Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Jack Fixes Social Security
Responding to NationalView's plan to fix Social Security, Jack answers:
I would go one step further on "fixing" Social Security.
Simply remove the cap on Social Security taxes for everyone, and start the tax at the $50,000.00 income level. We should then use this extra money to raise the unrealistic benefits on a scale indexed to income, and capping at $100,000.00 total earned income.
This will provide extra purchasing power for the consumer, which should act as a vigorous stimulant to our economy.
This is my version of the "trickle up theory".
The "condensed" NationalView plan to fix Social Security:
1- Eliminate the cap (of approximately $90,000) on the employee contribution only (the employer portion would remain the same, with yearly real wage adjustments)
2- Lower the employee rate from 6.2 percent to 5.95 percent on the employee contribution only. The employer contribution would remain 6.2 percent)
3- Refund the payroll tax (Social Security Tax) on the first $10,000 of earned income (Your income tax refund check will be $595 greater or your payment to the IRS will be $595 lower).
To read more, go to http://www.nationalview.org/SocialSecurity.htm
Just Say No to Unocal
ready for the invasion! China removed its
bid for Unocal. The reason was the antagonism it created between the two
I guess all of their "threats" didn't get the job done for the People's Republic of China (how do you say "sweat shop" in Chinese?)
By removing its $18.5 bid, CNOOC, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, opens the door for Chevron to pay a mere $17 billion for Unocal.
Someone's not getting their Christmas bonus this year.
"This political environment has made it very difficult for us to accurately assess our chance of success, creating a level of uncertainty that presents an unacceptable risk to our ability to secure this transaction."
-A CNOOC statement
The "environment" that China speaks of is America finally realizing that China being its "bank" is a "bad idea". Let's not forget this quote by the Chinese government (forwarded by Robert Scardapane):
"We demand that the U.S. Congress correct its mistaken ways of politicizing economic and trade issues and stop interfering in the normal commercial exchanges between enterprises of the two countries,"
We tend to look at it a bit differently. It's about time Congress interfered on behalf of its citizens, even if it probably is only lip service.
"We have so much on the plate with China, how do you come down hard on them for this deal?"
-an adviser to President Bush, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the president discourages unauthorized discussions about internal deliberations (From The NY Times)
But its good to know that the Bush administration was behind US, wasn't it? (it's so hard to write sarcasm) I guess they couldn't get this one by their "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party congressional members that have to explain themselves to their constituents every two years.
Let's hear it for our nation's forefathers. If it weren't for the two-year term limits, its quite possible that our "representatives" would have sold US out in the end and assumed that we'd forget when it came time, once again, for them to pony-up to the re-election bar.
A Real New York Times Headline
"U.S. Envoy Say Talks on North Korea May End in Dispute"
Isn't that how it began?
"Although North Korea and the United States have differing views, we hope we can reduce the differences as far as possible and achieve a result," North Korea would give up nuclear weapons, "if the U.S. abandons its nuclear threat against us and establishes mutual trust."
-Kim Kwye Gwan, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister and Negotiator
So let me get this straight... If we promise not to drop the big one on Pyongyang, they'll give up their WMD's in return? Hey... maybe they can start feeding their people instead!
Give in on this one, President Bush. Tell the North Koreans we won't blow them up if they play nice. We weren't going to drop the big one in China's neighborhood anyway.
Heard on Air America Radio's Morning Sedition today:
The REAL REASON that Bill Frist flip-flopped on stem-cell research is that the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party want to clone "G"lobal "W"arming Bush. They want to make every mayor and governor a Bush-man.
I brought it a step further: Imagine an army of GW Bushes. How many people can fit into Texas' Air National Guard? What army would fear a division of George W. Bushes? What army could find that division as it smokes pot, snorts coke, swills beer and hides in Alabama from its military obligation.
A Delayed Reaction
"Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."
-Senator Rick Santorum, in an article for the Web site Catholic Online, July 12, 2002
Guess which archdiocese has the most lawsuits against it in the nation. If you guessed Boston, New York or Chicago, you'd be wrong. By mid 2002, the Louisville archdiocese (that's Kentucky, boys and girls) had 75 lawsuits filed against them. As of now, that number is over 130.
Isn't Kentucky a RED STATE? I think it even borders Rick Santorum's Pennsylvania! (Okay... I know it doesn't... but it's pretty close, isn't it?).
This piece of information, along with the realization that Salt Lake City, Utah has almost twice as many registered sex offenders as New York City, should dispel the "myth" of where the "Salt of the Earth" lives.
Why can't those RED STATES be as moral as those BLUE STATES?
Santorum on Stephanopoulos
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s talk about something else in the book, radical feminists. A second quote from the book, you say, Respect for stay-at-home mothers has been poisoned by a toxic combination of the village elders’ war on the traditional family and radical feminism’s misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect. Let’s get specific here. Name one or two of these radical feminists who are on this crusade.
SANTORUM: Well, I mean, you know, you have — you go back to, what’s her name, well, Gloria Steinem, but I’m trying to remember — I can’t remember the woman’s name. It’s terrible. Anyway…
MADMAN: Heck... I can name who Santorum meant. Senator Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senator Olympia Snow. Using Santorum's logic, any woman who wants a career is what he would call a "radical feminist". I guess that's better than what Rush Limbaugh calls them" Femine-Nazis.
Later on, this exchange:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hillary Clinton wrote much the same in her book, It Takes a Village. Do you believe she’s a radical feminist?
SANTORUM: Yes, I do. I mean, read her work and what she’s done on children’s rights. I mean, that’s radical. I mean, you’re talking about giving children the same — that children have rights equal to adults. I mean, that is not a nurturing atmosphere of mothers and fathers taking responsibility for shaping the moral vision of their children. She doesn’t agree with that, at least if you look at her earlier writings.
MADMAN: I'm confused. Does Rick Santorum believe that children shouldn't have any rights? Should we let parents do whatever they want to their children? Just what rights does Mr. Santorum suggest children have, if any?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you talked to her about your book?
SANTORUM: We’ve had conversations in passing about it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Tell us about them.
SANTORUM: Oh, just, you know, pass in the hallway, you know, she made a comment to me about that it takes a village, and I responded, no, it really does take a family.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no serious debate?
SANTORUM: No serious debate. I’d love to have a serious debate.
MADMAN: Is it "conversations" or just a quick "snarl"? By the way, I would pay money to hear Senator Hillary Clinton debate the "Keystone Corpse".
STEPHANOPOULOS: You may have drawn her out now, calling her a radical feminist.
SANTORUM: I’d love to have a serious debate. If she’d like to have a serious debate about her view of how society should be ordered and structured — I believe her view is one that says government and top-down. I believe my view is the view that’s held by most Americans, which means we need strong families and strong communities, and we don’t need government really dissembling those institutions, which I think her view of the world does.
MADMAN: Hey, Rick... aren't "strong families and strong communities" another name for "a village". Maybe you and Senator Clinton have more in common than you think.
I bet Mrs. Clinton just got a chill up and down her spine.
Novak Quotes (It's the Same Thing as a Stupid Quote, Only More Dangerous)
"So, what was 'wrong' with my column as Harlow claimed? There was nothing incorrect. He told the Post reporters he had 'warned' me that if I 'did write about it, her name should not be revealed.' That is meaningless. Once it was determined that Wilson’s wife suggested the mission, she could be identified as 'Valerie Plame' by reading her husband’s entry in 'Who’s Who in America.'
-Bob Novak from his "I didn't do anything wrong, but if I did, I didn't mean it, and if I meant it, I was told it was okay," article
Is Bob Novak trying to tell US that "Who’s Who in America" identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative and WMD expert? That can't be, and it isn't.
"In the Who's Who directory for 2003, personal information about Mr. Wilson includes his origins in Bridgeport, Conn., and the names of his previous wife and his four children. His current wife is listed as Valerie Elise Plame, and the date of their marriage April 3, 1998.
"There is no mention of her employer."
-Anne E. Kornblut, The New York Times, Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Rove, Novak and the rest of this lot are traitors, plain and simple. They need to pay for their crimes..
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