It’s nice to know that the U.S. military is still following orders. At an appearance by President Barack Obama at the Washington Navy Yard on Aug. 5, the gathered military personnel did not applaud or cheer the entrance of the Commander in Chief until ordered to do so by a commanding officer. It is unclear whether the gathered personnel were waiting for a teleprompter to tell them to applaud and cheer.
Zero. It hasn’t happened in the lifetimes of anyone who isn’t eligible for social security. Zero net jobs were created in the month of August for the first time since 1945. It is almost mind boggling to think about what may turn out to be this President’s singular accomplishment — ending a 792 month job creation winning streak for the American economy. Historians will be looking to determine just how the Obama Administration reached this milestone.
There has been great gnashing of teeth in “progressive” circles of late over “Christian Dominionist Theology.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has warned that much of the Republican presidential field embraces this startling, seditious sect of extreme fundamentalism. She’s breathlessly warned that Christian Dominionists “believe they have a direct line to God” and intend to “clear the way for the [end of the world]…by infiltrating and taking over government.” The thing is, they’re right. It’s true–all of it.
If you look at Social Security as a system of taxation and redistribution, it takes from a single minority male worker and gives to married white women who never contributed. And if you look at Social Security as a forced retirement savings program, it produces such a terrible return we might as well invest in gold. Neither perspective is worth continuing. Social Security as we know it needs to be abolished.
There are $527 million worth of exemptions in South Dakota’s tax code. A legislative committee was assigned the task of finding those exemptions that could be put back on the books since the state is so short-handed for funds. Unfortunately, the body only could come up with $332,000 worth of exemptions out of that $527 million to be put back on the books for collection. This package will be recommended to the full Legislature come January.