Letter: Stark differences between candidates

Dallas H. Bryant

While visiting several Central American countries, our tour guide in Guatemala reviewed his government’s sense of duty toward its citizens. He said that there was no form of organized government assistance available to any of its older citizens. This left me with the stark awareness that I had been born in the best place possible, the United States. Smart thinking in the early 1930s lead to our government creating the Social Security Administration. We were required to pay a percentage of our income to fund the program. Our money was to be invested for us and become our source of income during our “old age.”

The plan worked until Republican and Democratic legislators recognized that they needed revenue to fund wars and other causes. We were left with IOU’s in our accounts. While Democrats expect to honor the commitments associated with Social Security, there has been a continuing push among Republican legislators to circumvent this obligation by referring to Social Security as “an entitlement.”

Congressman Rod Blum is one of those Republicans who acts more like a government official who resides in Guatemala. In his role as Congressman, Blum voted to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 and to cut Social Security benefits. Monica Vernon expects to protect the original intent of Social Security by making sure that there is a safety net available for all of our citizens.

Think carefully about the person for whom you vote. The separation in thinking between these two candidates cannot be more stark.

Dallas H. Bryant

Cedar Rapids

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