Friday, February 3, 2012

humping seniors

HUMPING SENIORS
Guest articles this weekend, both days.
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Quite a few times I’ve mixed it up with loyal minions over the issue of Social Security.  In short, they deserve it, having paid, and I also deserve it but know I won’t see it and am merely appalled at their attitude ( not questioning their need or the fairness of it all ).  Why are they more worthy than I?  But I understand that the issue is impossible.  No one is going to walk away happy with this.  Having said that, I don’t like the fact that seniors are getting screwed ( get it? Seniors getting humped.  You thought I was talking about nasty old people bumping uglies ).  Young people know they will never see their payout and so don’t plan on receiving a check ( or, if they do see a check, it will be in hyperinflated money, near worthless ).  Plus, you do have to admit that paying into SS is probably cheaper than actually providing for your parents as they fall apart physically.  Old people, believing the lie, DID plan around receiving a check.  I can see screwing young people so the old people can survive.  But now both young and old are getting screwed.  The young pay 15% for a retirement they will never see, and the old are getting less and less in benefits every year.  This is either the third or forth year in a row that Seniors have gotten shafted.  At first there was no COLA ( cost of living allowance ).  We all know that energy and food are shooting up in price, so no COLA in effect is a reduction in benefits.  This year, there was a nominal COLA, but Medicare went up for deductibles.  One couple I know, after factoring in their decrease in subsidized rent, paid five times their COLA in extra rent and medical cost. 
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I think we can agree that most likely three years of an activity can constitute a trend.  The trend is that every year the seniors get humped.  As more and more of the tax revenue goes to nothing else but paying the central bank their interest payments, we get to see nifty things like our grandma living in squalor and the military seeing cuts ( I’m not saying both sectors can’t absorb a lot of cuts to eliminate waste, I am saying that sooner or later the cuts go from fat to muscle ).  Even as our wonderful bankers are printing up and loaning more and more money, tax revenue shrinks.  On the energy front you are seeing global production of oil falling at the same time all imports are being diverted to local use.  It is the same with governments and banks. More and more loans are being taken out at the same time revenue falls.  In the end, both outcomes are the same- systematic failure much quicker than the math previously indicated. 
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At first I was pissed because ObammyCare seemed to be nothing more than an insurance industry bail out.  Now I wonder if mandatory health care isn’t just going to be another Social Security.  Socialize retirement and make payments mandatory, then deny benefits.  Now the fedgov makes medical insurance mandatory.  But why?  Any beneficiary can immediately try to get his money back by having a doctor see him.  They aren’t waiting forty years to try to get their money back.  My best guess is that Medicare ( or perhaps its Medicaid- I get the two confused ), being in far more trouble than Social Security, can’t be slowly squeezed by inflation like Social Security is.  With medical industry inflation going on for decades, the program is already bankrupt ( so is SS, but far more is coming in from withholding for that whereas the Medicare withholding never kept up with industry inflation- which itself was caused by the very existence of government socialization ).  Now, you might ask yourself why the government doesn’t just say “screw-it” and just cancel the whole Medicare program?  I’m sure a casual glance into the finances would uncover a lot of money being diverted into the big financial interests and we all know the last thing to be bailed out will be a financial player with ties to the central bank.  The central bank controls the money supply, so the government is subservient and corporations are bit players.  To contend that evil corporations are ruining the country, you would have to assume those companies control the money spigot.  I’m sorry, who loans the corporations money? 
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So, by socializing medicine you take the money away from the doctors and hospitals and divert it to the money masters ( the taxpayer will pay the costs, as taxes diverted as is now done for the VA, but at the same time the insurance companies get their direct mandatory payment- privatized profits, socialized costs, just like the auto bailouts or bank bailouts ).  Before, the insurance industry raked off money, benefiting from industry inflation created by government welfare.  But once it got so high, people started dropping out.  Profit is in jeopardy, so you make coverage mandatory.  But you have to protect the profits so you must keep people from using their mandatory service.  My guess?  Socialized medicine drives off doctors ( who will of course retain responsibilities for their education costs ), so far fewer doctors are available, and BOOM!  Serious waiting lists for all care.  Seniors start dropping like crazy, although it all looks like natural causes.  To screw the younger ones, make receiving care a red tape nightmare ( you must keep coming back during business hours for paperwork, but you yourself must work to make the mandatory payments, so you keep paying but never go to the doctor ).  Hey, I don’t have all the answers, just a general direction indicated by past performance.  Somehow, it will be another tax without a benefit and somehow the bankers will make a bundle off the poor.  And people wonder why we are rooting for the collapse.

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4 comments:

  1. Jim no matter how hard you try, you don't get the fact that the US is filthy rich powerful and will never run out of money as long as the printing presses work.

    Article today how we owe ourselves the majority of the national debt. Everybody acts like China is going to tie a rope around the panhandle of Florida and drag it home with a tug boat. ( not that I would mind, ever been to Florida?)

    Now devaluation is dead on. I totally agree that our dollar has been rode hard and put away wet. I remember when coffee was a dime. All you could drink!Female companionship still costs you your soul and everything else you got or may ever have, so some things are inflation proof I guess. Nice format on the new blog!

    the rat

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  2. As a loyal Filet Minion I congratulate you on the new blog and new direction. The fresh new direction is an excellent choice and will serve as a springboard for your evolution as a thoughtful writer with opinions that matter.

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  3. Jan 31 Anonymous said,
    "P.S. Hate the new publishing schedule. Articles are posted too late for either an early morning read or the mid-day lunch break. Better when it's fresh! 'Mousse 1:25 PM"
    When I was a boy Bluebook, Guns and Ammo and my other favorite magazines were issued once a month.
    I don't know how much longer we can enjoy peace, and plenty. Enjoy.

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  4. The goal is to make the Goverment the single healthcare provider. Then they can charge whatever they want and deliver whatever they want. I have worked at a large public hospital for thirty years and the level of direct care is going down. New and better gadgets, less service and longer waits. Soon there will be two levels of care. The insured and those that can pay for quality care. DaaSwampman

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