Social Security must be left alone

Leave it Alone

Social Security must be left aloneI was distressed to learn that in negotiations regarding the “fiscal cliff”, cuts in social security are now ‘on the table’.

I paid into social security for 47 years. If you do the math, I will never receive the thousands of dollars I put into the plan. Like many other seniors, social security is 95% of my income.

To think about reducing or eliminating the cost of living increase is an attack on seniors and the middle class. Even Republican God Ronald Reagan said that social security must be left alone.

President Obama must show that he has a backbone and show Republicans the door when they insist on budget cuts that affect working class Americans. If we lose our home, we don’t have another one to go to. The wealthy, and that includes our Congressmen and Senators, will never have to worry if there is plenty of food on the table, or consider turning down their heaters in winter to keep the monthly bill low. They never have to put only 10 dollars worth of gas in their cars, and hope it gets them through the week. They don’t worry about not being able to purchase Christmas presents for many of those they love, they have only one decision, what to get them. The rich never have to worry about delaying medical, dental, or optical care because it simply is not in this month’s budget.

Communism is a dirty word to most Americans. However, if you read Karl Marks philosophy, he is not entirely wrong. Government practices that have created both the extremely wealthy and the extremely poor are the evil result of capitalism. Profits of 300, 400, or 500% at the expense of the working man and woman are ludicrous.

The beginning of our country witnessed businessmen sharing their wealth with their employees. The more money companies made, the better the life style became for their workers. That’s not the way it is now. Corporate executives own 2, 3, or even 4 homes worth multi-millions of dollars, while many struggle to keep a roof over their heads.

So, Mr. President, at least let us have what we worked so hard for, our minimal pension, social security. It’s not much, but for some of us it’s all we have.

James Turnage

News Correspondent-The Guardian Express

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