To the editor:
The Tea Party Radicals in Congress and their rich sponsors are at it again. They are attacking Social Security.
Why does the Tea Party, which claims to be the party of the people and not special interests, want to attack working people? Working people have spent their lives contributing to Social Security. For most of us, it will be our primary source of income as we move toward retirement. When we started paying into Social Security in our teen years, we trusted that government officials and Congress would care for our contributions. We expect no less from the so called people’s party.
Regardless of what the Tea Party leaders say, Social Security is not going broke. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has a surplus today of $2.8 trillion and can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible person for the next 20 years.
Tea Party leaders and the elite media say that the people’s retirement plan has contributed to the deficit. Social Security has not contributed to the deficit. Social Security is funded independently by your FICA taxes, which are paid by you and your employers.
If the Tea Party really wants to be the party of the people, rather than the voice of the rich, it is time for it and its leaders to stand behind Social Security. It is, after all, the people’s retirement plan.
Tim King, Clotho