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Opinion Letters Step into the reality of Social Security

Well, with all the negativity floating around the air waves these days, it is time to step into reality. When Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program he had a very different plan in mind for Americans. Participation in the Program was to be completely voluntary and the participants would only have to pay one percent of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes in to the program. Money put into the program would be deductible from income for tax purposes each year. He also intended that money the participants put into the independent “Trust Fund” rather than the General Operating Fund, would be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program and no other government program. Thus, the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Now, many of us who paid into FICA for years are now receiving a SS check each month, only to find out that we are being taxed on 85 percent of the money we paid to the Federal Government to “put away” for us. Let’s see how this came about. First mistake was when Lyndon Johnson, along with the Democratically controlled House and Senate, decided to move the independent SS Trust Fund into the General Fund so that Congress could spend it. Then the Democratic Party decided that the income tax deduction for SS (FICA) withholding needed to be eliminated. They also decided to begin taxing SS annuities. Ouch! The taxing began with Al Gore casting the “tie-breaking” deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was VP of the USA. Another slap in the face. Then Jimmy Carter had to kick us while we were down. He and his Democratic cronies decided to begin giving SS annuities to immigrants. Yep, immigrants moved to America and at age 65 began getting SSI Social Security payments even though they never paid a dime into the program.

After doing all this lying and violating of the original (FICA) contract, the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take away your Social Security. Do they think we cannot read? We know that illegal immigrants are cashing in on Social Security, for their kids, and every free program that America offers. The Democrats are relying on the “votes” that will spring up from their giving away free-bies. At least the Republicans are not trying to buy votes and America had better check into the lack of values that the Democrats have been displaying. What happened to their original ethics. Yes, they had them. They valued America as much as any Party affiliation, but somewhere along the line they were hijacked by greed and power. Now, the good Democrats are having to follow a totally obscure set of values. Most of them just follow along because they are “who they are.”

We can only pray that God does not remove His hand from America. Complacency has replaced truth and few people are willing to stand up and fight for the injustices that have assailed our beloved Country. The complacency attitude has opened the door to a new culture and one that will surely rob us of our freedoms and our God given rights. Do not vote blindly. Look closely at what your choice will do to America. This just might be the most important thing you ever do in your lifetime.

Sandi Dotherow — Franklin, N.C.

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