Sunday, May 27, 2012

Social Insecurity - An Article By LPQC Member Ed Konecnik

Ed Konecnik, a member of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, submitted the following article for publication:

Social Insecurity
by Ed Konecnik
Flushing, New York
May 25, 2012

The appearance of ads imploring us to "vote for change", "make a difference" means election time is here. Most elections do not effectuate change but rather legitimize and reinforce the status quo since 85% of incumbents are returned to office. We have become an acquiescent dependent flock of sheep denying the gravity of the challenges we face. With no federal budget for three years, a 16 trillion dollar debt, impending bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare, uncontrolled entitlement spending, is anyone minding the store? More importantly, does anybody care?

Few in the media and even fewer politicians call attention to our perilous predicament. Our sad state of affairs goes unnoticed and unexamined because we have been duped into apathy by a false sense of security. Among the most blatant and egregious examples of deception and violation of individual rights is the Social Security System. Consider the following: if after a lifetime of mandatory contributions to Social Security you die before you can collect, who gets that money? In 1981, employees of Galveston County Texas opted out of Social Security for a private alternative retirement plan. Workers who earned $51,000 per year receive $3,100 a month compared to SS benefits of $1,368. Workers who earned $75,000 receive $4,540 compared to SS benefits of $1,645. Most importantly, employees own their retirement account and it can be passed on to their heirs. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme but sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

Since we have been nurtured to believe the government knows best and is solely responsible for our welfare, most will take the path of least resistance, follow along with the crowd to gain a sense of false safety and shirk personal responsibility. There is no doubt we have met the enemy; it is us.

1 comment:

  1. Some of us have been attempting to persuade the multitudes. from the mountain tops that to vote and to put forth candidates is to support the entirety of the corrupt US Electoral process.

    Currently, we have "two parties" who buy each election to the point where third party candidates are not even permitted on the ballot, in most cases, and if a third party candidate somehow manages to find and fill the signature requirements, (which in no way resemble the requirements for actual voting, or most people would never be permitted to vote) said third party candidate would not be permitted to share the stages, or speak for any length of time in any debate that matters.

    It is an absolute JOKE on the 47% who actually fund the scam being perpetrated on the taxpayers of this nation.

    It is a sad statement to watch some third parties attempt to become more mainstream, in order to gain more support, by adopting candidates who do not share the core values of the third parties, but that is a discussion for another time.

    Simply put, people are offering legitimacy to the corrupt political system by continuing to vote PERIOD, not just vote R or D.

    Ciao, CZ