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Social Security is not an entitlement

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 am

Social Security is not an entitlement Mr. Politician, SSI is not an entitlement; your pay, perks and benefits are the entitlement. Taxpayers are not getting their money's worth — your political ratings are at 10 percent and you're getting $150,000 or more in retirement benefits either now are in the future. How much did you contribute toward that? We paid — some of us for 50 years or more.

So, Mr. Politician, you are not handing us a freebie — we worked for it. I guarantee we paid more for our benefits than you paid for yours.

As for Medicare, I will get back to you on our cost. I don't suppose your Cadillac hospital care is something you would be paying for, either, so saying or calling SSI an entitlement rubs a lot of people the wrong way. We paid for it — what little we do get.

So if you reside in Washington, D.C. — or will some day — try and remember and take pity on the little people who pay the bills.

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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