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Shopping Around for a Better Life

John389 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:49 AM
The writing was on the wall when Republicans picked Romney. Wrong candidate for the times.
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Shopping Around for a Better Life

John389 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 8:46 AM
FWIW, look for Obama to "rescue" big loser states like CA & IL just before his 2nd term expires.
No, SS is the most progressive of taxes we have in USA. The benefits do increase as your salary and contributions increase, but not in a linear fashion and there is a cap on payouts. For instance if you are in the highest salary bracket i.e. paying the maximum SS tax before you retire you do not get twice as much in benefits as someone making half the salary as you. While SSI benefits are abused by many, eliminating the abuses will not change the SS balance sheet enough to make it solvent.
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Choke the Life out of Obamacare

John389 Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 8:32 AM
Democrats are successful in making the middle class believe that The Rich will pay their benefits. Republicans are successful in making themselves look like they are trying to fleece the middle class in favor of the rich. That is why Obama succeeds in enacting socialism. GO look in other socialist countries for proof that the middle class pays for its own benefits.Or just look at US SS system for proof. Middle Class baby boomers paid for their middle class parents' benefits. Now that money is gone, so gov't must adjust benefits for middle class baby boomers to keep system from collapsing.
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2012's Worst Paying College Degrees

John389 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 7:11 PM
State Pensions pay guaranteed wages (and Health care) upon retirement. How many Private sector jobs still get guarantees? Private Sector employees are at the mercy of what the market does with their 401K or IRA. So your article is very misleading, and does not take into account these other factors including satisfaction/enjoyment/stabilty of work as others have mentioned as well as hours/years worked to maintain your standard of living. How about a statistic on how much more likely are you to get fired/laid off/downsized/outsourced in the private sector than in public sector? If you have any doubt about where we are headed, here’s a statistic for you: 70% of College students in France aspire to work for the Government once they graduate.
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2012's Worst Paying College Degrees

John389 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 7:10 PM
The statistics do not show salaries by region so readers may get an inaccurate snapshot of what they can expect to earn where they live. For instance in NJ-NY-CT region Teachers salaries in many districts are up there with other “Professionals” salaries. You can earn $80K as a Middle School or High School teacher. If you go into Administration you can earn six figures. Most Teachers work only part of the year (180 days) and factor in time off for sick time, personal days, Sabbaticals and throw in Union protection to boot and you have a pretty nice career choice for most college bound youngsters. This applies even if you are not earning the higher NJ/NY/CT area salaries. Retirement also is also at an earlier age than Private Sector.
VAT is another way to keep the population poor and favors certain segments of business over others. It is an all-around terrible idea for the USA. I suggest you leave the USA and move to the EU if you are so in love with the concept. You can argue from there how exceptional life is while you collect governement handouts and jump up and down asking for others to pay when your State is broke. A national sales tax however may have some merit. However, as a conservative, one should never agree to a NEW tax. No matter how small a percentage it is when enacted, it will undoubtably be raised "as needed".
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