- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2012

I had to laugh when I read “Democrats slam Ryan as threat to social safety net” (Web, Sunday). The real threat to the social safety net has been its unreasonable and unsustainable expansion since the 1960s — with the complicity of both parties.

In voting for former President George W. Bush’s prescription-drug giveaway to Big Pharma, Rep. Paul Ryan was as guilty as Democrats with their generational poverty programs under President Lyndon B. Johnson. The result is we’re so deeply in debt we’re creating more hardships than we intended to care for in the first place.

Neither Republicans nor Democrats have an answer to this. It will only fester until it implodes.

D.A. SAMS

West Jefferson, Ohio