I had once believed that we were all masters of our fate - that we
could mould our lives into any form we pleased....I forgot that I owed
my success partly to the advantages of my birth and environment...Now,
however, I learned that the power to rise in the world is not within
the reach of everyone. - Helen Keller
As we finished the holiday meal, Dad
cleared his throat to get our attention. "I have an announcement
to make," he
proclaimed. We glanced at each other - what was happening?
Were we going to move? A new baby? Maybe Dad was getting a
“I did the family budget for this year,” he said,
“and I'm afraid our
food budget is in crisis. As you kids have gotten older,
you've started eating more, so the costs of food have gone up - and
it's outside of the budget we set. So you'll have to start saving
your own money to pay for food. We have to do it this way to stay
in budget. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stop by the liquor
store and get a quart of whiskey and some cash for my weekly poker game
with the boys.”
Thankfully, this isn't a true-life story. Sadly, it's exactly
what the Republicans are telling us about Social Security.
Our society realizes that we have to help each other out. There
are many examples of this - the country's response after 9/11, when
volunteers traveled across the country to help. Locally, I saw
(and benefited from) neighbor helping neighbor during the recent
snows. Those who had snow-blowers and shovels helped those who
didn't - and everyone helped to get cars unstuck. Likewise, our
society owes those who have worked thier lives to benefit us - all
workers, no matter what other plans they may have made for
retirement. We also realize that we have a moral obligation to
help those who have been injured or disabled, and the surviving
dependents of those workers. These obligations are met by Social
Security - an organization that, among other things, provides survivor
benefits to nearly two million children.
And yet Republicans are wanting to dismantle it?
The claim that Social Security is bankrupt is, well, wrong. Even
if we’re in a full-on depression for the next thirty-odd years,
Social Security trustees' report shows that Social Security can still
pay every penny with absolutely no change. Even then, they'd still have
enough of money to offer almost all benefits – again, without
a thing. Still, anything can be improved. So how?
Right now, only the first $87,900 of income is counted when calculating
Social Security investments. That means that someone making
$88,000 a year (more than myself, let me tell you) and Bill Gates are
investing the same amount in the well-being of our society. How
can that be fair? “With great power (or money) comes great
responsibility”, right? By simply making everyone invest an
percentage of everyone's income would give us funds to spare.
What about gambling it in the stock market, like Bush wants us
to? A co-worker of mine retired last year. At least, she
retired from one job. Because she had so much of her retirement
tied up in the stock market when it crashed, she's still has to keep
working. Think that's was just the dot-com bubble? One man,
an MIT graduate, figured out his return from Social Security and
compared it to the same amount invested in the Dow Jones over the
forty-five years that he worked. Social Security won - by almost
six thousand dollars. The only people who will have
from that plan are the stockbrokers taking their cut of our money.
But finally, it comes back that family table. America has the
money to do the right thing - to take care of all of its
citizens. Right now, Republicans are spending our money on $40
million inaugurations and on a "Star Wars" program that still
work after twenty years of wasting our cash. It all comes
down to a matter of priorities. The choice is clear - do the
right thing and take care of Americans, or they’ll blow our money
more pork-barrel projects and stockbroker's fees.
Call our Congressmen today and tell them to stand up and do the right
Rep. Michael R. Turner DC: (202) 225-6465
Sen. Michael DeWine Phone: (202)
224-2315 Fax: (202) 224-6519
Sen. George V. Voinovich Phone: 202-224-3353
One Man's Retirement Math:Social
Security Wins, David R. Francis, Christian Science
Cutting Our Benefits, Dean
Baker, In These Times, 1/3/2005
Just a Little Maintenance,
Robert M. Ball, Washington Post, 7/18/2004
Inventing a Crisis, Paul
Krugman, New York Times, 12/7/2004
Congrats to our local elected Democrats!
- Tony Capizzi - Common Pleas Court Judge Juvenile Division
- Debbie Lieberman - County Commissioner
- Dan Foley - Clerk of Common Pleas Court
- Matt Heck - prosecuting attorney
- Judy Dodge - County Recorder
- Hugh Quill - County Treasurer
- Joseph Litvin - County Engineer
Here are some excerpts from a speech given
by Howard Dean at George Washington University after the 2004
election. Read the whole
Here in Washington, it seems that after every losing election,
there's a consensus reached among decision-makers in the Democratic
Party is that the way to win is to be more like Republicans.
I suppose you could call that philosophy: if you didn't beat 'em, join
I'm not one for making predictions -- but if we accept that philosophy
this time around, another Democrat will be standing here in four years
giving this same speech. we cannot win by being "Republican-lite."
We've tried it; it doesn't work. […] - We cannot be a Party that
the presidency by running an 18-state campaign. We cannot be a party
that cedes a single state, a single District, a single precinct, nor
should we cede a single voter.
As many of the candidates supported by my organization Democracy for
America showed -- people in places that we've too long ignored are
hungry for an alternative; they're hungry for new ideas and new
candidates, and they're willing to elect Democrats.[…]
There are no red states or blue states, just American
states. And if we can compete at all levels and in the
most conservative parts of the country [like we
successfully did in this last election], we can win ...
at any level and anywhere.
People will vote for Democratic candidates in Texas,
and Alabama, and Utah if we knock on their door,
introduce ourselves, and tell them what we believe.
There is another destination beyond strong finances, outreach, and
campaigns. That destination is a better, stronger, smarter,
safer, healthier America.
An America where we don't turn our back on our own people. That's
the America we can only build with conviction.
When some people say we should change direction, in essence they are
arguing that our basic or guiding principles can be altered or modified.
WHY AM I TALKING ABOUT HOWARD DEAN?
The Democratic National
Committee is holding its elections in Feb, and ICTH solidly endorses
Howard Dean as the best candidate for the job. We believe that
Dr. Dean has the experience to lead the party in a solid
direction. We believe that Dr. Dean has the ethics to ensure that
we hold true to our democratic and Democratic ideals. We believe
that Dr. Dean has the courage to speak the truth, even when it is
The committee that selects the next DNC chair includes some
Ohioans. Give them a call and ask them to stand up for a
Democratic Party that’s true to its morals:
Dennis White (Ohio Dems chair)
William Burga (Ohio AFL-CIO chair) (614)224-8271
Lloyd Mahaffey (UAW region 2B)
Senator Mark Mallory (614)466-5980
Rhine McLin (937)333-3636
Representative Stephanie T. Jones (216) 522-4900
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Deaths caused by the drug Vioxx on U.S. soil since 1999:
Budget of Homeland Security Department: $30 billion
Budget of Food & Drug Administration: $1.8 billion
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