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Promises Made Should Be Kept


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One of the clearest instances of the rules being changed on the American people is in the promise of Medicare and Social Security. For years, Washington has taken dollar after dollar from the trust funds--money paid in by hardworking Americans--and spent it elsewhere, while warning us the programs are in danger of running out of funds. They've spent the money for years and are now telling folks we must change or dramatically alter the program for those at or near retirement who paid in--in good faith. I won't stand for it.

I believe that if you entered the workforce and have paid into these programs, we absolutely must not change the rules on you. Until government gets their greedy hands out of the pot, we should not be penalizing the people who did nothing more than work hard and put away for their retirement to be able to leave the workforce and spend their later days healthy and financially secure. We can't continue to use our seniors, or our soon-to-be seniors, as bargaining chips in whatever political game is being played. If government is to re-gain the respect of the people, keeping its promises is the first place to start.

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