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Journal DaytonCIM's Journal: Tuesday: retcon 11

Oh, I wish I had a Holy Hand Grenade.
I am hopeful (but realistic) that Sensation will come to the West Coast in 2012. When it does the kids go to Grannie's house and the wife and me are off!
The realist in me knows that Sensation won't work in the States... but I can dream!
Baseball in 2 days...
If I had a Holy Hand Grenade, then all of my problems could be solved - rather quickly and with a loud bang!
This is from my "holy shit, he's a complete idiot" file:

Rick Santorum says the [Social Security] system has design flaws, but the reason it is in big trouble is that there aren't enough workers to support retirees. He blamed that on what he called the nation's abortion culture. He says that culture, coupled with policies that do not support families, deny America what it needs â" more people.

Not making that shizal up... nope.
In SoCal, it's big news that USC's Kappa Sigma fraternity is 'appalled' by photos of couple having sex on a USC building rooftop. "While the actions that were taken did involve a member of our chapter we, in no way, support this kind of behavior, nor do we promote any such actions," Ayushi Gummadi was quoted as saying.

Gummadi said inquiries into the incident had been launched and that the fraternity member seen in the photos had been suspended "for conduct unbecoming of a Kappa Sigma and a gentleman."

Wait... what? A frat, no a USC FRAT arguing ethical and moral character here? Whoa... I think that is the 3rd sign of the apocalypse. Maybe the Mayans were right.

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Tuesday: retcon

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  • Doesn't it require population growth to work? Seriously asking - aside from anything the congress critter had to say. (As I'm pretty sure the population is growing)

    Will it work if population growth is flat?

    Has anyone ever achieved flat growth or is it a question of growing or being in decline?

    I can't help it, these are things I'm wondering about now.

    • What is really strange is Santorum is against unlimited immigration. We could easily make up the missing population simply by issuing 54 million green cards; 12 million to those illegal aliens already here, plus an additional 42 million.

      • I think the conservative resistance to immigration from Mexico is funny on another front - they are Roman Catholics and would be a great buffer against the "Islamification" of America.

        • Actually, very few American Conservatives are Roman Catholic. They count on that as a voting base, but from the number of divorces, they're still mainly WASPs.

      • What is really strange is Santorum is against unlimited immigration.

        Tire spikes are no better than a fence. Traffic has to flow both ways

    • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

      It requires the military to pay back the fucking t-bills they have been buying from the social security administration since the mid 80's. Boomers, loathsome and pathetic as they are, have been paying more for Social Security, both to pay for their parents' benefits and to prepay some of their own.

      As far as Santorum's idiocy regarding the 'abortion culture', can he explain how the average slob can afford to have a half dozen kids?

      • I'm not a fan of abortion - and I really don't like the idea of it being used as a method of birth control. But I don't like tying it into some kind of economic argument either. I think it's a moral issue and ought to be approached as such.

  • But what he's missing is the other side. YES, it requires population growth to work, but it also requires a huge assumption that the allowable retirement age is the average lifespan + 1 year.

    In other words it's not just abortion that is causing the problem, it's also the stubborn numbers of baby boomers living past age 66.

    To truly balance Social Security and turn it back into the Ponzi Scheme it started as we need to:
    1. Remove the FICA tax cap- FICA needs to be a flat tax, not a 0%-12%-0% bracketed tax (o

    • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

      So are the 42 million and the 88 figures just plucked from your ass, or is there some reasoning behind them? And what do you think the effect of 54 million people will be on wages?

      • 12 million illegal immigrants already in country. 54 million dead from abortion according to the Guttmacher Institute, since 1973. 54-12=42.

        When Social Security was first introduced, in 1935, the average life expectancy was 64, and the retirement age was set at 65 for a reason- so that more than half of Americans would work to put money in the system, but die before they could take any out. The current average life expectancy is 87, so we need to set retirement age at 88.

        Yes, there will be a good deal of

        • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

          Your life expectancy numbers are ridiculous. Start by looking at the distribution of age of death. Then, for shits and giggles, compare to income and any other marks you like (sex, race, etc.)

          And your last line, concerning wage depression doesn't even begin to address the issue.

          Usually you're a bit better thought out than this. You gotta back up your arguments better just to keep true to yourself, let alone to convince others.

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford