Fixing Social Security
I know how to fix Social Security. It will hurt and people will be mad, but it has to be done:
* All money paid into Social Security stays in Social Security.
* Only U.S. citizens may receive Social Security.
* Recipients must be at least 60 years old.
* All Social Security money that has been given away or spent on other things must be repaid — with interest — now.
The bottom line is that everyone who should not be receiving Social Security should be moved to a different fund. Then we can worry about how to pay for that fund.
James Barron, Axtell
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Regarding Jim Denton’s Nov. 12 letter in which he called Social Security “a welfare program,” he seemed to be talking tongue in cheek.
I have worked hard all of my life and am now on Social Security. I do not think it’s welfare. They are just paying me back what I already earned. Besides, welfare pays better!
Denton advocated the tea party and urged the movement, along with the GOP, to get rid of Social Security and the Department of Education. The later is not such a bright idea either, but I admit it could use an overhaul.
Both the Democrats and the GOP need to come back from the edge. They need to move more to the middle and work together.
L. Gallea, Waco
Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”
Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
Alfred W. Evans, Gatesville