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The Daily Bell – Sheldon Richman on Almost Everything – From a Libertarian Standpoint

January 19, 2014 2 comments

Daily Bell: Thanks for sitting down with us again.

Sheldon Richman: My pleasure.

Daily Bell: Let\’s go over some of your current responsibilities. You are vice president at The Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of FFF\’s monthly, Future of Freedom journal, a research fellow at The Independent Institute, chairman

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of the board of trustees and a member of the advisory panel for the Center for a Stateless Society. and your own blog is at Free Association.

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Is the United States of America Actually Going to Pot? | Opinion – Conservative

January 9, 2014 12 comments

(Before It\’s News)

by Pat BuchananPot

Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado.

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It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

But where are we going?

 

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Betrayal of America’s Vets… “Once again the government broke its promise to military retirees. Last time it was the loss of free medical benefits during the Clinton administration. ” – Coach is Right

December 14, 2013 31 comments

by Jim Emerson, staff writer

Betrayal n. 1. Breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations.

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Often betrayal is the act of supporting a rival group. It may be a complete break from previously decided upon or presumed norms by one party from the others.

A Nation will be judged by the Way it treats its Veterans… – “George Washington

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The Old Order is Dying… “Ideas of the 1960s have now grown reactionary in our world that is vastly different from a half-century ago.”

June 16, 2013 1 comment
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The Old Order is Dying

Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson

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Ideas of the 1960s have now grown reactionary in our world that is vastly different from a half-century ago.

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The Old Order is Dying… What The Young Folks Are Saying–supposedly–’Bout Old Folks, Etc. !!!!! … did I say…see reader responses? …..

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The Old Order is Dying

Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:07:28 AM by Kaslin

Edited on Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:21:27 AM by Admin Moderator. [history]

Ideas of the 1960s have now grown reactionary in our world that is vastly different from a half-century ago.

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The Problem with Social Security Reform is this: The Government Already Stole the Money

May 1, 2013 3 comments

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The Problem with Social Security Reform is this: The Government Already Stole the Money

 

Townhall ^ | 04/30/2013 | Bill Tatro

 

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:20:52 PM by SeekAndFind

 

I’ve been waiting in the wings very patiently for the all the uproar to die down before I weighed in on the incredibly stupid 2010 comment made by former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson in which he called me and my fellow senior citizens, “The greediest generation.”

 

 

 

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Judge Napolitano on Why Taxation Is Theft – Hit & Run : Reason.com

April 18, 2013 2 comments
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With a tax code that exceeds 72,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income, with an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year, is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America?

 

 

 

 

Social Security taxes and income taxes have dogged us all since their institution during the last century, writes Judge Andrew Napolitano, and few politicians have been willing to address these ploys for what they are: theft.

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Seniors, Vets Unite – Obama Is Pushing Us Over The Cliff | Veterans Today

April 10, 2013 2 comments

Seniors and vets, it’s happening before our very eyes ~ President Obama, not Paul Ryan, is pushing our highly dependable Social Security benefits program over the cliff while playing politics with the Republicans and over the wishes of 87% of those over 50 years of age who oppose any cuts to social security benefits

 

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by Allen L Roland

 

“Social Security…is not a dole or a device for giving everybody something for nothing. True Social Security must consist of rights which are earned rights ~ guaranteed by the law of the land.” Harry S. Truman, August 13, 1945

 

Voters should know that Social Security is not an entitlement but rather a system of wage replacement insurance, which we, as workers, pay for in payroll taxes throughout our working lives.

 

 

 

The system provides benefits when workers stop receiving wages due to retirement, disability or premature death. And voters should also know that Social Security is solid and dependable; it hasn’t missed a payment in 77 years, is currently running a surplus of $2.7 trillion, and is solvent for the next quarter century.

 

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In an economy that continues to be sluggish, with unemployment unacceptably high, Social Security is the solution, not the problem ~ and it must now be strengthened, if not increased, and most certainly not undermined by millionaire politicians who answer to the financial elite and ignore the public.

 

 

 

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(GyG: ALWAYS, See The Reader Responses…please…) ~ Social Security, Medicare facing cuts in Obama budget [Democrats Hate Old People]

April 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Social Security, Medicare facing cuts in Obama budget [Democrats Hate Old People]

 

Tampa Bay Times ^ | 4/4/13

 

Posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 8:14:38 AM by SoFloFreeper

 

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President Barack Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say.

 

 

 

In a significant shift in fiscal strategy, Obama on Wednesday will send a budget plan to Capitol Hill that departs from the usual presidential wish list that Republicans typically declare dead on arrival.

 

 

 

Instead it will embody the final compromise offer that he made to Speaker John Boehner late last year, before Boehner abandoned negotiations in opposition to the president’s demand for higher taxes from wealthy individuals and some corporations.

 

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Someone Needs To Be Held Accountable … and They Need To Pay… “Most Americans are—let me search for the word—freeloaders. And most of those deny it” by Jim Karger

March 19, 2013 2 comments

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…..Most Americans are—let me search for the word—freeloaders. And most of those deny it. Indeed, a 2008 poll found that 57% of Americans denied ever using a government program. But when shown a list of 21 actual programs, including student loans and home-mortgage interest deduction, 94% of the deniers turned out to have bellied up to the pork-bar after all.

 

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Who are they? They are us.

 

They are current Social Security recipients who, under no theory, have paid in near enough to justify the benefits they are receiving in the mail each month.

 

It is a General Public filled with so much fear and hate that they can’t get enough of the engorged war machine that spends more on “defense,” more properly called “war,” than the next 16 largest nations combined.

 

It is funding for the arts which means funding artists who can’t sell their paintings or pottery or music in the free market.

 

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Obama’s Declaration of Political War… (” a liberal wet dream: It pressed all of the Left’s erogenous zones:…”)

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

In his second inaugural address, Obama makes clear that it’s fight night in America.

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Indeed, Obama’s second inaugural address was a liberal wet dream: It pressed all of the Left’s erogenous zones:

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security? Obama vowed not to change or reform them — even though they are driving us toward financial insolvency, and even though they provide workers with a relatively lousy return on their investment.

• “Climate change”? It is real, and it must be addressed — now!

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The Executive Branch Is More Important Than You

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

You are hearing ad nauseam in the discussion of the fiscal cliff about entitlement reform and tax reform (tax increases). What you’re not going to hear hardly anyone talking about is Executive branch reform. Why? I don’t know, but it is very disturbing. The Simpson-Bowles commission didn’t make one recommendation for cutting the Executive branch. Not one. Cuts from Social Security, Medicare and the Military yes, but not the Executive branch.

 

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And why should they be talking about Executive branch reform (cuts)? Because the Executive branch is much bigger than you think.

 

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Government Website For Immigrants: Come To America And… (Sounds Like…CommOrganizing, Etc…))

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Government Website For Immigrants: Come To America And Take Advantage Of Our Free Stuff

By Michael Snyder

November 19th, 2012

A website run by the federal government (“WelcomeToUSA.gov“) encourages new immigrants to the United States to apply for welfare benefits. This website is run by the Department of Homeland Security and it says that it “is the U.S. Government’s official web portal for new immigrants.” So your tax dollars were used to build and maintain a website that teaches immigrants how to come into this country and sponge a living off of federal welfare programs paid for by your tax dollars.

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(“Social Chaos Is Coming Because of massive dependence on government…”) ~ Government Dependency Will End in Chaos by Ron Paul

October 10, 2012 19 comments

 

Listen to Ron Paul

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The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial, but in truth such statements are absolutely correct.

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It’s not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it’s actually more than half. If one includes not just people on food stamps and welfare, but also seniors on Medicare, Social Security and people employed by the government directly, the number is more like 165 million out of 308 million, which is 53%.

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Americans Are Already Double and Triple Taxed

October 1, 2012 5 comments

 

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Unless the Democrats and Republicansin Congress can reach an agreement on an extension, many temporary tax-cut provisions will expire at the end of this year.

 

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The so-called Bush tax cut — The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA) — gave us our current six income tax brackets of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, and 35 percent, a $1,000 child tax credit, a long-term capital gains rate of 15 percent, a qualified dividend tax rate of 15 percent (0 percent for those in the two lowest tax brackets), a section 179 expense deduction of up to $250,000 for small businesses, an estate tax that was gradually reduced to zero for 2010, and numerous tax credits and deductions.

 

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Video: The Obamacare Mess Explained in One Sentence… (“This puppy’s going viral, so we might as well hop aboard the train and toot the horn a few times.”)

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

 

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This puppy’s going viral, so we might as well hop aboard the train and toot the horn a few times. Here’s medical doctor and Illinois State Senatecandidate Barbara Bellar summarizing the president’s unpopular healthcare law in a single, tortured sentence:

 

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Rush: How Long Do We Have If Obama Wins? (“How many of you think we’re at the tipping point now? “)

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

 

BEGIN TRANSCRIPTRUSH: Let me ask you this:

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How long does this country have if Obama wins? We are headed toward an economic collapse, and we are the leader of the world. When it happens to us, there are reverberations all over the world.

It’s not like some little Podunk European country collapsing, that goes to another relatively Podunk European country for a bailout.

When we collapse, there are worldwide reverberations.How long is it going to take?I’m asking a serious question.Eighteen months? You throw Obamacare onto what we know we’re gonna get more of from Obama:

More debt, more spending, the expansion of the welfare state, more people on food stamps. How long can this go on?

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In Obama’s War on Seniors: some losing part of their SS check to repay defaulted student loans

August 24, 2012 1 comment

 

Barack Obama’s war on America’s seniors knows no limits.

 

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The Treasury Department is withholding part of the Social Security monthly payments of about 115,000 seniors because they have fallen behind on student loan payments. There was a time when Social Security benefit payments were untouchable, but that is a thing of the past.Obama’s War on Seniors is growing at such a rate that the number of effected seniors has almost doubled in just the last year.

 

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Alarming purchases by benign federal agencies: Why are the Social Security Admin and Weather Bureau buying bullet? « « Coach is RightCoach is Right (“The answer could be that …”)

August 19, 2012 8 comments

 

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By George Spelvin, staff writer We’ve seen the stories about large purchases of ammunition being made by federal agencies that have nothing to do with our military or law enforcement.

Why would the National Weather Service 46,000 rounds and the Social Security Administration174,000 rounds need to purchase these large quantities of powerful ammo?

Perhaps the more important question is why these are otherwise nonthreatening agencies buying hollow point bullets that have been internationally outlawed since 1899?

The answer could be that Barack Obama is coming for your guns by using a 1961 Secretary of State Declaration to incrementally and too bad for America’s Second Amendment rights. A new youtube video entitled “Troops Ordered to Kill All Americans Who do Not turn in Guns,” is making cyber waves Big time!

“Freedom From War, A U.S. Program for General and Complete Disarmament, No. 7277, dated September, 1961, lists the following actions to be taken:

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–immediate disarmament action-international control -read United Nations- to oversee all states read countries including United States-Peacekeeping mechanisms to be set up in a UN Peace Force.

Now this means a: drastic reduction in our U.S. military along with that of Russia to a troop level figure of 2.1 million men only for each state country.-conversion of our military bases into areas for “Peaceful Purpose” and strict prohibition of the manufacture of all ARMAMENTS!

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Republicans Hope, but Don’t Change by Peter Schiff

August 18, 2012 33 comments

 

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For much of the past few generations, the debate over balancing the federal budget has been a central feature of every presidential campaign.

 

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But over time, the goalposts have moved. As the amount of red ink has grown steadily larger, the suggested time frames to restore balance have gotten increasingly longer, while the suggested cuts in government spending have gotten increasingly shallower.

 

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Update: Second Video Added – 71 Year Old Taken To The Ground For Questioning Paul Ryan | Peace . Gold . Liberty | Revolution

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As Congressman Paul Ryan cracked a joke about him, Tom Nielsen found himself face down on the floor

 

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being handcuffed by police. The 71-year-old retired plumber from Kenosha was thrown to the ground, placed in handcuffs, and arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest after objecting to Ryan’s plans to gut Social Securityand

 

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Medicare during his congressman’s only public appearance scheduled during the August recess — a $15 Rotary Club luncheon in West Allis on Tuesday.

 

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Today’s Articles: LewRockwell.Com…

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Do We Face Social Unrest or Worse?
Charles Burris on the past as current events.
Still Haunting China
Eric Margolis on Mao and the Gang of 4.
A Sign of the Future?
Social Security checks raided to pay for student loans. Article by Gary North.
Buried by Google
Bill Sardi on online insignificance.
16 Observations
On the Batman shooting. Article by Laurence Vance.
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Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 

A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: “Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare.”

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Barry Goldwater Against Big Government (1964) – Classic Campaign Ad

July 12, 2012 2 comments

Barry Goldwater Against Big Government (1964) – Classic Campaign Ad

Youtube ^ | 11 July 2012 | AllClassicVideo

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:12:54 AM by moonshot925

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NARRATOR: “Don’t look now young man, but somebody has his hand in your pocket. It’s the hand of big government. It’s taking away about four months pay from what your daddy earns evey year — one dollar out of every three in his paycheck. And its taking the security out of your grandmother’s Social Security.”

GOLDWATER: “You know, that’s the great trouble with big, inflationary government. It takes more and more of your earnings. It slowly but surely destroys individual initiative and responsibility. The government must draw its strength from the people, and as it drains away this strength, it must inevitably undermine the foundations of self-government. I ask you to join me in helping restore the individual freedoms and initiatives this nation once knew, to make government more the servant and not the master of us all. In this free nation we do not choose to be ruled, we elect to be governed.”

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BO and the Supremes Take Another Step Forward Into Totalitarianism by Jack D. Douglas

June 29, 2012 2 comments

BO and the Supremes lunge to finalize the totalitarian central planning of the vast health care pseudo-system in the U.S. was so full of verbiage, rationalizations, shilly shalling, one step back and two steps forward into totalitarian central planning that it was ludicrous in a very grim way.

The details are absurdly complex and obfuscating, but basically BO imposed a “universal insurance dodge” similar to Social Security to pay for the vast trillions more in costs needed to pay for 60,000,000 new patients who cannot pay for themselves, the Supremes by 5 to 4 said that’s illegal, but you can do the same scam by changing the name to a “tax” and get away with it. The Media at first thought the Supremes had rejected the obviously unconstitutional forced purchase, then got muddled up by the wording and shilly shalling in the actual decision, then reversed themselves, then….

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Should Libertarians Accept Social Security? by Laurence M. Vance

June 26, 2012 1 comment

In his recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Representative Ron Paul was asked by Sam Stein of the Huffington Post whether he was going to set a good example for younger Americans and opt out of Social Security.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – DECEMBER 29: Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during a town hall meeting at the Mid-America Center on December 29, 2011 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. With less than one week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul continues to campaign through Iowa. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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(“You might as well legalize sodomy as recognize the Bolsheviks.”) Winston Churchill’s Choice Words for Obama’s “Gay Pride Month”

June 13, 2012 5 comments
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This month the U.S. federal government has officially endorsed America’s fourth “Gay Pride Month” in the last dozen years. President Bill Clinton originally declared June “Gay Pride Month” in June of 2000, and President Barack Obama has continued that tradition ever since June 2009.[1] These declarations foreshadowed his announcement shortly before Mother’s Day last month which made him the first President in the history of the United States to executively communicate moral and political support for changing the historical, common law, statutory and biblical definition of marriage to sanction the ability of two men or two women to marry.

But the West’s great political heroes of only a few generations past had starkly different expressions toward homosexuality (sodomy).

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Thinking Straight in a Crooked World Only $5.00 In 1919, after Lenin had led the Soviets to slaughter the entire Russian royal family and then set up the Cheka (his own version of the Gestapo) to hunt down all opponents of Marxism, Winston Churchill like many westerners became aghast to hear the news. He told the cabinet that Lenin and Trotsky should be captured and hanged, “as the object upon whom justice will be executed, however long it takes, and to make them feel that their punishment will become an important object of British policy.”[2]

He told the Dundee electors that the Bolsheviks were reducing Russia “to an animal form of barbarism,” maintaining themselves by “bloody and wholesale butcheries and murders carried out to large extent by Chinese executions and armored cars. . . . Civilization is being completely extinguished[.]”

But perhaps Churchill’s most telling words were communicated to Lloyd George. Churchill wrote: “You might as well legalize sodomy as recognize the Bolsheviks.”[3]

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via Winston Churchill’s Choice Words for Obama’s “Gay Pride Month”.

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Prison Planet.com » “I’m Supporting The Party That I Belong To”: Rand Paul Speaks About Romney Endorsement

June 13, 2012 11 comments
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While he anticipated the backlash, Rand believes that supporting the party will enable him to get more done, and that many critics have been too quick to forget the good things he has managed to do so far from within the Senate.

“Supporting the nominee has been part of my ability to try to have influence… If Republicans see that you are not going to support the nominee, the doors close.”

The Senator believes that endorsing Romney will help earn his trust and make him more likely to listen to his policies. He agreed that it is better to have Romney as a friend than as an enemy.

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“People say that ‘you’re selling your soul’. No, I’m supporting the party that I belong to, in order to try to work within the party to get things I believe in. “

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Prison Planet.com » Ron Paul Still Isn’t Sure If He’s Going To His Own Republican Convention Festival

June 13, 2012 33 comments
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Siemon also points out that the Fairgrounds agreement came almost immediately after Sen. Rand Paul‘s surprise endorsement of Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“It seems too coincidental,” he told Business Insider, adding slyly: “We’re conspiracy theorists, after all.”

A spokesman for the Republican National Convention has not yet responded to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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No one has the power to redefine marriage

June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

It is not for federal judges to redefine marriage for us. When they do, it is tantamount to cultural suicide, and we should not be surprised at the cultural and social degradation sure to follow.

William Bennett writes in his book The De-Valuing of Society, “Our common culture … embodies truths that most Americans can recognize and examine for themselves. These truths are passed down from generation to generation, transmitted in the family, in the classroom, and in our churches and synagogues.” But the truths of our culture and the traditional American family are now being attacked and demagogued like never before in our history in the name of “tolerance” and “rights.”

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(“Romney Is a Fraud He lusts for much bigger government.”) Ann Romney Asks the Right Question by Patrick J. Buchanan…

June 2, 2012 Leave a comment

When Hillary Rosen said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” it was among the better days of the Romney campaign.

For Rosen – present whereabouts unknown – both revealed the feminist mindset about women who choose to become wives and mothers and brought Ann Romney center stage.

Before a Connecticut audience recently, Mrs. Romney spoke of her reluctance to see her husband pursue the presidency a second time and said she resisted, until she got an answer to one critical question.

“Can you fix it?” she asked Mitt. “I need to know. Is it too late?”

Mitt Romney replied, “No, it’s getting late, but it’s not too late.”

Yet Ann’s question lingers. Is it still possible to turn this country around? Or has a fate like that of Europe become inevitable?

If one focuses on the deficit-debt crisis, and what a president can do, the temptation is to succumb to despair.

Consider. The U.S. government spends a peacetime record 24 to 25 percent of gross domestic product. Most of that is expended on five accounts: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other Great Society programs, interest on the national debt, war and defense.

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Five myths about conservative voters (by Frank Luntz, based on his polls)

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Five myths about conservative voters (by Frank Luntz, based on his polls)Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2012 | Frank LuntzPosted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 9:42:20 AM by Innovative1.

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Dr. Frank Luntz at the 2009 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conservatives care most about the size of government.2. Conservatives want to deport all illegal immigrants.3. They worship Wall Street4. Conservatives want to slash Social Security and Medicare.5. Conservatives don’t care about inequality.

So, if everyone is concerned about the income gap, what’s the big difference between left and right? It’s the difference between opportunity and outcome. Conservatives want to increase opportunity, giving everyone the freedom and tools to prosper, so that the poor may someday become rich.

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Rick Perry Was Correct by Andrew P. Napolitano

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry, then in the early stages of his short-lived quest for the Republican presidential nomination, referred to Social Security as “a Ponzi scheme,” he was excoriated by the press, left and right, and by his fellow Republicans, as well. Earlier this week, government actuaries revealed that Perry was correct.

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Governor Rick Perry of Texas speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That revelation, which was greeted with a ho-hum by the media, basically announced that by 2033, 21 years from now, the so-called Social Security trust fund will be empty.

The only reason this was even announced is because we are approaching a presidential election campaign, and in response to Perry’s much-derided claim, the government’s actuaries, who originally told the Obama administration and the public that the fund would be solvent until 2036, re-examined their numbers and concluded that it will be in the red three years earlier than they thought.

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(“Our country is tilting on the edge of a Marxist cliff, ready to fall to its death unless some ‘fearless’ ideas and leadership pull it back toward the other direction…and quickly”) Laurie Roth – We need a ‘Fearless and Principled’ President

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With Obama, we have seen the United States of America wrenched and yanked into Marxism and fascism. We have seen our moral base, achievements and world leadership viciously assaulted. We are quickly being cut down to size…Obama’s size which is pathetically small and insignificant.

Our country is tilting on the edge of a Marxist cliff, ready to fall to its death unless some ‘fearless’ ideas and leadership pull it back toward the other direction…and quickly.

Dr. Laurie Roth is the ‘outside of the box’ candidate, with visionary plans both domestically and with foreign affairs. She is devoted to God, family and country and has the guts to do what needs to be done.

URGENT PROBLEMS WHICH CRY OUT FOR ACTION

The US Government is nearly 16 trillion in debt and the Obama ‘presidency’ is spending significantly more than we take in. Our minimum interest payment is several hundred billion a year and rising.

Our people have been experiencing 15-20% unemployment, (real numbers not contrived statistics) staring in horror as their homes are foreclosed. We have seen inflation soar as the economy struggles under the weight of this fraudulent regime.

Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid not secure

Social Security and Medicare / Medicaid, are entitlements, whether we like them or not. For decades, millions of our citizens have counted on medical and retirement payments. Having been forced and coerced to pay into Social Security, they now count on its monthly payments to support them. I am for exploring creative solutions for retirement with our younger folks but, we must be faithful to those who have already paid into and are now retired and counting on Social Security as the only source or major part of their income.

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Prison Planet.com » Hikes in Gas Price Eclipse Payroll Tax Cut

February 28, 2012 8 comments

Hikes in Gas Price Eclipse Payroll Tax Cut

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RALPH R. REILAND

New American

February 28, 2012

The Washington politicians were in full self-congratulatory form recently when the Republicans and Democrats in Congress finally displayed a moment of bipartisanship and passed the payroll tax cut extension that keeps in place the two percentage point cut in the tax that funds Social Security.

It’s probably the dumbest tax to cut, given that Social Security ran $100 billion in the hole over just the past two years and the official projection from the Social Security and Medicare boards of trustees shows an ever-rising level of red ink: “After 2014, cash deficits are expected to grow rapidly as the number of beneficiaries continues to grow at a substantially faster rate than the number of covered workers.”

The White House said the two point cut in the payroll tax will put an extra $80 a month in the take-home pay of people making $50,000 a year, leaving out the part about the level of federal red ink subsequently rising by an extra $93 billion over the next decade.

To the people who responded to President Obama’s request and emailed their stories to the White House about how not getting the $80 a month (or $40 per month — $1.33 a day — if you’re making $25,000) would impact their lives, Obama senior adviser David Plouffe, following the enactment of the extension, sent an email to each, saying “We still have a lot of work to do” and attaching a photograph of Obama.

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Are Conservatives with Ginsburg or the Founders on the Constitution?

February 18, 2012 1 comment
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When Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in Egypt recently that she “would not look to the U.S. Constitution if [she] were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” it was no surprise. In that the Constitution militates against a nanny state and preserves a status quo, it is by its very nature a conservative document. This is why liberals hate it so. And, as the power of the left grows via their control over the culture, their teeth and contempt for the Constitution are displayed ever more (see Obama, Baracket al.). But what of conservatives?

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Prison Planet.com » More On Ron Paul

January 23, 2012 13 comments

If Ron Paul’s libertarian handlers and support base could escape their ideology, Ron Paul could be much better positioned to win the Republican nomination.

Here are some suggestions.

Ron Paul should be making the point that Social Security and Medicare are threatened by multi-trillion dollar wars that are funded by debt, by bailouts of a deregulated banking system, and by money creation to keep the banks afloat. Libertarians support deregulation, but their position has always been that deregulated industries must not be bailed out with public subsidies, much less subsidies that are so extensive that they threaten government solvency and the value of the currency.

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Perry “retires” early, begins collecting state pension

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Perry “retires” early, begins collecting state pension

Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2011 | Allahpundit

Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:58:43 AM by 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, he’s still governor. He’s “retired” only for benefits purposes, which means he can start collecting his pension while he’s still collecting a salary. It’s perfectly legal. Just … unhelpful.

Perry makes a $150,000 annual gross salary as Texas govenor. Now, thanks to his early retirement, Perry, 61, gets a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 net. That raises his gross annual salary to more than $240,000…

[T]he disclosure is sure to spark criticism of Perry, who has called for sweeping changes to Social Security for average workers and has railed against special “perks” that members of Congress get.

“Perry was legally able to begin collecting the employee class annuity under the ‘rule of 80.’ The combination of his U.S. military service, state service and age exceeded 80 years and qualifies him for the annuity under Texas Government Code 813.503 as amended in 1991,” Sullivan said. “Perry continues to pay into the Employees Retirement System with a 6.5 percent withholding from his state salary.”…

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The Keystone Ultimatum (Will Obama veto a tax holiday to stop a job-creating pipeline?)

December 16, 2011 1 comment

The Keystone Ultimatum (Will Obama veto a tax holiday to stop a job-creating pipeline?)

Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/16/2011

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 12:36:22 PM by SeekAndFind

We’ve largely ignored the not-so-great payroll tax debate on the assumption that it would pass in any case and won’t matter much to the economy. But now things are getting interesting: If Republicans hang tough, they might even get a useful policy victory in return for giving President Obama his political fillip.

Keep in mind that the payroll tax “cut” is nothing more than a tax holiday. All the political palaver is about extending it for one more year, through 2012, so Mr. Obama can claim he did something for middle-class voters before Election Day. Because it is temporary, the tax holiday will do little to change employer incentives to hire.

The best one can say for the payroll reprieve is that individuals will better spend the money than the government would. The problem is that government will keep spending anyway, borrowing the money instead. The one-year payroll extension will take something like $121 billion from Social Security revenues, which means about 10% to 15% of the entire federal budget deficit expected for this fiscal year

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Rampant “FACTITIS” Disease…by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet| The Post & Email

December 9, 2011 2 comments

ARE FACTS AND TRUTH NO LONGER IMPORTANT?

by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet

Complaints regarding identity theft can be filed via the FTC website

(Dec. 9, 2011) — The other day I wasted my time dialoging with an Obama supporter. I know what you’re thinking: “Why squander the time you have left on earth with an exercise in futility?” Not quite true; you see, I was attempting to diagnose the reason for, what for no better term that I can see than “fact avoidance,” or “fact blockage,” maybe “factitis” (fakt-ti’ tis) n. The mind’s amazing ability to substitute reality with fiction.

Take, for instance, Obots refusing to discuss the Federal Law regarding fake, false, and the use of multiple Social Security numbers. The law is very specific in that it states that the use of any other than the Social Security number issued, you win the chance to get cuffed and booked. “Well, that’s because you’re racist,” the Obot told me. I called a lawyer friend and asked her what she thought of the Obot’s response.

“It’s implied,” she said. “Because Obama is half-white, then Arab with a smattering of black, any reference to illegality is Verboten! You see, Obots think that they can circumvent any law, rule, regulation, moré and tradition they want because of the fantastical whim of disassociation. I mean, if they break the law and get caught, even on tape, they whine. In Germany we call such people “wieners;” here in America they’re called Obots.”

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80 is the New 65, Two Surveys Show

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

On Wednesday Wells Fargo released the results of its survey of 1,500 individuals between ages 25 and 75, titling it “80 is the New 65 for Many Middle Class Americans” while another study in June by three financial service non-profits showed three-quarters of those surveyed planning to work beyond age 65.

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America Before The Entitlement State

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

America Before The Entitlement State

forbes ^ | 11/18/2011 | Yaron Brook and Don Watkins Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 2:10:39 PM by MontaniSemperLiberi

…In the 19th century, even though capitalism had only existed for a short time, and had just started putting a dent in pre-capitalism’s legacy of poverty, the vast, vast majority of Americans were already able to support their own lives through their own productive work. Only a tiny fraction of a sliver of a minority depended on assistance and aid–and there was no shortage of aid available to help that minority.

“Those in need,” historian Walter Trattner writes, “. . . looked first to family, kin, and neighbors for aid, including the landlord, who sometimes deferred the rent; the local butcher or grocer, who frequently carried them for a while by allowing bills to go unpaid; and the local saloonkeeper, who often came to their aid by providing loans and outright gifts, including free meals and, on occasion, temporary jobs. Next, the needy sought assistance from various agencies in the community–those of their own devising, such as churches or religious groups, social and fraternal associations, mutual aid societies, local ethnic groups, and trade unions.”

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Van Jones Exploits Children to Push Communist Agenda

November 11, 2011 3 comments

Van Jones Exploits Children to Push Communist Agenda

Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2011 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 5:20:42 PM by Kaslin

Here we are again, the Left exploiting children to push their own convoluted agenda. This time, it’s Van Jones using children to push his 10-point “Contract for the American Dream” plan. Ironically, in the video the children plead to increase Social Security taxes so our seniors can have a secure retirement. Too bad Van Jones isn’t telling these kids that when they get a job and start paying into the Social Security system, they’ll never see a dime of their own money back when they retire.

Points made in the video:

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(More Generational Strife?) Retirement Wars

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

(More Generational Strife?) Retirement Wars

American Spectator ^ | 11.10.11 | David N. Bass

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:21:38 AM by Publius804

Will Baby Boomers be the last generation to enjoy the modern concept of a leisure-filled retirement? It’s a worthy question to ponder in light of a new Pew Research Center report showing a growing wealth gap between young and old in the United States.

Using government data over the last 25 years, Pew found that households headed by those over 65 have made “dramatic gains” in economic well-being, while those headed by younger adults have fallen steadily behind.

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Why Would You Let Barack Obama Invest Your Retirement Money?

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

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RUSH: A question: If Barack Obama can use taxpayer money to invest in risky private sector investments like all of these fraudulent, phony, there-is-no-business-there green energy loans…? If Obama could do that, if he can use taxpayer money to invest in risky private sector investments that go belly up, shouldn’t we be able to put our retirement money in a safer place than Washington? I personally don’t mind risking my money on investments I trust. What I don’t like is other people risking my own on investments only a fool would trust. Privatizing a portion of Social Security is an argument that’s always out there, and any time somebody brings it up seriously within the realm of politics they get shot down as, “It’s the third rail, can’t do that,” and of course look at how it’s demagogued.

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A Letter from an Enraged Lady…

October 30, 2011 1 comment

A Letter from an Enraged Lady

EMAIL | NA | Patty Meyers, WYO

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011 1:43:06 PM by dvan

I Think She Is Upset!

Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of Obama’s deficit commission, called 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 PATTY MYERS in Wyoming … I think she is a little ticked off! She 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 dole 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..

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Ron Paul is Not “Ending” Student Loans

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

There are many headlines out there now stemming from his Meet the Press interview yesterday claiming that Ron Paul wants to end student loans. Well no, in fact, though he abolishes the Department of Education along with four other federal departments, the student loan part is taken out and handled elsewhere.

Everyone recognizes we have major problems with Social Security and Medicare, and yet when anyone attempts to address these problems, they are immediately accused of “ending,” “slashing” or “getting rid of” such programs. Ron Paul is not suggesting this for anyone currently reliant on these programs or for those who will be in the near future. In fact, Paul’s opt-out for Social Security in his budget plan is age 25—not exactly imminent doom for the program or those on it.

The same is true of student loans. To recognize that we are bankrupt and we must have drastic change in this country is not to say that certain programs Americans have come to rely on will be gotten rid of overnight. Paul is certainly saying no such thing.

But the costs must be addressed—and not simply what the government spends, but the massive debt incurred by those in this country who just want a college education. To be sure, the countless Americans who are now slaves to education-related debt can tell you there are substantial problems with our current system.

Ron Paul simply wants to fix them.

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State of the Union Address, Circa 2013| The Post & Email

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

…..We are in a World War. It’s a war between the educated and the ignorant, between the future and the past, and between freedom and slavery.

Even though we have many problems, the concern that this country even has a future is first and foremost. Western Civilization is under attack by Islam, a political philosophy which will be the death of us all unless we get it together as a people who at least are cognizant of the danger, and I’m talking directly to the people in Christchurch, New Zealand, as much as I’m talking to those in Corpus Christi, Texas.

It’s a sad fact that our enemy has made such successful inroads into all of the non-Islamic countries through the astounding oil revenues that we have paid them since oil was discovered by an American in the Middle East. The West paid for and developed extraction techniques, built the pipeline and the delivery vessels required to move the crude, yet it is they who hold us hostage economically for our failure to be totally energy-independent from the oil of the Middle East.. That will end.

In America, our education system has deteriorated to the point where an ineligible candidate made it all the way to the White House, and those in Congress who should have spoken up, but didn’t, about the fake birth certificates and the illegal Social Security number of Obama, were elected or reelected. Also, the standards of all of our institutions, from universities to firemen, have suffered because of Affirmative Action. That will end…..

EXCERPT

via State of the Union Address, Circa 2013| The Post & Email.

Does a Surviving Spouse Always Collect 100 Percent of Social Security Benefits?

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Dear Carrie: Does my wife collect 100 percent of my Social Security benefits at my death? Thank you. — Bert

Dear Bert: I wish I could provide you with a quick answer to such a straightforward question. But as with so many issues related to government programs, there are a number of factors that come into play. So yes, it is (possible for your wife to collect 100 percent of your Social Security benefits after you die. But read on for some of the fine print.

Before we get into those details, I want to clarify that there is a difference between standard spousal Social Security benefits, which max out at 50 percent of the worker’s benefit and survivor benefits, which can go as high as 100 percent.

In terms of survivor benefits, if you should die your wife’s benefit will depend on three things: 1) when you begin to take your Social Security benefits 2) her age when she begins to collect survivors benefits and 3) whether or not you had started to collect benefits prior to your death.

Since I don’t know the particulars of your situation, I’ll just briefly lay out a few scenarios.

IF YOU TAKE YOUR BENEFITS AT FULL RETIREMENT AGE

The simplest is if you begin taking benefits at full retirement age (66 for those born between 1943 and 1954). That would mean you’d collect your full benefit and your wife, should you pass away before her, could then collect 100 percent of your benefits as long as she also was at full retirement age. This doesn’t mean you absolutely have to start taking benefits at age 66. You could also choose to delay up to age 70. The advantage here is that the longer you delay taking Social Security, the larger your benefit–and the larger your wife’s survivor’s benefit–would be.

IF YOU TAKE YOUR BENEFITS EARLY

If you begin taking your Social Security benefits at 62, the earliest age you become eligible, your monthly benefit would be reduced permanently by about 25 percent. In this case, your wife’s benefit is also affected. The IRS rules state that a widow or widower at full retirement age qualifies for 100 percent of what a spouse (set ital) has been receiving (end ital). So if you opt to take Social Security early, upon your death, your wife would collect 100 percent of your (set ital) reduced (end ital) benefits. Unfortunately, the IRS doesn’t boost the benefit to the full rate when someone dies.

IF YOUR WIFE TAKES SURVIVOR BENEFITS EARLY

As I mentioned, a spouse at full retirement age can collect 100 percent of the deceased spouse’s benefit. But a surviving spouse can begin to collect benefits at age 60 if necessary (or age 50, if disabled). In this case, however, the benefit is reduced by a small percentage for each month before the surviving spouse reaches full retirement age. This could potentially reduce the monthly benefit to between 71 percent and 99 percent of the full benefit.

For example, assuming that your wife’s full retirement age is 66, if she started collecting survivor benefits at 60, she would get only 71.5 percent of your benefit. If she started at 62, she’d get 81 percent, and so on. The rationale is that by claiming benefits early, you receive them for a longer period of time so it potentially adds up to the same total. You can find a detailed chart of the various ages and percentages on the Social Security website at ssa.gov/suvivorplan.

IF YOU DIE BEFORE STARTING TO TAKE BENEFITS

Should you die before filing for benefits, no matter how old you are, once your wife reaches full retirement age she would qualify for 100 percent of the benefit you would have received (or her own benefit, whichever is greater). If she starts to collect early, however, it will be reduced as I just described.

STRATEGIES FOR TODAY

While your question concerns survivor benefits, you might also want to make sure you and your wife are maximizing the benefits you’re entitled to today. For instance, if you’ve already filed for benefits, your wife could collect benefits either based on her own work history or the spousal benefit, whichever is higher.

If you haven’t explored your various options, I suggest talking to your financial advisor to come up with the best strategy. You can also contact the Social Security administration. It offers information and counseling to help you weigh the different factors. You can speak to a Social Security counselor at your local SSA office or call 1-800-772-1213. Best of luck.

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