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DEBT: Stop blaming victims of the recession

Letter by Jo A. Jacobson, Gig Harbor on Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:16 am | 146 Comments »
January 27, 2012 1:29 pm

I watched both President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican response from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

As a retired teacher, I got worried when I heard Daniels talk about cutting Social Security and Medicare. For most retirees, these are the only ways they are able to pay their bills and stay healthy.

Moreover, I don’t think it was either Social Security or Medicare that created the deficit. To me, we are in debt because big corporations have all these tax loopholes, and millionaires and billionaires actually have lower tax rates than a lot of middle-class folks here in Washington state.

Does anyone really think that our debt is caused by a little old lady who gets $1,000 per month in Social Security – benefits she paid for her whole life, by the way?

It’s time we stop blaming the victims of this recession – working families and retirees – and instead take an honest look at what needs to change in America.

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