Spare Medicare from debt reduction cuts
After months of falsely accusing President Barack Obama of cutting from Medicare during the 2012 presidential campaign, how ironic that those same critics in Congress are now demanding cuts in Medicare in the name of deficit reduction.
In poll after poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans have told Congress that cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits are unacceptable. But the message falls on deaf ears.
Yes, the national debt must be reduced, but not by cutting benefits for the elderly. Millions of them live on an average of $14,000 per year from Social Security.
If cutting health care costs in Medicare is the goal, let’s start by giving Medicare the authority to negotiate prices for prescription drugs. This would result in billions saved for seniors, as well as the government.
Col. Bill Smyser
President Obama’s resolutions for 2014
Hey, Jack, do you know the 2014 resolutions of President Obama?
• To support both houses of Congress and fix Obamacare for all America.
• To admit we went into Afghanistan for political reasons, and the deaths were a waste of blood and treasure.
• To create jobs and not buy votes with handouts.
• To admit immigrants are only an issue because they will be Democratic voters.
• To treat the tea party like I treat all Democratic donors.
• To provide truthful and complete information on Benghazi.
• To play fewer than 50 rounds of golf a year.
• To travel fewer than 200 days a year for political fundraisers.
• To go to church at least twice a month.
• To stop spying on innocent Americans.
• To really try to stop Iran from getting The Bomb.
• To admit global climate change is a hoax.
• To quit blaming George W. Bush for all my mistakes and screw-ups.
• To earn no “Pinocchios” for lying.
On second thought, Obama says he will be like 97 percent of all Americans and not fulfill their resolutions.