My letters

Submitted letters to the editor and other parties. Only a few of these were published.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Sen. Charles Schumer
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Rep. Major R. Owens

Dear Public Servant,

Today there arrived in the mail an analysis of my Social Security account through the year 2000. In the 46 years I have worked (through 2000), my employers and I have “contributed” a total of $151,191 to the system. When I start receiving benefits in 16 months, after paying in tens of thousands of dollars more just for 2001, 2002, and 2003 alone, I will get $1,696 per month. At that rate, it will take me more than 89 months to get back just the contribution, never minding that much of that money has been in the system for 20, 30, 40 years and should easily have doubled, quadrupled, and more in that time. Worse, if that money had been invested wisely it would amount to millions of dollars by now. Instead, I get a measly monthly pittance from it with none of it to leave to my wife, daughter, and grandchildren. I am angry that you people have stolen millions of dollars from the total retirement assets of an ordinary working person, me. Little wonder that members of congress aren’t required to “contribute” to this heartbreaking thievery but have a different retirement plan for which ordinary working people aren’t good enough. Do you have anything to say to justify your role in this unconscionable scam?

I am sending a copy of this letter to the Courier-Life Papers in Brooklyn as a letter to the editor. I will send them also your response.

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