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October 7, 2012

Letters to the editor - Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Growing political power of socialism

Social Security was a long-term plan to help working Americans live more comfortably in their advancing years, where the recipients pay a Social Security tax during their working years, plus their share of federal, state and local taxes. Social services is a welfare plan for which the recipients pay no insurance or tax that was designed as a short-term tool to lift Americans out of poverty and give them a shot at the American dream. Unfortunately, it has led thousands of Americans into a permanent dependent class and transformed America into a debtor nation with an unsustainable future debt for its many social programs.

Capitol Hill has taken trillions of dollars out of Social Security and Medicare to pay for social services. We are $16 trillion in debt and the biggest crisis is yet to come. Government pensions are not funded and in the near future, many cities and states will fall into bankruptcy because they have insufficient funds to pay their government employee pensions.

Mitt Romney’s attempt to point out the dangers of out-of-control spending was labeled as “heartless” and “no compassion for the poor.”

America is on a collision course with reality. The theory of redistributing the people’s wealth has nothing in common with democracy. It is a tenant of socialism and communism, and it will undermine the foundation of independence and remove the incentive to work or to seek the American dream.

Social services will use their voting clout in support of their allies, but it gives us comfort to know that the ballot box will still be there on Nov. 6 and that allows the voters to choose the destiny of their country.

Ondis Brantley, Russiaville

An idea for parking downtown

If a parking garage is needed downtown, why not utlitize the lot on the southeast corner of Superior and Main streets (the site of the old jail)?

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