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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan would fix Social Security

- The Washington Times - Friday, August 31, 2012

I am tired of hearing liberals try to demonize the Ryan budget plan, which will now be an integral part of the Romney-Ryan election platform.

They scream that the comprehensive Ryan plan is too radical. Really? The Democrats' plan is to do absolutely nothing and let the entitlement programs go bankrupt, which they are set to do in the not-so-distant future. Isn't doing nothing and letting this happen radical? How profoundly pathetic.

Paul Ryan has put himself on the line and actually created a plan that does the tough job of balancing the needs for seniors and those approaching retirement, as well as reforming the entitlements for younger folks. Liberals are free to criticize the plan, and there should be a healthy debate on the subject. Of course, that should only be the case if they have some kind of alternate plan to offer. Doing nothing is not a plan, nor is simply piling on more debt and raising more taxes. To me, that sounds like the radical option.

As a younger taxpayer, I want to see entitlements reformed so that my generation won't see a mess like this as we approach retirement. I want more control over my Social Security, with the option of private accounts. Why? Because I can't think of any institution that is more unqualified to look after my retirement than the federal government.

RYAN NEEDLER

Naples, Fla.

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