Letter to the Editor RTSA

The Republican Party has a long and troubling history of working against Wisconsin families. And after unveiling their agenda for 2022, Republicans have added a new threat to Wisconsin retirees and disabled workers. 

Florida Sen. Rick Scott, a Republican who leads their parties’ effort to flip the U.S. Senate, has introduced a platform that would sunset all federal legislation after five years – this includes Social Security and Medicare. Yes, you heard that right: Social Security and Medicare could cease to exist with Republicans in charge.

After paying into these programs for their entire working lives, almost 1.2 million Wisconsinites receive well-earned, essential benefits from Medicare, and even more receive benefits from Social Security. 

As a retired teacher, I know just how important these programs are to families across our state and country, who use the benefits to put food on the table or a roof over their heads.

In the meantime, President Biden is working to reduce deficits by proposing that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of taxes. Democrats at every level are taking action to lower gas prices, manufacture more products in the USA, open up supply chain clogs and promote real competition. In addition, Democrats are working to confront climate change and strengthen health care as we climb out of the pandemic.

As we head into the 2022 election season, the choice couldn’t be more clear.

Paul Hambleton

Hudson

(5) comments

Adrian Elliott

"Social Security and Medicare could cease to exist with Republicans in charge". That is a red herring. Nowhere does the proposal say that.

Everett Fuchs

Mr. Elliott: I am an independent voter wary of politicians so I do my own research. If you will refer to paragraph number 7 under point 6 of the Republican's 11 point plan you will find the exact statement referenced in this letter to the editor. Your statement that it is a red herring smells fishy to me because sunsetting (ending) Medicare and Social Security is clearly stated in the Republican Plan. The entire plan is readily available on the internet. As a retiree dependent on Medicare and Social Security please be aware your statement is wrong and misleading to senior citizens and could cause many to vote against their own self interest. We owe the letter writer our gratitude for alerting us to this awful proposal. Best Regards, but for the benefit of all please stop posting if you have not done your research. Everett Fuchs

Curt Larson

Wow, that comment does not sound like civil discourse.

Marc Pentland

Yeah right, when you can clearly see bumbling stumbling idiocy of the democrat agenda, spend, spend, spend tax payer money for everything BUT tax payers, no one buys the lefts “evil republicans hate puppies” line anymore

Everett Fuchs

Mr. Pentland: I am an independent voter but a deep fiscal conservative so I do not like politicians spending my money foolishly. Thus, I watch closely. What I have seen is that the Republicans talk a good game of fiscal responsibility but do the opposite. Bush and the Republicans put us in deep depth with a big tax cut not offset by reduced spending and by starting two forever wars. Trump and his friends passed another huge tax cut with the majority going to the richest individuals and corporations without reducing any spending to off set it. Now we have a huge debt that Republicans want to reduce by cutting Social Security, Medicare, and other programs that are critical for us ordinary citizens, especially seniors, the disabled and many children. Your comments (bumbling, stumbling, idiocy) are harsh and unsupported and amount to name calling. We have all seen Biden's programs that have kept many businesses and tax payers solvent and safe during the pandemic. Millions of children have been lifted out of poverty. Our health care system has been improved and also our environment. All these actions benefit taxpayers. The truth is that Citizens United has allowed billionaires and the big corporations to control our country through their donations to many Republicans and some Democrats at both the Federal and State levels to pass tax laws and institute programs that benefit them at the expense of ordinary citizens who work for a salary, which makes their income trackable and thus taxable by the government. It is crystal clear to me, by just paying attention to what they do, that many Republicans care more about maintaining power by doing the bidding of their big donors than they do about the common good of the country, us ordinary citizens, and even about our democracy and constitution. So be careful what you believe sir, it sounds to me that you have been unduly influenced by clever propaganda designed to make you think and vote against your own self interest. And please be careful about name calling on tis forum least we loose this valuable forum to exchange ideas on critical issues. In the end we must learn to get along and cooperate for the common good. While I obviously disagree with your post, I wish you the best always. Best Regards, Everett Fuchs

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