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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:22 AM
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In case it was unclear, no one represents you. You're on your own.
Today was just another day in Fuckyouville when AARP said they'll stop opposing cuts to the safety net. Many of us have always known they were a scam. Now they simply have stopped hiding it.

It has long been true that your government is simply self preservative - except for that part that works directly with your owners.

Unions are dead.

Liberal voices are silenced.

The media lies to you.

Your elected officials work for only one thing: reelection.

You're on your own, boys and girls. Form your own gardening and firewood coops, cuz that's the best you can hope for.

By the way, you do know the Red Cross sends a bill for services rendered after they help you, don't you?









I'm going back to sleep now.
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:23 AM
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1. "Form your own gardening and firewood coops"
Already working on it
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:29 AM
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2. There's plenty of "F*ck you" to go around. From "F*ck you and your wish
for marriage equality, because honey I've got _mine_," to "Don't you have a food bank in your community?"

And it's not just the gubbmint, the media, AARP and the RC. It walks among us.
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meow mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:30 AM
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3. +rec
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:37 AM
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4. +1!
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:49 AM
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5. My solution will be to
eat the rich.

I like mine crispy on the outside and pink in the middle. I expect some nice recipes on the net.
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bengalherder Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 12:54 PM
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6. And my husband wonders why I love old 70's movies.
There are precious gems of social commentary tucked into the sleaziest stuff sometimes.

The sad thing is that we were warned against this.

Perhaps the budget wasn't big enough for us to take it seriously.

BRB, warming up the VCR. :D
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 11:14 PM
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7. The consent of the governed.
Each day, I ask myself why I should consent to this.

Respect for the law is predicated on the belief that lawmakers are operating in the public interest.
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cantbeserious Donating Member (270 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:43 AM
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8. America - Laissez-faire Democracy At Its Best - You Need Help - Help Yourself
eom
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 08:12 PM
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23. you are not fooling anyone
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:20 AM
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9. Now I have not reviewed all that was said at Netroots, but
I felt that we are on our own... Our elected officials have been gifted with so much,corporate money, they don't even care what we think, want, or that they are not following the laws....
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:21 AM
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10. *******AARP HAS DENIED MAKING THE STATEMENT*******
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:55 AM
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14. from their website
http://assets.aarp.org/aarp.org_/web/marketing/membersh...

WASHINGTON AARP CEO A. Barry Rand offered the following statement in response to inaccurate media stories on the associations policy on Social Security:

Let me be clear AARP is as committed as weve ever been to fighting to protect Social Security for todays seniors and strengthening it for future generations. Contrary to the misleading characterization in a recent media story, AARP has not changed its position on Social Security.

First, we are currently fighting some proposals in Washington to cut Social Security to reduce a deficit it did not cause. Social Security should not be used as a piggy bank to solve the nations deficit...Social Security is a critically important issue for our members, their families and Americans of all ages, especially at a time when many will have less retirement security than previous generations with fewer pensions, less savings and rising health care costs. And, as we have been for decades, we will continue to protect this bedrock of lifetime financial security for all generations of Americans.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:59 AM
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15. It was a qualified denial.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:25 AM
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20. And then they admitted it:
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 12:39 PM
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22. *****WHO THE FUCK CARES????***** THIS IS ABOUT MUCH LARGER ISSUES
WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING????????
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:22 AM
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11. The AARP decision is really horrifying. But my Congressfolk represent me. They have to.
We don't have Diebold in this state. Our representatives will face some measure of accountability if they totally screw up. That being said, they don't count for much in the face of overwhelming corruption absolutely saturating the rest of the government.
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cameozalaznick Donating Member (624 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:23 AM
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12. I called them and I expect they're going to be walking back...
From this very soon. The woman on the phone said that a statement would be forthcoming. They're not stupid... Their members are screaming bloody murder about this. In the meantime, I used the opportunity to school the woman on how to fix soc sec without cutting benefits.

One more time for the back of the class...

Social security and Medicare have their own funding sources. They are not contributing to the deficit.

A simple fix for SS: raise the cap. SS is currently only collected on $106,000. So anyone making more than that does not pay anymore into the trust fund. A CEO or hedge fund manager pulling down seven figures, only contributes on the first $106,000. The cap is raised from time to time to account for inflation, but has obviously not been raised enough.

Please arm yourself with the knowledge of these two taking points. Be ready with them when the opportunity arises to use them on someone who doesn't know (like the AARP lady). And in the meantime, contact your representatives and tell the to fix SS by raising the cap. I don't have an answer yet on Medicare. I'm working on it.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:20 AM
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18. Social Security
is paid from the general fund. There is no SS Trust Fund per se. It's actually debt obligation the Feds owe to the people who pay SS taxes. By raising the retirement age for SS, the government is actually decreasing previously agreed upon expenditures and is in essence reneging on its debt obligations to the American People, something it would never consider doing to any other class of creditor, foreign or domestic.

If you want a simple and permanent solution to the long term solvency of the SS system, the federal deficit, state deficits and all other public revenue shortfalls, simply repeal the Bush tax cuts and apply the FICA tax to all income, from any source and to all corporate pre-tax income. Do that and you've solved not only the SS dilemma but all the nations phony financial problems.
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:55 AM
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21. Excellent! If corporations enjoy the rights afforded to citizens they should also
bear the responsibilities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_personhood
Proponents of corporate personhood believe that corporations, as associations of shareholders, were intended by the founders and framers to enjoy many, if not all, of the same rights as would the shareholders acting individually, such as the right to lobby the government, the right to due process and compensation before being deprived of property, and the right, as legal entities, to speak freely. All of these rights have been upheld by the U.S. courts
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:24 AM
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13. Hope! Change! Lily Ledbetter! nt
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WingDinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:02 AM
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16. Wrote a song about it, and it goes like this
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RadiationTherapy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:06 AM
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17. Work as little as possible. Live as hard and as beautifully as you can.

I realize this is a 'non-solution' for those hurt and hurting, but nonetheless. There is very little reason to be invested in 'america the idea' any longer.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:23 AM
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19. Spot on. Thank you. nt
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 08:16 PM
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24. The Red + sends a bill?! Whaaat?!
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