A Post Election Challenge | An Independent Voters View

All right, we are two weeks away from the mid-term elections. As an independent voter, I have seen little on real legislative initiatives by either party. The Dems are defending the poop pile of their record with a fire hose of cesspool  ads about the opposition candidates and the Repubs, have put out a 41 page pledge that doesn’t really say anything new, except that they will read the bills before they vote, (this is a de-facto admission that they haven’t been reading them either) Du-uh! Their cesspool ads seem to be fewer, but they are out there too. What a load of Old Rubbish to both sides!

As for the Media (Fox News included), none are pressing for either to tell anyone what their plans might be. Whether they slant left or right, the media has given all of them a free pass on the tough questions; like how are we gonna pay the bills? What are you gonna plan to cut? How are you gonna bend the cost curve on Medical costs? How exactly are you gonna prevent waste and fraud in Government programs since we’ve seen the need for this since the 80’s?

Since the Media have not asked this it is time for us to do so here on the web. I challenge you the reader here and now to do a hub or a blog on this subject this week. Let’s all of us left, right, and center start the debate here and now. What are the answers? What will we accept as reforms in Medicare, Social Security, Defense, and Discretionary Spending?

Where are the big ideas on reform? Well yes folks, I have a few. Here they are the big ones:

1 SOCIAL SECURITY, - I already rode one bubble once this and my current retirement age is now 67; lets look at doing it this way, persons age 60 retire now in 2011 at full benefits, (this will open up jobs for the younger folks). If you are 55-60 (My group) start planning for full benefits at 70, with a 2% increase per year if you delay it until 75, same 2% penalty per year if you apply for benefits early.  All below 55 plan for full benefits at age 72. If you are eligible and choose to waive benefits at age 72 you are tax exempt no matter what your income. I haven’t a clue on how much this will save but I suspect it would be substantial. Means test all eligible for retirement income over $100,000 per year.  Yeah I know you contributed all your life but sometimes the right thing to do is make a sacrifice for the greater good.

2. Medicare – Still eligible at age 65, complete independent review of every payable line item in the Medicare/Medicaid system, let’s find the $20.00 Surgical Sponges (a 4X 4 in piece of gauze) that I can buy at Kroger for .39 cents and start paying say .40 cents instead. Pay the Docs what they are worth, but allow for seeing Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants that have a lower rate and make sure it is billed accordingly. ( I am looking for more on this from some of you who may be more familiar with its intricacies as I have no expertise in this area).

3. Government Employees – I will lead from the front on this one. So folks understand I am a GS-6 and certainly do not feel overpaid for what I do. But what I propose is a pay freeze for at least the next two years, and in fact I think the Government should tie all future increases solely to the cost of living. If someone on social security doesn’t get an increase then neither should I as a gov employee.  Further to all my fellow employees follow my lead and give at least as much as next year’s increase to the Combined Federal Campaign (Federal way to give to local and national charities).

4. DEFENSE SPENDING – Target future pay raises for the next two years for personnel who have multiple combat tours and freeze the rest. Freeze weapons programs for sustainment levels and R&D only for next two years. If DOD decides they have to change the healthcare promise again for the troops, do it with incoming members only do not repeat the big lie that you did on me and my contemporaries with TRICARE in the late 70’s.

5. DISCRETIONARY SPENDING- return to 2005 levels and freeze it.

6. TAX POLICY – I cannot see how it would be helpful to increase taxes on any one making less than 2,000,000 per year. So many of the entrepreneur’s we need to make new jobs are in this class that I think we may well need to give them incentives beyond the current tax code, (Yes lets reward success to a point). President Obama has said 86% of the 787 Billion comes from those making 1,000,000 or more. Let’s settle for say 83% and move forward with growth. I call this the Warren Buffet Tax increase, as he has said he can afford it so let him put his money in the pot. The key point here is twofold, we have to pay our bills, but neither should the government be running a surplus, the books should balance.

Well there it is folks, do your hubs or blogs then come back and comment and add the link

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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Hmrjmr1,

I agree with all your positions plus I have one addition both Social Security and Medicare must be means tested. There's no reason why a Rockefeller or Bill Gates need this goverment largess!!!!!!!


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

A lot of thoughtful and logical opinions, these would never work for our govt officials...because they make sense. In order for government to pass a bill, it has to be illogical, ha ha. Or at least that is how it feels these days.


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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Social security, medicare and medicaid are starting to be the failed program as it was predicted from the first. I am paying into it and I will probably never see any money from it. We need to come up with alternative method. People have to be more self-reliant, but no we are giving away benefits for many who de not need or deserve them. We are creating a socialistic reliance right in front of our eyes. Socialism did not make American great.

America has been great because we have not have socialism.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Hmrjmr, I agree that neither side seems to have any new plans but yours sound pretty good.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tom - a good start with means testing both, Keep on Hubbing what else can you come up with?


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

LRCB - Thanks for stopping by, let's get some ideas going here, if the clowns we elect don't have the stones to debate them then we should here! I'm looking forward to some from you!


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

eovery - how we gonna fix it? Thanks for stopping by!


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Pam - Thanks for the input I bet once you start mulling it over you'll have some too!


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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I wrote a hub about a possible fix, not to self promote. Social Security is a socialistic concept of taking care of those who cannot, will not, too lazy to, or too stupid to take care of themselves. Those of us who are paying into are taking care of those who are not.

I would like to phase it out, but a certain portion of the population who did not plan, or was too lazy to plan, will starve to death.

Back in the old days, if they did not self reliant, they suffered, so most knew that had to be self reliant. That and the kindiness of other watched out for each other.

Now days, don't worry, you don't have to work. The government will take care of you and make sure you don't starve.

I do agree with you tax statement. These guys reinvest their money, it is not sitting in their mattress. They get the money the reinvest it to make more. This reinvestment creates jobs.

Keep on hubbing!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Politics... If you are the recipient, it is great. If you are the payor, it sucks. Our reality reflects our needs. Throw the bums out. In with the new!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Hammer, shit man, all I can see from my chair is we are screwed, I know your familiar with Tri-care and the changes there, trouble, trouble and more, 50


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Hmrjmr there are many outstanding Ideas there. However both parties love their earmarks and that is a big part of the problem.On point six I would like to point out that in Russia no matter what your income level and all corporations pay 13% and thats it. We need a flat tax here.

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