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Tag: Social Security


DEFICIT: Krugman oblivious to debt’s dangers

Paul Krugman’s column (TNT, 3-14) about government spending and deficits is ripe with questionable assertions.

Krugman tosses numbers around and goes into great detail about yearly deficits, yet he hardly even mentions the danger posed by the national debt. Without naming names, he coyly attempts to denigrate conservative fiscal hawks by calling them “fearmongers” who want to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

To bolster his arguments, he references Kenysian economic theory, yet he fails to acknowledge that without capitalism he would be as poor as those individuals who actually do need government assistance.

I can’t help but wonder

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SEQUESTER: It’s time to think of the children

Our nation’s real fiscal issue is not the $85 billion sequester, it is the $80 trillion that we now have in unfunded Social Security, Medicare and government pension liabilities, etc. As our nation gets older and more of us begin to retire, the financial pressure will become severe on our budgets.

These obligation will not be borne by the workers and the retirees of today, but by today’s youth.

Today’s youth voted overwhelmingly in November for President Obama. Perhaps it is now time for the president to help the constituency that supported him. Instead of flying around the nation speaking

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ECONOMY: Congress must avoid sequestration

I appreciate Congress’ action on Jan. 1 that enabled legislation to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” However, I am also disappointed in Congress for “kicking the can down the road” in dealing with the issues of sequestration and the statutory debt limit, especially when these issues are being used in an attempt to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while supporting the tax cuts and loopholes exploited by the richest 2 percent of Americans.

The most serious economic challenge facing the American people is the continuing job crisis. America will not be able to stabilize the national debt over the

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CONGRESS: Members could learn a lot during visits home

It is encouraging to read the Viewpoint (1-24) by the newly selected state senator, Nathan Schlicher. His direct experience in a busy hospital emergency department gives him insight into the health care needs of individuals.

Schlicher not only describes these people in terms of their health care, he puts their needs into the broader context of their lives. His experience puts him in a perfect position “to look at the whole system and understand all of the opportunities for increasing effectiveness, especially at the level of the individual patient and health care provider.”

In the same paper, writer

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RETIREES: Leave age for retiring where it is

Re: “Group of CEOs calls for raising the retirement age” (TNT, 1-17).

The CEOs of Business Roundtable want the retirement age to be raised to 70 for both Social Security and Medicare.

I wonder how many of these CEOs are going to have to rely on either Social Security or Medicare when they get ready to retire?

Also, how many of them have ever had to look for a job after reaching the age of 50 or so? Or how many of them hire people over the age of 50 in their businesses?

I would hope they reconsider this

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GUNS: Gun rights vs. the big 3

The Second Amendment in its rightful content back in 1791 will always remain intact, but how about the big 3: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? The fiscal cliff has passed. Now the big congressional obstruction toward the debt limit looms forward. The big 3 are on the butcher’s block again.

If the NRA and congress would equally energize their opposition on gun control versus preserving the big 3, good things will happen. Common sense favors gun control and safety. Common sense also favors preserving the citizens’ right and entitlement to a secure retirement and preventing poverty provided by Social Security,

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GOP: Party today doesn’t respect women

Re: “Remember who gave women the vote” (letter, 1-15).

Republicans today apparently neither respect nor like women. Republicans want to end subsidies to Planned Parenthood, which provides health care to low-income women. Republican governors pass laws forcing women to undergo uncalled-for medical exams if they’re seeking an abortion.

Republicans failed to renew the expired Violence Against Women Act (enacted in 1994) and stall on renewing the International Violence Against Women Act. Republicans huff and puff about Social Security and Medicare, the recipients of which are mostly women.

Granting women the vote 93 years ago does not forgive today’s Republicans and

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TAXES: Where’s the shared sacrifice?

Part of the proposed changes to the federal budget is to use a concept called “Chained Consumer Price Index” to compute cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security, veterans benefits and g0vernment pensions. In short, the concept calls for reducing benefits because seniors and the disabled will be forced to choose to downgrade their purchases to lesser costs for basic items.

For example, seniors and the disabled will choose with less money to switch from a name-brand can of tuna to a store-brand of tuna, shop for clothing at Walmart rather than JC Penny, and so on. A lot of

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