October 19, 1996
The editorial, "Taxes, taxes, taxes," Oct. 14, used a phrase I find singularly irritating: "those semi-sacred, middle-class entitlement programs -- Medicare and Social Security . . ."Do not the wealthy also pay into these programs? You give the impression that only the middle-class is concerned or needs these media-dubbed ''entitlements."The word entitlement means have a right to. Considering that I have been contributing to Medicare and Social Security for 29 years, you're damned right I'm entitled.
January 15, 1996
AFTER A DOSE of Newt Gingrich negativism and Bill Clinton minimalism, American voters can write off any chance of meaningful reform this year of the nation's big entitlement programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, veterans benefits and the biggest enchilada, Social Security. Budget experts have long contended that there can be no permanent cure of Washington's addiction to deficit financing so long as these programs run on automatic pilot, going up each year regardless of the budget situation.
March 27, 1992
"Is it worth it?"Can you do anything?"Can you make the country better?"Sen. Warren B. Rudman asked himself these questions March 12 in a despairing speech about the "economic disaster" caused by runaway federal deficits. Twelve days later he provided his answer. It was no and no and no. This tough New Hampshire Republican announced he would retire, hale and hearty at 61, and it is difficult to think of a more somber commentary on politics in America.Mr. Rudman pondered in that March 12 soliloquy why it was that with the deficit running at a record $400 billion, the Bush administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress could contemplate budget proposals adding even a penny to a national debt rapidly nearing $4 trillion.
December 31, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Federal entitlement programs for older citizens, if kept at their present funding levels, will have "catastrophic consequences" on the incomes and living standards of American workers in the next century, the National Taxpayers Union said yesterday.Releasing a study that it said was based on the government's own economic projections, the taxpayers' group sounded a warning that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid may become too heavy a burden for younger workers. The organization said it foresees total tax rates as high as 69 percent for average workers by the year 2040 if these programs continue in their present forms.
January 9, 2013
Once again, The Sun is lambasting Republicans for using the debt ceiling to attempt to reduce government spending ("Another cliff ahead?" Jan. 4). Yet you yourself suggest what's needed to reduce the deficit: "Stop spending so much money. " Great idea. Now please tell us what proposals have been put forth by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats to reduce spending and reform entitlement programs? Even The Sun seems to doubt the Democrats' resolve to "face up to the challenges facing popular programs like Medicare and Social Security.
February 22, 2012
Max Richtman's recent article demonstrates why it will be extremely difficult to reform entitlement programs for seniors ("Protect senior programs," Feb. 17). Despite reports from the trustees of Social Security and Medicare that those programs will run out of money within the next 10 to 25 years, Mr. Richtman apparently believes that we should put our heads in the sand and continue to pay out benefits at a level that is unsustainable. He also apparently believes that benefits should continue in their present form because they are popular So is ice cream and chocolate cake.