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12/12/2012 10:22:00 PM
Letter: Abolish Social Security now

EDITOR:

Social Security is an insult to the American people.

Back in the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress decided that the typical American was too stupid, or too lazy, or too greedy to put money aside for old age. And, that his/her children were, likewise, too stupid or lazy or selfish to care for their parents when they got old and could no longer work. These political "liberals" also figured that they could buy votes and power by setting up a federal "pension" system, under which every American would be taken care of by the political party in power.

Of course, if those politicians really cared about old folks and really wanted to encourage ordinary citizens to plan for their old age, they would simply have repealed all taxes on savings accounts and investments. And, they would have done then, in the depths of the Great Depression, what Congress eventually did about 20 years ago with the enactment of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). But, allowing us to care for ourselves and giving us a tax break for doing just that, does not increase the power of government and does not cause voters to love their elected officials, who are looking after them with their own, or someone else's, money.

So, here we are today. It turns out that our freely elected government has spent the money it forcibly took away from each of us. Where did our money go? To lots of people, who never paid much money into the "system" but who were happy to vote for the politician, who is giving them money taken from someone else, who did pay big bucks into the system. Clear?

Social Security is a socialist boondoggle. It is a child from hell. It should be dragged off to Planned Parenthood for abortion, or referred to Juvenile Court for a dependency hearing and eventual severance from its power-mad political parents.

Ed Kahn, LCDR JAG USNR Ret.

Tucson


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Arch Wood

Ed Kahn does not know what is talking about. His nutty idea has no legs whatsoever.

I agree with "Attentive Listener." This sort of ridiculous letter should be an embarrassment to conservatives.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: @Attentive Listner

How do you know he's a republican? He didn't state so. You just ASSUMED so or because he used the word "liberals"? He could be an independent.

LCDR = Lieutenant Commander
JAG = Judge Advocate General (Navy lawyer)
USNR = United States Naval Reserve
RET. = retired (thank god)


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Old Gringo

I see by your title that you are retired from the Navy. First of all, thank you for your service. Secondly, please return your pension payments, stop using the VA hospital and all related services, and if you got help from the GI bill to buy your house or go to Law School, please write us a check. You got paid to do your job while you were in the service, just like I got paid to do mine. Apparently you feel that was enough, so you want to take away my Social Security. Okay, you first !

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Ken In PV

I find it interesting that we have a retired Jag USN(attorney) from Tucson writing to this paper. Oh well, maybe he cannot be published in Tuscon.
Maybe what the writer would prefer is something like Obama Care? You know where the money you were supposed to have put away is taken from you and put in a bank somewhere that may fail?
It's bad enough that baby boomers that are the largest percentage of the population and just now entering the system are in fear of getting nothing because the politiicans have robbed the system and not paid it back over the years.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: dutch holland

and so what about those on social security? take away their money and cause them to be homeless, hungry?
my hubs and I worked long enough and now live on very little...between ss and pension, we just barely make our bills. no frills. dining out is rare and far between.

I do agree that many receive that shouldnt or at least not that much. but many of us - it is all we have.
oh wait! I see, 'share the wealth' - take what I have and give to someone else. so..... is anyone going to give to me? not likely.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: John Galt

Of course you are correct Ed. But stating such now gives rise to all those who want to claim that they "paid into" something , that they are owed their "benefit", and are now or soon will simply "get what is theirs". All those claims are provably false, but we have long since gone over the truth cliff with regard to social security. The state is their god, and a cruel and hateful one at that. The answer to this mess is the Lord Jesus...His burden is easy and His yoke is light.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: wayne Lebowski

As good as it gets Ed, the truth hurts

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: edna moglewer

Savings Accounts, Investments? Where is this fellow coming from? His law practice should have provided a greater mix with all walks of life than that. I remember older folks in LA eating cat food and trying to sneak steaks out the grocery stores under their jackets. What a lovely, sheltered life this fellow lived. I've been blessed as well but it didn't mean I didn't know how the unblessed lived. Edna

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: never vote for an incumbent

ALPHA HENRY!

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Boon Doggle

Although your premise about Roosevelt deciding people were too stupid, lazy etc., is totally off the wall...let us do as you say, stop social security.

But with the caveat that we stop all government pensions and healthcare for the military and politicians. It would save us millions of tax dollars.

Best you walk the talk before you go spouting off. You never took care of yourself as you refer that others should do. The government did and paid for everything for you and still is, with tax dollars by the way. Were you drinking kool aide when you wrote this outlandish drivel?


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: A Liberal Perspective.

Well.........you're at least partly correct. Many Americans can't or don't save for retirement. They either don't generate enough money to save for retirement or their personally and financially irresponsible and or any other number of reasons why they find themselves retired and broke. But all that is water under the bridge because how they got broke isn't as important as what to do with them at retirement when they are broke.
If there was no Social Security system millions of people would find themselves destitute and left literally starving and dying on the streets of America. We learned this during the great depression. People left starving and dying in the streets winds up costing us in the end anyway because we can't allow bodies to rot on the curb, the photos of such a travesty (people starving and dying in the streets) would circulate worldwide and create alot of problems for America and let's face it.........standing by and watching such a thing occur would be heartless. So much for youíre Christian country.
Socialism or not, having each working member of society pay into Social Security was a good idea. What the government has done with that money over the years is the crime. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. You're retirement from the Navy places even you into a socialized program of healthcare and youíre retirement pay is a sort of Social Security as well. Since we canít legislate financial responsibility into each American the Social Security system was the next best thing.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

I wonder if people are going to complain about all the letters after his name.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: I agree completely

Now write me a check for the $56,000 I have paid into it over my career.

Right now.

(eyeroll)


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Real American VET USN Retired CPO

WERE YOU AT SEA TOOOOO long!!
I will trade get rid of s.s for THE ABOLISHMENT of THE second amendment AND 'ALL' RELIGIONS IN America..

WE EARNED OUR S.S CHECK EVERY MONTH JUST LIKE YOU AND I EARNED OUR MILITARY RETIREMENT CHECK. DO YOU WANT THAT GONE ALSO???/


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Republicans: this is why no one takes you seriously.


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