As the U.S. Congress haggles over a budget deal, tax-break extensions and other thorny matters, lawmakers from both parties appear united on one thing: Nazis should not receive U.S. government retirement benefits.
A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would cut off Nazi war criminals from U.S. benefits.
Nazi war criminals should not be receiving Social Security benefits, a White House spokesman said.
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States, an investigation by The Associated Press found.
Finger-pointing Republicans say they lost the election because Americans want ‘stuff’ like health and retirement benefits. That’s because we paid for ‘em, writes J.J. Goldberg.
My latest column on taxes, deficits and debt, “Taking From the Poor and Giving to the Rich,” has stirred up quite a bit of discussion, which is fine. Much of it revolves around the credibility of my numbers, which is unfortunate. Herewith, a guide to the websites where the numbers are available, so you all can check for yourselves. Included are websites showing—year by year: What percentage of the population took home what share of total national income; What proportions of all federal revenue came from personal income tax, corporate tax and Social Security-Medicare payroll tax; How much the federal government took in, how much it spent and what the surplus or deficit came to; How much of the federal budget was spent on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and lots more. I also give you biblical sources to clear up just how much of one’s income the Bible says it’s fair to give over in taxes to support the poor and the government bureaucracy. Here we go:
Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik has an essential piece today debunking what he calls “The Myth of the Social Security system’s financial shortfall.” It’s based on the newly-released 2010 report of the Social Security Trustees.