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Steve Breen

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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year 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, over 1 year 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, over 1 year 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, over 1 year 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, over 1 year ago

    @NebulousRikulau

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

  6. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 1 year 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 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year 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, over 1 year 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, over 1 year 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, over 1 year 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. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Respectfully C,
    The very seniors who are drawing Soc. Sec. benefits now are the ones who demanded government services they refused to pay for in the past. So today’s retirees are the reason,“Congress raided Social Security decades ago.”
    Likewise when Soc.Sec. was implemented the life expectancy of Americans was nearly age of qualification for Soc. Sec. but today life expectancy is retirement plus 15-25 years. So of course there are funding challenges. Too be fair some jobs are more physically demanding and workers in those professions (like mine) will have deteriorating quality of life and death sooner than other professions do and therefore increased retirement ages will disproportionately negatively affect those workers in those professions. Professions still essential to society but harder on workers bodies and life expectancy. However the retirement age for Social security should increase, slightly over time. I still do not expect to retire until I’m dead or in my 70’s anyway.
    Beyond that disagreement with your post, I agree with every other aspect.

  12. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ennui_rudy Rutherford

    “Disability for a hangnail” may not happen ,but a childhood friend’s wife did collect “disability” benefits (on wages NEVER earned) for being illiterate. Yes she was stupid,she quit attending school after 8th grade by being chronically truant and then once she attained the age to drop out, she did. So her illiteracy was solely her fault, but she qualified for SSI benefits because she was willfully stupid. Her husband was gainfully employed but when his wages (including overtime) risked her benefits he arranged with his employer to be put on salary, just below the cut off for her SSI.
    Or my oldest son’s maternal grandmother who was legitimately suffering from fibromyalgia and gained disability benefits for it. Then her daughter just “conveniently” suffered it too. After all she watched mom and learned what to say and do. My oldest son’s mother never had a problem doing anything she wanted, well except for working after she was declared “disabled.”
    I have great contempt for these pseudo-“disabilities” and frauds because they bloat the budget of SSI and increase the difficulties of those with genuine and legitimate disabilities of qualifying for those benefits.

  13. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year 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.
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    A lot of hypothetical posting going on. From my veiwpoint the system in place does not function well.
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    I will leave it at “I sure wish the insurance company had not been allowed to drop me when cancer showed up.”
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    At least the president tried.

  14. Ruff

    Ruff GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Stipple

    You should have moved to Canada or Germany, France, Switzerland etc at the right time.

  15. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year 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.

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