Letters to the Editor for Dec. 6, 2012
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:35 p.m.
Social Security isn't part of the problem
Approaching the “fiscal cliff,” some members of both parties talk about cutting the deficit by reducing payments to Social Security beneficiaries. Yet Social Security in no way adds to the deficit.
No federal funds go into Social Security. Instead, the money comes from employee payroll deductions and employer contributions.
Trouble is that Congress has a bad habit of borrowing money from Social Security as fast as it comes in. Thus leaving nothing in the Social Security Trust Fund except a stack of IOUs. To pay off these IOUs and pay beneficiaries, Congress then has to appropriate money from general revenue, while moaning about “entitlements.”
Social Security is and will be solvent for many years to come. But some adjustments are needed to assure this continues into the foreseeable future. Democrats should be prepared to OK such adjustments. And Republicans should stop griping about “entitlements.”
Richard H. Hiers,
Obama just wants to raise all our taxes
Obama wants to raise taxes on the rich/small businesses, tax dividends and capital gains and decrease spending down the road ... most likely not.
No one is talking about the 13 new taxes that will happen in 2013 as a result of Obamacare (eg. tax on medical devises and limiting the amount of itemized medical deductions, all affecting retirees) and that's just a start.
Many companies are either closing, reducing staff or reducing employee hours in order to survive. If you know someone affected by this please take the time to thank a Democrat.
Obamacare was rammed through Congress by the Democrats. They own it and, now, so do we.
What's the deal with Norquist's pledges?
Lobbyist Grover Norquist, over a period of 25 years, got written pledges from members of Congress not to raise federal taxes. From reports in newspapers, I do not believe that he sought to control state or local taxes.
A number of questions arise. Who records the pledges, and how? Did the pledgers actually sign statements? Did they bow or kneel as they pledged? Were other pledges concerning other matters sought and received?
Are there any penalties for breaking the pledge(s)? Should those who pledged, as opposed to promising to think, be known as “Groverites” or as “Norquisters”?
Should Norquist's pledge collecting be considered heroic and patriotic, or — to transliterate — as chutzpah?
Robert W. Bertcher,
Voter suppression worked in my case
I got a nice letter from the supervisor of elections rec ently. It seems that Gov. Scott's effort to suppress voting is working well.
My absentee ballot was rejected and was not counted in the election just past. It's sad for the governor that his suppression agenda has struck a white guy in his 60s, the very demographic that anchors the base of the Republican Party.
Not only did the governor reject a vote this year, he has lost any chance of getting a vote for any Republican for the rest of this voter's life.
Don't worry, it's just an hallucination
Dan Taylor's letter of Dec. 2 stating his belief that climate change is a “myth” reeks of sour grapes from the recent election. Cheer up, Dan, these next four years will fly by and then you'll have Hillary to whine about.
In the meantime, keep your head buried in the sand; the recent natural disasters are all a hallucination.