In 1997 the net seemed to be closing in on the Clinton Administration. Congressional Republicans, pushed along by a gung-ho group of young House members, were refusing to increase the government’s authority to borrow unless the President signed a balanced budget that kept certain programs going. If that threatened a U.S. default, so be it; it was a price worth paying to get Clinton to do the right thing. The very idea made the Clinton Administration squeal: Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin warned in September that failing to raise the limit “could cause profound damage to our country,” as even the possibility of a default would “do permanent damage to our credit standing.”

A look at today’s budgetary madness.
A look at today's budgetary madness.
A look at today’s budgetary madness.

Four months later the debt limit still hasn’t been raised, President Clinton hasn’t signed a balanced budget, and the nation’s credit rating is just fine. As soon as the President vetoed the GOP’s debt-limit bill in mid November, Rubin tapped federal pension funds to cover Treasury’s obligations, a dubious move

FDR himself stressed the notion of limits as the flip side of largess with Social Security. “This act does not offer anyone an easy life,” he said in a 1938 fireside chat. It would “furnish that minimum necessary to keep a foothold; and that is the kind of protection Americans want.”

Indeed, Phillip Longman, in a provocative new book, The Return of Thrift, argues that Social Security was enacted largely to beat back costlier demands for universal old-age assistance championed by Francis Townsend, whose 10 million followers made him the one-man aarp of his day. Confining Social Security’s benefits to those who had first contributed payroll taxes was the ingenious way to limit government’s exposure, while giving Roosevelt the illusion of insurance he famously needed so that “no damn politician” could ever scrap his plan. In both senses, this “contributory” design worked. In 1940, less than 1 percent of the elderly received Social Security. Even as late as 1953, less than half the elderly got benefits, since they’d either retired before the system started …

afthAlthough it is not necessary to get an attorney when seeking for IRS tax help, it is still recommended to seek the advice of this expert individual. Basically, resolving tax woes is not an easy process and it takes a lot of time. That is why, getting an attorney can help alleviate the stress of facing this difficult circumstance. The attorney will defend you in front of the government authorities and he/she will help you with the tax filing, IRS dealing and tax preparation. However, you also have to take part by asking several pointers or tips in avoiding this problem in the future.

IRS tax help provided by the government agents can let you identify your lapses but you have to properly deal with this person so that you will avoid any aggressive encounters. Your attorney can help you through the process but you need to patiently face this issue because there are certainly no shortcuts to tax cases. As much as possible, you have to coordinate with your attorney from time to time …

Security is in the eye of the beholder – the eye of a closed circuit television camera, that is.

Yet contrary to popular belief, CCTV does not combat crime.

“People equate CCTV cameras with security, but cameras don’t protect people,” said Dick Hudak, director of security for The Elmendorph Inn. “[Surveillance cameras] are really an [identification] and document tool for establishing the time a crime occurred to help the authorities with an investigation.”

depressinghotelHudak said in addition to installing CCTV, hotels need to hire on-premise security officers whenever possible; provide high-quality lighting in remote areas, such as parking lots and garages; install peripheral access controls, such as electronic door locks; post proper signage; and provide escorts for better security.

“We support CCTV in certain designs, yet we don’t buy systems with all the bells and whistles” Hudak said. “We take a limited approach to monitor access control.”

Hudak said parking lots and garages are two areas that see the most crime on a property, yet he does not believe in installing CCTV in those

Anticipating little more than spending a few hours on his ladder stand, 63-year-old Don Hill probably really didn’t count on weighing-in an eight-point buck on the afternoon of November 19, 1993. Aloft and overlooking the acres of palmetto and scrub brush of northern Florida, listening to the wind whisper through the pines and feeling the autumn nip in the late-afternoon air, Hill could have watched a pair of jays on the wing, fox squirrels darting across a moss-laden limb or maybe a woodpecker rotating around the nearby tree tapping the bark for a meal. The forest rewards you one way or another, Hill would have thought.

His new .30/30 Winchester rifle resting across his upper legs, the retired Navy Chief Petty Officer from Orange Park, Fla., would likely have scanned the vast green-brown landscape of vegetation that surrounded him, perhaps suppressing a wide smile as his mind drifted to the realization of how fast his grandchildren were growing.

The Hill family will never know what Don’s thoughts were on that late afternoon, even as another