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Letters: Demand Social Security answers before election

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Posted: Monday, July 5, 2010 2:15 am

Not just a rank and file Republican House member, but John Boehner, the Republican minority leader, stated his purpose to raise the retirement age to 70 and use the 19 percent Social Security cut to pay for the war in Afghanistan. It's time to poll the Arizona delegation and make sure we return no one to Washington with such a disastrous plan in their agenda.

Today, 9 million disabled Americans and 36 million already retired depend upon these benefits to make ends meet. If our representatives plan to cut them off, we need to know about it.

No one is getting rich on Social Security. The average beneficiary receives $13,000 a year, meaning that cuts simply push more people deeper into poverty.

Contrary to Republican claims, Social Security cannot, by law, contribute a penny to the deficit. The baby boom retirement was no surprise which is why the Social Security Trust fund was created. If everyone simply paid social security taxes at the same rate, Social Security would be strengthened. As it stands now, Social Security alone should have a $4.3 trillion surplus by 2025.

So, as our representatives ramp up for re-election in November, Arizonans of every political persuasion had better demand concise answers about Social Security and hold everyone accountable for their stated position. My representative is Jeff Flake. So, how about it Congressman? How I will vote and whom I will support depends upon your answer.

Ron Weitbrecht, Gilbert

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