Collected Social Security – guest post by Anonymous

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Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security but your employer did, too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes.

If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to$220,500.
Read that again.

Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?

We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and me that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government.

Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.

If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows).

After 49 years of working you’d have$892,919.98.

If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!

If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.


Entitlement my foot; I paid cash for my social security insurance!

Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn’t make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!

Remember the benefits for members of Congress?

+ free healthcare,
+ outrageous retirement packages,
+ 67 paid holidays,
+ three weeks paid vacation,
+ unlimited paid sick days.

Now that’s welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives, and now, when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.

Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.

Sad isn’t it?

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My Trial Against Riverside County for Malicious Prosecution Begins Tomorrow ~ guest post by Steven M. Finger

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In 2011, WHILE speaking with a Reporter about what had occurred at a protest, I was arrested by Riverside County police officers. I was cited for municipal violations of overnight camping (no gear or intent to camp) and loitering (I WAS loitering per the arresting Officer “for more than 2 second and less than 5 seconds”). Nevertheless, I was put face down, zip-tied, and taken to jail.
The City (separate from the police that arrested me) did not want to press those charges. However, the DA insisted that I be tried for Unlawful Assembly under California’s Criminal Code 407 (yes, that IS different than the Constitution). And so the process of putting a chill on our First Amendment Rights had begun – after jail I went to 9 hearings in 8 months, turned down the plea bargains and, on the testimony of the arresting Officers in those hearings, went through a 4 day trial. Finally, the ‘criminal charges’ against me were ‘dismissed’.

To let the bells of freedom ring, I asked the City for permission to hold an Anniversary Party right where I was arrested… and where hundreds of people had gathered during the protests. WITH their blessing – though they recommended the amphitheater (as THEY thought that thousands would attend) – a Permit was granted.

TV, radio, the newspaper and social media all announced the “Gathering for Free Speech” – 12 Speakers, including myself, would welcome all citizens when most left work on a beautiful day here in sunny California. Even with 1 additional Speaker… only 6 people came.

Realizing the harm that had been done, I then pressed for this Civil Suit.
Shortly thereafter, in fact, the first night after making a plan for a 2nd Anniversary, I was ‘detained’ at Del Taco by the arrival of 3 Riverside County squad cars. As I spent time up against the front wall, lighted and facing the thousands (literally) of passing cars, I heard one of the officers ask, while I was being frisked by another, if I still remembered the Captain at the original arrests.

So, now – SIX years later – this trial with BOTH ‘incidents’ (the original arrest at the protest, and the subsequent ‘detainment’) is, finally, at hand. I wish us all the best, especially in these new times where having our Rights to speak out may be more important than ever before.

Scheduled from the 16th thru the 22nd, I’ll post updates on each of the days the trial is in session (there’s a weekend, and the Judge is at a conference on the 17th).

WHY am I doing this? Guest Post by Teresa Frene for #Nevada Congressional District 1

Green is the New Blue


We have had one heck of a year. A year ago at the State Convention, local democrats found out what the world is realizing today: the Democratic party is only democratic by name. We found out our news stations were full of lies, such as the big one started by Jon Ralston, that chairs were flying in a violent situation. No chairs were ever thrown. That was later spread throughout the world.   (I heard one apology in the aftermath  from Anderson Cooper.) This journey began with a broken heart and many broken dreams.


A small group of us started gathering in my backyard, we decided to take what we had learned and build a coalition of diverse people to work together, to make Las Vegas a haven, from the wrongs of our government, by getting people to work together. We were determined to use our lives to do what ever it takes, to make at least some small contribution to the greater good.


We hosted rallies, protests, gatherings, cook-outs, drum circles and trips for causes like the North Dakota Pipeline, education concerns, racism and inequalities among our friends. We gathered just to support peace and our environment. People became empowered,  groups formed all over Las Vegas, even in Boulder City and Northern Nevada. One of our activists even started a group in Yakima, Washington.


Not all of us fared well. We have seen PTSD, Depression, illness and other symptoms of DIS-ease. In September, my co-founder died from an asthma attack that surely could have been prevented, with a health care system that worked for all of us. That same day, my daughter was in ICU having been diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) an illness that has been financially devastating to us. We then met Amy Vilela and heard of her daughter’s death and the tragic consequences of not having healthcare. My fellow activists then vowed to support the implementation of H.R. 676.  We continue to question any elected official, that will not support our efforts to save humananity from unnecessary death and suffering.


We were left, shaking our heads, at the special meeting to approve money to be funneled into a stadium, after years of barely having education funding, even discussed. I watched as my teacher pay check, remains stagnant. I see the best teachers leave, due to the constant difficult and even hostile working environment.



Finally, I see too much human suffering. Delivering food to ANY alley, where you can easily locate people living in squalor. My son in tears, worried his Mexican family members would be deported. Our friends who have recently been able to marry, because of laws that allow gay marriage, are terrified their union will be nullified. Even more suffering, brought about by others, for being unlike themselves, be it race, religion (or lack thereof), gender, sexual identity, poverty, age, and a long list of our other “isms”. While Mainstream Media guide people to be divided and misled to even greater degree.


So, enough is enough. Surely there must be away to SHOUT loudly enough, to be heard by the government. Our government is made up of people who are NOT like us. Who do not understand us. Who do not care about us. We havetwo “parties” that betray and fleece us. Now is the time to unite and build a third party: The Green Party. The people’s Party. I am the Green Party. I am one of us and I won’t remain quiet. I am here to speak loudly and clearly: WE ARE THE PEOPLE! WE are the 4th Branch of Government and we are reclaiming what is rightfully ours, what represents us: we are also the other three branches!


My name is Teresa Frene and WE are looking forward to being represented in Congressional District 1 in Nevada. WE will no longer tolerate anything less than the BEST that our City, State, and Country can do for ALL OF US.



Don’t Think of an Elephant – Guest Post by Arthur Ritter


While Lakoff is an unabashed Berkeley progressive, he said Democrats are decades behind in understanding how to frame issues in a way that can reach swing voters.
“Protection is part of the progressive moral system, but it has not been celebrated enough,” Lakoff writes in Don’t Think of an Elephant. For example, progressives should start calling federal regulations “protections.” If they start re-framing Trump’s promise as “getting rid of two-thirds of federal protections” — and spell out what some of those environmental and health and water quality “protections” are — there might be less support for repealing federal regulations, Lakoff said.

“Every progressive knows that regulations are protections, but they don’t say it,” he added. Similarly, “taxes” are actually “investments in public resources.” Government investment pays for the infrastructure on which private industry and everything else is built, Lakoff said. “Roads, bridges, public education, national banks, the patent office, the judicial system, interstate commerce, basic science for drug development — all of that is financed by government investments.” Yet Democrats allow Republicans to frame the debate in terms of tax “relief,” he said.

Lakoff met with Barack Obama when he was still a Senator, and tried to get him to change the terms of the debate more than 10 years ago. When he arrived at the Senate office, he got a round of applause from Obama’s staff and found all of his books in speechwriter John Favreau’s office. But when he gave Obama a copy of his book Thinking Points, Obama immediately handed it off to Favreau. “Obama assumed framing was about messaging, and it was about giving speeches. He is a very good speaker, so …” Lakoff trails off. “Obama did a lot of things right in 2008 when he was running, but then he dropped it. He understood the idea, but he didn’t apply it consistently. I think he believed he could balance both sides, but he wasn’t prepared for the culture wars that he encountered.”

Lakoff believes it’s a mistake for Democratic politicians to move toward the center in an effort to reach more moderate voters. The Republicans have moved further to the right, and they continue to win elections. What Democrats need to do is articulate their message in terms of metaphors that voters can understand, and stick to their core values, Lakoff said.

Every Last United States Member

This Is Why We Do What We Do


There will come a time, hopefully in the very near future, where all this competitive politicking will end. Every cycle looks more and more like a football game, where people are choosing sides over whose player and team is going to win.


We buy their merchandise and sell their philosophy of life, to our friends/not friends, neighbors and relatives until we’re all nauseous … or at least I am.


We have technology now, almost all of us do.  Throughout the world, we all need to start communicating with each other, without mediators trying to censor us, represent us and redact us..


I submit to you an idea, that will form, in one way or another, hopefully very soon. Truth to tell, because we can read and have the means of an explanation at our fingertips, we no longer need political representatives.


We can full and well, represent ourselves.


If I were to receive legislation to vote on, I would vote on it, ‘yay’ or ‘nay’, and not need anyone to do it for me. Just someone to send me the email with the votes of the day in it, with their explanations, so I could vote on EVERYTHING and so could everyone else if they wanted to.


Add to that a fine of $25.00, if you didn’t participate as your own electoral advocate, in the way our nation is molded, through a majority opinion of voting, on a daily, weekly or even a monthly basis.


For those of you that would prefer a paper ballot and hand count. Have the legislative material sent to your inbox, print it, choose it, go to your local ballot counting office and watch while it’s counted as ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ on any particular ballot item.


As for the details, I’m sure we can find really great computer people to work out the details and security issues. Just imagine all the taxes dollars we could save once we put ALL our representatives out of a job.


It’s time for us to take responsibility for where our whole world is heading, instead of letting corporations or even just Joe or Josephine Blow, make these decisions for us.


Money for education, health care, clean energy, etc … it’s just sitting there waiting for us to have a technological revolution. Just take over and choose the best way for the world.


I think it’s high time that we actually had a government that was “Of The People, By The People and For The People” run by every last United States member of We The People.

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