To the editor: According to Newsweek’s Oct. 16 issue, our super-rich politicians like Sen. Mitch McConnell, at a salary of $193,000 per year, Sen. Paul Ryan, at $223,500, and Sen. Marco Rubio, at $174,000, once again want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and elders on Social Security some $12,000 to $15,000 per year to fix a deficit they created, all in the name of “welfare” and “entitlements.”
The facts are that if these politicians and others like them didn’t use elder insurance programs like cash cows to pay for their wars and affording free food, housing, health care and education to illegal aliens and welfare recipients, they could extend benefits to our grandchildren long into the future.
Social Security, along with Medicare/Medicaid, are not entitlement programs for the unworthy; they are insurance programs paid for by our working or retired elderly for them to use. It is not money for politicians to use as they see fit.
If politicians want to cut back on welfare and other entitlements, they should not give recipients 101 reasons or ways to stay in the programs, but instead should cut the number of people on welfare and other programs like food stamps (SNP), free housing with utilities and free education. They should limit family size per entitlement program or lower the maximum allotment for larger households. And those in a household who are able to work should work, not be on welfare and contribute to depleting Social Security. These actions would save billions that could be put toward the deficit without penalizing our elderly.
Ryan, the same man who in 2015, while cutting our elders’ fixed incomes by cutting Medicare and Medicaid coverage and increasing premiums and deductibles, made the statement: “Low income elders always find a way when the are afforded less.” Shortly after that insult, he was elected Speaker of the House at a salary of $223,500, a $50,000 a year increase. Hypocrites.
When are the politicians going to stop punishing our elderly at their own discretion? Everyone knows where cuts should be made. In the past two years, how much do you think our Congress has done for us as citizens in the United States? Do you think what they did do is worth at least $174,000 each in salary plus benefits? What do you think they cost us with all their bickering, investigations, accusations, hearings, court sessions and lawsuits?
If you want answers, ask your congressman and or senator. But, if you know the answers, tell your congressman and or senator.