Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am not always as thorough in scanning the news sources of the Web as I think I am. Or, maybe we have been bombarded with so much bad news since 2007/2008 that we’ve become mind-numbed and many events just don’t register any more. Or, maybe our government and their allies in the MSM are hoping we won’t notice certain things.
At any rate, today I want to cover a few things I’ve picked-up on that I think deserve more attention than they seem to be getting. I apologize in advance if I am sharing what for you is old news.
Perhaps the Rich are Getting Poorer Too
This past Saturday Maggie, of the Maggie’s Notebook blog, ran a piece about a Wall Street Journal article that I think deserves more attention. I’ll share some high lights here and you can checkout the article for more information.
Adjusted gross income filers of $1,000,000 or more fell from 390,000 in 2007 to 237,000 in 2009. That is 39% fewer million dollar plus income earners. As a result, this group paid $178 billion less in taxes.
Those with taxable income of $10 million or more dropped 55% from 18,394 persons to 8,274 in the same time frame and, therefore, this group paid 51% less into the governments coffers.
The net result of Obama’s jobs killing, wealth destroying machine, our government had to borrow an extra $130 billion in 2009 alone. Now, you would think that the Republicans in Congress would be talking this up and throwing it in Obama’s face every time he drags out that tired old song about the rich not paying their share. But, I’m not hearing anything. Are you?
Americans Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Should Be Worried!
On Monday, I came across this story from Yahoo News that tells us this:
New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts…
Folks, that is just a little over five years from now. And, I would guess that this estimate is predicated on over estimated GDP. How can the President and the Democrats not concede that it is time to reform the entitlement programs? Why aren’t the Republicans making more of an issue out of this very disturbing news? How many Social Security Disability recipients do you think are aware of this pending crisis?
Our Police State Takes On Another Layer
This old news that was reported by Big Government on January 1, 2010. That was when I was still virtually cut-off from news out of the US so excuse me for resurrecting this old news but I find it very disturbing. A big Hat Tip to Patricia (Loopyloo) at MY BLOG for the links that lead me to this story.
From the Big Government article I learned this:
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan issued an Executive Order which gave permission to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to operate within the boundaries of the United States. Reagan’s EO put INTERPOL under the same basic guidelines as the CIA, FBI, ATF and other Federal law enforcement agencies.
Two weeks ago, without any announcement, debate, discussion or inquiry from journalists charged with “speaking truth to power” President Obama issued an amendment to this EO. The amendment removed part of Reagan’s order that kept INTERPOL from having full diplomatic immunity while operating within the United States. In other words: Under Reagan and right up until two weeks ago, INTERPOL was authorized to operate within the USA but they did not have full diplomatic immunity and had to adhere to certain laws set forth for investigative agencies. Laws that prohibit authorities from violating our constitutionally protected rights.
So, not only does DHS have the right to knock down your door without a warrant now Interpol can do it as well and if you don’t like it you have no recourse because Obama has given them diplomatic immunity. I don’t know how you feel about this but I think it is BULL SHIT! At least Bush got the approval of Congress to take away our rights. But, Chicago thug Obama; he don’t need no stinking Congress.
The Conservative New Ager blog had this to say:
One of the things that makes me like Michele Bachmann is that she has said that if elected one of the first things she is going to do is go through all of Obama’s executive orders and throw out most of them…
Maybe the next President ought to go through all EOs back to the Carter administration and find out what other gems there might be.
Wasting Our Money Making Money?
There was a video I saw yesterday tha t I really wanted to share with you. Unfortunately this old man can’t remember where he saw it. Sorry! But let me tell you about it and if any of you can direct me to it I will insert it.
Apparently our Congress passed a bill in 2005 to produce commemorative one dollar coins honoring all past US Presidents. The US Mint has been dutifully producing said coins. Each coin cost about 34 cents to produce and they have minted billions of them. Guess what? Nobody wants them. Therefore, the US Mint is storing them in vaults. Billions of dollars worth of coins are bagged or boxed every day and put away in storage. And, now the Mint is planning to spend near $700,000 to build a new vault because they are running out of storage space. STUPID IS, AS STUPID DOES! How hard would it be to introduce a bill to put a stop to this nonsense? What is really scary is that you and I know this is just one of hundreds ,if not thousands, of ways our government waste our money every day. SIGH!
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?