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Social Security should not be touched

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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 am

The hotel queen (known as the "queen of mean") Leona Helmsley said, "Only the poor pay taxes." A few people having enjoyed tax relief — millionaires and billionaires. Now they are being asked to start paying their fair share. Do you think that is going to happen? Screaming and kicking is not the half of it. In their opinion, they earned it and they should be able to keep it.

Some say they would rather give to charity than to the government.

Decreasing Medicare benefits is not acceptable. Increasing the age of future Social Security retirees is not acceptable. Take a look at the obituaries and keep track of the ages. It might surprise you.

Social Security has stood on its own without cost to the federal budget, but that has not stopped Washington from trying to destroy it from time to time.

If at any time in the future Social Security needs shoring up, is it OK to take money from the budget to do so? Or do we need to send more money to a thousand other countries in need? Which is more important, taking care of your own or taking care of countries that despise us?

Will Social Security get back all the money that has been taken or borrowed by the government? I don't think so.

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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