Letters to the Editor, 14 Jan.

Letters to the Editor, 14 Jan.

Letters to the Editor, 14 Jan.

Digging deeper into government debt

Our country is approaching $ 30 trillion in accumulated debt. Much of this debt is the result of social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment benefits. These are great benefits, and our elected officials are responsible for the proper maintenance of these valuable programs. We have known for years that Social Security and Medicare would run out of money, but our elected representatives have been completely unable to deal with the problem.

Now the same elected officials are proposing several additional social programs such as pre-K education, day care, university education, extended family leave and forgiveness of college loans. They suggest they will pay for these programs by taxing the wealthy and business, but their financial projections include 10 years of revenue from the tax increase and only three years of cost to the social programs, as the proposal is to have a three-year sunset on the social programs . We know that the same elected representatives are not able to deal with any financial crisis and are certainly not able to remove or significantly change social programs.

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