Today's Note From a Madman and a Madwoman
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Catchy Phrases Don't Justify
The President defends his proposal for social security private accounts with catchy phrases such as "ownership society" and "capital for entrepreneurial growth". Let's discard the glitter and get to the point.
Social security is a shared safety net that is not meant to finance economic growth. There are already ways that citizens can invest money in private accounts - IRA and 401K are the most common vehicles.
The President claims that he simply wants to increase the amount of saving. That would be good but there are other ways to do this:
* Increase the percentage of pre-tax money that can be contributed to an 401K.
* Increase the yearly amount of money that can be contributed to an IRA.
Both proposals must be carefully evaluated for the impact on the budget deficit. However, the money that is saved would fuel the economy and help people own accounts that fund their retirement. Social Security would continue unchanged as a vital supplement.
With some tweaks, Social Security can stay solvent assuming that Congress stops raiding the surplus!
We want our 280 billion dollars
back, you thieves!
-Robert Scardapane (with the last comment by Noah Greenberg)
TO: TIME MAGAZINE
PLEASE CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION TO TIME MAGAZINE. PUTTING BUSH ON THE COVER AS "PERSON OF THE YEAR" WAS IT FOR ME.
HE HAS NOW STOLEN TWO ELECTIONS, AND YOUR MAGAZINE DOESN'T BOTHER TO REPORT IT. THIS "RESIDENT" OF THE WHITE HOUSE IS THE LEAST QUALIFIED AND THE MOST MISERABLE FAILURE AS A PRESIDENT.
WHAT EXACTLY HAS HE DONE TO BE CALLED TIME'S "PERSON OF THE YEAR"?? DOES SPENDING MORE ON HIS SECOND INAUGURAL THAN HE HAS OFFERED AS AID TO THE COUNTRIES HIT BY THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER EVER REPORTED QUALIFY HIM AS ANYTHING BUT A GOOD-FOR NOTHING.
$35 MILLION IN AID TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COMPARED WITH A WAR HE STARTED IN IRAQ WHICH IS COSTING THE TAXPAYERS $193 MILLION A DAY IS NOT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT.
NEWSWEEK IS A MUCH MORE BALANCED MAGAZINE. THEY PUT BARAK OBAMA ON THE COVER AS THEIR PERSON OF THE YEAR (FOR GOOD REASON). HE IS THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY -- AND BUSH WILL LEAVE A VERY SAD PAST.
THE PROLIFERATION OF COVERS WITH BUSH IS GETTING REPETITIOUS, AND A BIT SADDAM HUSSEIN-LIKE FOR MY TASTE. REMEMBER SADDAM'S PHOTO AND STATUE WERE EVERYWHERE IN IRAQ.
IN CASE TIME HAD NOT NOTICED, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY, NOT A TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP.
TIME MAGAZINE HAS HAD TOO MANY BUSH COVERS IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. AND YOU CERTAINLY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH GOOD COVERAGE OF SENATOR KERRY DURING THE CAMPAIGN. YOUR RAG SUCKS. AND I HAD TWO SUBSCRIPTIONS RUNNING CONCURRENTLY! NO MORE FOR ME.
CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION.
Stupid Quote of the Day
"The book is a call for radical moderation. My purpose is
to make it so someone like Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell or Tom Ridge could get
the presidential nomination. They couldn't today. There's such a narrow litmus
test to be a Republican."
-Christine Todd Whitman on her New Book, "Its My Party, Too"
If those are the former Governor of New Jersey and the former EPA head's choices for President in 2008. she had better keep the title "FORMER" in front of her name for years to come.
What do the three above mentioned "choices" for president in 2008 have in common? All three have pimped themselves for "G"(lobal) "W"(arming) Bush in the past:
Rudy Giuliani stood on the corner of 42nd Street humping a lamp-post, wearing high heels and fishnet stockings while stating we should "blame the troops" for the missing explosives in Iraq and not his "friend", the President
Colin Powell put his picture on the front cover of the "GOP Escort Service". when he claimed in front of the UN General Assembly while pointing to a cartoon that "Here are the mobile WMD labs"
Tom Ridge, sitting at the bar in a cheap Vegas Hotel, nursing the same Gin and Tonic for an hour or so, changed the anti terror color scheme so often that we didn't know if we were safe, in harm's way, or if we could wear white after Labor Day.
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