Your Social Security contributions carry no legal promise, guarantee or obligation to be paid back to you. It's a general tax, as far as legal obligations go, and the Federal Government has zero legal requirement to pay you a single dime. It's not a retirement plan at all (because you are not guaranteed some sort of payback); it's simply a vote-buying mechanism.
You've posted that more than once, and so far as I know you're right, but..... I can't think of a surer way to trigger a revolution than to cease all Social Security payments. "My grandma is homeless because of YOU!" *blam* It's a really short conversation.
In other words, there's a reason they call it "mandatory spending." It may not be legally mandated, but even the Great Apathetic People would react to that change. Spy on them 24/7? Sure, no problem. Fight wars all over the world using their children? Sure, no problem. Charge them more for telecommunications than any other country? Sure, no problem. But even greedy imperialist warmongering elitist assholes know better than to touch Social Security.
You say that like it has any force of law. It doesn't. "Calls on Congress" doesn't mean shit, and especially right now when the House is controlled by The Other Party, it really doesn't mean shit.
Your blah blah is blah blah, so I'm fine with you being embarrassed.
The net result of the fed increasing the money supply and inflation, is a tax on everyone who currently owns US dollars, as each of their dollars now purchases fewer real goods.
That's as may be, but the cost of my mortgage next year will be exactly the same as it was every month this year, and that will be true for nearly 15 years. And it's by far the largest percentage of my spending.
Inflation can hurt, especially when income doesn't keep pace with it, but lots of things are pinned, immune to inflation for the duration of their existence. Fixed interest loans being the prime example. Even if my salary doesn't keep pace with inflation, my biggest expense won't budge, inflation or not.
As has been said here on Slashdot more than once, holding currency in inflationary times is bad, but owing currency is good. And have you seen how much the American people collectively owe? For once, the 99% don't get the raw end of the deal. (Unless their salaries are declining.)
Everyone knows the real money is in Girl Scout Cookies.
Is that what they're calling it these days...
Timothy. You claimed that the House originated President Obama's budget proposal. Citation needed please.
It does. The executive proposes the budget as required by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. The House turns the proposal into a bill, as required by the Constitution, editing it as it sees fit along the way. The executive can not create a bill. The bill then follows the normal constitutional procedure for introduction into the Senate, passage in both houses, reconciliation of the versions, and submittal to the executive for signature or veto.
The Constitutional requirements are actually very simple. Here they are, verbatim (including the habit of arbitrary capitalization of nouns common at the time):
"All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills." —US Constitution Article I, section 7, clause 1.
"No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time." —U.S. Constitution Article I, section 9, clause 7.
Our elected idiots need to be reigned in.
Reined! REINED GODDAMNIT! As in the reins on a horse. Reigning is what a king does. It's pretty much the exact opposite of the meaning of the idiom. A king does whatever he likes. A reined in horse goes where its rider wants.
Senator Feinstein has significantly less technological prowess than my cat, and has exhibited this on numerous occasions.
Less than a kitten, even.
It does not collect the content of any communication, nor do the records include names or locations. The NSA only collects the type of information found on a telephone bill: phone numbers of calls placed and received, the time of the calls and duration.
You can tell she's never actually seen her own phone bill. If she had, she'd know they include your name and address—just like the NSA data.
And while we're on the subject, when was the last time you saw an itemized phone bill? It's been at least five or six years since I've seen one. The NSA data has more information than a phone bill.
Here's a visualization of the MCT Heavy Lift Vehicles, to scale with the existing Falcon 9 and the under-construction Falcon 9 Heavy. (Rocket designation is fictional, of course.) The visualization includes possible cargo shrouds.
Yes, this monster will have a larger lift capacity than the Saturn V. Each individual Raptor is less capable than an F-1 engine, but there will be nine of them, rather than five.
I like how you think I'm a nihilist because I think space is empty. But you're not a nihilist because you think our planet is a "rock", and the species is doomed if we don't do what you want us to do?
On the one hand you have me, who advocates stopping wasting time on obvious non-starters, and we have you, who is so lost in imagination and sci-fi you really think you speak for the species.
What's this "we", white man? Nobody asked you to do shit. And you're not doing shit. So quit whining about the shit you're not doing.
On the one hand, we have you, who claims something that has been started and will be continued is an "obvious non-starter", and then we have the rest of us, who don't have a problem watching some guy spend his money.
And you just keep posting your drivel...
People think that they can get away with selling their soul because the dudes in Supernatural always find a workaround. Can't you tell that a tv show is FICTION? In real life you can't break a satanic covenant. Duh.
The Supernatural series is like ARV treatment: it makes people careless by letting them believe that there is no consequence for risky behaviors.
If you say so. I've never seen an episode of Supernatural. I thought it was more like Grimm. I didn't know the Christian deities showed up in it.
In real life, there is no counterparty in a satanic covenant, so that statement wasn't risky behavior. It's also why I'm still waiting on my bag of Cheetos.
So, like, creation. That's thousands of years old.
If you mean the Earth, it certainly is thousands of years old. It's also thousands of thousands of thousands of years old. Usually we just say billions because counting all the thousands is tedious.
But it does silently undo previous moderation you've done in the thread.
No one knows if this is a bug or a feature.
Since you are such a rational individual and by no way superstitious, you should have no fear to do the following: reply to this post by stating clearly that you hereby sell your soul to Satan for the price of a bag of Cheetos. If you have balls you will also include in this deal the souls of everyone in your family.
I hereby sell my soul to Satan for a family size bag of Cheetos. I include the souls of everyone in my family. And I'll sell your soul to Shiva for an original recipe Twinkie.