Kerry Tobin wrote:OK, let's look at a go big or go home suggestion...
If on last years taxes you made over $70,000 as an individual or $100,000 as a couple you only receive 75% of your social security benefits.
At $85,000 individual or $125,000 couple you receive 50% of benefits.
At $100,000 individual or $150,000 couple you receive 25% of benefits.
At $115,000 individual or $175,000 couple you don't receive any benefits.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Hmm, kind of figured there'd be feedback on this...
Oh well, here's another one.
Enrolling in Food Stamps requires enrollment in a health & nutrition class. All members of the family must meet with a nutritionist every 3-6 months of enrollment.
In addition, foods such as soda, chips, candy, ice cream, etc. with little or no nutritional value will no longer be eligible for the food stamp program. High end items such as lobster, crab legs, top cuts of meat, etc. also should be evaluated for removal from the program.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Back when I was working at grocery stores in high school and college I hated seeing many of the orders that came through using food stamps. They often were some of the worst purchases nutritionally. Entire carts of chips, soda and frozen pizza really weren't that uncommon.
Don't even get me started on the number of welfare and child support checks we cashed at the service counter. First, open a bank account, they'll cash your checks for free if you put $5 in a savings account rather than us charging you $2-$5 per check cashed. Second, stop spending half your check on cigarettes and lottery tickets! I loved when these people would ask their kids which scratch off tickets they wanted. Yep, thats a brilliant use of the money!!! But hey, at least the checks always said, "Wisconsin cares about kids!"
Kerry Tobin wrote:Over the next 5-10 years the mortgage interest deduction is phased out. It should be brought down gradually to help avoid a shock to the system though.
So you're telling me that I won't receive a piece of a pie that we already know will be eaten long before I get to the table? How is this reforming anything?
Also, do you plan to adjust the social security witholdings to reflect these changes so that people are not being taxed for something that it is virtually impossible for them to benefit from?
Maybe I'm misunderstanding your plan.
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