Thursday, June 23, 2005

Good Lord and Sunny Jesus, when is ENOUGH ?????

I have wondered since I was a youth why there always seemed to be a "the sky is falling" outlook on the solvency of the only two government agencies that have consistently produced a yearly surplus. These two are/were: the U.S. Postal System (now a private enterprise) and the Social Security Administration.

....."In 2004, Social Security, which operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, collected $145 billion in excess revenues not needed to pay that years benefits."
By Tom Curry
National affairs writer
MSNBC
Updated: 7:30 p.m. ET June 22, 2005

What's wrong with this picture? The government (our government) has seemingly come to count on such a "yearly surplus" to divert to other agencies, projects, etc.
.....Is this a case of robbing Peter to pay everyone else, or is it just my imagination? "If you can keep people scared of something (real or imagined) they are much easier to rule and direct." And do bear in mind, this particular surplus is only from ONE year!
....I hope someone can explain how/why Social Security is seemingly always in some "borderline" condition.

>>>>> As a "P.S": I was speaking to a friend of mine who is now preparing to retire from the U.S. Postal Service. He told me that those who bought out the "Post Office" from our government had, a few years previously, finally and completely paid the government off but still, for no explainable reason, are giving our government over 2 billion dollars a year (though under no obligation to do so).