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  • Grunt GI

    Heh. Nice title. -:)

    Can’t wait to read it!

    • noncom

      Nothing is hard to imagine with Red standing there like that in that shirt….perhaps “nothing is hard” is incorrect terminology….

  • JTC

    No deal. We need a simple Kill Bill. Reset to ’09.

    Decide separately if we want gov in the insurance/health care biz. Ask if we want socialized medicine. Or socialized anything. Simple answer, no.

    Repeal/replace bullshit obscures the pure socialist nature of this beast.

    This is not one of the three main initiatives that got DT elected. It is an unnecessary distraction from them. It is a leftist cause and it is SOCIALISM!

    I don’t understand the end game on this one, Donald.

    Introduce a Kill Bill.

    • noncom

      So, do we kill the largest social program of all, one that says exactly what it is in the title?….Social Security?…lots of folks living on that these days, especially after the obama and the dem congress induced crash killed everybody’s savings and investments….

      • JTC

        Apples and oranges.

        Yes, SS is the biggest money-sucking entitlement there is. Yes, it needs to go, but by attrition over time, by opt-out.

        But it’s not socialism, it is or was, insurance. The retirement fund, not the add-ons, are based on what you pay in and what you pay in determines what you take out.

        Absolutely the average payout over time exceeds what was paid in even counting interest, so it is unsustainable as many late boomers and their progeny will soon find out. But like all other entitlements, it should die.

        Still not anywhere near comparable to this ridiculous Robin Hood of health insurance. And this is a very recent and already foundering program that can easily be killed if there was some backbone involved.

        DT should have just said to the legislature, give me a Kill Bill! And then get on with the real business and issues of his gov. Yes, eventually including SS reform along with (please God let it finally come to be) real deal tax reform.

        • Henry

          “Absolutely the average payout over time exceeds what was paid in even counting interest, so it is unsustainable”

          It’s unsustainable from day zero, since for many years now what you pay is immediately p***d into a hole pretty much on the day you pay it. You can’t phase out a Ponzi scheme.

        • Interventor

          Social Security may not by law pay out more than it collects. Congress had looted it for decades. Come 2020, the excess collections will cease. The IOUs issued must be cashed in. About 2034, those run out and payments will be reduced by about 24 percent.

      • John D. Egbert

        Yes. By phasing it out as follows:

        (1) No new accounts created.

        (2) All account holders more than 20 years from benefit eligibility have their accounts closed, the balance refunded with 5% simple interest, and be removed from the FICA tax rolls (an instant 13% pay raise).

        (3) All account holders 20 years or less from eligibility are issued a statement of account and offered the choice of staying with the program – in which case nothing changes – or cashing out – in which case item (2) becomes operative.

        (4) Account holders currently receiving benefits continue with no change; any recipients desiring to opt out may do so – in which case item (2) applies.

        Additional funding will probably be needed to cover benefit payouts for a number of years, until attrition takes care of the shortfall. This funding could be provided by replacing the FICA “contributions” stolen by the Congress and put into the General Fund — preferably by first requiring the elected cockroaches to pony up in restitution, then appropriating as needed to take up the slack.

        • JTC

          JDE, I’m afraid that plan, like the flat tax, is way too simple and makes way too much sense. He ain’t no Reagan, but DT is the closest thing we’ve had since. If he can quit chasing squirrels, who knows? But O-Care/T-Care can and should die right now. Kill Bill!

  • formwiz

    This bill isn’t the end of it.

    Trump has said he wants further legislation to repair the damage done.

    • Grunt GI

      So maybe there is a bit of a silver lining by. If true, this would explain why the left is screaming.

      http://www.atr.org/list-obamacare-taxes-repealed

      -Abolishes the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.
      -Abolishes the Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax. Together with repeal of the Individual Mandate Tax repeal this is a $270 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts. This is a $6 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans. This is a $20 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses. This is a $126 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax. This is a $100 million tax cut.
      -Abolishes Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. This is a $600 million tax cut.
      -Abolishes the Obamacare health insurance tax. This is a $145 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes the Obamacare 3.8% surtax on investment income. This is a $172 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes the Obamacare medical device tax. This is a $20 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes the Obamacare tax on prescription medicine. This is a $28 billion tax cut.
      -Abolishes the Obamacare tax on retiree prescription drug coverage. This is a $2 billion tax cut

      So let’s just see how this plays out.

      • JTC

        -Abolish Obamacare.

        • tomstockton

          Pure and simple.

          Regards.
          Tom Stockton

  • Great. If this passes, it will be just as bad as Obamacare, but Obama will be free of the curse. It will become Trumpcare, and every problem that the libs have ignored so far will suddenly become HUGE!
    Just repeal the damned thing, get rid of costly, unneeded regulations, and let us choose insurance which fits our needs.
    My first major disappointment with President Trump, although I still love typing that. President Trump!

    • Oh, and simple tort reform: Loser pays, up to the level they spent in the fight. Would prevent those with resources from discouraging justice seekers by piling on expensive lawyers.

      • nadadhimmi

        And unbundeling Cable TV to starve the Liberals.

      • NotYetInACamp

        President Trump

        It feels good typing that.

        I like the limitation on expenses to the loser. That makes the expected cost if a judge or jury does something untoward more reasonable and able to be planned and budgeted.

        President Trump.

        Still good to type that.

        We aren’t getting all we want. So far. What is it we need.

        An RNC fund raising person called me. Nice talk. They are having difficulties on getting any donations as of today for the recent past. I did have a more exhaustive talk with him than a person usually would. I hit and asked a wide range of topics. I could sense his frustration as nobody earlier had donated anything from his calls. He even discussed the need for midterm election money, and the Georgia race which is tied in the polls i have seen, which is almost here. He was trying to understand what was happening. I could only tell him some of it. The voters want what they expected. I even discussed the immigration / invasion, and some actions he could take immediately that he promised, but has not done, even without the wall.

        i suppose that we just want more. Many are happy that we have gotten what we have gotten. We still want the deal. And where the deal is being stymied, we want repercussions to the opposition. Like enforce the law as the interior wall that is always needed. The wall would not have been needed if the internal laws were enforced. I was proud of the unguarded border for a long time, until enemy attacking and within made the unguarded border a weakness and a liability.

        Go ahead. Type President Trump again.
        We are part of the deal.

        • Pamela

          Motivation for people comes down to need, want, require and desire. Knowing the differences between the four, well that’s another story.

        • Unca Walt

          NotYet:

          Goddamn. That was fargin poetry. +1

    • Kafiroon

      I told the Rep. fund raiser that since they gave everything to the Dems. and got nothing in return; that’s what they get from me: Nothing.
      And being some what grouchy, being burned Way too many times by “conservatives, they had better come up with a better deal or pray for more voters to carry them on. Yes. there are some wins, but I smell a lot of “tough luck, you lose” in the coming months. The budget was just one example. And with a pair of liberals close in his ear…

  • eon

    Somehow I don’t see DJT as a Sith Lord. That’s more the God-Wannabee’s thing, being all mystical and etc.

    DJT’s more the General Dodonna type. Note I never thought he was too smart.

    clear ether

    eon

  • nadadhimmi

    I thank Jesus H. Christ every day Hilldog isn’t President. I’m inclined to give the President time. He has 75% of elected officials (ALL Dems and half the Repubes) and 100% of Federal Bureaucrats against him. Don’t get unreasonably inpatient and Trump will come through. Gorsuch and the NRA Address are convincing me we’re good to go.

  • epilitimus

    I find the trend line in Sam’s apparel to be most appealing.

    • Doc Epador

      Glad SOMEONE else is paying attention

      • Pamela

        Zed’s is pretty spot on, and I am remembering the Red Head Code.
        Though it is hard to do sometimes. Must not touch. Yowzah!

        • Ozymandias

          There’s a code? Is that why I’ve never understood them?

          • Pamela

            Yes Ozy. Red Heads never poach another Red Head’s man.
            We can look and lust after, but never touch.
            No matter how fine he is or how in lust we are.

  • War Pig

    A man’s shirt on a naked women is like the US flag flying atop Mt Suribachi. Women are seldom sexier than when they wear our shirts, and nothing else. My woman says she likes my shirt because it smells of my cologne and for how it makes her feel to wear it.

    • My wife could wear my shirts, but she couldn’t button them.
      That was a plus, by the way.

  • Fox2!

    If I had a woman (like Sam) I’d go back to wearing dress shirts again, rather than polos.

    • Old Codger

      If I had a woman (like Sam) I’d go back to wearing dress shirts again, rather than polos.

      Why? Boobies under a knit jersey polo are dynamite; not to mention cheeks peeking out from under the hem. Remember Ban-lon? I don’t know if they make it (or clothes out of it) any more but boobies under ban-lon are incredible. Especially if the air is dry enough to cause a bit of static cling. Down here in South Texas, it’s gotta be pretty cool for the air to get dry enough for that. Course that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 😉

  • Delilah T.

    Well, The Bill passed the House, but just barely. Recriminatory snarking all around. Now it goes to the Senate.

    I keep tellin’ you, there is no instant gratification.

    • doc

      With the filibuster still in place on legislation, I reckon it won’t get through there. At most it will come through only with significant amendments (if the GOP is smart, it will listen to some of the more reasonable complaints about the House Bill and adjust some things – e.g. better provisions for people with pre-existing conditions being able to get non-bankrupting insurance).

  • Laura

    What’s that tattoo on Zed’s shoulder? I don’t remember seeing it before…

    • PaulS

      SF unit tat?

    • Interventor

      X Men?

  • Halley

    Why is Sam wearing so much clothes?

  • Henry

    Good one! Very apt, very topical. Pray it doesn’t come true even further than it already has….

  • Sarge

    I started paying into Social Security when I was thirteen. I paid 7% and so did my employer. With compounded interest at age 66 when I can draw social security at full payout, I will be lucky to see maybe half of what I paid into it before I die… Social Security is a Legal Ponzi Scheme. My friend paid into it all his life…Started drawing it at 64 for one year before he died. I disagree on Social Security…The only reason it is faltering is because our leaders used those funds for other purposes than what it was supposed to be used for…

    • PaulS

      Agreed, and with the over expansion of disability claims along with outright fraud, it ain’t getting any better. We’ve retired in our 50’s and will try to recover some of our SSInvestment (LOL) at 62 (3-8yrs away). But paying ourselves 3X+ what was being stolen worked out. Just got to learn to get by on less, as petercat might say.

    • JTC

      Sarge, it would be awesome if somebody a lot more industrious than me would come up with the answer to this little problem:

      If a person began working in 1965 and paid in the maximum to SS until retiring after 50 years in 2017, with average passbook rate interest compounded as the contribution accrued, what would the total dollar figure be? Then, on the premise that employer contributions are in lieu of additional salary, what would the figure be using the same criteria but with the employer contributions figured in?

      Then, and there’re tables that have this info pretty easily but I’m still too lazy to dig it up, if a man croaks at 80 after receiving full benefits for 14 years starting in 2017, what would be his total received?

      I don’t really know the answers, but my gut tells me I did the right thing by beginning to take benefits when I turned 62 in August ’16…I worked full time from age 17 in 1971 until then and there were times early on when I probably didn’t pay in the maximum in SS but later the income was strong enough that with the averaging that SS does we ended up with about 2400 mo. including my wife’s spouse benefits (she didn’t pay in herself). And since I have no confidence at all that I will last until 80 and even less confidence that the SS system will remain intact until then, I figured the best thing to do was take early SS and get back as much as possible as soon as possible. But I’ve made business decisions by the seat of my pants for 45 years and it worked out okay, so that’s what I did.

      Who knows if that’s the right thing or not? If you believe gov (hah!) they say the old age fund has been kept separate from the welfare add-on provisions (don’t get me going on SSI “disability” after watching what goes on with perfectly able-bodied young people from the perspective of being behind a pawnshop counter), but who the fuck knows?

      Anyway, anybody feel like working up or looking up those figures?

      • JTC

        Crap…began working in 1967 not 1965…I can’t even add to 50 let alone compute the answer to my question above. 🙂

  • nadadhimmi

    Where is Sam’s hourglass figure? Her bellyis drawn intentionally bulged out. She Pregnant?

    • Grunt GI

      I don’t think Sam has ever had a typical hour glass figure…she’s all woman.

      Zed, on the other hand, seriously needs a damn haircut…he’s starting to go a little native there….I thought he looked much more..um…mature, yet studly with short hair…maybe Sam should give him a haircut…nekkid…with a theme of how all us taxpayers are getting shorn by these knuckleheads in Washington.

  • Old Codger

    I wish someone would let Mr Trump know that unilaterally changing a deal after it is negotiated could be considered breach of contract. The same wave which swept him INTO his current job could almost as easily CAN his ass come next leap year. Unless the left Dhimmicrats nominate someone as bad as – or worse than – Hildemort or The Bern, those people might consider voting against him as a way of firing him. This is especially true considering how many “anybody but Trump” voters ultimately held their noses and voted against Hilzabeast.

    Now how do we get the message to him?

  • Crawdaddy_Loon

    Kind of off the subject – just received some old pictures from a friend, the first of which shows Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite. It states that they are the two men most responsible for the National Parks in California. Any relation? How would I send you a copy of the picture? (if you would like it!)

  • Sarge

    JTC …. Yes it is a crap shoot on when to start drawing your SS. I looked up the tables and did the math… Yes it is a Ponzi Scheme. But they added beneficiaries and other things to it… And a big IOU to the american people . They have taken a huge amount of money from the Social Security Fund and used it for other purposes….

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