Earned, not 'welfare'
To Jack Markowitz: I would like to ask how you came to the conclusion that Social Security is a part of “the modern Welfare State” in your column “Land of the free, home of the taxed” (April 4 and TribLIVE.com).
If not for the thieving politicians who have occupied Washington for the last 40-plus years, Social Security would be a self-supporting program for many decades to come. The fact that $3 trillion from the Social Security trust fund was squandered by these vultures for their own political gain is seldom mentioned.
I have paid into Social Security since 1969, and yes, I will be “entitled” to my benefits when I begin to collect at age 62. Please, Jack, don't call my hard-earned benefits “welfare.”
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