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David Brooks: $150K Paid Into Medicare…$450K Taken Out – Yes, That Is Why Medicare Is Going Broke and the American People Are In Denial About the Size of Medicare and Other Entitlements and Why Blame Them…They Have Been and For the Most Part Are Being Lied To By THEIR “Elected Leaders” About How Bad the Fiscal Situation Of the American Republic Really Is – Our Parents Are On Medicare and We Have Seen the Waste and Over-the-Top Amounts of Healthcare They Are Given…And Why Blame Seniors…The US Government Has Given Them Unlimited Healthcare For A Very Small Amount of Money and They Are Using That Healthcare In Massive Quantities – Either Someone Is Going To Start Telling the TRUTH To the American People Or America Is Going To Continue to Get Weaker and Is There Anyone With A Lick of Common Sense That Wants A Weaker America…Besides The Terrorists Of Course

Over the weekend on NBC’s Meet the Press David Brooks (NY Times columnist) laid out the essential problem that most of the chattering classes in Washington DC are not willing to deal with in the Real World that all of us Americans live in…as opposed to the Fantasy that is Washington DC in 2011 where the American People’s hard-earned money is wasted with little concern for tomorrow forget about 10 years from now.

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David Brooks on NBC’s Meet the Press:  “Today the average senior puts about $150,000 into Medicare during their working lifetime and they take out $450,000 during their retirement years.”

$150,000 paid into Medicare by average senior

$450,000 taken out of Medicare to pay health care costs for the average senior.

Since many of us here at Mad As Hell And… have parents that are in their retirement years and on Medicare the above numbers do not surprise us at all because people given access unlimited amounts of healthcare for a very small amount of money will use that healthcare a lot and the doctors giving out that healthcare will of course take advantage of the ability to bill the US Government for all manner of things and the drug companies will work with those doctors to prescribe as many Damn drugs as possible.  We know that to be a FACT because we work very hard to keep up with our parents health and every time we turn around our parents are being sent for tests and are being given new drugs to take and when we check with our doctors about these things those doctors’ reactions vary from a suspicious roll of the eyes to a demand we stop what is going on with our parents (and sometimes our doctors calling our parents doctors to find out what the Hell is going on because the treatment sounds so Bogus).  Yes, $150K in and $450K out for Medicare makes complete sense to us because we are seeing this money being spent on our own parents and in our opinion the healthcare system and many doctors in this system are taking advantage the US Government which is easily the greatest waster of money in the history of Man and Woman on Planet Earth.

The above in a nutshell is why the American Republic is headed for bankruptcy especially when one considers the following from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll:

“Despite growing concerns about the country’s long-term fiscal problems and an intensifying debate in Washington about how to deal with them, Americans strongly oppose some of the major remedies under consideration, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey finds that Americans prefer to keep Medicare just the way it is. Most also oppose cuts in Medicaid and the defense budget. More than half say they are against small, across-the-board tax increases combined with modest reductions in Medicare and Social Security benefits.”

$150K into Medicare and $450K taken out and a majority of the American People “strongly oppose” changes to Medicare and Social Security.

Yes, the American People are in denial and they are in denial because “Political Leaders” in both parties have been lying to the country about what is really going on in America today with the nation’s finances and it is a FACT that raising taxes on the “rich” and making small cuts to government spending will not come close to closing the gap between current spending, future obligations and paying off the debt that is hidden all over the place that has been issued in the name of the American People.

Here is the reality…

…and that reality is getting worse everyday because Americans are putting $150K into Medicare and taking out $450K and that $150K has been and is being sent to the US Government in Dollars that are losing value as the US Government itself is on an All-Out campaign to destroy OUR country’s currency.

Certainly, the general fiscal situation of the United States of America cannot be blamed on President Obama, but the last Two Trillion Dollars in Debt and then the next Trillion or two is under Obama’s watch and the President’s budget that was presented back in March is little more than a pathway to bankruptcy for the American Republic with another $10 Plus Trillion Dollars being added to the National Debt and that means that Barack Obama does not even pass the laugh test or as Robert Samuelson of Newsweek says…

The Adult Test.

The First Adult – AWOL

“Suppose we increased the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents a gallon, from 18.4 cents to 43.4 cents. That would raise $291 billion over the decade from 2012 to 2021, estimates the CBO. Or we could advance the ages for early and full Social Security benefits; one suggestion is to raise them (now 62 and 66) by two months a year until reaching predetermined targets (say, 64 and 70). The CBO reckons the decade’s savings at about $264 billion. How about slowly moving Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 67. The savings: $125 billion.

We aren’t having this debate, and President Obama is mainly to blame. His recent budget speech at George Washington University was a telling model of evasion, contradiction and deception. He warned that by 2025 present tax levels would suffice only to pay for “Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the interest we owe on our debt. … Every other national priority — education, transportation, even our national security — will (be paid) with borrowed money.” He noted that businesses may not invest in a country that seems “unable to balance its books.”

Fine. But Obama has no plan to balance the budget — ever. He asserted “every kind of spending (is) on the table.” But every kind of spending is not on the table. He virtually ruled out cutting Social Security, the government’s biggest program (2011 spending: $727 billion). For example, Social Security is excluded from a proposed “trigger” that would automatically reduce spending and raise taxes if certain deficit targets weren’t met. He also put Medicare (2011 spending: $572 billion) largely off-limits.

The president keeps promoting an “adult conversation” about the budget, but that can’t happen if the First Adult doesn’t play his part. Obama is eager to be all things to all people. He’s against the debt and its adverse consequences, but he’s for preserving Social Security and Medicare without major changes.”

And the President of the United State is going to demagogue Medicare and Social Security to get re-elected in 2012 when there are now some real leaders in Washington DC that are willing to step-up and tell the American People the TRUTH about government spending and future obligations that have been promised to the country that cannot be met without crushing taxes that will destroy the American economy?

OK, demagogue the issue if you like President Obama but please don’t tell us that you give two rips about all of our children that will have to pay these bills when they come due in the future, but then you are allowing the Federal Reserve to destroy the American People through money printing and just like W. Bush you are allowing Wall Street to run all over the People of our nation so Democrat or Republican in the White House it is always just business as usual for Washington DC leaders….and that is shameful.

The thing that is so stunning about the politics that is being played around the very real problems that are facing the American Republic and People is that the world is a very dangerous place and it will get much more dangerous if America is significantly weakened which is the certain outcome if our “Elected Leaders” continue to lie to the American People about the seriousness of the problems facing the country and what must be done….like NOW….to save the country from a downward slide that will change the world and very much for the worse.

Another Release of Highly Classified US Government Documents By WikiLeaks, This Time On the Base and Detainees at Guantanamo, and We Here At Mad As Hell And… Can Only Wonder: What Kind of Idiots Are Running the Good Ship USS Government? – Hell, Send in the Keystone Cops Because They Could Protect The Secrets of the US Government Better Than These Idiots….and Probably Find Osama bin Laden As Well! – Of Course, One Would Have To Be Looking For Osama bin Laden If One Really Wanted To Find Him and Listening In On the Phone Calls and Reading the E-Mails of Americans Is Not the Way to Find Osama bin Laden…DUH! – It’s Clearly Past Time To Put Adults Back In Charge Of the Government of the American Republic Before These Morons Take Down the Entire Country With No Doubt the Secrets of the Nation Being Released By WikiLeaks As The Good Ship Lollipop (Formerly USS Government) Goes Down – Please, Don’t Send In More Clowns….We Need Real And Serious Adults To Run OUR Government…Before It Is Too Late!

The latest WikiLeaks release of secret US Government files that is spread across newspapers and websites across the world this morning…

Massive leak reveals Guantanamo’s secrets, The Guardian

WikiLeaks discloses new details on whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders on 9/11, Washington Post

Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees, New York Times

….really burns us up here at Mad As Hell And…, and it burns us up because there are many of us here that served in the US military and held very high security clearances and there was not a chance in Hell we would have ever even had access or the opportunity to read and download the documents that it seems a lowly US Army soldier downloaded and passed along to the WikiLeaks organization.

Here is the Wikipedia entry on the US Army soldier, Bradley Manning, who is accused of downloading all of this very secret information of the US Government and passing it along to WikiLeaks:

“Bradley E. Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed restricted material to the website WikiLeaks. He was charged in July that year with transferring classified data onto his personal computer, and communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source. An additional 22 charges were preferred in March 2011, including “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense, though prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty. He currently awaits a hearing to decide whether he will face a court martial.

Manning had been assigned in October 2009 to a support battalion with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Forward Operating Base Hammer, near Baghdad. There he had access to the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), used by the United States government to transmit classified information. He was arrested after Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker, reported to the FBI that Manning had told him during online chats in May 2010 that he had downloaded material from SIPRNet and passed it to WikiLeaks, which had already started publishing it.

The leaked material is said to have included over 250,000 United States diplomatic cables, the first of which WikiLeaks published in February 2010, with newspapers publishing the rest from November that year onwards; Apache gunsight footage of the July 12, 2007, Baghdad airstrike, published by WikiLeaks in April 2010 as the “Collateral Murder” video; and F-18 gunsight footage of the Granai airstrike in Afghanistan, which WikiLeaks said it planned to release in future.”

Ok, let’s just think about this for a second because if the above is true that a private first class in the US Army was able to download very secret US Government material from the SIPRNet system and then pass it along to WikiLeaks (well, we know someone passed it to WikiLeaks) then that means that just about Damn anyone can get their hands on very secret US Government information and that leads us to the inescapable conclusion that the same Morons that created this

….cannot even protect some of the highest held secrets of the American Republic.

Yes, these are some Very Stupid People and maybe all of these folks on both sides of the political debate that sing the praises of the US Government and how they handle the hard-earned money of the American People can explain how all of these very secret documents can be so easily downloaded and passed along to almost Damn anyone and on top of that the US Government has been about worthless in shutting down this WikiLeaks organization and their releases of secret information to the media.

Please, could someone send in the Keystone Cops to run the US Government because it seems that even the Keystone Cops can beat the Complete and Total Morons that are running this operation!

Here is how it worked with secret documents or other very secret items when we were in the US military which was a time when there were still adults manning the controls of the United States of America.

1. First of all NO ONE got a clearance to see or gain access to secret documents without a thorough background check.

2. Second, just because you have a high security clearance did not mean that you have the right to see a secret document or item.

3. You had to have a NEED TO KNOW the information that was in that document or item and all along the way when secret information was handled there were always other people in the US military that were following up and checking to see if things were being done in the proper way and that people were behaving in a manner that was appropriate for someone that held a secret clearance.

In other words, adults with working brains were running the US Government and all of the people that we served with made Damn sure that we and they were handling secret documents and items with great care and that we were following up on the appropriate things that were going on in our departments and commands.

No, there was not a chance in Hell that ANYONE would have been able to sit down at a computer and download even secret documents and items even if the person was allowed to have access to those secret items forget about highly classified State Department memos that lay out the details of American Foreign Policy and now even information on the people that the United States is holding at Guantanamo Bay.

Our only question: Who the Hell is running this American Government because it would take not only Very Stupid People but the Very Dumbest People on Planet Earth to allow something like this BS with a private in the US Army downloading highly classified secret US Government documents and then handing them over to this WikiLeaks organization.

Yes, these are Very Stupid People and maybe instead of the US Government spying on US citizens by listening in on phone calls and reading emails of average Americans they might want to do their Damn job and find Osama bin Laden, the rest of the Al Qaeda organization and for the love of God protect the secrets of the United States of America!

Is that really too much to ask?

Didn’t think so but ALL Americans needs to keep something foremost in their mind when they see a US “Elected Leader” or US Government official…

The Idiots that created this…

…also allowed a private first class in the Army to download and pass along to a third party organization very secret documents of the American Republic.

Yes, these are Very Stupid People and that only confirms our contention that it is time for the American People to put Real Adults back in charge of the US Government that will not only protect the secrets of OUR country but will actually work for the American People and not the last lobbyist or fundraiser that just walked through the door with a few pieces of silver in his pocket!

L. Gordon Crovits at the Wall Street Journal writes a very compelling piece on this entire WikiLeaks holding secret US Government documents in his latest…

WikiLeaks and the Espionage Act

….and lays out a very solid case that the leader of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, should be brought to the United States and prosecuted under the Espionage Act:

“In contrast, Mr. Assange has a willful mind on all the counts of the Espionage Act: that the classified information could be used to harm the U.S., that the recipients of the information were not authorized to receive it, and that he knew the disclosures were illegal and could harm U.S. national security.

Prosecutors can easily treat Mr. Assange differently from the media outlets for which he was a source. The Espionage Act’s requirement of an intention to harm the U.S. provides the clear line. Indeed, no news organization has ever been charged under the law. Bill Keller, top editor of the New York Times, earlier this year detailed how his staff carefully filtered the WikiLeaks documents to protect U.S. interests, redacting many names and editing out “any details that might reveal ongoing intelligence-gathering operations, military tactics or locations of material that could be used to fashion terrorist weapons.”

Despite months of inaction from the White House, the U.S. is not powerless to deter future leaks. Along with prosecuting Pfc. Manning, the U.S. should indict Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act. This battle to protect the free flow of information within the government against constant leaks is part of an information war the U.S. can’t afford to lose.”

The above we can only say…

“Well, DUH!”

If it can be proven that Bradley Manning downloaded secret documents of the US Government and handed them over to WikiLeaks then he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Isn’t that the no-brainer of all-time?  Then why isn’t it happening?  Damn good question!

As for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Mr. Assange is lucky he is living in the age of the Buffoons, Fools, Morons, Dumbbells and Candy Asses in America, because not that long ago Mr. Assange would be held to account for his activities and the activities of the WikiLeaks organization because not that long the United States of America was still a superpower that did not get pushed around, taunted and attacked by men in caves nor did we wage full-scale wars in the Middle East against countries that did not and would not have ever attacked America (Unlike Gaddafi in Libya that did attack the United States and of course in the Bizarro-World of recent US foreign policy the US attacked a country that did not and would not have attacked America and made a deal with Gaddafi that did attack the US.  Yes, these were and are Very Stupid People).

OK, let’s do a mind exercise for everyone out there:

If you are old enough, older than 30 years old or so, close your eyes and remember back when the United States of America was still a very powerful country and was still the envy of the world, when the US Dollar was strong and not destroyed by OUR own government and when there were still people around in the US Government that new the difference between Up and Down and could walk and chew gum at the same time.  Yes, remember back to those days if you can and think for a second about what the US Government would have done if a private first class in the US Army would have had access to thousands of highly classified secret documents….Oh, that would have never happened so forget that….now think what he US Government would have done with the folks running this WikiLeaks organization that have their hands on thousands of highly classified secret documents that they are releasing to the news media every month or so and embarrassing the United States of America.

What do you see happening in your dream?  Oh, instead of US intelligence agencies listening to the phone calls and reading the emails of American citizens they are actually working on stopping this WikiLeaks organization from releasing any more of these highly classified US Government documents?  Yes, that’s right, because the US Government when it was still a superpower would have understood that American citizens are not the ones that are the threat to the country, but rather the threat are the very folks that these people in US intelligence that are spending Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of the American People’s money CANNOT FIND and even when they know who someone is that is making our country the laughingstock of the world OUR US Government is powerless to do anything about it1

And there is still someone reading this blog that would trust any of these Bozos to watch your dogs?  Hell, these folks would let someone into your house to rob you blind, let the robber kill your dogs, listen in on your phones calls, read your emails, let the robber get away and sit by and do nothing while the robber is selling your merchandise in plain sight for everyone to see.

Again we ask?  Who the Hell is running this operation called the US Government because anyone taking credit for all of this wasteful spending, the squandering of the American People’s hard-earned money, the disaster that is American soldiers dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for no legitimate reason we have heard in the last 10 years and now some clown like Julian Assange spilling the highly classified secrets of the US Government all over the media for all the world to see?  Yes, please someone stand up and take credit for all this BS so at least we know WHO YOU ARE!

Yes, these are Very Stupid People and these Very Stupid People will take down the American Republic unless the American People take back THEIR Government and put some serious adults back in charge of this entire Damn operation because right now the equivalent of Bozo the Clown is driving this train…

….and Bozo is the smartest one of the bunch!