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Freedom for All

Friday, July 1st, 2005

   It might surprise some people when I say that I agree with Dr. James Dobson when the “Focus on the Family” says this in regards to marriage.

Marriage is a sacred, legal, and social union ordained by God to be a life-long, sexually exclusive relationship between one man and one woman.

   Marriage should be looked at as a very sacred matter, something that is never taken lightly. I believe that the reason that divorce is at an all time high is because marriage is not being looked at as a sacred advent. In today’s world the old fashion courtship has flown out the window. People rush into marriage without knowing what they are getting into and often the only bond they share is the bedroom. It bothers me when we focus on the gays and forget that we heterosexuals have marriage problems that the Church should be addressing. I question how productive such words of Dr. Dobson are;

Focus on the Family holds this institution in highest esteem, and strongly opposes any legal sanction of marriage counterfeits, such as the legalization of same-sex “marriage” or the granting of marriage-like benefits to same-sex couples, cohabiting couples, or any other non-marital relationship.  http://www.family.org/cforum/fosi/marriage/ssuap/a0029773.cfm

   I understand keeping marriage between a man and a woman but when we turn around and say that even “civil unions” should not be allowed I question what type of Christian message is being heard. Don’t misunderstand me, it would break my heart if any of my children or grandchildren were to tell me that they were gay, but I would never stop loving them. I would pray for them and hope they could have the happiest lives possible. I’m not saying that I would condone the activity but in a free society my opinion stops at my nose.

   It just seems to me as we are about to celebrate the 4th of July that Freedom should not be denied to any Americans, even if I strongly disagree with their life-style. It is my hope that you all will have a joyous 4th and instead of thinking about your rights, think about the rights of the other American.

Easter

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Children can be so beautiful with their innocence. After church one little girl was so happy about the Easter bunny coming next Sunday. All she could do was talk about hunting for eggs, chocolate bunnies and her Easter dress. The mind of a child is a wonderful thing, but some times it misses the real meaning of things.

When it comes to adults they some times miss the meaning as well. Mankind has been locked in self-defeating nature; we cannot overcome those desires that lead to spiritual death. We hate, lust, and kill all by our nature. The only way to overcome that nature is to die to sin and be born again. That was what Jesus did for us, He overcame death and we can overcome the nature of death. That means that we can show love to all instead of our normal human reactions.

Mark 16:1  And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2  And very early on the first day of the week, they come to the tomb when the sun was risen.
3  And they were saying among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the tomb?
4  and looking up, they see that the stone is rolled back: for it was exceeding great.
5  And entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, arrayed in a white robe; and they were amazed.
6  And he saith unto them, Be not amazed: ye seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who hath been crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold, the place where they laid him!

Social Security ~ Bridge to Eternity

Friday, January 7th, 2005

(Updated on 1/30/05 by Grandma Bee)

The attacks on Social Security are nothing new. The Republican Party has been trying to gut it from the beginning. Their philosophy is that everyone should be self made millionaires to enjoy retirement. The Republican leadership doesn’t understand that most Americans feel blessed to have a family and home. For the most of us wealth is out of the question, but does that mean we should be punished with poverty? I don’t believe that President Bush sees the harm that he would bring to older America and I don’t think he is evil, just wrong!

“George Bush, himself, projected in 1978, when he was running for Congress, that the trust fund would be broke by 1988. His math was quite a bit off, as it is now.” The Mississippi Press

If W was wrong then, wrong about WMD, and wrong about so many other things, why should we believe that he is right now?

This is a good summation of the Social Security issue from

 

Fast facts about Social Security

UNION-TRIBUNE

January 30, 2005



History: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law Aug. 14, 1935.

Tax: A tax on wages pays pension benefits for retirees.

Original wage tax: 1 percent

Today: 12.4 percent – 6.2 percent from employers and 6.2 percent from employees. Income above $90,000 is not taxed.

Benefits:The first monthly benefit check – paid to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt., in January 1940 – was for $22.54.

Average monthly benefit for retired worker now: $955. Social Security also provides payments to surviving spouses, dependent children and Americans with disabilities.

Recipients today: Almost 48 million people

Trust fund:Payroll tax annual revenue usually exceeded benefit costs, so Social Security built up a $1.7 trillion surplus. The money is invested in Treasury bonds – in other words, loaned to the federal government, which pays interest.

The problem: In 1940, there were 42 workers paying taxes for every retiree drawing benefits. Today, there are 3.3 workers per retiree. By 2050, it will be about 2-to-1.

Red ink: Benefit costs will exceed annual revenue from payroll taxes starting in 2018, according to Social Security's actuaries, based on cautious economic projections. That will force Social Security to start cashing in its Treasury bonds. By 2042, the bonds will be gone, the actuaries project. At that point, payroll taxes will cover 73 percent of benefit costs. That would require benefits to be cut by $600 per month per married couple, on average.

-Knight Ridder News Service

 

Here are a few articles about the subject that are worth reading;

 

AARP: Don't mess with Social Security
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
As the debate begins in Congress, the pressing question is whose support he needs will be running for re financial challenges–just not the way Bush envisions.
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Social Security plan has public anxious
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Fort Wayne,IN,USA
If the Social Security system is running out of heading toward bankruptcy as Bush said — how does Congress uses the surpluses Social Security generates from

Wall Street firms cautious on Social Security
Chicago Sun-Times – Chicago,IL,USA
been a curious silence on Wall Street since President Bush proposed that However Congress structures privatization, the companies running the private
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Doubts over US social security reform
Financial Times – UK
one of President George W. Bush's top priorities for in winning round the people and the Congress. personal social security accounts without running up ruinous

 


Social Security

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

Throw Away Grandparents

October 19, 2004 Today's announcement of the 2005 Social Security COLA is good news and bad news. Social Security makes a vital contribution to the wellbeing of 47 million Americans and the COLA is critical to their ability to keep up with inflation. But, far too many Social Security beneficiaries will see the 2.7% Social Security COLA partially or completely eroded by the Medicare Part B premium increase this year. Still imagine if there were no Social Security COLA and today's 47 million Social Security beneficiaries had to keep up with current health care and energy inflation on their own. For eight out of ten retirees, Social Security is the primary source of income. For most it is the only protection against inflation. Without the Social Security COLA, inflation would have reduced beneficiaries' income by more than one-fourth in just the last ten years. For more click here.

I would just like to ask, how is it honoring the elderly if they can’t afford to live? I don’t understand why the President wants to gut Social Security and Medicare when so many depend on them. When you look at their history, you will see that they have never failed. Both Social Security and Medicare have been there as we have needed them. There wouldn’t even be a question about their future if both parties hadn’t been raiding the funds. I’m most worried about the attention of the President and his party to privative the two. If most of us could have afforded to invest enough money to be independent from the aid of the government don’t you think we would have? I fear that all this talk is just another way to raid the treasury and who we pay for it? Not those proposing the changes, that is for sure!

 

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