your children support you?
I hope that I die before the IPERS fund, which
pays me a meager pension, doesn’t run out of
money or is raided by greedy Wall Street types
and their political allies who want to keep
the money for themselves. The Paul Ryan faithful,
such as those in Wisconsin, would like to discontinue
all government benefits to working people. (Most
private retirement funds have already been discontinued
in favor of paying higher executive salaries
and bonuses.) That includes Social Security
and Medicare as well as pensions that are a
“Defined Benefit Plan” such as IPERS. The new
Republican Tea Party view is that everybody
should “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”
Government should not provide for the welfare
of its citizens. That was the attitude of both
Democrats and Republicans pre-FDR. Roosevelt
changed all of that. Was it for the better?
Public retirees, look at your checking account
deposits each month. In Iowa, we have both a
pension AND Social Security. The Iowa Legislature
decided that public employees should pay into
both plans. Such is not the case in Illinois,
Ohio, Texas and California. Now these Paul Ryan
types want to change all of that. And of course
they want to “reform” social benefits so that
you will eventually have to be supported by
your younger children and relatives in your
old age. That’s the way it was before the New
Deal. Do we want to return to those “good ole
days?” Will your children support you?
Everybody deserves the government they vote
into office. I miss Bill!
West Des Moines
Big corporate vacuum
I realize it’s all a theatre production, but
I can’t help but laugh whenever I hear a presidential
candidate spout off about ending “big government.”
They’re never going to admit it, but the dirty,
little secret is that those same champions of
smaller government have no problem with a large,
intrusive, tax dollar-sucking federal government
— so long as their guy is in charge of it. They
have no problem with a big government spending
trillions on nation building, permanent war
and imperialism; they have no problem with a
big government spying on, arresting and imprisoning
citizens; they have no problem with a big government
telling us what we can and can’t do with our
bodies; and they certainly have no problem with
a big government telling us who we can marry.
Fundamentally, the federal government is simply
a means to transfer the citizenry’s tax dollars,
through an intentionally convoluted system,
into corporate accounts. A large federal government
is the best way to continue to pull off this
scam, and these candidates — all corporate lackeys
— know this. Sure, they’ll get their wide-eyed
followers all fired up by stumping about the
evils of big government, but when the election
is over, they’ll be back to using the government
as a big corporate vacuum.
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