderly 2%. Democrats praised him for “cutting taxes on the middle class” and for being the president that lowers taxes . Yep, tax cuts all around.

    Then “reform” is brought up because our debt has increased by 6 trillion over the last 4 years partly because the general fund has had to make up for the “tax cut” that takes money from social security and medicare funding and even though the AHCA uses 700+ billion dollars of supposed waste cut from medicare and all of it a democrat plan the republicans are accused of wanting to push granny over the cliff.

    Well, the tax is back. Every one that earns a paycheck had a tax increase of 2%. Plus, the 700 billion not being enough to fund the AHCA, 26 new fees and taxes have gone into effect this year just for that. Yes, the “rich” and the “medical corporations” will be dinged the hardest by the tax. But who do you think will be the ones to see costs rise and payments become harder to make for medical devices, drugs and healthcare insurance policy premiums? Will the “rich” be the ones to feel the effect? Nope. They ARE “rich” after all. But you and I, we will be forced to make that decision. Do I pay the fine for not having insurance or do I pay the premium? Which choice will make it more likely that I will be able to pay the rent next month?

    decisions decisions….

    Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose…..

  8. Ennui_rudy Rutherford

    Ennui_rudy Rutherford said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Ima_Idiot: You can’t make Glen Beck comments without facts. “Disability for a hangnail” doesn’t happen, but the statement riles the trailer trash. Next thing you’ll be stating is that Sarah Palin was a Rhodes scholar…

  9. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 2 years ago

    I can’t wait for the howling when the US Mint stamps a $1 trillion platinum coin and deposits it in the Treasury to fix the debt ceiling. Then make another one for Social Security.

  10. D PB

    D PB said, almost 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Social Security is not “sound.”

    The only way O will be able to keep the illusion going is to increase the Social Security Wage tax, continue to raise the retirement age, eliminate cost of living increases and reduce the benefits being paid.

    The original program has grown far beyond what is was originally intended to do, as do most government programs. Politicians only look at the short term goal, " . . .there are excess funds available, let’s tack on another group to extend benefits too . . .", without consideration of the long term impact and normal fluctuations in systems. So now we have a government entitlement program whose original intent has been perverted to encompass more then originally intended by short sighted politicians.

    Oh, and the “trust fund” is no longer a reality, it hasn’t been for some time now. Any “surplus” funds from the past were used to buy US government bonds which as now coming due because Social Security Taxes are not covering what Social Security has to pay out now. Social Security is now cashing those bonds in order to make the required payments, but the government doesn’t have the money to pay the debt, so it borrows again to make the payments, it’s like using a credit card to make the payment on a different credit card, just stupid.
    .
    Of course our dear politicians will “tweak” the program once again to give the illusion of soundness, but they aren’t addressing the fundamental issues and kicking the can down the road for someone else to deal with.

    To fix Social Security will require a fundamental restructuring of the program. It won’t be minor. And, thanks to demagoguery and denial of fiscal reality it will be difficult to accomplish. Maybe even impossible.

    Status Of The Social Security And Medicare Programs

  11. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 2 years ago

    Three cancers now, insurance cancelled before Obamacare kicked in.
    Only 60 so the paperwork for getting some of what I paid to the government back is such that I will be dead before it gets proccessed.
    .
    A lot of hypothetical posting going on. From my veiwpoint the system in place does not function well.
    .
    I will leave it at “I sure wish the insurance company had not been allowed to drop me when cancer showed up.”
    .
    At least the president tried.

  12. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The Reeps torched the programs with the help of the Dims. This has all been orchestrated, like Norquist envisioned, to drown the government in red ink to facilitate the cutting of social programs that go to help the middle class and the poor.

  13. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    “Congress raided Social Security decades ago and now they want to punish the elderly who paid into SS for decades rather than making responsible decisions to refund it.”


    I’d like a full refund of my contributions. I know that won’t happen though.

    This is another potential promise broken and a way for the rich rich to rob the middle class and poor.

  14. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    My Heavens, either you are grossly misinformed, or just being a troll once again (or should I say still)!

    Social Security is NOT a ponzi scheme. That IS one of the biggest lies told to both the elderly (receiving current benefits, and the young who are to receive future benefits!!!!!!

    Any and all funds that are not going out to pay current benefit recipients must be invested in treasury bills, you should know that such bills are what comprises the National Debt. And Social Security is the largest single holder of those securities. Almost $3 trillion of those securities are held by the Social Security Administration. And the current interest on those securities plus the current FICA taxes makes Social Security solvent at least until 2035, even if the economy does not improve.

    If it improves nearly as much as most economists think it is going to, Social Security is solvent until 2042 to possibly 2050. During that time frame, if the top taxable amount is raised at no more than it has been raised during the last same amount of time, social security becomes solvent until after 2075 when the baby boomers are leaving the system. This then makes social security solvent until after the year 2100, when even my 10 year old grand son would be in his upper nineties!

    Please, at least try to put your brain in gear before placing your fingers upon your keyboard, at least once in a while!!

  15. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    By the way, if Social Security is a ponzi scheme, then all banking throughout the world is also a ponzi scheme. As like social security holding t-bill loans, banks also take in money and then loan it out. If banks can expect an interest return on money they have loaned out (and therefore no longer have), then they must also be a ponzi scheme????

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