(how did we get into Iraq in the first place? Afghanistan? The only vote I remember is the one that allowed George W. Bush the power to do anything he wanted to kill all dem terrerists using whatever means necessary, and I wasn't asked for my opinion on that one)
If you can't measure it, it isn't proven but that doesn't mean it isn't true. Radiation for example didn't suddenly blink into existence the first time it was measured.
The difference is that no one claimed radiation or x-rays existed until evidence of them was discovered.
Is it not natural for someone seeking the truth behind everything to seek out religion for areas where there will always be gaps?
No it is not. If you are looking for the truth it doesn't make sense to turn to superstition for it.
Voting is our right and our duty therefore we must vote for someone
"Free" is more complex, more subtle, more difficult to achieve, and -- on the upside -- vastly more beneficial to long-term GDP growth.
In theory, however in reality you can see what government intervention in economics achieves simply by looking at the problems in the US economy right now.
You may not realize this, but the social security trust fund is running on SURPLUS because of the boomers paying in all their lives and are just now retiring and drawing from their fund-- they were supposed to DIE before the trust fund ran out at the rates they were paying in. Its their money. Previous generations GOT PAID back my parents are now, if that is a scam....
The SSA are currently paying more in benefits than they are receiving in contributions, and this will only get worse. Your parents were taxed and then now are getting paid through the taxes of others. Don't pretend this is some type of investment fund they put money into.
Now maybe we don't want to pay the gap from the underestimates in cost of living, lifespan, and unregulated medical costs... but they deserve their money back they put in.
Sure but in this case that means raising taxes on younger people in order to give them that money back. Don't young people deserve their money too?
Maybe they shouldn't have added onto the program and we should have let all the retards and autistics starve and die. Maybe its the kids fault his parents generation polluted etc and made them early social security net-losses who have been draining the system prematurely at higher than predicted rates... (or they didn't want to pay what they agreed to support while possibly feeling guilty for contributing to higher rates of needy.)
Yes I'm sure they would all have just died. The problem is that this system is a legal ponzi scheme. It takes from the young and gives to the old, and hopes that there will be enough young in the future to continue the process as the previous youth become old and retire. To think that this is somehow sustainable or even should be done at all is insane.
Since I'm paying into the trust fund most my life I want my money back later and it SHOULD be enough money because I do not live in a baby boom and the population is NOT shrinking. I'd rather they took it and kept it safe than me manually save X amount every paycheck with greater risk and no ability to "sponge" on anybody should I end up a cripple or something.... my bank collapses...etc.
Ok then so let's make it optional. So then people like me who know that trust fund "assets" are based on bonds and other IOUs don't have to have their money stolen and spent. I know how to save money, so why is it mandatory that I pay in? Oh yeah that's right because I'll be retiring far past 2037 and by then the scam will be over.
Another thing, our government isn't a choice. I didn't sign a social contract saying I would give my share of wages to some small minority to do whatever they think is best for our society, and neither did you. A bunch of emails or calls to your "representative" will get him to recant something he said, or maybe even swing his vote a particular way, but if you think anything threatening their power or money will change, I suggest you review the history of our government a bit more.
Now we talk like social security are general fund welfare programs but these are things WE ALL (except rich) pay into our whole lives and for generations now and we deserve to get what we paid for / invested in! I PAID for them and I'm fucking going to get my money back when I need it!
Social Security is a scam. If you think future generations of people are going to accept higher taxes to pay for your retirement you are dreaming. We need to end this stupid program now.