Another view


Dear Editor:

I wish to add to Mr. Rush’s view in last week’s paper. Mr. Hollingsworth’s letter was so not the truth. For the greatest economic heights that he (Bill Clinton) gave us he then gave us the largest tax increase in history. It passed when the Vice President Al Gore cast the tying vote; that was in 1993.

There is something else that the Democrats have said for years that’s not true. The facts are as follows: (Look them up).

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1. That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary.

2. That the participants would only have to pay 1 percent of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program.

3. That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year.

4. That the money the participants put into the independent “Trust Fund” rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other government program, and,

5. That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month, and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85 percent of the money we paid to the federal government to put away, you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which political party took Social Security from the independent “Trust” fund and put it into the General Fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which political party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which political party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the “tie-breaking” deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the U.S.

Q: Which political party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

And my favorite:

A: that’s right. Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments. The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it.

Then, after doing all this lying and thieving and violation of the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away.

And the worst part about it is, uninformed citizens believe it.

Willa Phipps, chairman

Switzerland County Republican Party