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  • Democrat
    Somerset, KY
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    This is my first post here and I just wanted to say hello and that I look forward to many enlightening conversations and learning from everyone on the boards. Hope you all have a great day!!
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Hello tcon67,
    I hope that you enjoy this site. You'll soon learn what everyone thinks about everything. Don't expect many open minds. People who have all of the answers rarely change their minds. Don't expect any members who don't already have their AARP card either. For whatever reason, we can't seem to attract younger members. There is a good exchange of ideas and some members who have much information. Enjoy.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    Oh, come on now, there are some younger voices here (27). Welcome to the site, tcon67.
  • Democrat
    Somerset, KY
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    Thanks folks. I'm 46, so no spring chicken here. Have a good one all!!
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Welcome aboard, this is a good site with many meaningful topic's, I, like yourself am not a spring chicken, although I'm closer to being an old goat rather than spring chicken (68).
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Welcome aboard! We all post arguable points of interest and try hard to be sane, respectful and intelligent. However, there are time the fingers on the keys go off on their own and we provide some questionable responses. Anyway this group is diverse and I'm in the Vietnam Veteran, Christian, and retired engineer group. I have Democratic view, which is mostly liberal on protecting the rights of all providing health care, food aid, free voting without restrictions and our inalienable right to freedoms in religion, race, education and speech. I've been stepped on and ridiculed my whole life, but it only makes me stand harder with the Democratic movement in America.

    So, please jump right in to the thoughts on legal issues, gun rights, free speech, health care, voting rights, gay rights, and your impressions on what is wrong with America's politicians.

    Please forgive me if I rant on about the illegitimacy of Republicans, Tea Party folks and an growing movement of evil flying monkeys controlled by Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and Fox news. I try very hard to socially accept the opposition. Arrrrgh...........I need my meds.
  • Democrat
    Mckinleyville, CA
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    Hi Folks, this is my first post too and I admit to having an AARP card. I've been motivated to sign on to Ed's site by my strong anger with the Tea Party/Republicans. I've been disabled for 12 years and am on SSI Disability. I keep hearing that the far right is very unhappy with the monies required by entitlement programs like SSI Disabillity. But I paid into the program during my 30+ years working career and it's always been my understanding that SSI is an entitlement program because I'm ENTITLED to benefits if I qualify. I realize the government sometimes makes mistakes in qualifying folks. Those mistakes need to be rectified. But I was well vetted and I qualified for the benefits I'm ENTITLED to. Does the far right really begrudge me the $800/mo. that I collect? Bill O'Reilly has called me a parasite. Romney says I'm a 47%er. Other far righters have called me a moocher and a taker not a maker. I've sick of it, I don't deserve to be called names for being ill and needing some help which I'm ENTITLED to. Should I forgive these far righters whose ignorance is, I believe, the result of racism, greed, and a complete lack of sympathy and empathy. How do I forgive them?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    People on disability do not make good political fodder for either side of the aisle, unfortuntly it's those who defraud the system that gets all of the attention, so the people who truly need the assistance get lumped in with those thieves.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Right johnny, did you see the story on 60 minutes about a month ago on SS Disability fraud? It was a great story which was very disturbing and unfortunately it was probably all too true.

    It showed a "disability lawyer" who teamed up with a few doctors and a judge and how he had as many as 16 "patients" per day who came to the lawyers office where a doctor "examined" them, gave them their paperwork and sent them to the judge who approved their SS disability and of course they all profited from the system. The patient got disability payments for life, the lawyer got his cut which he shared with the doctors and the judge. It was a "win-win situation" for everyone...except for the American taxpayer.

    They estimated that 25-50% or more of the cases were completely fraudulent and I forget how many cases there were. Each case that was approved was averaging about $1100 disability payments per month which doesn't sound bad until you consider that they would average getting $300,000 in their lifetimes. Plus not contributing anything to society, plus their kids would grow up aspiring to do the same.

    What a racket! Very profitable, though. They also described how you couldn't get into the parking lot of the local Wal Mart or some resturants in town on the day of the month when the money hit the benefit cards.

    You are right that the ones who DESERVE these benefits get a bad name because of all these crooks who defraud the system. And it goes for food stamps (SNAP) and every other government entitlement program. Massive fraud exists in ALL these programs, and it's getting worse instead of better.
  • Democrat
    Mckinleyville, CA
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    It's me again. I agree that abuse occurs in all government entitlement programs. Abuse of all kinds occurs everywhere in our society. Usually the reason is money. Watch a "60 Minutes" report on corporate abuse. Massive fraud in the entitlement programs? I don't know, perhaps. Is that a good reason to stop or reduce my benefit. I don't think so. I paid into the SSI system and I DESERVE my benefit. Should massive fraud in SSI or other programs be addressed? Of course! The government needs to pursue abusers and bring them to justice. If the problem is being reported on "60 Minutes", I imagine the government is at least aware of the problem and plans to take action. Don't punish deserving people because other people are abusers. The government has an obligation to protect and serve its citizens.

    The premise that I don't contribute to society is ridiculous. I live my life the best I can and I help my family and others however I can. Ask my neighbor. I spend all the money that I receive each month from my SSI benefit. On bills. That certainly benefits US society. Every time I go to the hospital, I support doctors, nurses, technicians, ambulance companies, administrative staff, custodial staff, physical therapists, insurance companies, bill collectors, equipment manufacturers, drug companies, banks where hospitals keep their profits, and others. Looks to me like the Tea Party is wrong! I'm the job creator, not corporations! Consumers create jobs. Corporations attempt to create huge profits by exploiting consumers and hire people they can also exploit in their attempt to do that.

    I worked for 30+years before I was stricken ill. My twin sons own a restaurant and an art company. My oldest son ran a karaoke business for many years. I guess they decided not to take the entitlement program route.

    And I'm still angry that people are ignorant enough to call me names because I'm ill and collecting a benefit that I DESERVE.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Edman Hello and welcome to the forum. Always good to get new members on this DemocraticHub. I don't know if you are taking offense to my last post, but I can assure you that I was referring to the 60 minutes story which was not about you or anyone in California. I'm pretty sure that neither 60 minutes nor I meant to offend you personally.

    I'm not questioning whether or not you DESERVE your benefits, but I know that many who receive them do not DESERVE them and those people are going to milk the government out of lots of dollars over the course of their lifetimes. Taxpayer money, lots and lots of it.

    You might want to re-read the bottom paragraph of my last post for clarification, if you are unclear of my meaning.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Corporations are by their very nature are consumed with profits,(greed), that is why they exist, to think that these huge corporations should some how be considered as social minded is a bit naïve, that is the price we pay for a capitalist system, the upside of course is that because of the same capitalist system we(USA) became a power to be reckoned with in a very short time , we extended our largesse to many under developed countries and war torn nations, but once the social awareness protocols began to seep into our society, we started to become a nation of haves and haves nots, which both major political parties soon exploited for their own agenda, and of course ,those who were truly needy were left behind. Charles Barkley, a noted sports figure, once said that" Poor African -American's have been voting democrat for 50 years and they are still poor", what does that tell you about the current system, the answer lies within our communities, both secular and non-secular should be provided with the tools to assist those in need and those who abuse the system should be brought before the authorities. Redistribution of wealth is not the answer as it only breeds contempt and jealousy.
  • Democrat
    Texas
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    I am not young, but not old enough to have an AARP card. lol. Not sure what you mean by open mind and having all the answers, but I have done years of extensive research on politiical issues and where I have found data, stats. clear and convincing non-partisan evidence and on those issues I am set. I don't really think it is being close minded though I think it is called relying on proof.
  • Democrat
    Texas
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    BTW, redistribution of weatlh is part of LIFE, wealth is redistributed everytime someone makes a purchase, works for wages low enough the person they work for profits from their labor, purchases a house from someone for more than they paid for it, pay their bills, etc etc etc wealth is redistributed. Need and circumstances are just as demanding and controlling and forceful as laws that require us to pay taxes.

    And as far as African Americans and poor in all races voting democrats has produced remarkable results because instead of over 50% poverty like this country experienced prior to tax supported poverty reducing programs that is what we had. The percentage of African Americans in poverty is considerably smaller than prior to these programs as well as people of various ethnic backgrounds. And it is certainly in my opinion a whole lot better than selling POOR people on auctions blocks to the highest bidder as indentured servants ( causcasion etc.) or selling as slaves ( African Americans )

    And our communities are in charge, those in need go to local offices to get assistance and it is state and local authorities that in charge of administering assistance there is simply basic minimum guideline laws set by all the state representatives which is called Federal law because it applies equally to all the states and is funded by all the states, but state and local authorities can do more if they want to. Funding by all the states is very important especially for red states that have much more poverty and collect more than they pay in taxes and therefore are supplemented by blue states that have less poverty and pay in more taxes.
  • Democrat
    Texas
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    Hi, I am new also , just made my first posts.