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#3108507 - 01/03/13 10:18 PM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Super8]
Vermin93
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 Originally Posted By: Super8
The Government mishandled Social Security

The Government has borrowed $2.5 Trillion from our Social Security System. THERE IS NO CASH IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM. It is all government IOUs. To repay the IOUs, the government has to raise our taxes to repay our retirement???? This is criminal and morally wrong.

It would be different if they did not already spend the money!


Yep, they've basically spent all the Social Security contributions on Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, food stamps, various education "investments", farm subsidies, bailouts, ships, planes, missiles, rockets, tanks, soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, federal employees, natural disaster recovery, and about a million other things that the government spends our tax dollars on. The Social Security Administration likes to claim that the IOUs are just as safe as US Savings Bonds and that they are backed by the full faith and credit of the US Government. The only problem is that the full faith and credit of the US Government is on the road to ruin because of the ever increasing debt we are piling up every single day because of the all the money this government spends to buy votes from the American people who are more than willing to sell their votes to whichever politician promises them and their family the most stuff!
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#3108518 - 01/03/13 10:24 PM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Brisco Darlin]
Super8
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Here are 17 other things the government wasted tax dollars on last year:

17 Ways Government Wastes Your Money

1.Exporting Elmo: The U.S. Agency for International Development provided $10 million to a Pakistani arts organization to adapt “Sesame Street” for Pakistani toddlers. The money will also help pay for the creation of 130 episodes of the show.

2.Dragon Robots for Preschoolers: The National Science Foundation spent $131,000 on robot dragons designed to mimic human responses to help teach preschoolers language skills. Apparently interaction with real humans was deemed inadequate.

3.Virtual Mummies: Thanks to a $25,000 federal grant, visitors to the Milwaukee Public Museum will now be able to experience a “3-D high-definition, full-color true holographic or holographic-like exhibit of a virtual mummy unwrapping.”

4.Dead Man’s Party: Those who complain federal employment benefits are already too generous won’t be pleased to learn that many government workers keep receiving payments long after they’ve died. The Inspector General for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management says “the amount of post-death improper payments is consistently $100-$150 million annually, totaling over $601 million in the last five years.”

5.Cowboy Poetry: It’s hard to recall John Wayne reciting verse in any of the many Westerns he made, but cowboy poetry is a big enough phenomenon to have its own annual celebration. And this year taxpayers helped pay for it courtesy of a $50,000 contribution from the U.S. government.

6.Promiscuous Quail: The National Institute of Health gave the University of Kentucky $176,000 to determine if Japanese quail are more likely to have sex when high on cocaine. The study is scheduled to last through 2015.

7.Happiness is… Social Media: Another National Science Foundation grant for $198,000 paid for a University of California-Riverside study of “motivations, expectations and goal pursuit in social media.” Among the questions the study seeks to answer: “Do unhappy people spend more time on Twitter or Facebook?”

8.Guilty Pleasure: The federal government gave the Hawaii Department of Agriculture $50,000 to help pay for the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Chocolate Festival. The goal is to “highlight the culinary talents and products specifically linked to Hawaii’s chocolate industry.”

9.O Christmas Tree: The U.S. government spent $74,000 last year to help the state of Michigan “increase awareness about the role Michigan plays in the production of trees and poinsettias.” Michigan’s $40 million Christmas tree industry already ranks third in the nation.

10.High on Pizza: A private company was given $484,000 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a Mellow Mushroom pizzeria in Arlington, TX. Mellow Mushroom is a national chain known for its use of hippie and drug themes.

11.Tips for India: The National Science Foundation wants to help politicians in India do a better job. So it is awarded a $426,000 grant for research to determine the effectiveness of communications to citizens from officeholders. The U.S. sent $126 million in aid to India last year, even though it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

12.Art for Italians: The State Department contributed $350,000 for the United States to be part of the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. No word on how much the exhibit enhanced U.S. international relations.

13.Jobs for Barbados: The mixed success the government has had creating jobs here in America did not discourage the U.S. Agency for International Development from spending $1.35 million on an “entrepreneurship initiative” for the Caribbean island nation of Barbados. The U.S. unemployment rate has been over 8% for three years.

14.Video Game Powerups: A video game promotional organization in Massachusetts landed $100,000 to help developers create intellectual property and help businesses get access to capital. Video game development is a $2 billion industry in Massachusetts.

15.What Were They Smoking: The Virginia Commonwealth University received $55,000 in 2011 (part of a larger $170,000 grant) to study changes in the hookah smoking habits of students in the nation of Jordan. Among other things, the study sought to answer the question: “How many Jordanian students believe that water pipe tobacco smoking is more harmful than cigarettes smoking?” (Answer: 62.2 percent).

16.Chinese Puzzle: The Chinese economy is second only to that of the United States. And China holds billions of dollars in U.S. debt. So the U.S. government sent $17.8 million in aid to China last year to improve the Asian giant’s social services and clean up its environment. That makes sense, right?

17.Do You Believe in Magic: Did you know there is an American Museum of Magic in Marshall, MI? Well, the magic museum made $147,000 of your tax dollars disappear last year. The purpose of the federal largesse was to help the museum “better understand its various audiences and their potential interest in the history of magic entertainment.”

By the way, the researchers studying why chimps throw poop have theorized that it’s a form of communication. Maybe they’re trying to send a message to Washington.

Good Investing,
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#3108555 - 01/03/13 11:07 PM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Brisco Darlin]
Vermin93
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Those things you are listed are senseless, wasteful spending. However, they are a drop in the bucket. This chart shows the nation's spending problem and it's why I want to choke hypocritical conservative nitwits like Sean Hannity and John McCain and Mitt Romney when they talk about the need to tackle the debt crisis with spending cuts and entitlement reform but they get all upset at any talk about defense cuts or taxes. Any politician who is not serious about cutting spending in all 3 of those big pieces of the pie, and the little pieces as well, is not serious about addressing this nation's ever increasing debt crisis.



and this:

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#3108562 - 01/03/13 11:18 PM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Brisco Darlin]
hankll
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Ooops! To late folks the "majority" of Amerika spoke in the elections. They voted for Santa Claus, cause he was giving away the whole shootin match.....You can't beat Santa Bama at what he does best.....spending our money for the "poor unfortunates" on welfare, and the children who are starving....Ooh, its coming and we the working class are the ones that are getting our pay checks redistributed......just like Obumma designed it. It only gets better.........
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#3108563 - 01/03/13 11:18 PM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Vermin93]
CAW
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If you own your own business and need to let anyone go, please send the Obama supporters packing first. They wanted him to continue destroying this country, so it's only fair that they feel the impact.
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#3108565 - 01/03/13 11:21 PM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Vermin93]
Super8
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Over the last 30 years, the U.S. national debt has gotten 13 times larger. We have accumulated the largest debt in the history of the world and there is no end in sight.

In fact, we are rapidly running out of people to borrow money from. According to the Wall Street Journal, in order to repay maturing bonds and finance the exploding budget deficit, the U.S. government will have to borrow over 4.2 trillion dollars in 2013.

Eventually the rest of the world is going to lose confidence in the ability of the U.S. government to repay all of this debt. Once confidence in U.S. Treasuries is totally gone, and there are already signs this is starting to happen, the game will be over and the U.S. financial system will collapse.

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#3110288 - 01/05/13 10:52 AM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: Super8]
Bigswede3423
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Just got my first paycheck of the new year and lost $80. I get paid every two weeks so I just lost over 2k a year. I do work for the federal govt and I haven't gotten a raise in 4 years.
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#3110292 - 01/05/13 10:54 AM Re: Thank you Stupid Politicians [Re: CAW]
redblood
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 Originally Posted By: CAW
If you own your own business and need to let anyone go, please send the Obama supporters packing first. They wanted him to continue destroying this country, so it's only fair that they feel the impact.


absolutely
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