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posted: 1/10/2013 5:00 AM

Payers are entitled to Social Security

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It was late in the summer of my 18th year when the farmer who was my employer told me that my income for the year had reached $600 and he must now deduct Social Security payments from my pay. Wow, $600 and it's only September, I thought. I might. I might hit a thousand.

From that day on I paid into Social Security and my employer matched it until I retired 48 years later. Then I started receiving monthly benefits for my 48 years of payments. Actually, my payments didn't stop there. Because of temporary and part-time employment, I still make payments from time to time. Of course Social Security payments aren't free of deductions. Money is deducted each month for Medicare. I don't begrudge that because without it I simply couldn't afford health care.

Politicians often refer to my Social Security benefits as entitlement and many want to cut it. I suppose they are right in a way. I paid and paid and paid and now I am entitled to it. I wonder what they call their own plan? I call it a good place to start making cuts.

Ron Flowers

Elk Grove Village

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