Letters – Reader reacts to recent Doggett article


To the Editor:
My only reaction to Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s article, (“75 years of social security-peace of mind for Lockhart seniors” Aug. 12, 2010) is “blah blah, blah…”

Let’s look at Rep. Doggett’s prior promises:

Who voted FOR the Stimulus bill that promised to bring us jobs?

Who said, “I work hard to keep money in your pockets,??

? and then voted For Cap and Trade (which will raise our monthly electric bills, gas prices at the pump, and every product and service we buy) – never mind that 3.5 million (plus) of us are unemployed!

Who said that he was against bank bailouts, but “took money out of our pockets” and bailed out GM and Chrysler?

Who voted against the will of the people, those whom he is s supposed to represent by voting for the government takeover of health care?

And now (in this article) Rep. Doggett assures us by saying, “Without a single change, Social Security has sufficient funds to pay 100 percent of promised benefits through 2037, and it could pay slightly reduced benefits for many years after that.” Does he really expect us to believe him?

Rep. Doggett’s analysis seems at odds (and 20 years off) with sources available on the
Internet. Just Facts (http://www.justfacts.com) states, “Social Security is projected to continue having annual surpluses until 2017 which point the federal government will owe $3.5 trillion to the Social Security program, or $10,400 for every man, woman and child living in the U.S. at the time.”

Guess he just forgot that $3.5 trillion!

Rep. Doggett continues, “But some improvement is necessary to extend its solvency for an even longer period of time.”

Anyone want to bet that ‘some improvement’ means yet another big chunk of our money?

Sorry, Rep. Doggett, but your past and present credibility is questionable at best! We, the people, can only be fooled so many times before we just see your name, hear your voice and/or read your article and think, “blah, blah, blah…”
Tracy Forester


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