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Saturday, 6 August 2016

DNR Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Announced that Pensions would Increase by 10 Percent

00 arkady tkachyov old new year belarus 021015

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Today, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy announced that the competent DNR government agencies completed indexation of pensions. The size of payments would increase 10 percent, effective 1 August 2016. It said:

We budgeted for the pensions of both civilian pensioners and retired security personnel, taking into account an increase in pension payments by 10 percent, to comply with a decree from the DNR Head of State.

The minimum DNR pension is 2,087 Roubles/month (212 Renminbi. 2,128 INR. 32 USD. 42 CAD. 42 AUD. 29 Euros. 25 UK Pounds). In a talk with journalists on 16 July, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko stated that the relevant DNR government agencies would carry out indexation of pensions this quarter. Later, Zakharchenko said that pensioners should receive an increased payment in August. On 15 March 2015, DNR Head of State Zakharchenko signed the Decree “On the Appointment and Payment of Pensions in the DNR”. Payments under this law started in April 2015.

4 August 2016

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/razmer-pensij-v-dnr-s-tekushhego-mesyaca-uvelichen-na-10-procentov-minsocpolitiki.html

Editor:

The pension appears miniscule, but the prices are different in the DNR, and many items are cheaper due to state subsidies (just like the old USSR did). On the other hand, in the Ukraine, pensions and wages are falling (if paid at all) and prices are sharply increasing (just as the USA does… the junta copies its American puppeteers slavishly).

One of these things is not like the other. The DNR builds, using the healthy legacy of Soviet social policy… the Ukraine destroys, following the diktats of its American neoliberal “conservative” bosses. You may choose to support one or the other, but not both… choose wisely…

BMD

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Godless Neoliberal Republican Filth Want to Cut SSD… Where are “Consistent Life” and the Rest of the Pro-Lifers? THEY’RE MIA!

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Remember, for the Republicans, “Greed is Good”… and “He that doesn’t work, won’t eat”… both of which are un-Christian to the max. Yet… Consistent Life still supports greedster GOP pols and continues to associate with them.

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On Thursday, US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said during a floor speech that Republicans in US Congress are aiming to slash Social Security disability benefits by 19 percent next year, saying, “I wanted to discuss an issue of very serious concern to tens of millions of Americans, and that is the Republican effort to cut social security disability insurance benefits”, accusing the Republicans of trying to “lay the groundwork for a 19 percent cut in disability benefits next year”. Sanders explained that the House of Representatives adopted a rule on the first day of the new Congress that’d restrict the President’s ability to transfer funds from Social Security’s retirement account to the disability fund, noting, “Mr President, the Republicans are manufacturing a crisis where none exists”.

Sanders pointed up that since the 1960s, US presidents from both parties repeatedly employed this process to affect funds transfer into the disability account, stating, “There are some people who, sadly, are trying to divide the senior population from the disability population”. However, Republicans repeatedly expressed their concerns that Obama was unwilling to reduce or cap mandatory entitlement programs, as spending on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare may nearly double over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

On 25 January, media reports said that House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price said it wasn’t wise to continue to take from the Social Security trust fund to prop up the disability fund. In his 2016 budget, US President Barack Obama said that he’d oppose any measures that slashed Social Security benefits for future generations or reduced basic benefits for current beneficiaries. On Monday, US President Barack Obama submitted a nearly 4 trillion USD (269 trillion Roubles. 25 trillion Renminbi. 248 trillion INR. 5.02 trillion CAD. 5.14 trillion AUD. 3.54 trillion Euros. 2.63 trillion UK Pounds) fiscal budget proposal to Congress; law mandates that he present such a budget annually. In response to Obama’s proposal, Congress will send its version of a budget to the White House, which the president then has to sign-off on.

6 May 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/us/20150206/1017859911.html

Editor:

“Pro-Lifers” such as “Consistent Life” are shameless whores for Republican “conservatives”… so, I wouldn’t hold my breath as far as waiting for them to break with the GOP filth over the Republican war on the Social Safety Net. That’s nasty… allying with someone because they’re anti-abortion… but against everything else that Christ taught. That’s a clear sign of not only misplaced priorities, but also delusion on the most major scale. The Church teaches SYMPHONIA… the cooperation of Church and State, and that the state has a role, a major one, in our lives, both societal and personal. “Libertarianism” is nothing but rightwing anarchism… no Orthodox Christian can believe in it nor associate with its votaries without effectually denying their faith. That means that people like Fathausen aren’t only spoilt brats (he refused to live within the budget allotted him by the Holy Synod), they’re heretics of the most noisome sort… for they oppose Symphonia, a basic and foundational teaching of the Church. We do live in a crank world…

BMD

Friday, 9 January 2015

9 January 2015. Republicans Show that Old School Scrooge Spirit… They Want to Gut Social Security!

00 ayn rand. altruism and capitalism. 09.01.15

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The Republican Party is attempting to emasculate Social Security. If you needed proof of the objective evil of the GOP agenda, this is it. Of course, President Obama will veto all their attempts. However, this proves the demonic intent of the Republicans… they wish to enrich the fatcats at the expense of the rest of us. “We’ve got ours and to hell with you”… expect Pat Buchanan, Rush Limboob, and Rod Dreher to cream their jeans in glee at this.

If you vote for the Republican Party, you vote for manifest and undisguised evil. No decent person can do that.

BMD

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

12 November 2013. A Smile from the Russian Web… Putin vs Obama… VVP Over BHO

00 Putin vs Obama. 11.11.13

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I saw this little number on the Russian web. I support the Prez, as I realise what the alternative is. Do you want a Republican corporatist state? I don’t… and neither do most other people. After all, most folks have wised up to the Republican desire to gut Social Security and Medicare, and ramp up regressive taxes on working people (which includes most managers) so that the One Percent can pay their country club dues, buy their crappy McMansions, and sock the remainder in offshore accounts in the Caymans (they certainly don’t intend to invest it in the USA to create American jobs). Such people are criminals, and we must treat them as such. After all, Wet Willy Romney is a major tax evader and was a cowardly draft dodger in the Vietnam War (his corporate daddy bought him a bogus “clergy” deferment). He symbolises the New GOP… grasping, greedy, a bully, but cowardly at heart.

However, this is a good belly-laugh, and it illustrates why VVP won the tug o’ war over Syria. Ease on down the road, Vova!

BMD

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