The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

February 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor 2/12/12

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to

It is our money

Dear Editor:

Messrs. Morgan and Anderson hit the nail on the head. The government is trying to convince us that the money we pay into Social Security is their money, so they can decide how much we get back, if any. In fact, both parties seem to think all our money belongs to them and they will let us use some of it if we follow their rules. The best name you can use for this thinking is socialism, while the worst is communism.

The federal government keeps growing and each new agency wants to tell us what to do. The main purpose of a federal agency is to grow. In order to do that, that must make more “rules.” It is hard to believe, but Obama has created a new agency whose job is getting more people signed up for food stamps. He is even paying a bonus to groups who sign up the most people.

How about getting rid of most of these agencies and their rules? Use the money saved for tax cuts. With “the people” having more money to spend, more jobs would be created, which would generate more money to spend and more jobs. If the government would get out of the way, we wouldn’t need food stamps and other handouts. When I was in the business world, I earned a bonus if I cut my expenses while taking on more work. The Feds give you a bonus for wasting more money.

Both parties are guilty of wasting “our” money. The Republicans are at least pretending they want smaller government. The Democrats openly admit they want to spend more and more. Someday, we will run out of money and we will all be poor. Actually, we have already run out of money and we are all poor.

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