social security

Rand Paul wants to raise your taxes

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December 8, 2011
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If you missed this yesterday then you aren’t reading Mr. Sonka’s good works at LEO’s Fat Lip:

If you don’t have time (or the stomach) for the jellied hair oracle, here’s the basics:

Leaving aside the ridiculousness of the “Social Security is bankrupt!” suggestion (or that the Democratic plan would defund it), what Paul is saying is that the middle class’ taxes should go up by $1,500 next year, so that a government program that he despises, wants to privatize, and calls a Ponzi scheme doesn’t go bankrupt. Even though it isn’t even remotely close to going bankrupt.

Go see Joseph for the rest.

Chandler comes out swinging on Bush Tax Cuts

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September 27, 2011
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Unfortunately, he just keeps missing. Whiff. Whiff. Whiff.

Swing away Ben:

“These were the largest tax cuts that we’ve had, maybe ever, but certainly in a very long time,” he said. “And they are a tremendous cause of the deficits that we’re looking at right now. And most of those tax cuts went to the very wealthiest people in this country.”

Chandler says wealthy people today have more money as a percentage of the economy than they’ve ever had in the history of the U.S.

“It’s kept us from having the ability to properly fund things like Medicare and Social Security,” he said. “So now people want to come along and say, ‘surprisingly, we don’t have the money to fund Medicare and Social Security.’ Well, of course we don’t. We’ve given all these big tax cuts to the wealthiest people in the country.

Ben is, of course, absolutely correct in everything he says.

Which makes it all the more ridiculous that Ben Chandler is a vocal and powerful supporter of the Bush Tax Cuts.

Let’s run through this again for Ben’s benefit, since he’s trying to play pretend.

Ben Chandler signed a pledge to NEVER raise taxes on the super rich.

Last December when a handful of turncoat House Democrats joined forces with House Republicans to force Obama’s shift on these very same destructive Bush Tax Cuts… Ben Chandler was one of the fools pushing for and then voting for extension of the Bush Tax Cuts.

And Last September, one year ago!, Ben Chandler was certainly singing a different tune — hitting the campaign trail and blasting the idea that anyone would raise taxes on the super rich.

Chandler has supported the Bush Tax Cuts over and over and over again. Now he attempts to play the other side.

Perhaps disgruntled Kentucky Democrats of the 6th District will be heartened by Ben Chandler’s words — perhaps they are so desperate for Ben to do something right that they will accept this.

But Ben Chandler acknowledging that he has directly helped cripple America’s “ability to properly fund things like Medicare and Social Security” should be of little solace to anyone who values either of those two programs, or who values the ideals of the Democratic Party.

So keep on swinging, Ben Chandler.

How many Dems out there are fooled by this pantomime?

 

Rand Paul, Social Security, means testing, and barbarous class warfare

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March 29, 2011
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Rand Paul recently spoke with cn|2 and repeated his soon to be unveiled Social Security plan: raising the retirement age and means testing.

Rand Paul claims that it’s OK to raise the retirement age because “we’re all living longer lives“. Well, some of us are, just not the people who need Social Security the most:

As you can see, the poorer half of America still isn’t living much longer, so those folks will just be out of luck.

But Rand Paul’s second solution to Social Security isn’t nearly as bad: class warfare against the rich (i.e., punishing the success of the wealthy).

Yes, means testing is reducing/denying Social Security benefits to people with an income above a specific level. Basically a special tax on the rich that will be redistributed to the rest of us (spreading the wealth, so to speak).

I’m all for this kind of class warfare, but how much money will we actually save? Unfortunately, not much. Unlike the Great Ronald Reagan, who raised Social Security taxes by $165 billion, there’s not much to squeeze out of the rich:

Again, while I agree with the class warfare against the rich/wealth redistribution/punishing success strategy of Rand Paul, there’s just not much to show for it, unfortunately.

But at least means testing is one area where we can come to some sort of non-vehement disagreement.

Now if Rand Paul was able to package all of this into some sort of Soviet Five-Year Plan, now we’d really be talking the same language:

Rand Paul discusses Ayn Rand movies and debt ceiling with Peter Schiff

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March 1, 2011
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Rand Paul was on former CT Senate candidate and apocalypse con man Peter Schiff’s radio show today.

First of all, Rand said that he saw the premier (preview?) of Atlas Shrugged, and oh man is it full of Liberty. He explains that unions are dangerous because Ayn Rand’s ridiculous novel has union characters in it that are bad and stuff. He’s hopeful that it turns into a big hit, so big that someone remakes the Fountainhead and improves on the old version. (Schankula already broke this, though)

He then delved into the debt ceiling vote and privatizing social security. Paul explained that he’s coming out with a 5-Year Plan (just like Stalin!) to balance the budget. Of course, by his own campaign pledge to never vote for a budget that isn’t balanced, this means that he’ll have to vote against his own bill if it ever comes up for a vote. Rand Paul then hints that he is going to vote against raising the debt ceiling, since the Republican leadership probably isn’t going to cut enough spending for his tastes. Of course, as Paul’s already admitted, this would cause the government to default. But this is wise, he claims, because we may well have a default crisis later if the debt ceiling is raised. I guess he likes a sure thing. Later, Paul says that he’s down with privatizing social security, but there isn’t enough political leverage to make that happen. So he’ll just work on tweaking the communist mistake until public opinion comes around and he can slay it once and for all.

Aren’t Rand Paul interviews with the left and right more fun than ones with mainstream folks? I’d say so.

Also, I know you kids just can’t wait for this dose of Liberty, can you?

Teabaggers clamor for class warfare against the rich

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January 25, 2011
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Taking their country back?

“Currently, workers pay social security payroll taxes on up to $106,800 of their salary. To ensure the long-term viability of Social Security, would you rather have people pay social security taxes on salaries above $106,800, or would you rather see benefits cut and the retirement age increased to age 69?”

Raise payroll cap / Cut benefits

All 77 / 10

Dem 84 / 4
GOP 69 / 17
Ind 77 / 11

Tea Party 67 / 20

One could almost gain the impression that this very important social movement full of very serious patriots is kind of a joke. Or, one might assume that they are somewhat rational people, and those looking to push this regressive “moderate” reform of social security in order to woo them are the ones who are neither rational or moderate. Tough call.

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