Connect the dots

The 'Cliff fallout' article (Jan. 3) provided a well-detailed explanation of how the Social Security payroll tax works and how an end to its temporary reduction will impact wage earners. In my opinion, this is a positive change, but I'm disappointed that the article didn't connect the dots.

As originally conceived, the SSA payroll tax was reduced in order to put more consumer money into the economy. It was a dubious decision, but it played well for politicians.

The obvious result has been a reduction in the amount of direct contributions going into the Social Security Fund. Question: didn't this give more ammo to those who claim the fund is faltering?

During the next few months we can expect SSA/Medicare to come under attack under "entitlement reform," despite not affecting the budget. The programs will be used as "bargaining chips" by both parties.

The "chained CPI" formula is already familiar to us, but other erosive ideas are also being floated.

I urge everyone to contact their U.S. legislators and demand an end to using SSA/Medicare as budgetary "playthings." We have all paid into these programs and are fully entitled to what is rightfully ours. — Andrew Kubik, Ashland

Understand Second Amendment

Contrary to the collective misintepretation of the Second Amendment via Ted Gibb's Thursday, Jan. 3, MT letter, the proper historical context is properly addressed at JPFO Inc. (www.jpfo.org).

Their online video titled "2A Today for The USA" explains it simply and honestly.

As far as treason is concerned, the worse example of this is within our own Congress, who prostitute oppressive "LBJ/KGB" socialist legislation, and who likewise violate their own sworn oath of office! Same for the rest of the Washington, D.C., elite!

Two Ashland Daily Tidings commentaries of mine include: "Anti-gun agenda is class warfare" (Jan. 9, 2009) and "The War on America's gun owners" (Aug. 3, 2009) respectively, available at www.dailytidings.com. Also, "The Banning of Guns" by Pastor Roger Anghis and "The Killing Fields of America" by Devvy Kidd are accessible via www.newswithviews.com.

The anti-gun letters haunting both the Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings are further addressed by Floyd Hancock's Wednesday, Jan. 2, Klamath Falls Herald and News letter titled "Gun haters can be counted on to exploit tragedy with opinions."

Criminals and political tyrants are the villains, not firearms! — James A. Farmer, Ashland

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