Monday, January 31, 2005

Just when you thought...

Lovin' in a Yellow Cab-ber! Living it up while we drive around . . .
"Love grows from back seat of NY cab. Cabbie moonlights as matchmaker."

The FCC- revisited.

"Lara Mahaney, a Parents Television Council spokeswoman, said it is "outrageous that the FCC has deemed it appropriate for children to hear words at 8 o'clock or 7 o'clock at night that most newspapers aren't going to print when they write this story."

"Some broadcasters contend the commission has not been adequately clear about how it determines whether a broadcast is indecent. Today's rather cursory decisions do little to address any of these concerns," Mr. Copps said.

Indecent to whom? Are they your kids parents too? Or are they Your parents?

Who's really in Charge?
"Coalition of major conservative Christian groups is threatening to withhold support for Pres Bush's plan to remake Social Security unless Bush vigorously champions constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage."

This is why I Hate The Man.

"President Bush supports congressional proposals requiring abortionists to warn some women that their unborn children will feel pain and banning adults from helping pregnant minors cross state lines to circumvent abortion laws requiring parental notification, the White House said last night.

Although Mr. Bush believes that Americans are not ready to ban all abortions, he is expected to nominate Supreme Court justices in the next four years who might overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion a constitutional right. "The America of our dreams, where every child is welcomed ... in life and protected in law, may still be some ways away," he acknowledged from Camp David. "But even from the far side of the river, Nellie, we can see its glimmerings." The first measure would make it illegal for an adult to transport a minor across state lines to avoid a parental-notification law in the girl's home state. The second measure would require abortion doctors to inform mothers how painful an abortion will be to an unborn child at least 20 weeks old and to offer anesthesia for the fetus. Mr. Bush has said his decision to curtail stem-cell research is part of a multifaceted effort to create a "culture of life." For example, he once praised his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, for preventing the removal of a feeding tube from Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman in a persistent vegetative state. "The strong have a duty to protect the weak," Mr. Bush said yesterday. "In a culture that does not protect the most dependent, the handicapped, the elderly, the unloved or simply inconvenient become increasingly vulnerable."

And below Robert Tracinski explains Social Security:
(Excerpts from)
Privatizing Social Security Is the Single Most Effective Measure to Reduce the Size of Government-by Robert Tracinski

"This article is the first in a series which, over a period of several weeks, will examine the most important aspects of the current debate over Social Security.

The reason I regard Social Security reform as so important--and as worthy of such in-depth coverage--is that this is probably the biggest opportunity we have ever had to achieve a substantial reduction in the size and role of government.

Regulatory agencies like the EPA take up only $50 billion in spending. Their main damage is not to the spending of wealth looted from the taxpayers; their cost is measured, instead, in the hundreds of billions of dollars that taxpayers never earn in the first place because their economic activity is held back by regulatory restrictions.

The biggest budget category is the two "middle class" entitlements--the two government programs that raise taxes directly from every worker and promise to pay benefits directly to every worker when he retires. Social Security is projected to spend $554 billion in 2005, and Medicare will spend (on net, after subtracting premiums) $294 billion, for a grand total of about $850 billion.

In short, Social Security and Medicare constitute about a third of all federal government spending. And if we exclude spending on legitimate functions and debt service, these two programs account for well over half of all illegitimate government
spending. Moreover, both programs are projected to increase rapidly as the Baby Boomers retire, so that their portion of illegitimate government spending can only be expected to grow.

What that means is that they account for the biggest burden of illegitimate government spending carried by the American taxpayer. For the average taxpayer, this is exacerbated by the federal tax structure. Federal income taxes are designed to place their burden disproportionately on the wealthy. If I remember properly, taxpayers at or near the median income level pay only about 5% of their wages in income taxes; Social Security and Medicare taxes (if you look at the combined individual and employer's payments) are *three times* as much.

Indeed, it would be nearly impossible to achieve a substantial reduction in the size of government without privatizing these two programs. And today's proposals are the first substantive step down that road.

That is why Social Security reform is such an enormous opportunity for advocates of a free economy."

(All links and excerpts provided initially by TIA daily-except the Cabby story which is from CNN and a non sequiter:)


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