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The Lesser of Two Evils


I spent a lot of time with the democrats, good people.  Of course I also spent a lot of time with the republicans, good people too.  Since we only have two parties it's no surprise that we tend to be pretty evenly split between democrats and republicans. Binary models can not adequately define the diversity of our culture.  It has failed us in many of the same ways as our gender binary.  Most people do not fit the model.  People force themselves into the best fit, "the lesser of two evils".  88% of us are dissatisfied with Washington and yet the Incumbent will win 90% of the time.  It illustrates the disconnect between our social values and our political constraints.  If I don't like the Republican, then I have to vote for the democrat. I'm happy to say Independents are addressing that problem.  

Why does the GOP call Social Security an Entitlement.

If the GOP suggested increasing the tax on distributions we get from our IRAs the public would be up in arms but that's exactly what they are doing when the GOP suggests reducing benefits from our Social Security Retirement Accounts. Why do people believe that eliminating retirement benefits is a fantastic way to balance the budget? Because we've learned to associate entitlement with welfare and we believe people are abusing welfare. Social Security is an earned benefit just like an IRA. You pay into it when you are working and draw from it after you retire. This is good for the economy. Social Security is defined as an entitlement because the distribution is determined by eligibility rules just like your IRA. The GOP likes to point out that 70% of the U.S. budget is Social Security and Medicare. But these benefits are paid for by payroll deductions and may appear as FICA and MED. They are separate from your income tax withholding. Your income taxes go to the discretionary budget. Reducing your social security benefits amounts to raising taxes on your retirement benefits. Of course the GOP wants you to believe they are opposed to new taxes.

First day of legal Pot sales in Colorado

What's the best news for Colorado residents who don't smoke Marijuana. They get to stop paying $30,000 a year per inmate providing public housing for pot smokers.

Declaration of War.

On this date in 1941, the United States declared war on Japan, just one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The House vote was 388 to 1 and the vote in the Senate was 88 to zero.  Four years later it was over.  

WWII was our last declaration of war.  The war powers resolution of 1973 was intended to limit presidential power for military engagement  in response to the Vietnam war which in total spread out over 23 years.  It makes it rather easy to start a war but horribly difficult to end it.

What's worse than the National Debt?

It's not the Islamic threat.

It's not the poor people.

It's not affirmative action.

It's rich capitalists shipping our economy overseas.