Editor: If you hope to receive Social Security retirement and Medicare, then think before you attack socialism. 

Socialism is people working together to care for each other so everyone has what they need.  It equates to the Christian virtue of charity to love your neighbor.

Our Social Security program is a form of socialism.  Government plays a dominant role deciding how much and when employees/employers pay into the system, when and how much is received in benefits and preventing almost everyone from opting out. 

Medicare, the guaranteed government health care for seniors; unemployment for the out-of-work; welfare for the disadvantaged; help for victims of crime/disaster; assistance for the disabled; these are socialistic programs.

Even the much-maligned food stamp is good for the country.  Without the program generating great demands for food, farming, transportation, energy, banking and many sectors of the economy will suffer.

Beware of ripping the social network that may one day catch you in an unexpected emergency. Do not throw the baby out with the bath water.

Socialism is not the problem.  Time limited benefits, lifetime limit on welfare, work or study requirements are in place to prevent abuse of socialistic programs.  What we need is the technology and manpower to efficiently run the programs. 

Cynthia Ruehlig

Antioch

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