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Posted by amdx on June 6, 2010, 8:07 am

I posted this 6-4 9:44

Posted by wmbjkREMOVE on June 6, 2010, 2:27 pm

So what? That's a narrow view of SS and Medicare, the rates for which
need to rise to account for decreased worker to recipient ratio, and
healthcare cost increases that are dramatically outpacing inflation.
Here's a graph with a wider view.
And where's your "proof" about charities being held back by
government? Why make a statement like that you can't possibly support?


Posted by (PeteCresswell) on June 6, 2010, 1:00 pm

Per vaughn:

"Starving in the streets" might never happen, but I see very,
very hard times ahead for people on fixed pensions once the
government decides to inflate it's way out of debt.  People like
me are going do die in poverty.

Posted by vaughn on June 6, 2010, 3:06 pm

I have been very worried about that very thing ever since I started watching the
last administration bloat up the national debt.  Now, it seems that the very
same people who were cheering those tax cuts and that unnecessary/expensive war
are the same ones who are now "mad" about the national debt!

My personal strategy is to hold out as long as I can before filing for SS, even
if that means spending down my savings.  The longer I wait, the larger my future
monthly SS check.  SS is indexed for inflation but my pension is not, so I want
the SS portion of my future income to be as large as possible.   Our savings
will simply dissolve in the face of double-digit inflation, so I don't mind
spending some savings now while those dollars are still worth something! .


Posted by (PeteCresswell) on June 4, 2010, 10:05 pm

Per Malcom "Mal" Reynolds:

I am disappointed in the media coverage of this issue.

Been waiting to hear a discussion of how blowout preventers work,
what the various types are, and what the tradeoffs are among

Logically, there have tb more and less-effective/costly designs
and I'd bet a week's pay there was some dickering between the
drillers and the regulators on which designs had tb used.  

It would be interesting to hear what the cost/safety tradeoffs
were and how those negotiations were carried out.

Also, it seems like there has to be video footage of
Congressional/Senatorial debates on whether to allow deepwater
drilling or not and/or how to regulate it.  

I'd bet another week's pay that there's some really juicy footage
of various oil-industry-funded legislators bashing the tree
huggers and asserting how safe and foolproof the practice will be
- and I've gotta wonder if some of those legislators are the guys
we now see posturing and profiling on the evening news.....

Cynical?   Nahhhhh.... -)

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