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Letters: If you're not angry, you're not paying attention

Posted: May 21, 2018 3:11 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2018 1:00 a.m.

If you are not angry yet, you are not paying attention. Or perhaps you didn’t see the limited April news coverage that 97 percent of Republicans in the United States House of Representatives in Washington (including five of South Carolina’s six male Republican Reps) voted slyly to steal Social Security’s $2.9 trillion surplus.

In voting for a Constitutional amendment cleverly called the balanced budget amendment, they attempted to ignore the past Social Security contributions.

They know that Social Security holds its impressive surplus in trust to cover the retirement of the Baby Boomers and to help the retired and disabled workers.

They know that Social Security has never cost the government a penny nor has it added a penny to the deficit.

They know that the recent Republican tax cuts for the wealthy have sliced into programs and services for the rest of the population (health care, the CHIP program for children, infrastructure, education, job training, etc.).

They know that their so called “balanced budget amendment” would have wiped out the Social Security surplus promise to the American people.

Sadly, they know that the corporate heads and supremely wealthy are not reinvesting that recent tax windfall in wages and benefits. Fortunately, 96 percent of Democrats voted to honor their commitment to the American people. In South Carolina we can thank Rice in the 7th District and Democrat Clyburn in the 6th for not betraying the workers, and those of us who depend on Social Security can breathe a sigh of relief that, for the time being, it is safe.

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