Letter to the Editor

We're misled on Social Security

Thursday, February 10, 2005

To the editor:

The more we hear about the plans this administration and congressional Republicans have for Social Security, the more frightening they become. Once again it is clear that the issue is one of ideology holding supremacy over evidence and reality. All the independent analyses that have been reported suggest that Social Security is not facing an immediate crisis.

However, in order to promote their plan of privatizing the system, President Bush and his radical cronies on Capitol Hill are spreading the myth that Social Security faces an immediate deficit. But this is totally untrue. And just as they gave Bush a free pass on Iraq, the media are doing nothing to correct the illusion. Clearly what the Republicans want to do is send money directly from the pockets of Americans concerned about saving for their retirement to their cronies on Wall Street. For the GOP, there seems to be nothing in the nation that is not up for sale to the highest bidder.

Since Social Security payments come largely from the contributions of current workers, privatization itself is what will bankrupt the system. And what do we hear from the administration? They are floating ideas for ways to reduce payments to those who retire. This is my retirement promise, and I resent it.

They don't mind huge deficits in federal spending, but ideology demands an assault on Social Security, the most popular and successful federal program. What American values are served by these proposals besides that of pure greed?

JUSTIN HEAD, Cape Girardeau