AARP West Virginia is demanding that there be no cuts in Social Security or Medicare benefits. Instead of cuts, they demand that the government eliminate wasteful spending and tax loopholes.
The trouble with eliminating waste and loopholes in these programs is that Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall have not done so in the past, so why would AARP West Virginia think they would do so now? AARP West Virginia is spitting into the wind here.
AARP West Virginia should be jumping up and down for a recall petition of Rockefeller and Rahall for passing the recent health care bill into law and, in so doing, they removed a half of a trillion dollars from Medicare. It is no wonder that Medicare is in financial trouble.
The West Virginia taxpayer did not tell Rockefeller or Rahall to remove the half of a trillion dollars of taxpayer money. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Rockefeller and Rahall to remove the half of a trillion dollars from Medicare. It is quite clear, these two West Virginia Democrats are loyal to and follow the orders of the Democrat leadership and not the wishes of the voters of West Virginia.
AARP West Virginia should be demanding the return of the half of a trillion dollars in FICA taxes and for the Democrats to help Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to make corrections to and improvements for Medicare and Social Security.
We taxpayers pay 6.2 percent in FICA taxes on gross wages for Social Security and 1.45 percent in FICA taxes for Medicare. When half a trillion dollars is removed by Congress from Medicare, it is tantamount to grand theft from the public treasury.
Duane Borchers Sr.