The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

February 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor 2/5/12

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

Stealing Social Security

Dear Editor:

I am so tired of some people being misinformed about Social Security because of brainwashing by the people in Washington that are supposed to represent us. Let me give a quick rundown of just what these wonderful people have done.

First Social Security was founded in 1935 in order to provide the working people a means of having a decent retirement pension by taking a certain amount out of everyone’s pay, and put into a trust fund just for the contributors to provide a decent living for them when they retired. Well, this worked out fine until 1965 when our president and both the Republicans and the Democrats decided to dishonor the trust fund and take our money and put it into the general fund where the Democrats and Republicans used the money to spend on their pet projects and leaving IOU's with no intention of ever paying it back.

They used our money to pay for the Vietnam War and when the illegal war was started in Iraq I think I can remember Bush saying we will need X number of dollars and we will take it from Social Security, “it's broke anyway all it has is IOU's.”

So now they call what we paid for an entitlement, and want people to think that the government has been paying for our Social Security. If there were any honest decent Democrats/Republicans in Washington they would stop lying and do the honorable thing and pay back (in my opinion) what they stole. As for entitlements, they are the ones that are getting them at the expense of the taxpayers.

So, now they are jumping up and yelling, let’s get rid of Social Security. I say, let's get rid of them and get someone that doesn't take bribes. Yes, I agree these very greedy persons have taken at least three trillion dollars from our Social Security since 1965, but don't forget about the interest that would probably be at least a trillion more. With this kind of money we could probably live like one of these millionaires that are trying to run for president.

Vote for the ones that will represent us, not the ones that want to destroy us!

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