...There Are Real Doozies.
Two of them:
1. It was bad enough to find out that the F.I.C.A. deduction monies from our paychecks have not been safe and secure in a Trust Fund (as advertised way back when), which the federal government had presumably been earning interest on via investment in Blue Chip stocks, and to find that in reality, the federal government has been 'eating its seed money,' having put our Social Security monies in its General Fund - and ballooned that to some $20 trillion - that's TRILLION - in debt to boot. (Who authorized this scam? I'll have his balls for breakfast.) But then just now, in today's snail mail, to find out that - insult to injury - the federal government can arbitrarily cut off its Social Security payments:*
So, until this whole system can be reconstituted into another, better form, I have had to cut back on spending my savings on various 'worthy causes,' having been relying on my basic S.S. monthly payment to cover my living expenses (and not even those fully).
One of those worthy causes (among others; choosing this one to comment on, under this subject heading) hit me up in the same mail as the one above for another donation, that I will have to forego. It is the cause
2. of one Michael New, who was simply minding his business, and that of the U.S. Army, in the '90's when his unit suddenly was ordered to serve under the insignia and flag of the UN. He refused, citing the incontrovertible fact that he had signed up 'to protect and defend the Constitution' of the United States, not serve under a blue helmet as a coerced member of the UN's 'peacekeeping' forces; and after a kangaroo-court trial, received a Dishonorable Discharge for his attempt to honor his oath. He has been fighting in the various courts of this country to clear his good name ever since. Under my newly discovered financially ticklish condition, I was forced to respond to his latest request for financial support, in his uneven, David v. Goliath fight with the U.S. federal government, thusly:
'I am no longer in a position to support your worthy cause financially.
'To save you costs, please take me off your mailing list. And good luck in your worthy endeavor.'
(And because there was room on the back of the donation request for more of a response, I added, forcefully:)
' No one should have to fight under another sovereign/flag than the one that they signed up for. That should be axiomatic.
'You did not give your permission. Nor were you asked for it. That was a crime. Full stop.'
* "Supreme Court Rules Social Security is NOT a Binding Contract.
"...The Supreme Court settled this issue in 1960! Even more to the point, the Social Security Administration mocks those who think it is a binding contract. On the SSA's own website, it states:
'There has been a temptation throughout the program's history for some people to suppose that
their FICA payroll taxes entitle them to a benefit in a legal, contractual sense.'
"The SSA cites the Fleming v. Nestor (1960) decision and even posts it in its entirety. The Social Security Administration defends the inevitable default in payments (for some Americans, not all) by summing up that case:
"'In its ruling, the Court rejected the argument and established the principle that entitlement to Social Security benefits is not contractual right.'"
- mailing from Senior Citizen advocacy organization Christian Seniors Association (CSA)
These are times that try men's souls. We have a fight to win: to move into The New.
And that had damn well better be soon. Enough of this chickenshit stuff, by such as the U.S. federal government. Dishonoring the founding of this nobly visioned country, in threatening to put it under the control of the Dark side.