Letter to the Editor: Unfair perks
BY Daryl Hyatt, Oklahoma City
Friday, January 11, 2013
1/11/13 at 7:25 AM
I am fed up with politicians all wanting to cut "entitlements." They use the word entitlements as an evil, dirty word. Entitlements are things people have earned, not a gift. People work most of their lives paying into Social Security and Medicare. Veterans have paid a huge sacrifice for which they are owed disability benefits.
What we need to cut is the huge entitlements these politicians get - like lifelong health care for themselves and their families, and early lifelong retirement pay with only a few years in office.
Politicians refuse to cut their pay and get big annual raises, and this year increased their working days to 127 from 107. Who gets a large salary and full health care for life while only working one-third of a year?
We the people need to demand our royals in D.C. cut their entitlements. Stop all foreign aid, stop feeding North Korea and stop protecting South Korea. If South Korea wants our troops to protect it, then the government there should have to pay all of our costs for our troops being kept there more than 60 years now.
Throw the politicians out and require term limits.
Editor's note: According to factcheck.org, members of Congress are covered by private insurance under the same system that covers all federal workers, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. It is not free and it is not reserved only for them, and it is not government insurance. The FEHBP covers more than 8 million other federal employees, retirees and their families. It offers about 300 different private health care plans.
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