Republicans in Congress want cut Social Security and everything else they can – except for military spending, where they will quickly allocate money for programs and technology the military clearly tells them are obsolete and will need replacement within a matter of years … basically within the time it will take to produce what Congress is funding.
This approach is described as being “Fiscally Conservative.”
But screw that let’s take a look at today’s Social Security allotment in terms of history.
Most alive today do not recall the 1968 New York City Teachers strike. In 1967/8, Teachers could NOT afford to live on what they were being paid – so they unionized and went on strike.
The strike succeeded and teachers got a living wage.
Thus a single starting teacher, fresh from college, could actually afford to live and teach. Their salary, roughly what the average Social Security recipient now receives.
Sounds good – being on Social Security and having the income of a 21 year-old teacher.
The problem? Being on Social Security in 2014, and having the income of a 21 year-old teacher in 1968.
Except that, what cost a dollar in 1968 now costs $6.85. Thus Social Security recipient is now faced with living on the equivalent roughly six weeks income for that 21 year-old teacher in 1968 – and must live on it for a year.
After working hard their whole lives, and being promised a secure retirement, Social Security recipients are now faced with reliance SNAP (food stamps) HEAP (energy assistance) and various reasons to engage in forced routine interaction with government “welfare agents” – all at a considerable cost to the government; one which could be avoided if Social Security recipients were given the income levels they were promised and paid to have through the funds contributed from their paychecks and matched by their employers.
The nation – specifically the Republican Party of the last 35-40 years – has willfully broken it’s promise to the people and, like a Dickensian Scrooge, decided that the Bay Boom generation deserves to be dead, or live below poverty levels.
Of course, as in the military budget waste, they are doing then same for the whole nation. They will, very soon, bring down America. Thanks to them, the nation is not prepared for a modern insurgent war of the type which destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon.
America is not prepared for a modern insurgent war of the type which was fought in Vietnam and Afghanistan – where there is no victory for the invader (America) but a wide range of reasons for the population to raise up against the image of America and Christian Crusaders.
America is still using, and falling for, Cold War rhetoric. The Cold War opposition has become Capitalistic and uses money, not guns, and certainly not invading armies, to make its points. LOL Russia quickly learned the stupidity of that approach when, in its historic quest for a warm water port, it invaded Afghanistan. Now Russia holds a third of the energy that Europe needs, has rid itself of the Pale of Settlement – made useless when the Jewish population, the source of its mercantile successes was driven away by the Nazis – and has, along with Red China, become a major American creditor.
In many ways, thanks to Republican policies, we are playing out a modern “Merchant of Venice” – America being the Christian merchant whose ships are all over the world and, because of their wasteful domestic spending, are sailing on borrowed money; Russia is Schlock, the Jewish money lender (a very comical turn of events for a nation which hated Jews). The difference? This time Schlock possesses the same number of guns as the debtor Christian Merchant, and has the intelligence to know that it is the “first one in the water” who will lose the war – the ancient oral has been continually proven correct, the invader will ultimately be defeated, and in the Modern World, America has chosen to take the invader role.
Yep, it is all about Social Security, and the mindset which places more value on killing foreigners than on supporting the aged and sick, the widows and orphaned children. It is all about a “Christian Nation” which makes it a point to violate the teaching of Christ – both at home and abroad. It is about a nation which wishes to “Live by the sword” and somehow believes they can spit upon, and defeat, the Christian adage which dictates that they will die “By the Sword.”
As my readers know, I have multiple books warming on the subject:
Saint Paul's Joke: 'The Punch Line's A Killer'
Death Over Life: Secret of Revelation: A Prophecy of America's Destruction
Fortunately, as can always be “predicted”, those who are driving us over the cliff are careful to avoid the warnings.
Unfortunately, we are at that point in history when what is obvious and being ignored – the elephant in the room – is about to shit, and America is holding its tail.