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Letter: Johnson must stop backing myths

3:28 PM, Apr. 10, 2013  |  Comments
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Sen. Ron Johnson buys into the whole right-wing myth that Social Security will go broke.

NBC News reports, " ... While the Social Security system is in need of another overhaul (similar to the one it got in 1983), the fund is hardly 'going broke.' ... if left alone, the Social Security system will continue to be able to pay its bills for at least the next 40 years. ..."

It is difficult to understand how he and some of his colleagues can continue to perpetuate so many untruths!

Regarding taxing the rich more, if many of the Republicans were as "Christian" as they claim to be, they would know that Jesus taught that whoever is given much, from that one much will be required (paraphrasing Luke 12:48).

Our nation's fiscal situation is not dire! The stock market is as high as it's ever been.

Any "fiscal crisis" is due to the Republican agenda of allowing large banks to continue with their unchecked and reckless behaviors, the illegal and unpaid-for invasions and occupations of sovereign nations, the obscene tax breaks for the top 1 percent of Americans, and the unpaid-for Medicare Part D drug plan that the pharmaceutical lobbyists wrote!

If Congress would be honest with us and quit letting big money ride in their pockets, we'd be one heck of a lot better off! (e.g. ... the Koch brothers and Gov. Scott Walker! What in the world do the Koch brothers care about the ordinary Wisconsin resident?)

I urge Sen. Johnson to:

? consider our children. We have the highest poverty rate of children in the developed world. Caring for our children is not an entitlement,

? ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines,

? ban "straw" gun purchases,

? say "yes" to background checks and;

? say "yes" to working with mental health professionals. People do not need to be jailed for illness. They need medical help!

Barbara West Kiser

Stevens Point

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