Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stimulus Packages for Artists and Arts Organizations

Artists have been looking for economic stimulus during this economic downturn, and Chicago arts organizations received part of the $50 million that the NEA got as part of the stimulus package. A recent survey co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the NEA found that the current recession has been difficult for artists and arts organizations. Artists and arts organizations should be eligible for more funding, during this rough economic time.

Currently an exhibition entitled 1934: A New Deal for Artists is at the Smithsonian Institution, which provides an historical perspective to how the federal government proactively took initiative during the Great Depression.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

START A MOVEMENT TO PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOCIAL SECURITY

VERIFICATION OF REGISTRATION ISSUED BY THE BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS
Pct: 003  Ward: 28   Cong: 07  St. Leg: 05   St. Rep: 10  Judicial: 07, Cnty Brd: 01, BOR: 3

2010 is an election year for 1/3 of the senate and all of the house of representatives. It would be nice if Congress got the message; the voting taxpayers are in charge now.

LET US SHOW OUR LEADERS IN WASHINGTON "PEOPLE POWER" AND THE POWER OF THE INTERNET.
IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT OR RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDANT!
Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.
Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it. You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.
In more recent years, no congress person has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan.

For all practical purposes their plan works like this:

When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die. Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments. ...... For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7, 800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275, 000..00 during the last years of their lives.

This is calculated on an average life span for each of those Dignitaries.Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives. Their cost for this excellent plan to them is $0.00. NADA!!! ZILCH!!!

This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds;

"OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK"!

From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into, every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer), We can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.. That change would be to
Jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. . Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us.Then sit back..... And see how fast they would fix it!
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.