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  •  What I want to know - we are supposed to (0+ / 0-)

    All wake up to the fact that some time in the next five to fifteen years, some super pandemic will eliminate much of the population of humanity. And yet we are then told that we are too worry about whether or not Social Security is solvent in the year 2034.

    Isn't it a bit contradictory?

    Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

    by Truedelphi on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 02:39:01 PM PDT

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    •  Can we bet on dignity in retirement? (1+ / 0-)
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      Just in case the meteor/killer virus/overnight melt of Antartica DOESN'T happen?

      Sheesh this reminds me of Reagan's Interior Secretary James Watt who insisted there was no point trying to conserve natural resources or wilderness areas of Federal lands because after all we were in the Last Days and Rapture was Nigh.

      I mean we woud feel awfully dumb if we just surrendered to Superbug in advance and then find out that some kid Post-Doc in a Chinese or Indian lab came up with a universal anti-SARS and Flesh Eating Bacteria drug.

      Because it would be a little late to revive n Intergenerational funded retirement scheme from scratch in the face of Boomers NOT dying on the flu predicted schedule. - SocSec.Defender at - founder DK Social Security Defenders group - (hmm is there a theme emerging here?)

      by Bruce Webb on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:32:54 PM PDT

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      •  I am a bit more worried about my friends and my (0+ / 0-)

        myself dying from the new austerity packages that are being dreamed up to slash Social Security than by some super pandemic.

        And teh thing is - the nation has plenty of money. Don't beleive me - look at this piece up in the web-o-sphere a month ago - one of the richest counties in the nation is getting a one million dollar MRAP vehicle to use just in case there is ever another Aurora style theater shooting.
        Link I am citing is this one:
        These vehicles were designed so our troops would be able to better survive IED attacks on the roads of Iraq.
        I love how the apologist for this pathetic waste of tax monies (not like we need those monies during this time in history for things like schools!) say this would be a great thing in case of a theater shooting like we saw in Aurora Colorado. But Marin County has a main road that is backed up by freeway traffic jams quite often.  When I lived there, you could have a traffic jam almost 24/7! I have no idea how you would get that vehicle from one end of the county to another - but hey - maybe Homeland Security could devise a $ 12million dollar helicopter that could fly the thing from the north end of the County in San Rafael to the south end during rush hours!

        Anyway, the design is sleek and delightful and good to know that the coming 22% decreases in Social Security checks will enable the Federal Government to keep our country's military contractors devising such needed items! And a total of 66 counties in California have officials who have asked Homeland Security to send them one of these damn things!

        Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

        by Truedelphi on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 08:03:25 PM PDT

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