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Keeping Our Social Security Promise Act

By John Nelson, published on Mar 18, 2013

Bernie Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont recently introduced a bill in the Senate titled: Keeping Our Social Security Promise Act. A companion bill was introduced into the House by Congressman DeFazio (D-OR). The bill, if passed will save Social Security for the next 75 years and would not require any decrease in benefits or a raise in the eligibility age requirement.

Presently, Americans to pay 6.2% of their wages to support the Social Security system. Income up to $113,700 is subject to the tax. Wage income beyond $113,700 is not taxed. Essentially this means the majority... (more)

Tags: social security, bill, solvent, fair contribution

Economic Inequality Video Goes Viral

By John Nelson, published on Mar 4, 2013

A Mashable.com video about the gross inequality of wealth distribution in the U.S. has gone viral.

The video depicts the differences between what Americans believe about wealth distribution in the U.S. and what most Americans want the pattern to look like and what it really looks like. The disconnection between perception and reality is stark and disturbing.

The video depicts an almost delusional sense about the "middle class" in American society and should serve as a wakeup call to most Americans. The beauty of this video is that it is not an anger-laden sound-bite that usually... (more)

Tags: economics, viral video, wealth inequality, mashable.com

Romney Insults The Elderly, Disabled and Laboring Class

By John Nelson, published on Sep 21, 2012

There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement ... And they will vote for this president no matter what ... These are people who pay no income tax ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their... (more)

Tags: disabled, romney, elderly, 49%, social darwinist, laboring class, elitist

Darkness on the Edge of Dystopia

By John Nelson, published on Jun 29, 2012

Dystopian fiction tends to draw upon the dark side of our imagination, be it young adult fiction where children are pitted against each other in a fight to the death or the classic dystopia where big brother controls our every move or thought. The real creative magic of dystopian literature is the links between contemporary society and the imagined dark, dystopian world of the fantasy society.

For me, I didn’t have to delve too far into the dark spaces of my psyche to come up with a plausible dystopian thriller. I merely had to collect news headlines over the past decade and imagine... (more)

Tags: fiction, writing, dystopia, post-9/11, pandemic, extraterrestrial

Henny-Penny Fears About Deficit Spending: A Tired Old Tale

By John Nelson, published on Apr 25, 2012

In 1929, when the stock market crashed, a long sustained depression followed. Since then economists have learned of the need to deficit spend during times of economic crisis or cyclical recession to avoid a depression. In 1987 when the stock market crashed, Ronald Reagan enacted deficit spending (building government debt to keep the flow of money in the economy). Most leading economists believe deficit spending during periods of deep recession is the key to avoiding a long economic depression.

In 1992, a Henny-Penny businessman named Ross Perot ran for president under the mass-hysteria... (more)

Tags: obama, politics, bush, reagan, romney, defecit spending, ross perot

Blown Opportunity to Blow Young Minds

By John Nelson, published on Aug 18, 2011

Dystopian fiction has been reborn with the popularity of Young Adult Dystopian works such as the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I read Hunger Games while basking on the beach in Mexico and I quite enjoyed it on a most superficial level. The novel sucked me in, got me turning pages, and entertained me. Shouldn’t that be enough?

I have loftier ambitions for the dystopia genre, though. The bar was set pretty high by Orwell, Huxley, Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here, and many other classics. I have an expectation that I will see our own society reflected back in the dystopian... (more)

Tags: book review, dystopia, ya novel, hunger games

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