YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor October 22, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Washington officials broke pension trust
Have you noticed that the government is now referring to Social Security checks as “Federal Benefit Payments”? This not a benefit! It was set up in 1935 as a Trust Fund. Not only did we contribute 15 percent of our income, before taxes, but our employers contributed also.
The folks in Washington were supposed to invest this money and never borrow from it or use it for any other purpose. Instead they have pulled off a bigger Ponzi Scheme than Bernie Madoff ever did. They took our money and used it elsewhere. They “forgot” it was our money they were taking. Not only did they not pay it back but they didn’t pay interest on our money they “borrowed.” The benefit programs are welfare, food stamps, rent and utility subsidies and Medicaid.
One doctor told me that due to one new rule in Obamacare Medicare has reduced payments to doctors. This is causing some doctors to stop taking Medicare patients. Some hospitals will likely follow suit. Doctors who have reached retirement age may simple stop practicing. Support personal in these offices will be laid off since they don’t have as many patients. That will be that many more people out of work and shortage of doctors.
Think of these things while you decide who to vote for. By all means turn out to vote.
Dorris Norris
Saltillo

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