Printed letters, October 7, 2012
Joseph Luff’s recent letter to the editor tries to persuade us that the Social Security Trust Fund is in the red. He says, “55 million of us receiving Social Security checks are borrowing $500 each and sending the bill, with accrued interest, to our grandchildren.”
The Social Security trust fund has been helping to keep the government solvent for the last few decades by lending its surplus cash to the government in return for bonds. The cash loaned to the government never went toward Social Security payments. Remaining cash in the fund always covered them.
This fact is central to understanding the controversy: Social Security taxes are the most regressive taxes imaginable. All income over $100,000 is exempt, and there are no other deductions.
Luff wants to convince us the billions in the Social Security Trust Fund that were loaned in good faith to the government to carry out other functions won’t be paid back. This would perpetrate the largest pension-fund fraud in history.
Sensible solutions abound. Social Security is an insurance policy. If you don’t need it, you don’t get it. The definition of “not needing it” is sure to spark controversy, but it’s a start. It’s also appropriate to raise the starting age to 70.
Lastly, if the taxes for Social Security have to be raised, so be it. The last president to do that was Saint Reagan.
Public has fallen asleep at wheel of democracy
President Obama’s recent speech to the United Nations was exactly what I expected. He quickly referred to his Christianity (this from a man fresh from a Democratic Convention that ripped at least three major tenets of Christian morality from the Bible, replacing them with his secular doctrines).
Obama threw out constant sound bites referring to “The Video,” as if the audience could be persuaded some obscure filmmaker was responsible for the well-planned Islamic terrorist attacks and forget all of Biden’s immature and inappropriate media-blitz cheers and jeers about “Bin Laden is dead! Bin Laden is dead!” Yay, team!
Obama also made an incredible statement about democracy: “A democracy is a government that responds to the wishes of its people.” Really? Then it’s time for “people” to rise up and demand that we return to government that truly reflects the wishes of the people.
If this is truly a “democratic government,” there would have been no midnight meeting to foist Obamacare on a people who were opposed to it.
There would have been no executive orders to ignore the Defense of Marriage Act, immigration laws and welfare laws. There would be no efforts to protect Fast-and-Furious, to ignore voter suppression at election sites, to leak classified information, to fund at-risk “green” industries and to add repressive regulations on industries.
I’m no longer shocked by his lies, but I am shocked at the public’s somnambulism that accepts these lies.
Keep ‘true leader’ in office, vote out legislative lemmings
Someone had to respond to the idiotic, mindless letters to the editor that were published Oct. 3 regarding our current president. The fact that this may get published will be astonishing in itself, since The Daily Sentinel has a very long record of following the right-wing nut jobs and gladly expressing their views for all the rest of us to laugh at.
The writer from Grand Junction stating that “he can’t believe anyone would vote for President Obama” and the writer from Montrose who said Obama’s first term was a mess need to stop listening to the folks at Fox News, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to get their minimal information about our nation and the record of our president.
They also need to realize that more than 50 percent of people in our state do not agree with their foolish ideas (thank goodness) and perhaps they will be saying in November, “I can’t believe anyone would re-elect President Obama.”
We can only hope for those results — otherwise, the fools at Fox News and their lemming listeners will have accomplished their goal in getting rid of an intelligent, well-spoken man and replacing him with a puppet of the corporations that are ruining this country.
We have a “true leader” now, people. Keep him in office and get rid of all the Republican legislative lemmings who blindly follow the wishes of their misinformed party leaders and their very own TV “news” network.
Surprise at weak Obama comes from relying on media
The only ones surprised about how horrible President Barack Obama was during the debate are people who only watch NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC or read The Daily Sentinel’s editorials.
This guy is the worst and proved why America is in deep trouble. Obama has no clue and no business being president.