Posts tagged "Politics"

January 28th, 2014

We’ll keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned, and our wounded warriors receive the health care – including the mental health care – that they need. We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home. And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families.

- POTUS, SotU 2014

In November 2002, just before the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, President Bush slashed veterans benefits.  At a time when we were sending more and more people into war - we were not preparing for the men and women that served this country to get fair and responsible treatment of all of their injuries. 

Of all the things that President Bush, his administration, and the GOP leadership at the time did, this is the one that I hate the most.  

January 28th, 2014

MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in. And if this Congress wants to help, work with me to fix an upside-down tax code that gives big tax breaks to help the wealthy save, but does little to nothing for middle-class Americans. Offer every American access to an automatic IRA on the job, so they can save at work just like everyone in this chamber can. And since the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again, and keeps the dream of homeownership alive for future generations of Americans.

This is extremely dangerous territory.  With this in place, the GOP which has sought for almost 80 years to do so, will have even more reason to get rid of Social Security and will loot it for tax incentives for the rich, which is RIDICULOUS when you realize that it’s YOUR money, not the rich’s (especially those that were born into wealth and have contributed zero dollars to social security through payroll taxes).  

I completely disagree with the President on this.  COMPLETELY.  Unless there is continuing language that this is a voluntary program to be used in conjunction with Social Security.