Thank you for all your positive responses to my rant on privatizing Social Security. And you, few, who make the negative ones, read a bit more carefully.
I said that Social Security needs fixing but private accounts (which Bush said yesterday will help “the markets”) aren’t the answer. I also said that any “trust” that can be invaded and put into other areas of the governments isn’t a true trust. Actually when I was in training to work for Social Security we were taught that SSI and other programs were in trusts; Social Security itself wasn’t. This was fourteen years ago; I only worked for Social Security for 30 something months, as an SSI Claims Rep before going to grad school but I don’t recall the law changing.
I could go on about Social Security law but there are many places on the Internet you can find great information. Haven’t checked the sites included in comments on my last rant but I will.
As was pointed out nowhere did I equate Bush with Hitler, nor will I ever. I know the best way to react to negative mail is to ignore it and let it speak for itself.
I live in New York and have seen and known many people with numbers tattooed on their arms. Some of my relatives were Survivors; so excuse me for being more than a little offended by that remark. Ignorance breeds an environment that’s ripe for ideologues of all persuasions; right, left and much more.
Yes I’m a pushy New York Jew who feels more comfortable saying “happy holidays” because New York is so diverse. Though I wish people I know a “Merry Christmas” when I know that it’s their holiday.
September 11, 2001 changed our lives more than most people outside the metro area can imagine. We had to explain to kids that the world wasn’t going to end when we didn’t believe it ourselves. We haven’t healed; i doubt that New Yorkers will ever be the same. But we learned that in order to survive as a city we had to get along.
People talk about Bush being great on terrorism. I don’t get it. What has he done that’s so great? Nominating Bernard “I’m not perfect” Kerick to be head of Homeland Security? Read his memoir; the man’s a total sleaze. Remember how we were supposed to be looking for Osama Bin Laden? What happened?
If somebody could explain to me why Bush is so good on terrorism I would be happy to listen to their answers. But please explain it without rancor, cursing, or treating me as if I’m the enemy and an idiot.
While I too am not perfect I take the blame for my own mistakes. I couldn’t live in my city successfully if I judged people based on skin color, ethnicity, religion or socio/economic status. I do judge people based on class. But class to me means being caring, compassionate and dare I say it–good manners.
Next a shameless plug. Somewhere between Christmas and New Years Day my URL will be changed to WWW.CourtingDestiny.Com
I have many passions and interests. I don’t want to have fifteen separate blogs. My new one will have the most recent posts on the home page and there will be various categories that people can go into, and skip the ones that they don’t want to read.
I don’t want to be all politics all the time, but sometimes W is so inspirational. And didn’t anybody in the federal vet Kerick before announcing his appointment? He’s an obvious sleaze. Any remaining respect I had for Rudy has left, but I didn’t have much respect for him to begin with.
More about that later also.
Can’t wait for my new URL to be up and running. Can’t wait to begin linking and hope to have dialogues about a variety of subjects.
Thanks for all the positive response so far. And keep the negative ones coming.