Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


March 14, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Lee Hamilton flunks math

I am writing in reference to the March 10 column by Lee Hamilton. My question is, “What pie-in-the-sky gated neighborhood did he fall out of ?”

He says, “The biggest part of the federal budget goes to Social Security and unemployment.” Then he says, “Health programs make up over half of the federal budget.” Then he says, “Military programs make up over a fourth of the federal budget.”

Mr. Hamilton may have been be a member of our Congress, but he sure flunked math fractions in the sixth grade! Think about it.

Mr. Hamilton calls Social Security and Medicare “entitlements” and defends free lunches, free college tuition, free day care (called preschool by some people), food stamps, foreign aid and other federal handouts.

I’ve got news for Mr. Hamilton. People like me paid into Social Security and paid a “Medicare tax” most of our lives. If you allow for inflation, we will never in our lifetime draw out all we paid into Social Security and Medicare. Also if we get full Medicare, we have to pay for it out of our pockets when we get it! These are not “free rides” or “entitlements” as Mr. Hamilton calls them. We paid for this.

I think that before one penny is cut from a working person’s Social Security or Medicare every bit of the free federal programs like free lunches, foreign aid, food stamps and other federal welfare programs should be completely done away with. You would have a lot more people going to work!

Also Mr. Hamilton, please work on your math. It's pretty bad when a working stiff like me can pick you to pieces. You would have never passed Mrs. Calhoun’s English class or Mrs. Lewis’ math class.

                                                                            Randall K. McGlone, Grayson

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