Rant for September 26, 2016

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This can apply to just about anything I’ve seen posted, but this just irks me.
I get tired of seeing this piece of fecal matter floating around, so I figured it was time to set the record straight.

First, current presidential salary while “in office” is $400,000 per year taxable with a $50,000 expense account that is non-taxable. This is set in law in 3 USC 102. The Presidential pension is currently $191,300 per year after leaving office.

Yearly salaries while “in office”:
Senators and Representatives (not in leadership) $174,000/year
Senate and House Party Leaders $193,400/year
Speaker of the House $223,500/year

Pensions for these and other high ranking Federal officials are again governed by law and generally can not exceed 80% of their final salary and are based upon years of service. Senators and Representatives pay into Social Security (since 1984) and their own pension plan. From the Senate website, “As of October 1, 2006, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.”

By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.

As you can see, the only thing about this “infographic”, if you can call it that, that might be true are the last two items and I do know that my father’s Social Security exceeds the $12,000 figure. So whoever created this stupidity is off by at least a factor of about 2.5 on the President and roughly 3 to 5 on Congress.

These figures are readily available for anyone to find (took me about 10 minutes). I just wish that you who are “incensed” by this (mostly Republicans) would take the time to check out the things you post before you make the rest of us Republicans look like idiots because of your lack of research.

Also from the Senate website:
Retirement Under CSRS
Four retirement scenarios are possible for Members covered by CSRS or the CSRS Offset Plan:

Retirement with an immediate, full pension is available to Members age 60 or older with 10 years of service in Congress, or age 62 with five years of civilian federal service, including service in Congress.

Retirement with an immediate, reduced pension is available to Members aged 55 to 59 with at least 30 years of service. It is also allowed if the Member separates for a reason other than resignation or expulsion after having completed 25 years of service, or after reaching age 50 and with 20 years of service, or after having served in nine Congresses.

Retirement with a deferred, full pension is available if the Member leaves Congress before reaching the minimum age required to receive an immediate, unreduced pension and delays receipt until reaching the age at which full benefits are paid. A full pension can be taken at age 62 if the Member had five through nine years of federal service, or at age 60 if the Member had at least 10 years of service in Congress. At the time of separation, the Member must leave all contributions in the plan in order to be eligible for the deferred pension.

Retirement with a deferred, reduced pension is available to a Member at age 50 if he or she retired before that age and had at least 20 years of federal service, including at least 10 years as a Member of Congress.

Retirement Under FERS.
There are four possible retirement scenarios for Members who are covered by FERS:

Retirement with an immediate, full pension is available to Members at age 62 or older with at least five years of federal service; at age 50 or older with at least 20 years of service; and at any age to Members with at least 25 years of service.

Retirement with an immediate, reduced pension is available at age 55 to Members born before 1948 with at least 10 years of service. The minimum age will increase to 56 for Members born from 1953 through 1964 and to 57 for those born in 1970 or later.

Retirement with a deferred, full pension is available at age 62 to former Members of Congress with at least five years of federal service.

Retirement with a deferred, reduced pension is available at the minimum retirement age of 55 to 57 (depending on year of birth) to a former Member who has completed at least 10 years of federal service. The pension annuity will be permanently reduced if it begins before age 62.

Sources:

http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30631.pdf
http://www.ipl.org/div/farq/pensionFARQ.html
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

Please tell me people are smarter than this

I don’t know whether people blindly follow a political line, that they are so totally oblivious that you can just name drop and they will follow, or that they are just incredibly, incredibly stupid.   Please watch the following videos and give me hope that we as a species are not irrevocably doomed……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential Reform of the Electoral College

There have been several proposals to reform the electoral college.  The two fairest, I believe, would be Congressional District Apportionment (CDA) or a State Level Popular Vote Apportionment (SLPVA).  Each would award the 2 votes that would be equivalent to the number of Senators in the state to the overall state winner.  CDA would award an elector to the winner of each Congressional District.  SLPVA would award the electoral votes equal to the congressional district on a proportional basis.

Under CDA Mitt Romney would have lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College 272-266.  This proposal would give smaller rural states more clout but would result in possibly as many Presidents elected not winning the popular vote as before if not more.

Under SLPVA Barack Obama would have won the nationwide popular vote 276-255.  Other candidates would have won the remaining 7 votes. The vote percentages of 51.3%-47.4%-1.3% fairly closely mirror the actual percentages of 51.1-47.2-1.7.  Under this proposal, the states do not lose clout and, in a close election, can influence the results.  My personal choice would be this one.

I would therefore make 2 proposals.  The first, a State Compact to agree to apportioning electors per SLPVA. Or, the second, a Constitutional Amendment that would provide for this apportionment scheme.

 PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Section 1.

The apportionment of Electors for President and Vice-President shall be as follows:

Two Electors from each State, equal to the number of Senators from the state, shall be awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote. The remaining Electors shall be apportioned among the various candidates proportional to the total votes that candidate received on Election Day.

 

Section 2.

Each State may set, by appropriate legislation, minimum limits on popular vote percentages needed before being awarded Electors and procedures relating to apportionment under these limits; which Electors are chosen according to the aforementioned procedures, but shall not deny any candidate’s Elector based on political affiliation, party or creed; and shall apportion said Electors as closely as possible to enacted procedures and actual proportional voting results.

 

Section 3.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

If you believe this is the correct way to proceed, please share this.

The Agenda

“We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until they suddenly awake to find they have communism.”

The above quote has never been confirmed to have been said by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, but it does sum up what appears to be happening within the United States. While not confirmed, it would be consistent with how, in an era of cold war, the Soviet Union would have attempted to indoctrinate society in America in the 50’s and 60’s.  Being Premier he might also have known of Soviet plans doing just that in the United States.

The socialist movement in the United States has always been centered in academia.  Due to this the most logical way in which to indoctrinate the society is through education.  I am not saying that all educators are socialists, but what is taught slowly indoctrinates the minds of the educated.

The following is an excerpt from the Congressional Record from Thursday, January 10, 1963:

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

Accepted after the Cuban Missile Crisis

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

See #1 and #3

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

Never truly accepted and repudiated by the Reagan Administration resulting in
the fall of the Soviet Union and its satellite governments

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

Done with caveats

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

Done

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

Done with caveats

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

Done October 25, 1971

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

Done technically May 23, 1949 (West Germany) and October 7, 1949 (East Germany). Solidified with the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

Done

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

Done

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

Continuing

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

Done

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

Partial

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

Done

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

Technically, the Democratic Party supports a socialist agenda. Done.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

Continuing

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

Partial. Partial. Done. Done. Partial.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

Unverifiable

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

Ongoing

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

Partial

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

Partial

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

Never achieved

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

Never achieved

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

Easing through the late 50’s into the 70’s culminating in Miller v. California,
413 US 15

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

Ongoing

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

Ongoing

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

Ongoing

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of  church and state.”

Engel v. Vitale, 370 US 421 (October 8 1962); School Dist. of Abington Tp. v
Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (includes Murray v Cutlett) (June 17, 1963)

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

Ongoing

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

Partial

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

Has taken the form of apologizing for the United States

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

Ongoing

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

Done

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Done

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

Partial, never completed

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

Socialist leanings. Mainly support Democrats. See #15

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

Never done

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

Partial

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

Unverifiable

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

See it takes a village to raise a child

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

Separation of families under court order as unfit parents

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

The militia movement, secession petitions, etc. The latter 1960’s

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

Done

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

Control to Panama in 1999

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Can not determine if it is in force, but appears to be. Senator
Tom Connally (D-TX, 1929-1953) recognized the fact that at some
future time the UN General Assembly could amend the UN Charter to allow the International Court of Justice to override national court decisions. This amendment to the treaty safeguards out national sovereignty.

 

Out of the 45 provisions, 38 have been completed wholly or in part or are ongoing.  This is 84.4%.

These provisions have put the United States on a path toward an oppressive socialist state.  An additional set of actions would be to increasingly add industries and markets under some form of government control.  This can take the form of laws or regulations issued by various departments and agencies.

Recent actions by the Obama Administration and Congress can be seen as a power grab to enact these.  Many Democratic presidents have shown a penchant for increasingly ceding our sovereignty to the United Nations with the Senate more or less being complicit in the action.

It’s time that we, the American people, say to Washington, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” and send people who will safeguard our interests instead of their own, who will enact our agenda and not a socialist power grab, and who will safeguard the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic as stated in their oath of office.

I do not advocate secession, outright civil war (although it might come to that), assassinations, riots or anything like that.  With over 200 years under our belt of actually electing a government to office peacefully, I believe that we can do what needs to be done without resorting to any of those.

Revisiting my predictions for 2012

Everyone has their predictions, so I will give it a go, one for each month. Bet you I am closer to right.

1. The Super Bowl will once again not be played in January and the AFC team will win it.

Wrong, NFC won.  0-1

2. Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow and amazingly we will have 6 weeks and 5 or 6 days more of winter just like every other year.

Right.  1-1

3. Saint Patrick’s Day will again fall on the 17th of March and totally miss the Ides…..what was the Catholic Church thinking?

Right. 2-1

75px-University_of_Kentucky_Logo.svg[1]4. The University of Kentucky will win it’s 8th NCAA championship in basketball. Well according to the pattern that will be next year, but I’m an alumnus so PFFFFBBBBT!!!!!

                      OMG I was right.  3-1

5. The Kentucky Derby will be run on the first Saturday in May and a horse will win it not a jockey since they are only along for the ride.

Right.  4-1

6. After the Belmont Stakes is run in June, we still will not have another Triple Crown winner.

Right.  5-1

7. My son will get his driver’s license. REMEMBER PEOPLE, I’M GIVING YOU 7 MONTHS WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I wrong on this one if it is due to scheduling?  5-1-1

8. The Republicans will again nominate a lackluster candidate for President. We only get saved from complete boredom if Ron Paul is the nominee. If Paul does by some miracle win, will he have his son Rand as his running mate?

Right. 6-1-1

75px-Official_portrait_of_Barack_Obama[1]9. The Democrats select Barack Obama again. Don’t we get a do over? Isn’t it time for real change? If you as a Democrat believe that, dump BO.

Now before anyone thinks I am being biased with the way the picture looks, I tried to fix it for about 30 minutes and gave up.

 

Right. 7-1-1

10. The stock market takes a large slide setting up #11. Seems these always come in October.

I was wrong here.

7-2-1

11. Despite prediction number 8, the Republicans pull out a slight victory, proving just how much President Obama is not liked by the electorate. Heck I’ll go out on a limb here, 280-258 in the Electoral College.

Wrong again.  I hope people are “happy.”  7-3-1

12. I don’t know whether I can stress this enough. THE WORLD WILL NOT END. There is NO Planet X, Nibiru, Mongo, aliens from Zeta Reticuli, etc. The poles will not switch nor the Earth suddenly begin rotating in a different direction. Neither will cosmic alignments nor solar storms cause us many problems. Once again THE WORLD WILL NOT END!