Thou Art A Complete And Utter Fool!

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Tue Dec 21 15:24:38 MST 2004

[The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan used to refer to the
issue of Social Security as "boob bait for the bubbas." Here's is
a bubba - or a total boob, take your pick - who scribed infantile
gibberish in today's local paper. - JAQ]


Yes, there is a Social Security trust fund

What we need in this country is civil political discourse, the
kind I can engage in with Kent V. Hart of McMurray. I am so
impressed by his citing of sources and his measured tone that I,
who don't care to waste my breath on intransigence, will beg to
differ with him on a metaphysical level.

I believe there is a Social Security trust fund. Of course it
doesn't exist as a fiduciary account from which we withdraw money
on demand.

It exists as a pledge of faith to the past, that we will as a
society take seriously the commandment to honor our elderly—all
our elderly. It exists as a pledge of faith to the future in every
dollar we spend on education. Our society will be secure if we
honor both those pledges.

When Julian Bond addressed the subscribers to the Pittsburgh
Speakers Series last year, he cited the fact that when his father
retired there were five male workers paying into the system for
each retiree.

There will be three when he retires, at least one a woman (who may
well be paid less than a man in the same job and therefore be
paying less into the system.) Bond said, and I heartily concur,
that he hopes to heaven that those three are well educated. Even
though every dollar I've contributed to the Social Security System
was earned as a teacher, I had never seen the importance of
education to our social security quite so clearly.

Trinity South has gone from one and a half Title One reading
specialists to one-half, which has further meant an abeyance of
Morning Stars, a community volunteer tutoring program.

Even Head Start, with its proven record of success, has been hit
by budget cuts according to Anne W. Nickles, director of Head
Start in Shippensburg. At the other end of the spectrum, Medicare
reimbursements to nursing homes have also been cut to the place
where self-pay residents are in fact supporting the system.

I don't see how privatization of Social Security will address
either of these issues, which lie at the heart of our real Social

Yes, there is a Social Security trust. This is the time of year to
believe. Those who find belief difficult can meet me at Southmont
of Presbyterian Senior Care or at Trinity South, and I will show
them why I believe.

Linda W. Nickles


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