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Your "Federal Benefit Payment"

A friend sent me this suggesting it should be passed on. Here we go.


Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a 'Federal Benefit Payment'? I'll be part of the one percent to forward this.

I am forwarding it because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you. Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a 'Federal Benefit Payment.' This isn’t a benefit its earned income!


Government for Who?

For those of you still living in the USA, I want to point out that you seem to be asleep. That is, you seem to have given away the idea of democracy to corporations and, well, you don't even seem to notice anymore.

Let's start with an article about GMO Food Labeling. The idea appears popular (as it should) but the government (in this case, the Washington State Legislature doesn't seem excited about it. Now, this is not a bill to ban GMO products (which many think is a good idea).

SOPA Crazyness

If you don't know what SOPA is you clearly must be dead. The good news is that, at least for now, SOPA is dead. Now we can reflect on the idea of this legislation itself. Or, more accurately, how it is a big example of how the US Congress seems to have forgotten that they work for the people—the real live ones, not the imitation ones called corporations.

I did a bit of looking around in the world press about SOPA. It certainly made the news.

Politics Becoming Reality?

I have always felt that politics, particularly US politics, had little to do with reality. For example, at the national level you get a group of a few hundred mostly male, mostly white, mostly lawyers deciding what is best for the few hundred million people who pay their salaries.