August 31, 2009 – Social Security Red Tape Causing problems.

“Someone at the welfare office told him about Social Security disability income.

When someone gets sick or disabled and can no longer work, they can turn to Social Security and ask for disability benefits. For Richards, it would pay him about $1,000 a month.

A Long Wait

But it can take a year or more to go through the complicated hearing process and get the benefits. By then, some applicants have already lost their homes, or even died. ” [Source:]

August 26, 2009 – Social Security cost-of-living FREEZE

For seniors across the country, the announcement this week that cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security payments are being frozen for at least two years could not have come at a worse time. [Source:

August 26, 2009 – Cash for Clunkers cost $2.9 BILLION

The final numbers are in for the federal government’s Cash for Clunkers program:
Some 690,114 applications were taken for a total cost of $2.9 billion, according to the Transportation Department. [Source:]

August 30, 2009 – Cash for Clunkers Slow to Pay

Port Angeles car dealers felt the program was a success, but they also expressed concerns over the payment process.

“It was extremely successful from a sales standpoint,” Chris Koenig, owner of Koening Chevrolet Subaru, said Friday. “But from an administrative standpoint, it’s been a frustrating and confusing process.

“He reported receiving less than 10 percent of the rebates so far.”

March 12, 2006 – Size of Tax Code

.”.. if you go to the US Government Printing Office ( ), you can order a complete set of Title 26 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (that’s the part written by the IRS), all twenty volumes of it, at the bargain price of $974, shipping

According to the US Government Printing Office, it’s 13,458 pages in total. The full text of Title 26 of the United States Code (the part written by Congress–available for an additional $179) is a mere 3,387 printed pages, bringing the adjusted gross page count to 16,845. ” [Source:]

Do we really want the government in control of our Health Care?