Social Security

FDR rescued reader’s family

The last thing I want to do is get into a political discussion, but if Franklin D. Roosevelt and his policies hadn’t been put into place, my parents and extended family wouldn’ ...

Republicans kicked can down the road

One of the tenets of the Republican Party is smaller government. Tuesday we lost an opportunity with the passage of the bill in the House raising the debt ceiling. The story not b ...

Give us a single payer system

Regarding rate hikes for California citizens which started on July 1. These hikes by Aetna, Health-Net, Anthem Blue and Blue Cross could go up by as much as 17 percent. I am so ha ...

Resolve that DC debt gridlock

The following represents my best ideas for solving the nation’s enormous deficit problems. It reflects my knowledge of Medicare funding that comes from 20 years working as a C.P. ...

Increase return on tax dollars

My position on fiscal responsibility in government is that our representatives should increase the return (in goods and services) of the tax dollars received. I propose a return ra ...

Why won’t the rich pay their share?

We are losing services all over the country. Parks, libraries and summer pools are closing. We’ve seen cuts to firefighters and to police, cuts to the prison system, to teachers, ...

Let’s start with clean slate

Incredibly, I find myself having to agree with Ron Lowe (Reader Input, June 22)! He said we have to cut spending. I agree. However, there should be no increased taxes or cuts to th ...

What happened to caring legislators?

Why is it that assembly members and legislators don’t understand that it is their fault that California is in such a mess – their special projects and the many (paid) people th ...

Citizens paid for benefits

In the World of GOP newspeak, Social Security and Medicare are called entitlements. The Republican noise machine would like you to believe they are welfare programs doled out to us ...

Easier to name nations we don’t help

They must think we are stupid. All we hear lately is the deficit and balancing the budget. We are at a critical point and in fact are sinking fast. Our great so-called political le ...

What’s nation coming to?

Why is our governor thinking about cutting 30 days out of our children’s school year, yet we’re giving free scholarships to illegals? We’re laying off teachers and making cut ...

Tough to live ‘the dream’

The dream: You’re over 65, worked all of your life, served your country, never been in jail and always paid your taxes. You struggled at times and did without but never asked for ...

Republicans aid fat cat cronies

After Republican policies turned a $500 billion surplus into a multi-trillion dollar deficit earlier this decade, crashed our economy, and recently forced almost $1 trillion more ( ...

McClintock compensated handsomely

Congressman Tom McClintock came up from Elk Grove (he never moved in the district) for a couple of meetings with his constituents last week. He did the people’s work six days las ...

Existing policies not sustainable

We are moving down a continuum that is not sustainable mathematically or economically. California has been the proverbial hen house guarded by the foxes for years and has left us w ...