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ENTITLEMENTS: Stop calling them that

Letter by Wendy Wright, University Place on July 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | 12 Comments »
July 25, 2011 2:43 pm

Please stop calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlements.” These programs are not entitlements, hand-outs or social programs.

Our members of Congress, along with the news media, have forgotten that most of us have been paying for Social Security and Medicare all our working lives. Not only did I contribute to Social Security, but my employer did, too. It totaled 15 percent of my income before taxes. If I averaged only $30,000 a year over my working life, that’s close to $220,500.

For better or worse, people in their 50s and older have built this country. We also built the companies and organizations for which we worked. We made this country. Social Security and Medicare payments to us is just our money coming back to us. We earned these programs; they are not entitlements. Please stop referring to them using this terminology.

 

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