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The annual Social Security surpluses that Congress has been spending on other programs will begin to dissipate. The Trustees have stated that in 2016 these surpluses will disappear indefinitely. The federal government will then have to raise taxes or severely cut spending on other federal programs to pay out Social Security benefits. It is necessary for Congress to begin focusing on solutions to this problem. Plans that include a savings element in Social Security would help to increase future retirees' financial security."
Excuse me! Did they not take our funds and place them in the General Fund to be used for their salaries, perks and their pet projects! I would like to see the Gray Brigade go after them for this? Sue B. O'Dea
I've read 90%of the comments here and I agree with most of them. But I'm a realist also. Yes we need to monitor and cut Congress' salaries/benefits etc, since in most cases they are all so wealthy anyway...but how do we do it? THEY are the ones who pass the laws. We need an avenue to do these with. The government: the EPA funds every state with money to do it's job whether it's enforcement, air quality, water etc...yet we still have 10 Regional offices located across the U.S., each with about 800-900 federal employees and another 400 or so contractors....this should be eliminated, let the states do their job. The DOEducation? kill it, it is hardly worth the money we sink into it. The GSA? Kill it, most agencies can get their own contracts etc, this agency has outlived it worth, years ago. HUD? Please give me a break. This is an agency created for black americans to have a job, its worthless, does not accomplish anything. The DOEnergy? Again, this could be cut back severely, focusing on new energies it was suppose to do, some 30 or so years ago. What have we accomplished with them? We don't need someone to sit behind a desk thinking up ideas for America, when all they have to do is come to Germany or anywhere in europe to see what is being done here. Foolish. AID, a waste of taxpayer money because they cannot audit their funds they spend. In Iraq and Stan, there is more money flowing into corrupt hands than into the infrastructure, according to the Army returning from there. They are disgusted with what they see. Let's see what else? Yes, the Czars are out, defunded as is the White House's budget. This ought to cut out the extravaganza Spanish trips by Her Highness, and cut her staff. She'll have to make do with 3-4 people. His Highness' budget is cut also. If he wants to go somewhere he can spend his $400,000 salary. The heads of Agencies need to be held responsible for screw ups, none of this slap of the hand business. I'm tired of it. The ARMY IS GETTING READY TO ISSUE EVERY SOLDIER AN IPHONE AND PAY THEIR BILL. JUust read it in the Federal Times. Of course they have some no-nonsense reason for doing this, but all I see is a tremendous expenditure of funds "lost" iphones, "stolen" iphones etc., so I say let's cut back the military. There is nothing wrong with putting the Army and Air Force back together again, their functions are overlapping anyway. Every service has an Intelligence, payroll, budget, contracting, personnel, etc etc. Cut back on the number of Generals, as years ago, the job was for a LtCol or Col, now has progressed up to Brig or Maj General. I see so many Generals on the news it makes me sick. While we're at it, I would like to see all civil servant jobs audited for grade creep. Years ago for example a Congressional Liaison (a person who responded to a Congressman's question about something via letter) was graded as a GS-9 or 11. There has been no difference in the job, there may be more work load, but this is NOT a condition that increases a grade; so today that person now holds a GS-13 slot. And surely, you've heard all the crap about the feds and their salaries. This "freeze" Obummer put on the feds is a hoax. All he did was eliminate the potential 1.4% COLA....but the steps each year that a civil servant is qualified for each is 3% alone. It is estimated that of 1.9mil feds, 900,000 will receive in-step increases. Yeah it looked good on paper and for the public but it should have frozen everything. Their salaries should be moved back to 2008 levels. These guys can contribute their fair share to the problems of America. If they don't like it they can quit and try to find another job that pays as good. The FAA controllers tried this with Reagan. After being fired, it took some 10 years to get their GS-14 jobs back. You cannot strike in the government, as a federal employee.
WE NEED TO CUT GOVERNMENT. We need to cut grants to Universities. We have Professors working on grants for their great salaries and not teaching in classrooms; their TA's are doing their work and I believe the students are suffering.
Ok, I've gone far enough to bore everyone, so I'll stop. These things are all serious. If these were taken care of, other programs could be properly funded. If the government would remove all the crap they've added to SS, then it would survive just fine. If they would kill the "agreement" they are working on with MEXICO for their citizens to be able to come here and get SS, our system would work fine. And for sure I'm tired of hearing that the SS fund it almost gone when the Congress has conveniently forgotten the IOU's they owe to the SS fund. Some of these things just boggle my mind as they seem to logical and common sense, yet these people in Congress are so wrapped up in getting reelected their focus is fuzzy. We need to wake them up! my 2 cents, thanks...and I hope many in Congress are reading this.
R. Ray: I think it is more than union problems that triggered outsourcing jobs.
It was an orchestrated act by government.
I do agree that unions are a problem today.
In NYS the biggest lobbyist is the NYSUT (NYS United Teachers) and they are for the teachers not for the students at all.
We are tanking here too and this group supported the DREAM ACT.
We can't take care of the current citizens but now this?
They also advocate a human rights and a social justice curriculum.
Best they try reading, writing and arthmetic. We pay alot for educating children but no return on investment -- high drop out rates.
NYSUT would like to see GLBT issues in schools: http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/labor_15902.htm
Unions are encouraged to misbehave by union leader in charge, Andy Stern.
Watch for him to try and get his toe in China or India -- then see what happens.
You are not alone.
We all fear for our children and grandchildren.
Time we get on school boards and board of education committees.
It's one way we can turn the tide back to education and not issues that rightly reside in a family. (like sex issues, like go and follow the law and become a citizen)
Bob: Oh wow -- you know. I'm impressed.
Yes, my brother in law worked there for quite a while but lost his job when the place closed.
Troy Bilt employed quite a few people and they were very unhappy when this happened.
Perhaps the company is not doing as well as it did when in fact it was TROY Bilt.