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November 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Social Security Disability Insurance cuts in budget control

Social Security not responsible for national debt

Many good points were made in the op-ed concerning the potential cutting of Social Security benefits for disabled workers in order to stabilize the national budget [“Social Security Disability Insurance should not be cut,” Opinion, Nov. 24]. The op-ed was certainly correct that we must continue to fight for Social Security. It is in danger from those who would do away with it, if only the public would go along with their plan.

We pay for Social Security. It is not some gift given to us. We pay for our benefits.

Further, Social Security is not in danger of being insolvent ever, that is, as long as we continue to pay into the fund. The fund will run short without a bolstering of payment sometime before 2030, we are told, but some benefits would continue to be paid even if nothing is done. Finally, and most important, Social Security is not now, nor has it ever been, responsible or even part of our national debt.

Looking for genuine reasons for our huge debt? Look at two unfunded wars and a huge tax cut benefiting really, really rich people.

— Diane Bowers, Shoreline

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