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CEI Daily - Social Security, Public Sector Unions, and Water Bureau Politics

Social Security


The AARP has acknowledged that Social Security benefits cannot be paid out indefinitely at current levels.


Research Associate Adam Michel responds.


"The AARP’s seeming willingness to compromise in order to offer long term solvency to Social Security is a compromise that unions would be wise to observe. Big Labor has dug in their heels all over the United States by opposing any reform to pensions or collective bargaining agreements. This stubborn reaction to change neglects that most states will be facing insolvent pension funds within the next 15 to 20 years. If unions won’t let states reduce their workforce, lower wages or restructure pensions, where will the money come from to fix pensions? The only option left is to raise taxes, forcing taxpayers to subsidize government employees’ retirement."




Public Sector Unions


Public Sector Unions are putting taxpayers on the line for over0generous pension programs.


Vice President Iain Murray comments.


"Without significant reform, which will necessarily involve cuts in promised pension benefits, the rest of us are going to have to work for years to pay for other people to live in pampered retirement. And there is no other word for that than theft."




Water Bureau Politics


Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff decided to drain 8 million gallons from one of the city reservoirs after security cameras caught a man urinating into the basin.


Senior Fellow Greg Conko comments on Shaff's controversial decision.


"[U]rine from a healthy adult is sterile, it’s already composed mostly of water, and a few ounces of human urine diluted into 8 million gallons of water would expose drinkers to a minute quantity of contaminants measured in the parts per billion range, if not parts per trillion. And the Water Bureau even acknowledged that the reservoir water is commonly exposed to large quantities of animal urine and fecal matter, animal carcasses, trash, and other 'pollutants.'


What I think is most telling, though is Shaff’s explanation for the decision: 'Nobody wants to drink pee, and I don’t want to deal with the 100 people who would be unhappy that I’m serving them pee in their water.' How fantastic is that? The Water Bureau decides to waste a few thousand dollars and a few million gallons of perfectly fine water just because the administer doesn’t want to get a few angry phone calls."


Andy Martin: Republican presidential candidates are wimps on Medicare Social Sec

Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin will hold a Palm Beach news conference today, May 26th to charge that his primary opponents are “wimps” and that he is the only candidate who stands up for Medicare and Social Security. Martin says the “Corwin Catastrophe” should have been a wakeup call for Republicans inside the Beltway, but wasn’t.

Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says his presidential primary opponents are wimps who are afraid to lead congress

Martin opens his Florida campaign with a Medicare news conference in Palm Beach

Martin has been/is airing a TV ad which supports Medicare and Social Security

Martin says Jane Corwin may have saved Republicans in 2012; she is the “canary in the mine shaft”

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Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin holds a Palm Beach news conference today, Thursday, May 26th to launch his Florida campaign with an attack on his opponents as “wimps” who are afraid to lead congress

Martin says the “Corwin Catastrophe” should have been a wakeup call for Beltway Republicans, but wasn’t.

Martin says he is the only “Main Street” Republican; the other presidentials all have a “Beltway” mentality

Martin says he would fix Medicare and Social Security and avoid the drastic cuts proposed by other Republicans

“Presidents are elected to lead,” Martin says, “not to follow congress.”

(PALM BEACH, FL)(May 26, 2011)  Corruption-fighting Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin holds a Palm Beach, Florida news conference today, May 26th at 5:00 P.M. to launch his Florida campaign with am attack on the other Republican presidential candidates as “wimps.”

“We have seen the first test of leadership this week, and my opponents have all failed the test. Like helpless puppies they have submitted to the Beltway theocracy that wants to gradually eliminate Social Security and Medicare.

“I am the only presidential candidate running an ad supporting Medicare and Social Security. (The ad is attached to this release). We produced our TV commercial early in May. We didn’t have to wait for the New York election to know what to do. I was leading, not following, on entitlement reform.

“First, I support the repeal of Obamacare. It doesn’t work and will bankrupt the United States.

“Second, I oppose the provisions of Obamacare that establish a de facto death panel and raid social security for half a trillion dollars.

“Third, along with both Republicans and responsible Democrats I know that we have to make adjustments to these programs. I will work on a bipartisan basis to adopt reforms which enjoy the support of the American people.

“Fourth, I acknowledge what Republicans do not: Social Security and Medicare strike a special chord in the American people because no one can escape old age. Old age is an affliction that all of us will face. Rich or poor, good or bad, we all grow old.

“As a little boy, I watched as my elders grappled with the illness and death of relatives. Later, it was my duty to supervise medical care, plan funerals and assess the impact of government programs as I filled out the paperwork. I don't know how many of my opponents have had similar experiences but if not they have no place dictating to the American people with reform schemes that fly in the face of human reality. Not political reality, human reality.

“We all grow old, and in the lottery of life some of us lose the capacity to care for ourselves earlier than others. My mother is 93; thanks to drug companies—who are unfortunately the target of relentless propaganda attacks from the Democrats—she is a healthy 93 and lives on her own. Her signature is clearer than mine. She is a lucky one.

“I am also a lucky one. I got through life without health insurance. Thankfully I didn’t need it. But I have friends that are now dependent on Medicare and Social Security, and I do not plan to abandon them to the ‘marketplace.’ Some of them could not make it on their own.

“Some Americans are incapacitated in their 60’s or 70’s. No one knows what God has in store for us. It’s in the Bible. So providing collectively for the ultimate end of all of us individually is not a bad idea.

“Are Medicare and Social Security perfect? No they are not. We can make adjustments, and we can make modifications. I will announce my reform plan at the next candidates’ debate. As a University of Illinois-trained economist with a special in consumer sampling and survey research I know what people want and what they do not feel will work for them.

“I support the articulated goals of the Republican Party; I take them at their word that they want to preserve Medicare (and Social Security). But we have to arrive at those goals other than by telling people who are old and ill that they have to ‘shop’ for insurance or investment advice.

“Recently, I was compelled to clobber some idiotic Republicans in New Hampshire that unfairly attacked me. Like Barack Obama, I come out of the Chicago School of Politics. That’s why I am the only Republican presidential candidate qualified and experienced enough to oppose Obama in 2012. It's not necessarily because I'm the nicest guy, although I am a nice guy. It's because I am clearly the toughest guy to face Obama. Why would Republicans choose less than the toughest opponent for Obama? I am a leader; the others are not.

“The national leadership of the Republican Party is incompetent and delusional. They campaigned in 2010 on a plan to reverse the Obama raid on Medicare, and then turned around in 2011 and proposed raiding Medicare themselves. They took Jane Corwin and turned her into a sacrificial lamb. Fortunately, the Republican Party is very good on defense; they are excellent at unwinding Democratic Party overreaching. Unfortunately, Republicans are very weak on offense. Every time they try to implement their own ideas, they fumble. I will do both.

“Today no one in New Hampshire doubts I will be a very tough and aggressive leader. They are learning the hard way that Andy Martin means business. We are not going to defeat Obama with the other ‘powder puff’ candidates we have now. We need a presidential candidate who is Chicago-tough and seasoned. My TV commercial anticipated the coming debacle in New York. Today I issue this diktat to my Beltway Republican presidential candidates: “Wake up, get real, and start listening to Main Street instead of trying to raid Main Street to support Wall Street. You won’t make it to the promised land of removing Obama from the White House without me as your candidate. I am the only Chicago street fighter in the Republican stable of presidential candidates. Just ask the people in New Hampshire about that.”

Martin’s Medicare TV spot is attached to this release; the commercial can also be seen at Martin’s YouTube channel and on his campaign’s home page.




Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin 


Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says Republican presidential candidates are wimps; he is the only one to back Medicare, Social Security


Sidewalk, in front of 95 N. County Road, Palm Beach, Florida (U. S. Post Office)


Thursday, May 26, 2011, 5:00 P.M.



ABOUT ANDY: Chicago Public Radio calls Andy Martin a “boisterous Internet activist.” The Chicago Tribune calls him “Chicago’s own” and a “political activist.” Andy is a legendary New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [] and he produced the Internet film "Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” []. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” He comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience.

Martin has also been a leading corruption fighter in Illinois politics and American courts for over forty years. He is currently sponsoring See also;

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
Andy's columns are also posted at;

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NRN - Must Reads from March 11, 2011


CEI Daily - Wisconsin, Social Security, and Ethanol




Rachel Maddow and others claim that the Wisconsin state budget deficit has been "manufactured"by Governor Walker's administration.


Senior Counsel Hans Bader responds.


"Maddow blamed the state’s current deficit on business tax breaks supported by the governor, but those cuts are a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the state’s overall budget; and as the Journal-Sentinel noted, 'the cuts are not even in effect yet, so they cannot be part of the current problem.' Despite being debunked by newspapers such as the Journal-Sentinel, liberal bloggers and TV commentators continue to make this false claim that Wisconsin’s budget crisis was 'manufactured' to create an excuse to destroy public-employee unions.  (Never mind that the proposals by Wisconsin’s governor would still allow far more collective bargaining in Wisconsin than is permitted in states such as Virginia.)"



Social Security


Ted Nugent recently talked about the problems with Social Security in a Washington Times op-ed; but Nugent didn't provide real solutions.


Research Associate Jacqueline Otto gives her take on the future of Social Security.


"A proper solution would make changes to ensure the dismantling of the SSA in the future, while upholding our national character that is based on recognizing the autonomy and dignity of the individual. Defenders of the status quo wrap their ideological preference for massive entitlement programs in social-democratic, egalitarian moral terms, so opponents must also make a moral case — and not merely a fiscal case — if we are to be successful. A transition period is needed, where people can opt to privatize their savings and the shortfall can be met by diverting funds into the system. Ultimately, we should work to fix the problem, not walk away from it."




The House has voted to defund the EPA's program to implement the sale of the E-15 ethanol blend.


Policy Analyst Brian McGraw explains what's next.


"The Senate has signaled that they will not be accepting the House package as is, and there will almost certainly be last minute negotiations as to which spending cuts stay and which go. Hopefully, the Senate can agree that the expansion of ethanol isn’t in the nations best interest, and can be cut. In signaling the president’s continued quest to selectively support the science, Energy Secretary Steven Chu attended the event and had a number of nice words to say about ethanol, reassuring Iowans that Obama is doing everything he can to keep the green-river flowing. "


NRN - Must Reads from February 8, 2011

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