(quote) James-17080 said: Hi Paul et alia,
You wish to cut payrolls by about 27% by 2017. How would you do it? Who would you cut? You do understand that you would be putting roughly 73,500 people out of work, right?
I have a suggestion. Let us get out of Afghanistan. And let us stop being the world's policeman. We can't do it. Sometimes you have to fold and cut your losses to protect yourself. I'm not saying we should become appeasers or give in to creepy dictators like Kim Jong Un. But we can't engage in another Iraq, and Osama is dead. Let us get out.
Maybe pay for Congressmen should be on a merit basis. Considering that Congress's approval rating is 9%, lower than the Communist Party(!!) in some polls, this might be a good idea.
Saving energy is a good idea, The big energy hog in my home is my computer. I got rid of the tungsten bulbs, and replaced them with the fluorescent ones, and saved money. I don't know enough about electric cars to comment on them.
Despite the chilly winter, GW is real. I have books dating back to 1954, saying the planet is warming. And the computer millennium problem was quite real, and could have caused a mess if not fixed. Why so? Data bases and programs were originally designed to handle dates in a mmddyy format. Back in the early days of computing, space on hard drives was at a premium, and systems analysts had to make do (this is when a "large" hard drive had a capacity of 10 megabytes, and was as large as a refrigerator.) Time passed on, until someone in the 1980s noticed that the year 2000 was less than 20 years away, and billions of lines of code had been written, with dates still programmed as mmddyy. On the last day of 1999, 12/31/99 would become 01/01/00. Centenarians would find themselves newborn, sort sequences would be wrong (commercial computers spend most of their time sorting), and so on. It had to be fixed.
You want the Feds out of health care? As a 77 year old man, do you really not take advantage of Medicare? You collect Social Security, right?
I agree with your last paragraph.
Yep, 73,500 less Federal employees sounds like a good start. If I were made king tomorrow, the first thing I would do is eliminate and immediately terminate the Department of Education and everyone of its employees.
Your idea of putting Congressional pay on a merit basis is one of the best I have heard. Just think of how many payroll free years the taxpayers would have enjoyed in the 77 1/2 years I have been on earth. along with merit based Congressional pay, would be to immediately cut their staffs by one half.
I don't have a problem withus stopping to be the world's policemen. I would go a step further, anytime we were called on to assist some other nation with our unmatched military force, aside from a new Hitler situation, the country we help should be required to repay us for our efforts. And if we are called on by the UN, then the UN would repay our costs witholut the use of any money we put in to support the UN.
It would probably save all of us a lot of money as well as the State and city of New York, if we quit the UN and kicked them out of the Country.
Replacing incandescent lamps with fluorescent ones is ecological nonsense. The flourescents are more dangerous and deleterious to the environment. Any savings in energy costs are more than offset by the costs of safe disposal. At least, if you happen to drop and break an incandescent bulb, you don't have to have a Hazmet team come in to decontaminate your house.
Interestingly enough, I ran some very simple tests on my own computer in 1998. The State Agency that controlled Financial Planners was all over us to spend $$$$ to avoid the problem or face serious sanctions from the state. I set my computers date to 12/31/1999 and 5 minutes to midnight. sure enough when the computers clock hit midnight some January 1, 1900 cmaeup. So I reset the date to January 1, 2000 again at 5 minutes to midnight. At midnight, the computer clock set the date to January 2, 2001. I continued the tests several more times and the computer never missed a beat and always registered the correct date. it was a very old 286 computer, so it had the problem built in.
So the "fix" even for major computer systems, was simple and di not require the waste of billions of dollars to repair. It other words, it was just another nonsense scare that made some consultants a lot of money doing nothing that a simple computer operator could fix at midnight of January 1, 2000
Global warming is in the same category. Science has shown that the temperatures in the 1300's was warmer than they are today. As recently as the 1930's, average temperatures were warmer than they are today. And the data that the the bogey man shouters use shows that temperatures stopped rising 15 years ago.
The simple historical facts are that the the earth has been warming in fits and starts since the last ice age ended and will continue to do so, in fits and starts, until the next ice age begins. After whichj it will continue to cool, in fits and starts, until the next warming period begins. and that cycle will continue until the end of time.
Sure I use SS and medicare. Why shouldn't I, my pay check was nicked for years, and I am just getting my own money back. And as far as medicare is concerned, after age 65 you can't buy a health policy that does not take into account medicare. In other words, unless you are rich enough to not need insurance, you have no choice in the matter.
By the way, carefully investing what little was left over after all the taxes and the necessary living expenses, which amounted to less than was confiscated from me, if it were all invested in income producing paper,,even at today's low rates, would pay me roughly 3 times what SS pays. It is still invested mainly for growth and still pays me only $6,000 less than SS. The income stream, not Capital gains, is growing at a faster rate than SS payments and should easily surpass SS payments within 5 years, if I manage to live that long.