This is a followup on the letter which I submitted last month. I must say I wasn't surprised by the reaction I received from some of my friends who read the article.
A few came forward and told me in no uncertain terms they would never submit to any deduction of their benefits, and I fully understand how they feel. No one wants to lose any part of their benefits, and I hope it never happens. Of all the entitlements that exist in our system, Social Security has been and probably always will be the sacred cow, the untouchable, and I along with the rest of the recipients hope it remains that way.
I am, however, fearful that those in Washington refuse to accept the fact that our economy due to the lack of foresight and common sense has become saturated with under-funded social programs. Whether we like it or not, some of these programs will have to be cut or eliminated.
To continue slashing away at the military will have little effect on the economy, and with the world in a state of turmoil it could leave us unable to conduct an adequate defense should it become necessary.
If anyone is still upset by the letter, please be at ease. Nobody really pays much attention to this little old farm boy.