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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Money for Social Security

What is the problem with today's politicians ?
The system seems to be in an uproar over Social Security and the only answers our fearless leaders can come up with are to raise taxes and lower benefits.
I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you that
This Is Unacceptable !
What we have here was also a concern in previous history.
Taxation w/o Representation
How can our political leaders look the American people in the eye and tell us that they have to raise taxes while at the same time they continue to run up the biggest deficit in history ?
How can they tell us that the system can no longer support Social Security w/o a decrease in benefits and then submit a plan to spend another $800 billion in Iraq ?
The people in charge of the accounting that led up to this situation should be terminated immediately and replaced by more competent individuals that will protect the interests of the American Taxpayer.
If huge amounts of money are obtainable to cover foreign interests, why can't they "find" the money when its needed for domestic interests ?
It is time for a serious change and I don't even want hear any partisan crap.
The present administration has to be held accountable for the needs of the people and if they can't, then get rid of them all.
Replace them with competent people that will protect the interests of the American people.
If they can raise $800 billion for Iraq they can use at least $2 billion for Social Security.
If they can spend billions around the world in foreign aid they can provide health care for Every Legal American Citizen.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

100 Years Ago

The year is 1905, one hundred years ago..
Check it out and see how we have progressed..

Here are the U.S. statistics for 1905..

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.

Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Coca Cola contained cocaine. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

I wonder what it will be like in another 100 years.

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