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‘Stop the nonsense’ in Washington, D.C.

July 28, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen
To The Editor:

Social Security to date has never contributed to the deficit. Just the opposite – time and time again the General Federal Budget has taken monies from this income source and never repaid them. We must not cut benefits to this much needed program.

In contrast, Medicare has had spiraling cost increases as medical and test costs have risen over the years, but Medicare will benefit from the Universal Health Care Act. We can further rein in costs without reducing care. The Medicare drug plan “D” has particular problems and lacks a designated funding source, but drug costs can be brought down without eliminating coverage.

Right now, Washington faces a dilemma that has paralyzed government and threatens to destabilize not only the U.S. economy but the world economy, both of which are already fragile. We must raise the debt limit. Spending cuts can be made without reducing benefits to key programs.

Politicians need to stop grandstanding and get to work. Gridlock is not acceptable. Failing to pay government debts is not acceptable and would severely damage the economy.

Stop this nonsense now. Call Rep. Connie Mack at (239) 573-5837 and tell him we want action.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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