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It's a tax, not a retirement plan; and more

by name Newspaper - Published: November 11, 2013

Something has gone wrong

I read that 250,000 Colorado residents have had their health insurance coverage canceled due to Obamacare. I am one of those people.

The preliminary info is that for my company to meet the guidelines, I will have to pay 25 to 35 percent more for insurance. What bothers me is that not all Americans are required to follow the law. Waivers have been granted to some large companies. The president, senators and congressmen are exempt.

I object!

Mr. President, what happened to "If you have insurance you can keep it"? Something has gone wrong with Washington and this country. Why was Obamacare not put to a vote of the people? The Affordable Health Care Act is ill-conceived and should be scrapped. I cannot afford it.

Try again, Mr. President! Maybe it is time for the tax-paying public to throw our weight around.

If we shut off the money flow to Washington, maybe they will get the message that we are really more than "upset" with the way things are going. Change your tax withholdings to 12.

Mark Kowalczyk

Colorado Springs

The Constitution is the cornerstone

In a letter to The Gazette, Steve Harper is concerned about a military "without God's help and guidance." I would prefer a military with guns, tanks and trained soldiers rather than being dependent on divine intervention.

Harper states that God has been a "cornerstone" of our nation. Wrong. If the United States has a cornerstone, it is our Constitution. Included therein is the First Amendment, which contains the provision "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Our success as a nation is not, as Harper believes, "our trust in God" but its democratic principles, economic strength and love of liberty.

David J. Baker

Colorado Springs

It is not a retirement plan

There have been a couple of letters about Social Security. The Social Security Tax is a tax.

It is not a retirement plan.

The tax, at best, funds a specific welfare program, to supplement income of people currently retired. It can be changed any time by Congress.

If you meet certain qualifications, you will be able to receive a monthly payment based upon the law at the date of your retirement. At worst, it is the largest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world.

I would suggest the book "The Predictable Surprise" by Sylvester Schieber. It is a complete history of Social Security, public pensions and private pensions. Even FDR in 1934 said it would be bankrupt by 1985.

R. J. Campbell

Manitou Springs

Good job seeing through the fluff

Shame on "politicians" for trying to pull the wool over voters' eyes and playing the "it's for the kids" card with Amendment 66 and bravo to the voters for being wise enough to vote against it.

If Colorado is so bent on moving up from 35th in the nation, then let's do something about it. Maybe we should start by defining the problem: has anyone figured out why we're 35th (21st according to US News & World Report)? Has anybody researched what makes California, Maryland and Connecticut the top three? Throwing money into a random, undefined pot is not the answer.

How many times have we increased taxes in the name of education only to be disappointed in the results? Where's the accountability?

If Amendment 66 had truly been written "for the kids," it would have specifically spelled out the "who, what, when, and how," not just "more." How do you explain a $20,000 statue or a swinging pendulum on a school campus? How do those contribute to our kids' education? How can those items be justified in light of academic performance?

Where's the common sense and budget oversight?

I have no problem with an increase in taxes if I know my money is going to be used for the intended, specific purpose.

Good job, voters, for seeing through the fluff and demanding substance and accountability.

Rene?Davis

Colorado Springs

The enemy is watching us

Three current events are enlightening and emboldening the enemies of the United States:

1. That our entire nation is being thrown into chaos over the adolescent implementation of an overreaching law.

2. The disclosure that our government security organizations are violating the privacy of our foremost allies.

3. The discovery that one of our military academies would abandon its historic Honor Oath with only the threat of a lawsuit by an anti-religious activist.

We can rest assured that these gaffes, combined with other governmental signs of confusion, weakness and lack of common sense, are being closely monitored by those who wish to do us harm.

It is also a safe bet that AFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, director of the NSA Gen. Keith Alexander, and HHA Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are all scheduled for promotions.

Ted Beckett

Colorado Springs

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