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Word to the wise

May 11, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

As Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Francis Rooney, and other elected Republicans attempt to redefine Social Security, Medicare, and medical services through the Veteran's Administration as "an entitlement," there are a few cautionary points to bring to their attention.

First, Social Security and Medicare are programs that all working Americans have paid into their entire working life. Those payments were matched by their employers. It doesn't add to our debt, it's our money the federal government has been holding to keep the promise made to us. Elected Republicans only use the false claim of "entitlement," hoping citizens are too ignorant to realize the truth. They promote that false narrative in an attempt to justify raiding it again, like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did, without ever repaying one single cent to the fund.

They want to use our trust fund to pay down the horrific increase in national debt they created with their recent tax scam bill which was designed for the wealthy, not the poor and middle class.

That said, the elected Republicans also want to enact massive cuts to the benefits our veterans have earned. Our veterans were given a promise by our government that if you serve your nation, putting your own life at risk, you will receive medical help if you're wounded, become disabled during your service, or serve in a war you will have health services provided to you by a grateful nation. With seeming ease, this crop of elected Republicans are preparing to break that promise made to our veterans.

This last point should serve to be a wake up call for the elected Republicans.

The veterans that they're so ready to throw by the wayside are the same Americans that defeated the Nazis, the Japanese, the Koreans, the Viet Cong, the Iraqis, and a host of other adversaries they were asked to fight. They're of a mindset to face adversaries, like the elected Republicans, with a determination, an unrelenting goal of persevering. That combines with a refusal to accept defeat. Elected Republicans would be wise to consider that fact if they're likely to see these veterans reforming, this time with figurative pitchforks and torches descending on them with one goal... WINNING! If the veterans could win real wars, against real armies, the elected Republicans shouldn't be much of a challenging match up.

There's an old adage that applies here. "A word to the wise.... (you know the rest). The unanswered question is, are the elected Republicans wise enough to comprehend the warning?

Kenny Belford

Cape Coral



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