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Taxes and Hockey moms

In Crime, Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Politics not working, TAXES on September 21, 2011 at 6:13 AM

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

September 21
is … World Gratitude Day and International Banana Festival

Is that a banana in
your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Thank God for small miracles, my
family, my friends, my dog, nature, the great outdoors, intelligent people,
funny people, farmers, teachers, a good joke, a good movie, sports, watermelons
and seedless grapes.

Put the puck in the net boy. A middle-aged hockey mom accused of having
sex with two of her son’s former teammates was out on bail Monday after being
arrested at her Laguna Niguel home last week, authorities said.

Kathia Maria Davis, 44, faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor and
lewd acts with a child, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department
spokesman Jim Amormino. She was arrested Wednesday after allegedly carrying on
sexual relationships with the boys over a period of three to five years,
officials said.

The first victim, who is still a juvenile, spilled details to his
mother last week. She called authorities and an investigation began.

“These are incidents that are always embarrassing for the families
and disgusting acts,” Amormino said. According to the mother, Davis hosted
parties at her home and served alcohol to underage team members, Amormino said.

A second boy also recounted alleged sexual encounters with the
dishwater-blonde divorcee, Amormino said. The second boy said he couldn’t
recall when the alleged trysts began, but he might have been 14, authorities
said. Both boys played for a youth hockey team called Beach City Lightning,
Amormino said. Club president Stacey Chilcoff said the two players hadn’t been
involved with the team for at least four years.

Davis was released from custody after posting $25,000 bail, Amormino
said.

Tuesday was the first day gays could openly serve in the military. Have
you noticed a difference yet? I am sure an incident will happen the military
will publicize to make a point and then everything else will be deep-sixed.

President Obama started off his campaign to raise taxes using a scare
tactic, a sound bite and a lie. His proposal is so dead in the water he clearly
lied in an attempt to get a good sounding clip played on the news.

President Barack Obama makes it sound as if
there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their
secretaries.

“Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher
taxes than millionaires and billionaires,” Obama said Monday. “That’s
pretty straightforward. It’s hard to argue against that.”

The data tell a different story. On average, the
wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the
poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and
as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected
by the federal government.

There may be individual millionaires who pay
taxes at rates lower than middle-income workers. In 2009, 1,470 households
filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax,
according to the Internal Revenue Service. That, however, was less than 1
percent of the nearly 237,000 returns with incomes above $1 million.

In his White House address Monday, Obama called
on Congress to increase taxes by $1.5 trillion as part of a 10-year deficit
reduction package totaling more than $3 trillion. He proposed that Congress
overhaul the tax code and impose what he called the “Buffett rule,”
named for billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The rule says, “People making
more than $1 million a year should not pay a smaller share of their income in
taxes than middle-class families pay.”

“Warren Buffett’s secretary shouldn’t pay a
higher tax rate than Warren Buffett. There is no justification for it,”
Obama said. “It is wrong that in the United States of America, a teacher
or a nurse or a construction worker who earns $50,000 should pay higher tax
rates than somebody pulling in $50 million.”

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

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Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“Be daring, be
different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the
commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

The government wants to be our banker.

In Crime, Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Greed in our world on September 3, 2011 at 5:50 AM

SEPTEMBER 3, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

September 3
is … Skyscraper Day

 

In eight days we will
commemorate the tenth anniversary of losing two significant skyscrapers. NEVER
FORGET!

 

First, our government
alters free enterprise by over regulating it. The control the government has
over American business, because the politicians think they know better and more
than business professionals, is staggering and stifling. The government has
proven over and over again that everything they get involved in gets worse.

 

A prime example is
the financial markets and banks. The government has an enormous regulatory
apparatus in place to control the markets and the flow of money. With the
government watching and in control, the financial markets collapsed. Even
though the government was involved in this collapse and likely caused most of
it, it is now responding by suing the banks.

 

The agency that oversees mortgage markets is preparing to file suit against
more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of
mortgages they packaged and sold during the housing bubble, The New York Times
reported on Thursday. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is expected to file suit against
Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among other
banks, the Times reported, citing three unidentified individuals briefed on the
matter. The suits stem from subpoenas the finance agency issued to banks last
year. They could be filed as early as Friday, the Times said, but if not filed
Friday it said the suits would come on Tuesday.

 

The government will argue the banks, which pooled the mortgages and sold
them as securities to investors, failed to perform due diligence required under
securities law and missed evidence that borrowers’ incomes were falsified or
inflated, the Times reported.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lost more than $30 billion, due partly to their
purchases of mortgage-backed securities, when the housing bubble burst in late
2008. Those losses were covered mostly with taxpayers’ money.

 

The agency filed suit against UBS in July, seeking to recover at least $900
million for taxpayers, and the individuals told the Times the new suits would
be similar in scope. A spokesman for the Federal Housing Finance Agency was not
immediately available for comment. The Times said Bank of America, JP Morgan
and Goldman Sachs all declined comment. A Deutsche Bank spokesman told the
Times, “We can’t comment on a suit that we haven’t seen and hasn’t been
filed yet.”

 

The practice of subprime lending, wherein mortgage brokers lowered their
standards to entice homebuyers to take out large mortgages to buy more
expensive homes than they could afford, was a root cause of the mortgage market
implosion. News of the suit could have a negative impact on stocks of the banks
in question on Friday. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are
traded on the New York Stock Exchange, while Deutsche Bank is traded on the
German exchange. S&P 500 stocks index futures were trading down 0.6 percent
in Asia. U.S. Treasury futures also ticked higher.

 

The Times report said investors fear that if banks are forced to pay out
billions for mortgages that defaulted, the suit could sap earnings for years
and contribute to further losses across the financial services industry.

 

How can the government build a bureaucracy to prevent the financial
collapse of the economic system and when it fails in doing its job, it sues the
very industry they previously caused to fail?

 

I have written a book
about Jack the Ripper called Holmes the Ripper. I made money with this work of
fiction as have many writers and authors over the years. Now a retired Scotland
Yard officer is at it.

 

A retired British murder squad detective has put together what he claims is
an image of Jack The Ripper – the unidentified serial killer who terrorized
London in the 1880s.

 

Trevor Marriott created an e-fit of the man he believes was the responsible
for the Ripper murders, a German merchant named Carl Feigenbaum, for a BBC
television program. Feigenbaum was a suspect at the time of the murders, and
reportedly told his lawyer that he had a “desire to kill and mutilate
every woman who falls in my way.” He was later convicted of killing his
landlady in Manhattan, and died in the electric chair in New York’s Sing Sing
prison.

 

No photographs of Feigenbaum exist, so the e-fit (an electronic artist’s
impression) was based on eyewitness descriptions. There are hundreds of
suspects who have been investigated by sleuths through the years, but no-one has
ever been able to conclusively prove the killer’s identity.

 

This is not the first time that experts have attempted to use modern
policing techniques to identify the Ripper. In 2006, Scotland Yard experts
created this e-fit of what they thought the Ripper would look like.

 

The person he identifies as the Ripper is one of the top three suspects. He
did not exactly go out on a limb here. The picture would seem to be even less
useful since no one is alive that would have been alive in the 1880s and could
recognize him. Since no pictures exist, any living family members would not
know what he looks like nor would they have any old photos gathering dust in a
family scrapbook.

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

 

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

 

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

 

Book Titles:

 

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

 

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in
touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of
waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your
destiny.” – Carl
Schurz

 

 

The Sheriff of Nottingham just caught Obama Hood.

In Dirty politicians!, legal, Our government at its worst on August 14, 2011 at 6:51 AM

AUGUST 14, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

August 14 is
… National Creamsicle Day

 

It is finally
official, Rick Perry is running for the Republican nomination for President. In
this story from HuffPost, Tim Pawlenty is not mentioned as a candidate. Perhaps
he should get out. Perry, 61, was to visit New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary
state, later Saturday before stepping onto Iowa soil Sunday.

The leading GOP candidate so far has been Mitt Romney, a former
Massachusetts governor making his second run for the nomination. With perhaps
the exception of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), no one in the field has
managed to raise the kind of enthusiasm among conservatives that seems to
surround Perry.

Among the others in the race are former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former U.S.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former U.S. Sen. Rick
Santorum of Pennsylvania and businessman Herman Cain. I am not sure the Texas
governor is a viable national candidate but he adds pizzazz to a campaign being
lead by Mitt Romney

On Friday, a Federal
Appeals Court in Atlanta struck down the mandate in Obamacare that individuals
must buy insurance from private companies from birth to death. This ruling is
going to be appealed. The law that took up so much time and energy to get
through Congress while this country was falling down around us is not approved
of by over 50% of the population. Still President Obama and his cronies will
spend billions of dollars we do not have to salvage a law no one likes. If
Obamacare falls by the wayside, President Obama would have accomplished nothing
in his three years in the White House.

A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in
President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul package that virtually all
Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties. The divided
three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the
so-called individual mandate, which is considered the centerpiece of the law,
siding with 26 states that had sued to block the law. But the panel didn’t go
as far as a lower court that had invalidated the entire overhaul as
unconstitutional.

Government attorneys can – and likely will – ask the full 11th Circuit to
review the panel’s ruling. They also can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court,
which many legal observers expect to have the final say on the issue. The
states and other critics argued the law violates people’s rights, while the
Justice Department countered that the legislative branch was exercising a
“quintessential” power.

The decision, penned by Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Circuit Judge Frank
Hull, found that “the individual mandate contained in the Act exceeds
Congress’s enumerated commerce power.” “What Congress cannot do under
the Commerce Clause is mandate that individuals enter into contracts with
private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the
time they are born until the time they die,” the opinion said.

Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus said in a lengthy dissent that the majority
ignored the “undeniable fact that Congress’ commerce power has grown
exponentially over the past two centuries, and is now generally accepted as
having afforded Congress the authority to create rules regulating large areas
of our national economy.” The 11th Circuit isn’t the first appeals court
to weigh in on the issue. The federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the
government’s new requirement that most Americans buy health insurance, and an
appeals court in Richmond has heard similar legal constitutional challenges to
the law.

But the Atlanta-based court is considered by many observers to be the most
pivotal legal battleground yet because it reviewed a sweeping ruling by a
Florida judge. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling not only struck down a
requirement that nearly all Americans carry health insurance, but he also threw
out other provisions ranging from Medicare discounts for some seniors to a
change that allows adult children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’
coverage.

The states urged the 11th Circuit to uphold Vinson’s ruling, saying in a
court filing that letting the law stand would set a troubling precedent that
“would imperil individual liberty, render Congress’s other enumerated
powers superfluous, and allow Congress to usurp the general police power reserved
to the states.” On Friday, the National Federation of Independent
Business, which joined the 26 states in the challenge, urged the U.S. Supreme
Court to strike down the rest of the health care overhaul. The federation has
argued the federal health care law would cost small businesses millions by
forcing them to provide health insurance for employees.

“Small-business owners across the country have been vindicated by the
11th Circuit’s ruling that the individual mandate in the healthcare law is
unconstitutional,” the group said. “The court reaffirmed what small
businesses already knew – there are limits to Congress’ power. And the
individual mandate, which compels every American to buy health insurance or pay
a fine, is a bridge too far.”

“Spend, spend, spend, more government, more government.” Should be a Obama
campaign slogan. “Screw the working man; take, take, and take. I am like Robin
Hood. Just call me Obama in the Hood.”

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“People always
call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” – Anne Tyler

Washington DC, brain dead.

In Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Our government at its worst, politics, Politics not working on August 1, 2011 at 6:25 AM

AUGUST 1, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

August 1 is
… Friendship Day and National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Have a friend over
for a piece of Raspberry Cream pie today. Sit down, chit-chat and get to know
someone a little better. Make time in your day for you and a friend, you will
enjoy it.

The deal is done. Now
every politician in Washington is claiming victory, claiming they did their job
and claiming their actions were historic. In reality, their actions were
bordering on criminal, were stealing from their employer, the citizens lost
again, nothing actually was done, they just said they would continue to talk
about what to do and there is nothing historic in passing a budget bill since
they are required to do so by the Constitution and every Congress but this one
has done it before them.

America and the world
was supposed to go to hell in a handcart because of people like Alan Simpson, a
former Republican.

Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming.
He calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared “Social
Security” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here’s a response in a
letter from a unknown farmer in Montana written about a year
ago, nothing has changed.
I think he is a little ticked off! He also tells it like it is!

“Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight..

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public tit for FIFTY

YEARS.

2.. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years
old. I am now 63).

3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other

Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for

decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give

OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting
the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made
Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial
football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved
the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your
shill commission are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

5 I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare

from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game.. Why?
Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that
you need to steal money from Medicare to pay
the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire
lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why?

Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just
kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American
taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt. To add insult to injury, you label us
“greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well,
Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your
pathetic 50-year political career?

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and

how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the

American taxpayers?

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you

proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual,

have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called

Congress who are the “greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow
nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions
of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and
yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic
political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable ASS.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“Power is the
ability not to have to please.” – Elizabeth Janeway

What do you hope for?

In current events, Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Greed in our world, Our government at its worst, Politics not working on July 30, 2011 at 6:44 AM

JULY 30, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

July 30 is …
National Cheesecake Day

Today I get and like.
It is hard to go wrong with a piece of cheesecake with strawberries or
chocolate over it.

Do we have a budget
deal yet? Is the sky falling? Did the sun come up this morning? Were the birds
chirping? Is China still open? Is Europe still operating? Is the Pope Catholic?
I was just wondering.

Does the Republican
Party understand the concept of negotiation? It keeps putting out a plan; the
plan gets crucified so they change it or draft a new plan. The Democrats never
come up with a plan. They just sit back, blame the Republicans and watch as the
Republicans negotiate against themselves. The Republican Party is stupid and
being made a laughing stock. President Obama is beatable on this issue and in
2012 but not by the morons running the Republican Party now and the Tea-Party
is just a turd in the punchbowl, nothing more, an annoying itch that we should
not scratch.

I really hope they
have an NFL season this year and no one shows up!

I am still praying
and hoping against hope that the Chicago White Sox make the baseball playoffs.
The Chicago Cubs are doing what they can to prevent it. The White Sox traded a
pitcher, Edwin Jackson to Toronto who then traded him to the Cubs arch rival
St. Louis. To get back at the White Sox, the Cubs traded a starting outfielder
to the Cleveland Indians, the team just ahead of the White Sox.

The Cubs wanted to
pimp the White Sox so bad, they are even paying the 4 million dollar salary for
the rest of this year owed to the guy they traded. The Cubs got rid of a guy,
are paying him and got two minor leaguers they are also paying, who will never
make the big league team other than as a late-season call-up or in an injury
pinch.

That is some home
town loyalty for you. That shows why the Cubs will never win. They are only
concerned with selling tickets; making money and making sure the South Siders
do not win.

I hope the Chicago
Cubs have another bad century and they are eleven years into it so far with no
success.

I hope the debt
crisis is not solved by the alleged drop dead date of August 2, 2011.

I hope Congress tries
not to pay our military people, social security recipients and Medicare
beneficiaries. Even the two parties running this country into the ground cannot
spread or dodge the blame for that.

I hope everybody
realizes this country has enough money on hand to pay all our bills for ninety
days if nothing happens by August 2, 2011; the Government will still have
revenue coming in.

I hope no one tells
Obama he has the authority to make an unlimited number of coins in any
denomination. Paper money is limited by law but not coinage. He could issue
several Billion dollar coins and use them to pay off China or any other large
debt holders. Of course it is just another way to borrow money but it prevents
the non-sensical threatened government shutdown.

I hope when the debt
crisis bill finally is drafted and voted on it contains a few provisions that
will become law quietly, like most large legislative bills have in them;
provision such as no foreign aid for Afghanistan, Pakistan and all the other
‘stans’ over there, no foreign aid for Egypt, Israel or Yemen, no public aid or
assistance for any illegal aliens, even in medical emergencies; no public money
for abortions, birth control and gender transfer; no public aid for anyone on
public aid who becomes pregnant, you lose it all; drug testing for all public
assistance recipients; term limits of 12 years for all members of Congress
total regardless of which House they serve in, years are combined to reach 12;
English is established as the National language and all government documents
and signs are printed in English only; a qualification to receive any
government assistance payments or aid is the requirement you speak English as
do your children; require that schools be taught in English only; cease
providing military protection to Japan and Europe; exit NATO; exit the United
Nations and sell it the UN property and buildings in this country and require
property taxes be paid as well as income taxes on income; eliminate the
tax-free charity concept, donations and charitable good will not diminish;
charities should pay income taxes and property taxes, even churches; eliminate
all Congressional committees, we elect Representatives and Senators, they are
our committee, we should not allow them to increase spending by hiring people
and forming committees to do the job we elected them to do, we could just elect
the committee, oh, that’s right we do, it is called Congress.

If the majority of
these reforms are implemented, we would increase revenue without raising income
taxes or fees on citizens and we would significantly reduce wasteful and
useless spending. The budget would have a surplus not a deficit. The surplus
should be used to pay off the National debt.

This stuff really is
not that difficult, we just complicate it.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

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www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“You may easily
play a joke on a man who likes to argue — agree with him.” – Edgar Watson
Howe

Not raising the budget is viewed as a budget cut in Washington.

In current events, Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Greed in our world on July 28, 2011 at 5:02 AM

JULY 28, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 28 is … National Milk Chocolate Day

This day is not fair to us weight challenged individuals. It seems we have a bunch of days for candy, cookies and great flavors but that is OK by me.

We are still arguing over the debt ceiling and government spending. A good portion of the national debt and our current over spending is a result of exporting our idea of democracy, freedom and warfare. We are currently engaged three acknowledged wars; Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. We are involved in numerous less publicized wars and actions including Korea, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and certain states that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. We provide defense to Japan, Germany, Israel and numerous other states that do not spend on their defense since we will.

The United States has been buying friends and international respect for decades. Many of the countries we protect and support have decided we are the bad guy now. We continue to spend our money on them. Most of the nations around have lost their respect for this country but they still cash our checks and we are stupid enough to keep sending them out.

During this self-made, mostly exaggerated, over-hyped political game we are in concerning the debt ceiling and spending, much has been made about how our economic problems will impact international economics and markets. So what. We are now too big to fail just like certain banks were in the Wall Street collapse and the auto industry collapse. In both of those cases the government provided massive bailouts. That money spent impulsively, foolishly and without quality benefits is now helping to cause this crisis, when added to the wasted defense spending.

Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Every mistake should be used as a learning tool. When you get lemons, don’t just have a sour face, make lemonade. The appropriate expressions are endless but we do not seem to be learning a damn thing.

If we try to spend our way out of this mess, we will be revisiting it in a year or two. Obama wants to raise taxes. Taxes rarely go down or away. If we raise taxes now and survive this non-catastrophe, the taxes will still be raised meaning the government will have more money to spend on unappreciative foreign nations and entitlement programs here. The cuts will never take place or will be restored in short order.

Congress can only pass a budget that obligates the government for one  year. This Congress does not have the legal capacity to establish the budget for the next Congress or the Congress in 2014. Therefore, whatever is done today is all for show and publicity, “See what I did.” reelection Babble Congressman can use to tout their ability to govern.

We have lived through this type of childish behavior from our Congress and President in the past. These guys are not inventing anything but they are getting close to improve the absurdity of political behavior.

Boehner’s most recent plan, after detailed scrutiny shows it will only reduce spending by one billion dollars in 2012. The budget crisis is dealing with trillions of dollars and Boehner is going to cut one billion. That is just buying four fewer toilet seats for the space shuttle or a few less hammers for the Air Force. Once this scrutiny appeared in the press, Boehner called off the vote on his plan to redo the numbers. Rephrasing the lies does not make it a better or a workable deal, it just rephrases it.

Boehner, at least, has a plan. The Democrats do not have a detailed plan they will release. President Obama is just sitting quietly in the White House refusing to produce a plan. Once a deal is reached, he will come charging out of the Rose Garden on a white horse claiming to be our savior. He will come out for a plan he never read but was told about, similar to Obamacare.

We need to pass a law that says every Congressman and President that votes for or signs a budget that increases over the cost of living is ineligible for reelection. I believe Warren Buffet has espoused a similar sentiment.

Just one of the problems, according to our Secretary of the Treasury, 80 million people get government payments every month; that is 25% of the population.

Baseline budget spending is one of the largest scams in Washington. This concept calls for every budget item to increase a certain per centage every year. When Congress repeals the planned increase they brag about cutting spending. They are not cutting spending; they are merely not allowing an increase to take effect. What was spent last year will be spent next year. Where is the cut in that?

It is time to clean house in Washington. Even if the elected official is your spouse, parent, sibling or friend, they need to be voted out of office. Everyone talks about voting the rascals out but not their guy, he’s good. Everyone around the nations thinks this way and most get reelected. That has got to end.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

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www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
Abraham Lincoln

Wu got it Wright!

In Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures on July 27, 2011 at 5:11 AM

JULY 27, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 27 it is… Take Your Pants For A Walk Day

Stay in your pants to do this. Congressman Wu might still have a job if he had left his pants on.

At least one Congressman has learned something from Weinergate. If you are caught with your pants down, do not bother trying to cover-up. It just will not work. Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon announced Tuesday that he will resign amid political fallout from an 18-year-old woman’s allegations she had an unwanted sexual encounter with him.

Within days of the allegation, Democratic leaders requested a House Ethics Committee investigation of his conduct. Wu had said Monday he would not seek re-election, but had come under increasing pressure to step down. “The wellbeing of my children must come before anything else,” Wu said in a statement. “With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues.”

Wu is the second House Democrat in the last six weeks to be forced to resign as a result of a sex scandal. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York resigned after sending lewd photos of himself through Twitter.

It is hard to make Wu in Congress any more. It’s about time.

On this day in 1909, Orville Wright (one of the famous Wright Brothers, along with Wilbur) set a record for the longest airplane flight. Not that there were many records available … after all, it was the Wright Brothers who worked so hard at making plane flight practical in the first place!

Orville was testing the Army’s first airplane and kept it aloft for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia. He was so tired from the experience that the plane crash-landed. He and his passenger (name unknown) were OK. I wonder if he wore p[ants for this flight?

On this date in 1953 the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed at Panmunjon, Korea. The war lasted three years and 32 days. The truce negotiations between North Korean and U.S. delegates (representing South Korea) lasted two years and seventeen days.

Also on this date in 1990,  Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop. She is still alive but apparently in poor health.

Serial killers are always among us. They have been around for hundreds of years or longer but were just given a name in the late 1970s. A serial killers suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder and appear normal or charming, sometimes referred to as the “mask of sanity.” Sometimes there is a sexual element to the murders and they may have a commonality such as gender, occupation, appearances, race, etc.

The term serial killer was coined in the 1970s due to cases such as Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz. According to an FBI Behavioral Unit study 85% of the world’s serial killers are in America. At any given time 20 to 50 unidentified active serial killers are at work continually changing their targets and methods. Prostitutes, runaways, and others who lead transient and anonymous lives are usually not reported missing promptly and receive little police or media attention, making them excellent targets. Experts speculate on what happens to unsolved cases of murderers. Some may commit suicide, die, be incarcerated, in mental institutions, relocate, or stopped killing; a few turn themselves in.

Experts don’t agree on an exact definition of a serial killer but general definitions are based on numbers and patterns: two or more unrelated victims in distinctly separate incidents. The Northwest has a notorious history of prototype killers — among them are Ted Bundy and the Green River Killer. Lesser known serial killers have claimed scores of lives but are only charged and/or convicted of one or two murders, but suspected of more.

A couple of years ago the BTK killer from Wichita, Kansas resurfaced after nearly 30 years since his first suspected killing. Dennis Rader was active from 1974 to 1994. In 2004 he began writing letters about his crimes. He had written letters while he was active, teasing the authorities and daring them to catch him. After his desire to reenter the spotlight resulted in the letters in 2004, he got his wish and was captured.

Are you tired of political correctness? Do you find it difficult to say what you believe because someone is always looking to pick a fight? I am tired of it. I did not bomb anything on 9/11. I never enslaved anyone. I do not owe anyone a free ride regardless of their upbringing, social status, color, race or lot in life. I see no reason to apologize for being an American, for being from the greatest nation the world has ever known no matter what Pres. Obama does. I am not happy with our President but I am proud of him. I do not agree with everything our country does overseas and around the world but I will defend these actions to my death.

Remember political correctness.  “Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical and radical minority, rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

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www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

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http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” – George S. Patton

The do nothing Congress and President

In Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures, Government not working again. on July 26, 2011 at 4:57 AM

JULY 26, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 26 is … All Or Nothing Day

What a choice. Congress gets to choose between all and damn the cost or all and damn the taxpayer.

Good luck to my son, Ross. He is sitting for the bar exam in Indiana today and tomorrow. He will do just fine, I am sure.

Speaking of the out of control Congress, another member of Congress is showing how proud he is of his penis. This piece of work decided to show off to a teenager 38 years younger than he is. Congressman David Wu is facing calls for his resignation over a young woman’s reported accusation that she had an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the Democrat three weeks after his election victory in November.

The seven-term Democrat had a telephone conversation on Saturday with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about the allegation, said Wu spokesman Erik Dorey. He would not comment on the substance of their talk. An aide to Pelosi declined Saturday to comment on Wu, who earlier this year apologized for bizarre behavior during his most recent re-election campaign. Gee, I wonder what they discussed? Probably was not the debt crisis.

The allegation – which was first reported by The Oregonian newspaper – seemed to be boiling into yet another sex scandal confronting a member of Congress. It comes a month after Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., stepped down after getting caught sending suggestive pictures of himself on his Twitter account. Late Friday, the 56-year-old Wu issued a one-sentence statement about The Oregonian’s report: “This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention or stress to a young woman and her family.” Pressure was building on Wu to publicly address the allegation. There were also calls for his resignation. Show pride in yourself and not just in your red-headed brother, resign or commit suicide.

“I’m saddened to hear this news. David owes the citizens he represents a detailed explanation,” said State Rep. Brad Witt, who is running against Wu in the Democratic primary next spring. “If this accusation proves to be true, it’s time for David Wu to resign and get the help he needs.” Another challenger of Wu in the Democratic primary, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, said Saturday Wu should resign immediately. “I think any 56-year-old man, especially a 56-year-old Congressman, that asserts himself like this on an 18-year-old girl, has got no business serving in Congress,” Avakian said at a news conference. “There is nothing that can be explained that makes this situation right. He’s got to resign.”

The authorities in Norway are having a problem counting the dead from last week’s tragic attack by the lone local man. I heard the reports say 94 were dead, then 77 were dead, then 68 were dead and then 73 were dead. Apparently the island location for the more brutal portion of the attack is isolated and the terrain is hard to search. The final death toll will only govern our shock, misery and disgust for the barbaric human that did the killing. He will face 21 years in prison regardless of the death toll he caused.

President Obama gave a speech Monday night from his bully pulpit. Boehner gave a speech from his office. Both blamed the other or their respective parties for the deadlock in Congress.  Both or wrong and acting like chjildren. If either does not get what they want they are going to tuirn this country around and go home. Where’s a Norwegian gunman when you need one?

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

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www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

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http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

 

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

The screwed.

In current events, Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Greed in our world, Politics not working, Sports on July 23, 2011 at 6:36 AM

JULY 23, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

July 23 is …
National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

 

Today was probably
created for our beloved Governor Milquetoast, you know, the guy in Israel on
our dime with his live-in girlfriend. At least it is a girl.

 

Who is screwing whom
around this country and the world?

 

1. Congress is
screwing the citizens that vote and are productive;

 

2. President Obama is
screwing white people and others that work and pay their taxes under the tax
laws;

 

3. The governor of
Illinois, Governor Milquetoast is screwing the people of Illinois; he is going
to veto the gambling legislation passed in Springfield by the people elected to
their job. Milquetoast was appointed after the last biggest screwer ‘Blago’ was
indicted; Milquetoast was then elected after the Republicans ran a moron
against him because they misread the fact the Tea Party does not play well in
Peoria;

 

4. The liberal,
Democrat leaning press is pushing the Obama agenda down Americas throat and
Obama is paying them back with interviews, White House access and bailout
money;

 

5. The medical
industry is screwing everyone that pays for them own health care or has private
insurance; I am undergoing a series of skin graphs, each one costs $5,465.00
and I have had 5 and will get an additional 5; each procedure takes less than
fifteen minutes of time for the doctor but his fee out of the $5,465.00 is
$1,400.00; the skin graph costs $4,000.00 out of the total. I asked the doctor
what Medicare pays for these procedures, he told me they pay $1,400.00 and will
cover 8 of the procedures. Someone in Washington, a bean-counter not a doctor
predecided that in a Medicare situation 8 procedures will correct the problem
without ever discussing this with the doctor involved or reviewing the
particular case; it was also decided the price that will be paid is $1,400.00.
Why are I and millions like me and our private insurance providers getting
screwed for $5,465.00 for the procedure if the same procedure works and is
supposedly identical for $1,400.00 when Medicare pays for it? This is just one
example and this will worsen and become more prevalent under Obamacare.
Remember the death panel scare? They do exist and will grow exponentially with
government mandated health care. Kiss Grandma and Grandpa good bye.

 

6. The NFL is
screwing the fans. The rich owners finally decided to give the rich players
more money making them richer. The owners ratified the proposed deal on
Thursday, unanimously. The NFL players refused to even vote on the proposed
deal. The NFL players union, for the second time, decertified itself earlier
this spring. Therefore there is no union. Once the contract is finally
approved, the union will recertify itself. What are the players paying the
union dues for. The un ion decertifies so they technically do not represent the
players, current and former. When the current players get their deal and it
screws the former players, the union can throw up their hands saying, “Hey, it
wasn’t us.” More screwing by the NFL than a Johnny Holmes film.

 

7. The Republican
Party is screwing every Republican, every conservative and many independents
that do not want to reelect Obama. The Republican Party is once again recycling
older candidates who have already lost at least once. The Party does this when
it does not believe a sitting President can be defeated. The morons, liars,
criminals, cheats and millionaires they have running now do not want to solve any
problems. They do not know how to solve any problems. They just want to tell us
what is wrong, who is to blame and how good it used to be.

 

8. The Atlanta school
system screwed the children and parents of Atlanta and many others. Part of the
fall-out is massive firings and layoffs. All of these people will get
unemployment, food stamps and a host of other welfare type benefits that will
cost all taxpayers money. In addition, several suits are being threatened by
people who did nt get free tutors, school breakfasts nd lunches and other
education benefits tied to the progress being shown by the school system. Since
the School system was cheating and lying, many benefits did not get awarded.
Parents want those benefits. The children were screwed the most since they were
not getting a quality education while being taught by criminals.

 

These are just a few
examples off the top of my head. None of us are even being kissed, just
screwed.

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

 

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

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www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

 

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

 

Book Titles:

 

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

 

“If you want to
be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama wants your Medicare!

In Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., legal, Our government at its worst, Politics not working on July 17, 2011 at 6:37 AM

JULY 17, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 17 is … National Peach Ice Cream Day

Never been a Peach Ice Cream guy but I married a Peach of a gal.

Welcome to talking heads Sunday, the day the various news programs will have politicians on telling us why they are correct and why the other guys are wrong about the manufactured, alleged ‘debt crisis’.

President Obama is warming up to the idea of changing Medicare. He will soon join the ranks of those who want to change Social Security. I do not see why the government wants to change the rules for people who have paid for the benefits that are now going to be taken away. That is illegal in the world I live in. A contract is a contract and both sides are legally obligated to abide by the terms agreed to. Nobody is talking about reducing welfare, food stamps and other freebies. We should change those programs first since the recipient does not pay for these benefits, everyone else does.

According to HuffPost, President Barack Obama formally acknowledged on Friday that he would support a plan to means-test Medicare as a part of a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “I have said that means-testing on Medicare, meaning people like myself — I’m going to be turning 50 in a week, so I’m starting to think a little bit more about Medicare eligibility — but you can envision a situation for somebody in my position, me having to pay a little bit more on premiums or co-pays would be appropriate. And again, that would make a difference,” the president said at a press conference. “What we are not willing to do is restructure the program in the ways we have seen coming out of the House in recent months.” The comment was the first public acknowledgment from the White House that the president would support changing the payment structure of the entitlement program. Prior to Obama’s remarks, multiple sources in both parties told The Huffington Post that the administration was making it clear to debt ceiling negotiators that such a structural change to Medicare was on the table.

The proposal is not entirely controversial among health care economists. But it will rankle a good chunk of the president’s own party, which has sought to keep Medicare’s structure as a basic insurance program. Medicare premiums for doctors and for prescription drugs are already means tested. Making top earners pay even more — while potentially sound policy — opens the program to the politically potent charge that it is becoming health care welfare for lower income Americans.

The Obama administration’s embrace of the idea came during talks between lawmakers and Vice President Joseph Biden. The exact contours of what was proposed are not entirely clear. But a version that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) proposed in later discussions would have saved the government an estimated $38 billion by charging those high-income beneficiaries 10 percent more for the cost of hospital stays and prescription drugs.

Obama’s nominal support for means-testing Medicare, however, does fit into the larger outlines of his plan for the debt ceiling debate. In an effort to both win the support of Republicans and tackle as many deficit-contributing issues as possible, the administration has placed entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare (“sacred cows” for the Democratic Party) squarely on the table. The president also lent his support to a plan to raise the eligibility age of Medicare from 65 to 67, over the course of roughly 25 years. His team has, additionally, discussed various changes to the way in which Social Security benefits are measured and paid.

Both of those ideas encountered immediate push back within Democratic and even moderate Republican circles. Means-testing Medicare has more political support. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) a top-ranking Democrat in the caucus, has embraced the idea, as have the party’s more fiscally conservative members. In the past, the administration too has embraced the idea. The president’s own health care law placed a small tax increase on the wealthiest Americans, a fee that could, theoretically, be considered a form of means-testing. And in his 2009 budget, the Obama administration suggested means-testing the prescription drug portion of Medicare.

We already overtax the wealthy. If they pay into Social Security and Medicare like everyone else, they should get their benefits like everyone else. If you do not give them the benefits then return the money they paid in to them, with interest. Fair is fair. It is time to stop penalizing the successful person for being successful. Communism and Socialism tried this and that concept hasn’t seemed to work out real well where tried around the world.

 Just a couple of thoughts I had.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

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http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” – Martha Washington