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ELDERLY: Don’t cut safety net even more

Letter by Paul Levy, Federal Way on Nov. 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm with No Comments »
November 22, 2011 10:12 am

In a breathtaking display of illogic, a News Tribune editorial (11-15) claimed that the economic pain suffered by younger members of society is somehow connected to Social Security and Medicare. In so doing, it conflated long-term debt problems with lingering unemployment. Shame on you!

Young people face a difficult job market, because of George W. Bush’s reckless mismanagement of the economy compounded by Republican intransigence in passing a single jobs bill, not because of Social Security or Medicare.

The truth of the matter is the elderly are having a hard time keeping up as it is. Keep in mind, the average Social Security payment is barely more than $14,000 per year. So, it makes no sense to ask the elderly to pay more for their medical expenses, while at the same time draining their already too-light pocketbooks.

To be sure, Medicare has some real problems, but they are not the cause of the purported wealth gap. Trimming the social safety nets would merely serve to impoverish millions more.

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