I had to write to tell you how much I appreciated J.R. Froelich's column, "The Entitlement Fraud," in the March 28 paper.
I'm 71 years old and have been paying into Social Security since I started working at age 16 back in the 1950s. I know that I'll never see even a part of the money I, along with my employers, invested in this program. I've tried to convince people that the way the federal government is operating this program has turned it into a giant Ponzi Scheme and they will in the near future have to default on the promised payments.
What they, the legislators, don't seem to grasp is that this is my money that they are borrowing and spending. There has been no effort to pay it back and now it is being used to support many who have never contributed even one penny into the fund.
I hope my wife and I are able to continue to live on what we are getting from our pensions and Social Security each month. That is until the Obamacare's increases in medical deductions begin to take more each year from our income. There is no way for retired people on fixed incomes to adjust to the increases in the cost of food, fuel, insurance and other necessities. We seem to have very little voice in the policies being introduced by our government.
Our children and grandchildren are the ones who will really suffer when the coffers finally run dry. People don't seem to understand or pay attention to what's being done. These are the same people who year after year elect the same incompetents into office.
There is really little hope for the future of this country unless some radical changes are made. Just don't look for that from either party in Washington.
A. J. Kuret, Raymond