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What would it mean to our economy if people like me could retire...

...and "get out of the way"?

And furthermore...if I can't retire then who can?

I suspect there are many others in similar situations.

Here is my scenario:

Townhome in north county coastal San Diego, CA is paid off and ready to rent ($2,000 to $2,500 per month).
I have twenty years in at work and I am 55 so retirement is available at about 54% of pay.
I have another 457 retirement account about $55K in it and the wife will have, in two years, a retirement of $1,000 per month for 10 years.
We also have a CD at around $100K gaining minimal interest at around 2% plus other funds in Roths and conventional IRAs totaling around $60K.
We want to hit the road in our RV for a long while.
Can't retire though. No retirement health plan at work. Health insurance way too costly (preexisting condition).

Fortunately or unfortunately I have lived frugally and acquired too much to risk without insurance.


The software code used in...

...gaming machines, at casinos, is regulated and transparent.

The software code used in voting machines is deemed "proprietary", by the corporations that own them, and therefore is not subject to inspection.

Do I have my facts correct?


Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’


Removing voters from the voting rolls,...

...tabulating votes on private machines, and corporate ownership of most of TV and radio.

Why that's a Republican wet dream come true!


Our parents, church, and school...

...all train us to obey authority figures or else we are punished.
We are brainwashed to "fit in".

Our parents treat us not as people but as property when we are young.

Church threatens us with Hell.

I worked at an elementary school and witnessed a kindergarten teacher drag a kid outside and berate him by saying, "All the other kids are behaving so why aren't you". In other words ingraining into this child that he must succumb to peer pressure yet, in a few years, he was taught "just say no" to peer pressure.

"I have no intention of accommodating corporate power ...

...whether it hides behind the mask of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney."

I admire Chris.


Attachment to "non-attachment"

So my wife and I attend a beautiful service here in Encinitas CA at the SRF.

The monk clearly spelled out the pitfalls of being attached to this "dream" we are in.
He pointed out movies as a particular danger for getting "caught up" emotionally and not remaining aloof and detached.

Hey I can dig that!

Now here's the fun part (my smart-ass side)...when the service was over I noticed that a brochure featured an "inspirational movie night" in two nights featuring the life of Yogananda.
I was so tempted to go over to the monk, point to the brochure, and ask him, "Remain detached from every movie including this one?"

Where there are followings you will find "attachment"...just sayin'


Scheer: Supreme Court Leaves Romney in the Cold

Posted on Jun 28, 2012

By Robert Scheer

Mitt Romney is an idiot or, even worse, is pretending to be one. His tantrum of a response on Thursday to the Supreme Court’s health care decision was pure playground: As president I will own the ball, and the game will be played by rules that leave me a winner.

That game has already been called in a decision written by the top-ranking conservative jurist, and shorn of the constitutional objection; Barack Obama’s health care plan now will be judged by its practical outcomes. Romney’s promise that “I will act to repeal Obamacare” from “my first day as president of the United States” is a prescription of destructive gridlock for a program already well under way.

By immediately committing to reverse a health care reform based on the very program he implemented as governor of Massachusetts, Romney has gone to war with himself. Obviously, neither he nor his advisers has yet grasped that the decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts has changed the terms of the debate.


Romney’s devil is now in the details. What exactly in this massive overhaul, much of it widely popular although costly, would he shed? The court already has limited federal pressure on the states to increase assistance to the poor. Bereft of that handy demagogues’ argument, Romney and his fellow critics are left with eviscerating programs that assist the struggling middle class through obviously fairer access to heath care than has been provided previously by the insurance industry.

If Romney now dares to oppose the popular items in the bill, such as requirements for the insurance companies to cover young adult children or people with pre-existing medical conditions, he is finished as a candidate before he begins. And if it is the universal coverage mandate that he would eliminate, he is left with the government stepping in to fund the good stuff, and that is what the Republican right derides as socialized medicine.

This is the petard that now hoists Romney.


Deficits and Family Values


Very good article regarding D.C. protest June 11th

Hemp Harvest Protest in Front of White House Begins

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- CEO Bets President Can't Prove His Hemp Plants are Marijuana

American Farmers Continue to be Shut Out of Booming Global Industry


Bronner adds, "I expected more from President Obama. The President can simply direct the Department of Justice to respect industrial hemp grown pursuant to existing state hemp programs, such as North Dakota's. Everyone is sick and tired of America's bankrupt policy on hemp that forces our company to send well over a hundred thousand dollars every year to Canadian farmers. I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors' hysteria regarding hemp. I really don't know what else to do to get our 'Chief Law Enforcement Officer' to take a rational science-based approach to hemp policy in this country."

Mr. Bronner's protest is a direct action in response to a recent White House statement falsely conflating non-drug industrial hemp with marijuana. This intentional conflation by White House officials is used to justify a policy that prevents American farmers from growing industrial hemp, even under existing state licensing programs. Information on the new regressive White House hemp policy...

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