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Volume 3 Number 10 26 August 2011
Yes, You Will Need to Work Longer
When Social Security was last revised in 1982, the average age of adulthood, the age at which young people are expected to begin earning their own living, was about 20. Retirement age is 65, leaving 45 years of work.
Currently the big majority of children finish high school and most seek some form of post secondary education. The effective age of adulthood is closer to 22. Retirement age is still 65, leaving 43 years of work.
Life expectancy in 1983 was 74.5 years; years of retirement are 9.5. Life expectancy in 2009 - 78 years; average years of retirement with the retirement age set at 65 - 13.
Two years less work and four years more retirement spell trouble for Social Security.
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J.R. Wilt, Editor and Publisher
At the beginning of this year the President sent a message to Congress to the effect that the debt ceiling would need to be raised within a few months. It was anticipated that this would be a routine matter, as it has been for the last 50 years. A group of freshman Congressmen, many of them elected with TEA Party backing emphasizing fiscal responsibility, said "No, this is not routine, this is disaster, waiting to happen only a few years in the future." For many months they stood without compromise, enduring vilification in the media and from their nominal colleagues in Congress. Finally the tide turned and the credit rating of the United States was downgraded due to concern over the ability of the United States to pay its bills over the long term. Now the debate has shifted to "How can we cut spending by enough to make a difference?"
Thanks for your courage and patriotism, gentlemen and women. Some are called to face bullets on the battlefield of war, others are called to face the barbs and darts fired by the media and their colleagues. Courage is required in either case.
Take a bow TEA Party, for finding, supporting and getting these people elected while there is still time to fix the problem. Far easier to deal with S&P saying "We think you're headed for trouble" than lenders saying "We won't loan you any more money,"
SCD5 GOP Pep Rally
17 September 2011
10 AM - 3 PM Rain of Shine
Buford Rec Center
4073 Hurley Walter Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
TEA Party Express
10 September 2011
Noon to 2 PM
1 Promenade Dr.
Bluffton TEA Party
Beaufort TEA Party
TEA Party of Hilton Head
The Making of Making of America
A learning experience your family will never forget.
24 September 2011 - 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Jewish Community Center, Columbia
Constitution Day Festival of SC
Saturday 17 September 2011 - 5 -9 PM
Charter Amphitheater, Heritage Park
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
"Rather than focusing on standardization and uniformity, we need to build a system that delivers a personalized and customized education to every student. To do so, we must accept that centralized decision-making in Washington or Columbia no longer works. Policymakers must be willing to demand excellence and then give districts the means to achieve it. Teachers and principals need greater flexibility in the classroom. Parents need a menu of learning environments to select the best fit for their children. And students need the challenge of the subject — not the passage of time — to determine mastery."
Mick Zais Makes Sense on EducationFrom the Post Courier
"A personalized, customized education for every student is the future of education. A student-centered approach will transform education from a system that treats students as identical units, teachers as assembly line workers, and administrators as managers who work to meet production quotas of dubious quality. It’s not the people in the system who are stifling progress. It’s the system itself that must be replaced."