Notes from all over

by GDA


This has been a decent winter, but the cold caught up with us this week. Below zero temperatures for most of the week are the norm. To make matters worse for the News-Herald printers, we received a semi load of newsprint and it had to be unloaded when the temperatures hovered around 20 below. We are thankful that the Cook Building Center helped us with their forklift. It is always fun and games in the printing industry.
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Edna and I are entering our 40th year at the paper, though it seems like only yesterday that we started. During that time we have had a lot of people try to come into this area with their new publications. It seems like there have been around 15. Yes, they are all history. Publishing a newspaper may seem like an easy job, but, in reality, if you are doing the job right, you find yourself gone most nights and on the weekends. Not many can handle that, but you have to love this life. They are all gone except one that tries to say they are a Cook paper, though they have no employees in Cook or an office. By state law, they are lying, but You have to love this life and I do. True newspaper people have a certain sense of ethics, wannabes don't.
Anyway, the Cook News-Herald, which was started as the Northland Farmer in 1903, is now 116 years old and to the dismay of a lot of liberals and politicians, we keep going. We also own the Tower News, the oldest weekly newspaper in the county. It is 121 years old and with Phyllis running it, it is still Tower-Soudan's newspaper.
We look forward to another great year.
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Some time this year, you will find stories about the demise of Social Security. There will be experts saying it will run out of funds in 10 years or whatever. They never do print some of the facts about Social Security when it was started. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt started it way back in the 1930s as a supplementary retirement program. He promised that participation in the S.S. program would be completely voluntary - no longer voluntary. He promised that participants would only have to pay one percent of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes - now it is 7.65 percent of the first $90,000. He promised that the money the participants elected to put into the program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year - no longer tax deductible. He promised that the money the participants put into the independent Trust Fund rather than into the general operating fund would, therefore, only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program and no other government program - under Democratic Pres. LBJ the money was moved to the General Fund and spent. Roosevelt promised that the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income - under Democrats Clinton and Gore, up to 85 percent of your S.S. can be taxed.
Did you know that under Democrat LBJ, the S.S. money went from an independent Trust Fund and into the General Fund so Congress could spend it? The Democratic Party eliminated the income tax deduction for S.S. withholding. The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the tie-breaking vote as president of the Senate, started taxing S.S. annuities. Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants at age 65 even though they never paid a dime into it.
What makes this interesting is the Democrats in Congress try to tell the people that the Republican Party wants to take Social Security away, and many believe it.
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I put this in about Social Security because many don't believe our elected officials, especially presidents, lie to you. Well, Bill Clinton was impeached for lying to the people about his affair with Monica in the Oval Office. Obama told the people that with Obamacare they would see their cost for insurance go down, they could keep their doctor and they wouldn't have to sign up for it. George H.W. Bush promised no new taxes. Who knows what other lies we have been suckered in with.
Maybe that is why Pres. Trump is so disliked by the rank and core politicians in Washington, D.C. He doesn't worry about a life in politics. Yeah, sometimes he speaks before we think he thinks. He is still the only president since Ronald Reagan who actually accomplished much of what he promised and this is driving these rank and file political airheads nuts.
We, as a nation, have to be more informed and watch what our elected officials do. We have to hold them liable and not keep voting them back in to do nothing.
Meanwhile, for those of us living the dream up north, we are thankful that for the most part, the politicians stay away from us except when they are up for re-election or election and want your votes and money.
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Have a good week, dress warm and look forward with anticipation to another great year. Don't worry too much about S.S. What politician would dare write a bill getting rid of it?