• Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 06:45 PM
    Social Security was used to get us where we are and it is a much larger budget item than welfare. I want to end both.
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    Today, 06:43 PM
    From Strat's link: That is exactly what Social Security does.
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  • ATruepatriot's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 PM
    Until the welfare rolls swelled so big the SS fund did fine and would still be solvent.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 06:30 PM
    If you don't promise as much in returns as private pyramids do because you can use force to make people contribute then you do not need as much growth and you can bet that the natural rate of increase in the population plus the rate of inflation will keep the scheme going, but if a large enough economic downturn occurs or if the population decreases it still falls apart like any other pyramid. And it needs to end even if it somehow isn't a Ponzi scheme.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 06:21 PM
    Congress should not get pensions and Social Security never should have existed.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 06:20 PM
    That is exactly what Social Security does.
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    Today, 06:18 PM
    How so? Many taxes should be ended because people should not be taxed for illegitimate government functions or excessive uses of legitimate government functions. Social Security is blatantly not a legitimate government function and is blatantly unconstitutional and therefor it is up near the top of the list of taxes that should be ended. I do not support ending payouts to those who were forced into the system and were encouraged to become dependent on it but those who will survive without it and anyone who has time to adjust their retirement plans to survive without it should be cut off and the program should be allowed to end through the attrition of those who remain on it.
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    Today, 06:06 PM
    I do not understand your definition of a Ponzi scheme.
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    Today, 06:05 PM
    Yes, how is it a false premise to say that a system that takes money from new enrollees to pay obligations to old enrollees and that does not limit payouts based on what is paid in is a Ponzi scheme? In any case Social Security is forced savings and should be ended for that alone.
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    Today, 05:57 PM
    All it takes to put the program into the red and drawing money from the general fund is a large enough economic downturn and/or a decrease in the population. It will get there eventually anyway and it is very bad just to force people to save for retirement by giving money to the government anyway. I'm not especially except that it show it always was a Ponzi scheme.
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    Today, 05:48 PM
    I want to eliminate them now, but since that is unlikely I want to take away the vote from felons because there are more of them that are legitimate than there are fake crime felons. If we let felons vote we will never decrease government because they vote for the party of ever larger government. They are not. I don't want to let illegals come here and vote for big government either.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 05:44 PM
    It was always a Ponzi scheme, the first beneficiary received far more than they put in. It's time to end it.
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    Today, 05:41 PM
    https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/1120414821919465473 1120414821919465473
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    Today, 05:40 PM
    https://twitter.com/NewsBreaking/status/1120410347020652550 1120410347020652550
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    Today, 05:39 PM
    A paramilitary group claimed responsibility for the shooting death of a journalist during rioting in Northern Ireland. In a statement to the Irish Times on Monday, the new IRA said, "In the course of attacking the enemy, Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces." McKee, 29, was standing near a police vehicle during rioting April 18 in the town of Londonderry, also referred to as Derry, when she was struck by a bullet shot by a member of the Irish nationalist group at the police. "The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death," the group said in the statement. Rioting broke out last week following a police search of homes belonging to republican dissidents in the town's Creggan neighborhood. Police believed the residents to have been storing weapons with intent to use them during the Easter holiday, a day known for dissident activity in the country. The group said in the statement it blamed police of "provoking" the riot that led to McKee's death. "On Thursday night, following an incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British crown forces, which provoked rioting, the IRA deployed our volunteers to engage," it said while calling on Saoradh, an organization with connections to the New IRA, to also apologize.
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    Today, 05:37 PM
    The Islamic State terror group claimed credit Tuesday for the suicide attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people, which officials believe was motivated by revenge over last month's attacks on two New Zealand mosques. About 50 people died at the mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Authorities say they were shot dead by a white nationalist from Australia. Sri Lankan defense minister Ruwan Wijewardene told lawmakers Tuesday the coordinated bombings Sunday amounted to payback. "Investigations have revealed that the attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists in retaliation to the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand," Wijewardene told Sri Lanka Parliament. Sri Lanka officials raised the death toll Tuesday to 321, as nearly two dozen injured succumbed to their wounds in hospitals. More than 500 people were hurt in the attacks, which targeted three churches and three hotels in the capital, Colombo. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks, the network's Amaq news agency said Tuesday. Sri Lankan officials previously said local terror group National Thowheed Jamaththey was involved in the plot, but stressed it likely received help from a more sophisticated "international" group. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said officers have arrested about 40 suspects, all of whom are Sri Lankan citizens.
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    Today, 05:33 PM
    A 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked San Julian on the Philippines island of Eastern Samar Tuesday, a day after an earthquake hit the Asian nation's largest Luzon island, killing at least 11 people. The quake occurred at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday and was tectonic in origin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said, adding that damages and aftershocks were expected. San Julian was the only town that experienced Intensity 6 effects, which the institute describes as "very strong," while numerous towns on the island experienced Intensity 5, which is considered "strong" and Intensity 4, which is considered "moderately strong." More at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/04/23/Philippines-rocked-by-second-earthquake-in-two-days/9441556007245/
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    Today, 05:29 PM
    More than 100 university students in Vietnam are accused of manipulating their test scores in order to gain admission to the country's top colleges, according to a South Korean press report. Television network KBS reported Monday from Vietnam public anger is rising following revelations 108 students used their elite connections to gain entry into top schools. A total of 53 students in the group have voluntarily dropped out following the charges, or have been expelled from their institutions, the report said, quoting local Vietnamese news sources. All students accused of cheating in last year's June entrance exam hail from one of two provinces: Hoa Binh and Son La, both located in the northwest region of Vietnam, about 2-6 hours from Hanoi, the capital. The students were enrolled at Vietnam's most prestigious schools: National Economics University, Foreign Trade University and Hanoi Medical University. A total of 16 Vietnamese education administration officials who abetted the students have been arrested and were taken into custody. The students were helped from the inside; students' answers and scores were saved to two separate CDs in Hoa Binh and Son La. One CD reportedly contained the students' responses, the second CD contained the scores, but the original data was tampered with before they were processed for final scoring, according to KBS.
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    Today, 05:25 PM
    “Spygate and The Steele Dossier Were The Cover Story – The Real Issue is Years of Obama-era Surveillance and Political Spy Operations.”
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    Today, 05:20 PM
    I was against Trump before he exceeded my expectations, I will give Nigel the same consideration if he exceeds my expectations. I am also ready to drop Trump for anything better that comes along, the UK has UKIP that is better than Nigel.
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    Today, 05:14 PM
    The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite closed at record highs Tuesday, marking a resurgence for the stock market after a rout last year hampered its climb. The broad index rose 25.71 points, or 0.9%, to 2933.68, breaking past its previous closing high on Sept. 20 to finish at a new all-time record. The Nasdaq, meanwhile, jumped 105.56 points, or 1.3%, to 8120.82, topping its Aug. 29 record closing level. https://www.wsj.com/articles/global-stocks-weaken-as-oil-prices-climb-11556006653
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    Today, 05:12 PM
    I am not talking about fake crimes, those should be eliminated and the people who were incarcerated for them should have their records purged and be restored to full citizenship. Burglars, rapists and murderers etc. should not have a hand in determining government policy.
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    Today, 05:10 PM
    They said it was an unreasonable search/seizure. The article is behind a paywall at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-appeals-court-says-tire-chalking-by-parking-enforcement-officers-is-unconstitutional/2019/04/22/f412e304-6534-11e9-82ba-fcfeff232e8f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d49f2ab2b99c
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  • ATruepatriot's Avatar
    Today, 04:58 PM
    He's just about got it whipped. In the tracking link below he has made it across and only has a couple hundred miles left to go. I have been following him since he left Spain and many times he got stuck in the middle of the Atlantic going around in circles. That had to have been frustrating. But he is entering shipping lanes now which might be the most dangerous part of the trip.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 04:49 PM
    No, excessive immigration has far worse consequences.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    More proof he is controlled opposition.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 04:42 PM
    I am not ignorant, everywhere that felons are allowed to vote they vote for the party that destroys liberty the most. Your individual exception does not change that.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 PM
    That's nice but government and voting is a collective issue, if felons are allowed to vote YOU will have less liberty than if they are not.
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    Today, 04:32 PM
    We have no better place to run to:
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