Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Avoiding another Baltimore

     The rioting in Ferguson and now in Baltimore exemplify the hopeless and hapless attitudes of the rioters.  And yet, police anger and political inaction are linked as causes.  I am suggesting 3 relatively simple procedures that ought to cut down, and hopefully eliminate the causes.

     First of all, every law enforcement person, all over the country, must take a course in anger management every year.  This is not to be seen as a reflection on the person's ability or inability to control his anger.  One could call it a refresher course.

     Second, there must be no more police stops for broken tail lights.  Instead, take a date and time stamped photo of the offending car and mail a ticket to the owner.

     Third, the police must not stop anyone who is running.  Running is a legal activity and, even if running raises suspicions among the law enforcement people, the runner must not be stopped for running.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Social Security

So, Chris Christie is attacking Social Security benefits - he calls them entitlements.  I don't know if the Social Security fund is in trouble or not.  But, assuming that it is, by cutting the money that we old guys get seems cruel and heartless.

I have another idea.  Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the jargon so I will use common sense language.

Workers (and their employers) pay into the fund but only until a maximum level of income has been reached.  Let's eliminate the maximum line and have everyone pay.  And, with everyone paying, the % that would be needed to keep the fund solvent would have to be less than today's rate.  I'm not an expert in economics or finance so those people would have to provide the pertinent numbers.

Now, for the payout.  The maximum that anyone would receive would also be capped at an appropriate level with increases for all based on the cost of living.