Social Security is not an entitlement
I am writing a response to guest columnist Judy Dugan’s article from Monday. I want to point out two things that I believe are inaccurate in her article.
First of all, she either totally missed or ignored the intent of Mitt Romney’s comments about the “47 percent.” He was not saying that he was unconcerned about the welfare of this group as citizens. He said he was not concerned about appealing to this group of people on the campaign trail with a “tax message.” I am saying this should be an obvious consideration, because this group doesn’t pay federal income taxes. A tax message would not resonate with me if I didn’t pay such taxes.
Secondly, he was not referring to people like Mrs. Dugan, who have worked and managed their assets as best they could, while speculating about an unpredictable future ... like any responsible person should. In her article she refers to her Social Security benefits, her Medicare benefits and her federal mortgage deduction as “entitlements.” Those are not federal entitlements, but benefits available to everyone, including retirees. So, it should be obvious that he was not putting down retirees.
One more thing: It is ironic that Mrs. Dugan should bring up the issue of capital gains. President Obama has already gone on record about what he intends to do with capital gains. The tax rate on capital gains for “certain earners” is going up if he is elected. Maybe Mrs. Dugan and her husband don’t fall into that group, but I would like to know if she will be concerned for them as well.
On a personal note, her last comment in the article was totally uncalled for. It sounds like disdain for Mr. Romney.
Douglas Eldridge, Kokomo