Stop robbing Social Security


Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:07 p.m.

Being of retirement age, The Sun's point-counterpoint columns (Jan. 9) about Social Security gave me a chill up my aging spine. I pray that young readers are paying close attention to this latest move to destroy our financial safety net.

James L. Martin, one of the point men for President Bush, said, "We know what needs to be done." He started off with the same old, same old bashing of President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, referring to the Clintons' failure to reform health care in America.

This is a sad and sour way to try to convince people of any positive changes for Social security.

The truth behind Bush's scheme to dismantle Roosevelt's Social Security program is simply another gift to the richest people on Wall Street.

While young workers might be suckered into investing in the crapshoot called the stock market, many at the top of this pyramid will rake in the loot, while the poor workers at the bottom will have less and never really know why.

It's time to increase the wage base for Social Security contributions and admit that the Social Security money has not been locked down for the future, but robbed over and over.

We don't have to play this game. Americans can speak out against this latest travesty and stop Bush and Congress in their tracks. They didn't know best about the Medicare drug program. It was a giveaway to the rich and a kick in the teeth to the lower-income seniors.

If conservatives are running on Bush's record of reforming social programs in America, they are running the wrong way.

Linda C. Wilson,

Gainesville

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