Flash Editorials September 17, 2011

By Russell D. Longcore

International: At the EU’s meetings this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that there will be NO Eurobonds. The German economy is being used by the rest of the EU leeches as the host, and as you all know, leeches eventually kill the host by bleeding it to death. My guess is that soon, Germany will SECEDE from the European Union and reissue the Deutche Mark, saving their own country from ruin.

The Nation: At Monday night’s “Tea Party Debates,” EVERONE on stage…including Ron Paul…said Social Security and Medicare should be saved. And apparently, Governor Perry felt fine about writing in his book that SS was a Ponzi scheme, but when faced with voters, he nearly soiled himself trying to get away from those words. SS and Medicare are indeed Ponzi schemes, and ALL the candidates who want to save them are criminals. Deal with it.

The Nation II: Need any more reason to secede? In the debate, a teenager named Tyler Hinsley asked the candidates, “Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?” No presidential candidate could give a straight answer. The correct answer? 100%.

Religion: I see that evangelical kook-burger Pat Robertson tells his 700 Club audience that it’s OK to divorce your spouse if he/she has Alzheimer’s Disease. I guess that whole “til death us do part” promise doesn’t count if your spouse is non compos mentis. Same goes for a spouse in a coma, I guess. Kick ‘em to the curb and get you a new, better equipped model. Apparently the Reverend never saw the movie “The Notebook.” Pat…you’re an anal opening surrounded by a sphincter.

Economy: The weekly unemployment figures show a spike to 428,000 new jobless claims, 14,000 higher than last week. What else do I need to say?

Business: The green shyt hit the fan this week, covering both Republicans and Democrats with the aromatic effluent. Solyndra, a solar tech company, got a $535 million loan guarantee from Washington, then filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Bush administration started the process for the loan, and the Barry bunch finished it. The American taxpayers take it in the shorts. Who was their financial advisor? Goldman Sachs. But let me ask why anyone gives a shyt (staying with a theme here) about a mere half a billion. There is about $18 Billion in cash missing in Iraq…just disappeared and cannot be traced. The Bush administration flew cargo planes loaded with pallets of $100 bills to Iraq and handed out the cash like Trick or Treat candy. Anybody care about that?

Sports: The NFL has partnered with Homeland Security with the new “If you see something, say something” ad campaign, along with enhanced pat downs at all 32 football stadiums when you try to get into an NFL game. More training for Americans to do what they’re told. Makes me want to boycott the No Fun League for collaboration with the enemy.

Entertainment: Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney will soon wed Nancy Shevell,his third. The band at the reception will be ZZ Top, performing their hit “She Got Legs.”

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© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

5 Responses to Flash Editorials September 17, 2011

  1. Russell,

    Just a couple of observations from one who watched that particular debate.

    “The Nation: At Monday night’s “Tea Party Debates,” EVERONE on stage…including Ron Paul…said Social Security and Medicare should be saved.”

    Not quite. The good Doctor has stated, time and time again, that we have a moral obligation to continue to pay the folks who are already on SS and Medicare. He is correct. He has also stated that those who are not on SS or Medicare as yet should prepare for their own retirements without the interference of, or assistance from, the federal government. Also correct. If the individual States want to do a social security type plan or a medicare type plan it’s up to those States and their citizens.

    As for myself, even at 60, I’ll take land! Let me trade my SS and Medicare for an equivalent value of federally owned land in the unnamed state of my choice. 160 acres for SS and another 80 for Medicare. I require all rights to the land and everything on it and everything under it. I’ll survive comfortably thank you.

    “The Nation II: Need any more reason to secede? In the debate, a teenager named Tyler Hinsley asked the candidates, “Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?” No presidential candidate could give a straight answer. The correct answer? 100%.”

    The good Doctor was not given the opportunity to answer that question during the debate. As he wishes to repeal the 16th amendment, I would suggest that his answer would be the same as yours and mine.

    And a side note: Every candidate except Ron Paul was asked about the Federal Reserve. Wolf Blitzer specifically did not ask the good Doctor about his thoughts on the Fed.

    • dumpdc says:

      Sorry, Charles, but I WATCHED Ron Paul say that with substantive changes, SS would “be OK.” I have it on tape. Part 2: no question got all candidate’s responses, but the ones that answered Hinsley didn’t answer the question. Russ

  2. reinkefj says:

    I think that calling “Social Security Insurance” a Ponzi scheme is unfair to old Ponzi. It does quickly communicate and editorial about the value of SSI, but Ponzi could NOT make folks participate. He had to defraud them the old fashion way by deceiving them into voluntarily giving him their wealth. Uncle Sam sam put a gun to your head and says: “Pay me”! It is many things: mislabeling (it ain’t insurance), fraudulent (terms are subject to the whim of Congress), and ineffective (inflation exceeds roi). But, not Ponzi, because you were forced to play along. We know how to unravel it; Herman Cain brought up Chile. We know how bad it is (i.e., a wealth transfer from poor minority men to rich white women). We know the ROI (i.e., estimates are between a negative 2% to as high as negative 6%).

    There is an element of good public policy in it. Future taxpayers ought not be burdened with your welfare cost should you fail to provide for your old age. If you disagree with the mean old Libertarians who say “that’s your problem if you starve” knowing full well that there will be sufficient private charity to care for those truly in need. Then, be “liberal”, and say that as a condition of your protection provided by the military, you must provide for your old age to a certain level. Use the Insurance Companies to help individuals meet that minimum obligation through annuities that would be guaranteed by the pool of Insurance Companies selling such coverage. (Ever see Insurance Companies scrutinize each other in a “pool”. Think proctology exam. No one wants to be stuck with the other’s liabilities.)

    So, let’s find a better word than “Ponzi”. Unfortunately all the ones that I could come up with were not suitable for polite company.

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