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Cut 'feel-good' programs before Social Security, Medicare

Posted: December 16, 2012 - 1:12am

Editor:

It seems that most Republicans talk of savings only by adjusting Social Security payments, Medicaid or Medicare. But let’s cut full programs first. One cannot cut a percentage of every program because a few million persons will object. One can eliminate a program entirely with fewer objections.

No one seems to talk about the foreign bribes that amount to real money. Bribery is one of the few presidential acts even mentioned in our Constitution as cause for impeachment. Of course, this could not happen. Why? The members of the House and Senate are co-conspirators. Little of this money goes to the people of these countries; it is given to the rulers. If the people of a country have a disaster, individuals can donate money; the government has no prerogative to donate our money. ...

Then take the United Nations. We pay about half a billion dollars a year in dues. We fought their war in Korea. It cost us about 50,000 of our citizens, plus those wounded. I have no idea what the war cost in dollars. We have kept about 35,000 men there for more than 50 years. ...

I say, get rid of these foreign expenses. Make something in this country instead of distributing foreign products. If we had a world war today, we couldn’t clothe the recruits.

In the middle or late 1930s, Georgia Gov. Eugene Talmadge fired a couple of professors, one in Milledgeville and one in Statesboro. The entire university was put on probation. Why? Political interference. ... Get the federal government out of education and save even more money.

Following the elimination of these feel-good programs, cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – but not before.

Ernest F. Daniel

Evans

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