Don't forget about Social Security
"Explosive growth in Medicare" is the reason federal deficit spending is predicted to top $1 trillion again after falling to $600 billion annually.
Obama and administration in with rest of federal employees
All members of Congress are required to be in Obamacare, but Obama and members of his administration "have their own gold-plated health care plans that they're in."
Monitoring of individuals' accounts unclear
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is "collecting financial information, monitoring financial information of millions of Americans" without their knowledge and "storing it for up to 10 years."
The United States spends "$2.2 billion on free cell phones, $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes" and pays for "the travel expenses for the watermelon queen in Alabama."
On target on health care, less so on retirement benefits
"The benefits that were offered to me as a congressman don’t even compare to the benefits that you get as a state employee. I just experienced that myself. They’re not nearly as good."
She took it for a while, but started giving back months before the attack
"Julie Lassa willingly took a hefty pay raise at a time when people throughout her district and the state were losing their jobs."
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