Posts made in December, 2015

That won’t fly!

That won’t fly!

December 27, 2015 That won’t fly! By Ted Burnett Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion and adoption. – John Stuart Mill, English Philosopher (1806-1873) Mobile has long been called “the city of perpetual potential”. To me, this decades-old phrase had always been a theoretical way to somehow explain why the city has repeatedly failed to live up to its full potential, wasting each passing opportunity, while time and the rest of the world march on. Never in my wildest imagination would this concept become all too real, literally. Since Mayor Sandy Stimpson came into office, I’ve been pushing for the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to be moved back to its original home at Brookley Field, off Interstate-10 and Michigan Avenue, for a...

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The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses my latest commentary…

The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses my latest commentary…

Note: I recently shared my latest essay on Congress robbing the Social Security Trust Fund with the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the leadership from both parties. I specifically sought a response from the new speaker. Here it is… Ted Burnett Daphne, AL December 23, 2015 Ted Burnett Philosopher and writer 500 Lincoln Street, Apt. B105 Daphne, AL 36526 Dear Ted: Thank you for contacting me regarding federal spending and H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your views on these important issues. Like any family or business, the federal government must set a limit on what it can spend. Each year, Congress must pass a budget agreement to set overall spending levels...

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Who goes to prison when Congress steals from the Social Security Trust Fund?

Who goes to prison when Congress steals from the Social Security Trust Fund?

Note: The following email is addressed to Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Byrne represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District (Southwest Alabama). December 9, 2015 Congressman Byrne, When I recently spoke with you, I mentioned that this country is becoming too expensive to live in. Healthcare and Higher Education are breaking the bank of families and individuals. This government continues to raid the Social Security Trust Fund to tune of $150 billion, this year. In the coming weeks, the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will be bankrupt sooner than originally projected because of the Great Recession. The unemployed, from around the country, who used up their benefits were encouraged to sign up for disability when they didn’t even qualify....

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