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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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July 12, 2011
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The headline over a story in the daily newspaper I subscribe to, the New York Times' Lakeland (Fl.) Leader said,
"Glenn Higgins Has Five Sources Of Government Income."
The July 9th edition of the largest paper in my county said that City Commissioner Glenn Higgins is getting five checks each month from different branches of government.
Nothing illegal, of course, is suggested, but government has become so generous and free spending that it is, indeed possible to not only double dip, but get as many as five checks a month from the taxpayers.
The U.S. military is especially generous in its retirement benefits, being one of the few employers that allows people to begin collecting benefits very early.
You don't have to wait until you are well up in years to start drawing your first retirement check.
I am not singling Mr. Higgins out; he is one of my city commissioners.  I only quote from the newspaper to show credibility, for there no doubt are some people who would argue it is impossible for one man to be getting five different government payments a month.
Here is what the newspaper reported the taxpayers are supplying Mr. Higgins with each month:
---Retirement from the rank of lt. colonel in the U.S. Army, retirement check each month.
---Monthly disability check from the Veterans Administration for claim filed for loss of hearing while in the Army.
---Monthly retirement check from local schools.
---Social Security check.
---Check from City Hall for serving on City Commission.
But the newspaper noted Commissioner Higgins is not the only City official drawing benefits from the military and other government agencies.
Another City official, Commissioner Dan Selvege, is also a retired military colonel getting monthly government benefits.  Another is getting retired
school district benefits.
One thing I have noticed over the years are the large number of people who continue to work for governments.  Some go from one government branch to the other.
One of my customers was telling me how her husband has it planned to retire with five different monthly government checks.  He "retired" at age
38 from the U.S. military and begin getting immediate "retirement" checks each month. While in the military, he put in a claim for an injury to his back, thus giving him a second federal check each month.  Even though"retired" with a disability, he the got a job with the City and got "vested" after just five years.  He then moved over to the county government where he is under the state retirement system and is now invested with ten years.  He also worksa minimal weekend job so that he will be entitled to a Social Security monthly check some day even though he will have paid little into it.  His wife openly told me he has a master plan to be collecting all of these government checks in his retirement.
An old time newspaper editor told me one time what most taxpayers don't see and don't want to see is the cost of our world-wide "all volunteer"
military with early retirement, lifetime benefits, etc.  This is not to bash the military, just understand what everything costs.  Sometimes in purported patriotic pride, we get swept away into not seeing some of the things we should.
I had a current first sergeant in the U.S. Marines tell me it angers him when some people cry about how little paid service people are.  He said a private makes more income than a starting officer on the Florida Highway Patrol.
It is going to be hard to see how Washington is going to get out of this financial mess it created.  With so many people "entitled" to so many paychecks,
benefits, grants, government medical care, it seems the only victims left are people working in the private sector.  Good luck everyone.