Social Security: Preserve it, and compassionately improve the system

Dear Editor,
I read Mr. Viarengo’s letter with great interest regarding his
request we all support President Bush’s urgent need to

fix

Social Security right now.
Dear Editor,

I read Mr. Viarengo’s letter with great interest regarding his request we all support President Bush’s urgent need to “fix” Social Security right now.

I take the opposite position and this is why: 1) Social Security is a risk insurance program, not a retirement plan 2) as a risk insurance program (like every insurance plan you pay for) it provides a safety net for workers who suffer adverse events during their working lives (my husband was killed at age 21 and that “pyramid” scheme you describe, Alan, allowed myself and my 9-month-old daughter to rebuild our lives with dignity) 3) Social Security was never designed to be a person’s sole retirement plan. I heartily support a plan called Social Security Plus (making 401k plans available to all workers, i.e. Federal Thrift Plan, my own Share Save Plan, etc).

Lastly, Alan, I am a Democrat with strong family and religious values which provide me my main reason for strengthening Social Security for all contributors, deceased spouse survivors, and disabled members of our communities: “We must protect the dignity of our fellow human beings because they are made in God’s image. Their dignity is a reflection of God’s (Luke 10:25-28)” David Currie, author, Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, page 196. Let’s look at the bigger world, instead of Just from that which only touches the personal and small space of our individual lives.

Kristine Dillon, Gilroy

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