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  1. Objectivist anniversaries

    That's amazing! The early days of Objectivism seem so long ago, but only because so much has happened. Can you imagine, in 20 years when I celebrate my 20th anniversary like you are now, how far we will have gone! I love that I'll be a part of that. ~Aurelia
  2. Bush's Social Security

    I have been reading a lot about Bush's plans for social security. I was initially impressed, because this is the first I've heard anyone propose a more individualist approach to the issue. Granted, it still rests on the idea that the government should take care of citizen's retirement, but at least the idea that we make and keep our own accounts limits the generational graft. But, then I have also read articles which claim that Bush's plan only allows us to save a certain amount (some say as little as 5%) of our investment accounts when we retire, and the rest goes into the general fund for benefits. If that's true, then it's worse than just taking our money like the system works now, because the government will be demanding we earn wealth in order for them to steal it, and we will be working under the pretense that we are doing it for own benefit. Apparently this is supposed to work because the government has cuaght on that individuals will be better able to invest and compound that money, than the government itself could if it just stole the money. As a young student I am very concerned about future plans for social security, and I am at a loss as to which side is telling the truth and which is spinning propaganda. I was wondering if anyone might have any insights on the actual plan, or know some honest criticisms/commentary I could read? I don't think I could wade through the actual proposal, but if that's the only valid option I have, does anyone know where I could get a copy? ~Aurelia
  3. Love Poems for Valentine"s Day

    I'm not much of a poetry connosiuer, but I can appreciate a classic. This is one of my favourites, mostly because it doesn't compare love to flowers, puppies, or rainbows. Sonnet 116 Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come: Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. -Shakespeare ~Aurelia
  4. Bush's Social Security

    That government officials are finally starting to consider the concept of SS as morally wrong, as opposed to practically unviable. At least that was my first thought when I read about Bush's proposal, but I think such a leap in conceptualization may be impossible for a committee of legislature's. Dismuke is right, but what I was hoping for is that they would go a bit beyond that. btw-I checked out those online calculators like Dismuke mentioned. Considering that I'm 19 and the avg. physics bach. makes about $40,000 in the private sector annually right out of college, I could save over 3 mil. with a 401k, and if I live to be 80 I would only get a total of $217,000 with the same investment (15%) from SS. That's astounding! I wasn't thinking of investing until I got out of college, but now, I think I should start. Thanks Dismuke. ~Aurelia
  5. You described the concept very well yourself-silly. I wouldn't appreciate my (hypothetical) partner refering to me like one might talk to an infant. Personally, I prefer terms like "beloved". ~Aurelia
  6. Bush's Social Security

    Yes, I don't plan on SS. But under the current system I'll spend the rest of my life paying for something that is useless to me, which makes me very interested in changes to that system. Thanks for the information, though. I geuss Bush's plan isn't going to be what I had hoped it'd be. ~Aurelia
  7. "Significant other" is good if you're serious, just not at the "fiance" stage yet. But what if you're not quit that committed yet? For such a case I like the term "sweetheart". It sounds endearing and long-lasting, while acknowledging a certain innocence that may still linger in a relationship. I think it'd be lovely to be someone's sweetheart, at least at the beginning of a relationship. ~Aurelia