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11/10/14 - Illegal aliens violate our borders, break our laws, commit identity theft, tax and social security fraud by the millions. Yet they, and their leftist allies, have the gall to get offended when anyone calls them what they are: ILLEGAL. La Raza activists even started a well-funded “Drop The I-Word” campaign in 2011 to get news organizations to stop using the term “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigrants.” And they’ve even gotten the left-leaning New York Times and Associated Press, among others, to comply.
** The news just keeps getting better and better. ** WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The federal government is recognizing *** marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday. *** marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. The government's announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of *** marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia. * Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans' benefits. "With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving full equality for all Americans," Holder said. The attorney general said the government is working "as quickly as possi .. ...
Former Nazis should not be collecting Social Security benefits, the White House declared on Monday, a day after an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed that millions of dollars have been paid to war crimes suspects and former SS guards.
Senior Americans are burdened with student debt (Associated Press) Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments. Like Anderson, a growing percentage of aging Americans struggle to pay back their student debt. Tens of thousands of them even see their Social Security benefits garnished when they cannot do so. Among Americans ages 65 to 74, 4 percent in 2010 carried federal student loan debt, up from 1 percent six years earlier, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday at a Senate Aging Committee hearing. For all seniors, the collective amount of student loan debt grew from about $2.8 billion in 2005 to about $18.2 billion last year. Student debt for all ages totals $1 trillion. "Some may think of student loan debt as just a young person's problem," ...
Just food for thought You had one job, Congressional Budget Office. The government’s accountant said in a new report that it’s no longer possible to *** the overall fiscal effect of the Affordable Care Act because it’s not being implemented as it was written. When the law was enacted four years ago, a CBO estimate that it would reduce the deficit by $120 billion over the decade helped persuade Democrats to pass it. “The ACA’s financing provisions were assumed to be effective so as to get a favorable score out of CBO upon enactment, but no one is keeping track of whether they’re being enforced,” said Charles Blahous, a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare. The CBO maintains the law will reduce budget deficits based on a 2012 analysis. On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported coverage for 2 million is in jeopardy thanks to “data discrepancies.” Read it at Roll Call
Associated Press by Jesse J. Holland and Kelli Kennedy - September 18, 2013:The Obama administration announced a high-level effort to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information submitted under the new health care law, hoping to blunt complaints from Republican opponents that enough isn't being done to protect consumer data. Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez and other federal and state officials met Wednesday at the White House to discuss security measures designed to keep scammers and identity thieves from taking advantage of what could be millions of Americans attempting to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act starting in October. The law's Republican opponents, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have recently warned of lax security in relaying personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and income statements, as people sign ...
UPDATE ON WHY YOUR PARENTS AREN'T LIVING WITH YOU - Martin Crutsinger: "The government said Friday that Medicare's giant hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033. The latest projections were included in the annual report of trustees of the trust funds. The new report warned that despite the small improvement in Medicare, both it and Social Security face significant funding challenges as the giant baby boom generation continues to retire. Currently, 58 million Americans are receiving Social Security benefits. 'Under current law, both of these vitally important programs are on unsustainable paths,' Robert D. Reischauer, one of two public trustees, told reporters at a news conference." [Associated Press] GEORGE MILLER: YOU SHOULDN'T BUILD THAT - Dave Jamieson: "A U.S. congressman who visited garment factories in Bangladesh earlier this week had harsh words for the U.S. cl ...
'Fiscal cliff' deal has billions in business tax breaks The measure includes $63 billion in special tax breaks for rum makers, Hollywood studios and more. Supporters note bipartisan support from the Senate Finance Committee. Critics say the rum excise deal included in the “fiscal cliff” measure has become a subsidy to the industry rather than a way to help the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. (Terrance Strachan, Associated Press / July 31, 2008) By Joseph Tanfani and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau January 2, 2013, 5:29 p.m. WASHINGTON — In the last-minute dealmaking to stop the nation from tumbling over the so-called fiscal cliff, Congress and the White House decided not to spare most people from a hike in Social Security payroll taxes. But they did find room for billions in special tax breaks for rum makers, racetrack owners, railroads — and Hollywood studios. Riding along on the compromise bill were dozens of provisions that renewed existing tax breaks. All told, the business tax bre ...
Legislation to avert the fiscal cliff did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. According to the Associated Press, households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will face an average tax increase of $822.
Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Medicare: Sen. Bernie Sanders said he’ll oppose any effort to raise the age when people become eligible for Medicare health coverage. Republicans in Congress have proposed raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67. They also want to reduce cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security recipients, according to an Associated Press report published by the Times Argus, Rutland Herald, Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner. “We are close to I think having a $4 trillion agreement, but we have got to be strong and say we will not balance the budget on the backs of some of the most vulnerable people in this country,” Sanders said on WPTZ-TV. Social Security: Sen. Sanders invited advocates for the elderly and veterans to help him shine a light on the spending cuts he’s fighting as Congressional Republicans and President Obama negotiate a deal to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.” Sanders objects to a plan to change the formula used to calculate cost . ...
WASHINGTON — Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month in 2013, the government said Friday. It's less than expected, but still enough to eat up about one-fourth of a typical retiree's cost-of-living raise next year. Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said the new "Part B" premium for outpatient care will be $104.90 a month. In most cases, it's deducted directly from a beneficiary's monthly Social Security check. Currently the premium is $99.90 a month. Earlier this year, the government projected an increase of as much as $9 for 2013, but health care inflation has remained modest. Still, advocates for the elderly didn't see much to cheer about, particularly since Medicare cuts are on the table in budget negotiations between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress. Obama has promised to protect beneficiaries, but even his plan calls for upper-income retirees to pay more. "These increases aren't as big as projected, but they are still increases," said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Cen ...
From the Opinion page of the WSJ, 9/17 - What Mitt Romney Might Have Said: Mitt Romney has been taking a beating for his remarks, taped at a May fundraiser, that 47% of Americans would automatically vote for President Obama because they are "dependent" on government. We could pile on, but instead we can report that we've been leaked pages of draft remarks that Mr. Romney might have delivered on the same subject but curiously didn't. Maybe he'll deliver them some time before Election Day: Related Video Columnist Kim Strassel on how Mitt Romney can turn his leaked fundraising video to his advantage. Photo: Associated Press "One tragedy of the Obama Presidency is how many more Americans have become dependent on the government. I know it's not their fault. Most want to be self-sufficient, to provide for their families, but they can't because there aren't enough jobs. "That's why 46 million Americans are on food stamps now, compared to 30 million in 2008. That's why 10.6 million were on Social Security disabil ...
Half avoid taxes, get US help, but many not poor By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press – 2 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney got the math about right. But when he said 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes and are "dependent on government," he blurred together half or more of the entire country, ranging from the nation's neediest to its middle class, and even some of its richest families. Forty-six percent of the country's potential taxpayers — some 76 million — paid no federal income taxes last year, according to a study by the Tax Policy Center. While it's true most of those nonpayers are poor, the numbers include many others who got tax breaks because they are old, have children in college or didn't owe taxes on interest from state and local bonds. And of those who didn't write checks to the IRS, 6 in 10 still paid Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, and more than that paid federal excise taxes on items such as gasoline, alcohol and cigarettes, said Roberton Williams, who analyzes ...
For the first time in its history, this generation of workers will be the first to pay more into Social Security than what they will be paid out during their retirement years. Retirees in the 1960s received seven times more than what they paid into Social Security, with the assumption that women lived until 81 and men until 78. (Source: Associated Press, Aug. 7, 2012.) According to the Urban Institute, a Washington independent think tank, even in 1985 retirees received more than they paid in, but just barely, as budget deficits from the 1960s to today completely wiped out that 7-to-1 ratio. In 2011, a married working couple (with the assumption that the wife lives until 85 and the husband until 82) has paid $598,000 into Social Security, but will only be paid out $556,000 during their retirement years.
Social Security's financial problems could be solved with modest but politically tough changes
An analysis by the Associated Press shows that people retiring today have paid more in Social Security taxes than they will receive in benefits. Now THOSE are people who didn't pay a fair share.Fred Thompson
NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who dressed up as his mother in a bizarre real estate fraud that involved doctoring her death certificate and cashing her Social Security checks for six years after she died was sentenced Monday to more than 13 years behind bars.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says a man's children who were born through artificial insemination after his death cannot get Social Security survivor benefits.
Sessions: Bill Would Close Illegal Immigrant Loophole U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions plans to back a bill that would require recipients of the additional child tax credit to have a valid Social Security number. Reporter: Associated Press It was recently brought to light that the illegals who do pay taxes have been getting billions of dollars from the US Govt using their nieces and nephews in Mexico as dependents. This bill would close that loophole and save us 4 billion dollars per year.
Florida is calling on county election supervisors to remove more than 53,000 dead people from the state’s voting rolls, reports the Associated Press. State officials this year checked Social Security files and concluded that people who died were still registered to vote. This was the first time the state checked the files. It was...
Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders: AIDS Drugs: A Senate subcommittee held a hearing focused on the high price of HIV/AIDS drugs. Sen. Bernie Sanders noted that the U.S. has the highest prices for prescription drugs, WVUE-TV (Fox) in New Orleans, KTEN-TV (NBC) in Sherman, Texas, WDHN-TV (ABC) in Dothan, Ala., WSIL-TV (ABC) in Paducah, Ky. and others reported. Social Security: Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed Social Security supporters Tuesday outside a fiscal summit hosted by Peter G. Peterson, the billionaire opponent of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Sanders said it's not fair that billionaires pay the same amount of money into Social Security as people making $110,000 a year. "Maybe the time is now to ask Mr. Peterson and his billionaire friends to start paying their fair share of taxes rather than devastating middle-income and working families," Sanders said on ABC 22 Fox 44. Debt Ceiling: House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday vowed to hold up another increase in the federal debt ceiling unl ...
Data for more than 2,200 veterans, including Social Security numbers, was shared. (via
Web put off-limits to Social Security claims judges: (Associated Press) The Social Security Administration last ...
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner listens during a news conference on the Social Securit... By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, AP Mon Apr 23, 11:19 PM UTC Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program. The trust funds that support Social Security will run dry in 2033 — three years earlier than previously projected — the government said Monday. There was no change in the year that Medicare's hospital insurance fund is projected to run out of money. It's still 2024. The program's trustees, however, said the pace of Medicare spending continues to accelerate. Congress enacted a 2 percent cut for Medicare last year, and that is the main reason the trust fund exhaustion date did not advance. The trustees who oversee both programs say high energy prices are suppressing workers' wage ...
"Aging workforce strains Social Security, Medicare" That headline's completely wrong, and yet it's been repeated in dozens of different news outlets (sometimes with minor variations) as they run an improved, but still misleading, news story on Social Security and Medicare from Stephen Ohlemacher at the Associated Press.
Romney is going to mess with Social Security by raising the retirement age and reducing cost of living increases for better off retirees. Why dont he forget his income , instead of picking on the retirees?the retirees need their money more than he needs his income.We don't want him in office, thats for sure. reported by the Associated Press,April 22,2012 09:59am see the news .
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