Monday, July 18, 2016

A parent's prenup on remarriage could put adult children at greater risk of filial responsibility


Here’s a curious column, in response to a letter, by Carolyn Hax in the Washington Post today, Style, p/ C8, “Oh, brother, why prenup hangup?” Like the movie, "Brother, Where Art Thou?"

The writer’s mother remarries and the new stepdad insists on a pre-nup.  Could “Prenupped” wind up, as an adult child, with a greater risk of responsibility for her mother’s bills later in life as a result?  Think about  it.  She could lose access to the stepfather’s money.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Newspaper LTE's want to see Social Security stopped for rich retirees even now


There are two important LTE’s regarding Social Security in the Washington Post today, link here.    One of the letters, from Arlington, suggests the radical step of folding Social Security taxes back into general income taxes, and immediate means testing of benefits, and returning the program strictly to a welfare benefit (which, in a constitutional sense, it really is, according to Flemming v Nestor).  The writer suggests that retirees who have enough other income to pay tax now on 85% of the Social Security income shouldn’t get the benefit, even if was promised in the past by the pseudo-annuity set up of FUCA.

A radical, not modest, proposal.