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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Joseph R. Farrell
In a most revealing and damning series on the Washington-area Metro system, I was stunned to read the following in The Washington Times: "Overtime allows workers to dramatically increase the pension they collect upon retirement. The pension is based on an average of the worker's highest-earning years" ("Even with big salaries, Metro can't fill its jobs," Web, March 27).
What? Obama surge?
A fiscal disaster In response to my letter to the editor, "Fiscal timebombs" (Wednesday), Amelia Pierson questioned the politicians' intentions behind the proposed immigration bill ("Illegals and Social Security," Letters, Friday). She wondered if the immediate infusion of taxes paid by 12 million to 20 million new taxpayers would put off a failing Social Security to a much later date. The answer to that is no, it will do just the opposite. A large immediate infusion of taxes would only increase the annual Social Security surplus, the out-of-control spending of Congress and add millions of workers entitled to future Social Security benefits. Social Security in its present form will be running a cash income surplus for about the next 10 years. The surplus cash income is put into the general funds and spent annually by our spendthrift Congress. There is no mechanism to save the annual Social Security cash income surplus for the future .