Retirement Heist


Bernice Winandy 3 years, 9 months ago

I am in the process of reading the book "Retirement Heist" by Ellen E. Schultz. In the book Ms. Schultz explains how various exectives have decreased pension plan holdings for the peons and used the money to enrich themselves. Between Paul Ryan attacking SS and Medicare, the middle class had better watch out. If these people (the well heeled executives and certain members of Congress) have their way, the middle class is on the path to extinction and the retired face a glum future indeed.


Pat Randall 3 years, 9 months ago

Who will support them (executives and congress) unless they already have the cash stashed ?


Tom Garrett 3 years, 9 months ago

Right, Bernice!

We really need CEO's who make $143 million a year. Poor babies! How do they make it?

What is really wrong is the way Congress has allowed corporate executives to run compnaies for their own benefit instead of for the benefit of the company itself and that of the people who actually own it. There was a day when someone could live off the money that he, or his parents, had invested. Can you do that now? No. There was a time when the primary interest of an executive was the health of his company. Is that true now? No. There was a time when the board ran a corporation. Is that true now? No. Executives loot the company by cutting benefits, cutting pay, and cutting diividends. They pay it all to themselves.

A quick look at the facts tells it all:

Just go look at the national budget.

The difference between medicare, social security, and so many other things is that we PAY INTO (!) them. In truth, and this is a verifiable fact, if Congress hadn't gotten into the social security fund and stolen the money to use for other things we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

But have you ever thought about this? Until we get the people in office who are FROM the middle class, how is the core of the nation ever going to run the nation? As long as we keep on electing millionaires and billionaires we will continue to get short shrift.


Bernice Winandy 3 years, 9 months ago

What really gets me is that the government made a promise to the people. If you contribute a certain percentage of your pay to the SS fund (many from the time of your first job at about age 16) until you are of retirement age we will provide such and such income to you until you pass on. Some people contributed to SS for 50 years. Now they have the audacity to say we want a handout. Medicare is the same we have been paying into the pool. Now certain government types want to change the rules at a time when we can't go back to work to make up the difference.

You are right, Tom, something has to be done about the make up of government bodies.


Tom Garrett 3 years, 8 months ago

I started work when I was 14 years old. I am still working, and still paying into social security and medicare. Many people do much the same thing.

One of our problems is that the vast majority of those we send to Washington are very wealthy. Some of them have no idea what it is like to work for a living. They started at the top and have stayed there. Many have never really worked, and have even less idea what life is really all about because they have never in their lives had to do without.

One of our biggest problems is that our legislators are primarily interested in getting reelected, not in getting the job done. A perfect example? Look at the string on the voting rights act. Several states are still running around in circles because every time the population grows and they have to draw up new district lines they have to do it by some of the most idiotic rules ever put on paper. The Supreme Court warned the federal government back in 2009 that those rules were unconstitutional, and then gave the feds 4 years to get rid of them. But here we sit, new day same old s--t. Why? Because the dummies in Congress are afraid to vote against some thing called "Voting Rights."

We need honest people with guts.

Anyone got a suggestion?


Pat Randall 3 years, 8 months ago

Did you hear about McCain this morning on the news. Told you all he was an a== ! He came from money and then married it. So he spent time in prison. So have a lot of other people in the military. Why did it make him so special in so many people's minds?


Tom Garrett 3 years, 8 months ago

Pat, at the time John McCain came home he was a symbol of resistance against a hated enemy. That's why people thought a lot of him. His military service put him on the right side of the military-antimilitary politics of the day. He was a breath of fresh air from flower children and other socialist nuts.

However, that is why he got INTO office, not why he should stay there. As of today his days in office are numbered. There is NO chance of his ever being reelected.


Anyone who comes from Arizona and is willing to sell out his own state by allowing people who came into this country against our laws to stay here has broken his promise his own people. We elected him to represent US. We expected him to DO that. And We are the ones who will have to bear the direct burden of his political sellout if we allow illegals to stay here.

If there is anything that sickens me it is vote peddling.

Mind you, I stubbornly insist that there are SOME people who are here illegally who we should allow to stay here. I am speaking only of those who were brought here by parents, or born to illegal parents, who have been here all, or almost all, of their lives. They are a very special case; in their case we should apply understanding and humanity. If they are good people and have done nothing wrong, and if they feel--as anyone would who grew up here--that this is their nation, then the devil with the laws, they stay here!

But beyond that? I am sorry to have to say that I would send all other illegals home. Sorry. It's a cruel world, but if you CHOOSE to break the law of a land, and if that law is fair and reasonable, then you CHOOSE to suffer the consequences.

I tell you, I am VERY tired of all this. As far as I am concerned we should come together as a nation of VOTERS and make this the major issue in the next election. The main question we should ask each candidate is, "Do you solemnly swear that you will go to Washington and work to send all illegals home, and to take whatever steps are needed to keep them there?"

That's how I plan to vote. Join me. Make a real difference to the future of America.


Pat Randall 3 years, 8 months ago

John McCain was originaly from Indiana. Went into the service by the back door, came out divorced his wife, married Cindy the Budwiser Queen, came to Arizona and lived happily everafter. Except for his nasty uncontrolled temper. Get his book and read it. I loaned mine to someone and they never returned it.


Pat Randall 3 years, 8 months ago

I read the book about 10 yrs ago, thanks anyway. He admitted in it he had been expelled from more than one school because of his temper and fighting. Then his dad and grandad got him into the military acadamy because they were both admirals or something.

He said in his book the only thing he did was crash a multimillion dollar airplane and spent time in a prisoner of war camp. When he came home he dumped his wife and kids because she had been in a terrible car wreck while he was gone, almost died and was not the beauty queen he married.
Then he married Cindy and was set to go with her dads money. I don't remember him saying he ever had a job.

He would never have been elected to anything if not for his father in-laws money and connections. Good ole Budwiesr beer to thank for that. His father in-laws money also kept Cindy out of jail when she stole drugs that were to be sent somewhere to help poor people. Remember that? John and Cindy make a really good pair.

If you had ever met him and listened to him talk informaly which I did several times, you would not think he was so great. Foul mouth jerk to begin with.



Tom Garrett 3 years, 8 months ago


Do you pay for John McCain stories?

Here's one. I'll let you put the price on it.

Sky Harbor Airport has card operated gates to the flightline, but also has a guard at each gate. One day the guard saw a card pull up and watched the driver run his card, just as the gate was rising a second vehicle slipped up behind it and slid in under the gate while it was up. The guard stopped the second vehicle.

Now. Who do you suppose driving?

A hint: When he was stopped he said, "Don't you know who I am?"

The guard said he didn't care.

That story comes straight from my brother-in-law, who was head of one of the four terminals.

Okay, how much do I get?


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