Don't misrepresent the Social Security situation


Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 10:01 p.m.

I was unaware until recently that the hype about Social Security being in danger is just another example of how the Bush administration deceives the American public.

By all estimates, Social Security should be safe until at least 2042. Of course, we need to strengthen this program, considering the aging of the baby boomers and the strain that it will place on the program.

Bush's plan to privatize Social Security will hurt poor people the most and guarantee generations of elderly to live and die in poverty.

In order to counter the administration's public relations blitz of misinformation regarding Social Security, we need the media to be nonpartisan, honest and diligent in informing the public of the truth.

The other day, I was in a checkout line and the man behind me was conversing with the register attendant. He was telling her how he had to cash in his tax-sheltered annuity because of personal hardships. Even though the government took 25 percent of his investment, he still "had to have" the money.

I walked away quietly thinking, "Would he treat a private Social Security account any differently?"

Toni Glover,

Gainesville

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