Remember King during Social Security debate


Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:06 p.m.
As we approach a national debate over the "unsustainability" of Social Security, we would do well on the occasion of Martin Luther King Day to remember his words of wisdom questioning the issues of our national priorities and direction.
Can we sustain a secure future that sees almost 40 percent of the total budget tied to expenditures of the military-industrial complex, bases in over 120 countries, and the prospect of perpetual conflict?
"A nation that continues to spend year after year more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
How can we sustain a set of priorities that result in a broken health care system with 45 million uninsured, a skyrocketing debt passed down to future generations, and the diminished prospects of Social Security?
Wouldn't King advocate a more logical solution to Social Security's future shortfalls, such as a reversal of the recent tax break for the wealthiest among us and a reallocation of some of the money flowing at the rate of $5 billion a week to the war in Iraq?
Before we accept any solutions rammed through Congress to fix Social Security, honor his legacy by using reason and compassion to steer us on a course more true to our higher selves.
"I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow."
Bill Steffens, Gainesville

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