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Just say no to crazy GOP plans

Just say no to crazy GOP plans

To the Editor: Well folks the Republican leadership has been mum this past summer in revealing what they intended to do if they gained the majority in Congress in November. More recently, they have revealed their plans in the vague terms of impeach, investigate and obstruct the Biden administration at every turn.

Now with the election near, they have finally told us in clear, unambiguous terms what they intend to do, cut entitlements, specifically Social Security and Medicare. Why? Because they are now worried about the deficit. 

Of course, they were not concerned with spending when they passed tax cuts for the rich and increased the deficit by over $8 trillion during the Trump years. But now the deficit is a major issue again for Republicans and their solution to fix it is to penalize seniors who payed into the system over their working careers and jeopardize this valuable entitlement. 

I know some will say this is fear mongering, that Social Security is safe and no changes will occur, but many said the same about Roe vs. Wade. Republicans said they would overturn it and they did. (Does anyone remember when the GOP criticized judges as unelected activists?) Republicans are now plainly and openly saying what they intend to do. Why would we doubt them now? Of course our GOP candidates for U.S. House and Senate will deny this plan, but are you willing to take that gamble? I for one am not!

We each have the opportunity to make our voices heard this election and reject this radical GOP attack upon the social safety net which has kept many families out of poverty. Inflation pales in comparison to what could happen to millions of seniors if this ill-conceived plan is successful. Remember “Elections have consequences.” Let’s send a strong message to “Just Say No” to these crazy GOP plans.

Tom L. Massie

Sylva

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  • In overturning Roe v Wade, the decision on Abortion reverted to the states, where it belongs. It is still legal in some states to get an abortion.
    In the SS & Medicare issue 1 Republican said all Federal Laws should sunset after 5 years and if deemed important then reauthorizated. It was the Democrats who twisted this statement to say all Republicans want to end SS.
    Not even sure if SS was on his mind when he said that

    posted by Brian A

    Friday, 11/04/2022

  • Social security and Medicare are not entitlements. If you have worked in the United States for a business that contributes 6.2% of your pay and you also pay 6.2% of your pay into the federal social security system, your retirement and health benefits are paid for by YOU and the employers for whom you have worked. You set this money aside to the federal government. If the Republicans want to stop these, they will have to agree to return the full amount you have already contributed along with your current and former employers portions, and they will have to stop deducting it from your current and future paychecks.

    posted by Teri D

    Thursday, 11/03/2022

  • Among the most frightening of the GOP proposals is to block further military aid to Ukraine. Imagine the effect of that not only on the global economy, but on world peace.

    posted by Kevin Brock

    Wednesday, 11/02/2022

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