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    where4art

    If Social Security and Disability and Medicare and the other programs we pay into while working (i.e., these programs are paid for in advance!) are so bad and 'making us weak,' then why does the US rank way, way, way down on the list of 'best countries in the world to live in' or 'countries where people are most contented or happy'???

    The countries that make the Top Ten on the list every year have not only Social Security (or whatever they call the same thing), they also have PAID parental leave for BOTH parents that can be one or sometimes up to two years (some even make it mandatory for the first few months for both parents when a new baby arrives so they can bond with the child), PAID child care when the parents are working, PAID sick leave for one's self OR when one has to stay home and be a primary caregiver for a family member, and the only thing they need to remember to take with them to the doctor or hospital is their medical card; medical care is free to everyone, and prescriptions are either free or can be obtained for a very reduced cost.  Their jobs are guaranteed to be there when the doctor says it's okay for them to return to work.  In those countries, NO ONE goes into debt or mortgages their home or goes bankrupt over the cost of medical care, and no one has to hold a benefit dinner and concert to raise money if a neighbor has a tragic accident befall them...!!!  Oh, and as a bonus, they get five or six weeks a year PAID vacation, too!

    High tax base?  Ya, you betcha.  But few complain because the benefits are for everyone across the board from king or queen to poorest commoner.  Weak militarily?  Depends on what one calls "weak."  Able-bodied people are expected to do national service for a couple of years..., but they don't have stockpiles of nuclear weapons with which they could blow up the entire earth 20 times over, and the majority of their national budgets do NOT go toward military costs that break their treasuries because of leaders who lie to them to start illegal and unconstitutional wars.  Their national budgets go toward taking care of their people, maintaining and building roads, bridges, public buildings, transportation, internet communications for everyone, and the like.  They have a modern military with good training, but they don't go overboard about it.

    Taking care of ALL of one's own citizens makes a country civilized.

    The US of A...?  Not so much.

    In the US, the majority of the politicians (Bernie Sanders excepted) have jumped on the bandwagon with the unregulated banks and Wall Street Casino and corporations who all want to get their hands on the $2.6 Trillion in the Social Security Trust Fund, and suddenly they want to break a system that has been working efficiently for 75 years.

    What's the going rate nowadays to buy off a politician to vote for legislation that amounts to high treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors...???  It sure seems that getting into politics has been profitable for some of them..., with Darrell Issa being #1 now, and John Kerry #2.

    BUT, take notice...!  As long as Moronic Media keeps repeating the "Social Security is going broke" meme without questioning the odd factoid that the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.6 Trillion SURPLUS..., then We The People are not calling our Congress Critters demanding they make DoD and the military and the Pentagon account for the lost Billions in cash in both Iraq and Afghanistan, or demanding they cut the grossly inflated budget and costs for the military and we are not calling politicos to demand they end the illegal and unconstitutional wars started by the previous administration....

    Right...?

    That makes talk of "fixing Social Security" the grandest distraction of all....

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 03:14:57 PM PDT

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