Re "Debate shifts to retiree benefits" (Page A1, Jan. 3): David Lauter's opinion piece suggests that spending on retirees is the real driver of our short term and long-term debt. It's the boomers' fault. All Republicans, most Democrats, and President Obama think the same way.
First, Social Security is not government spending. Americans, through payroll taxes, pay 100 percent of Social Security expenditures. Our $2.7 trillion trust fund has 23 years of reserves. Worried about Social Security? Just lift the cap to $400,000, the new middle class, and lower the retirement age and increase benefits.
Americans pay $307 billion of Medicare costs while the Treasury pays $223 billion. The real problem with Medicare is that America's entire healthcare system is based on greed and corruption.
Our government will spend $716 billion on national defense this year, but insists our deficit and debt is the fault of Americans retiring. America needs to realign its priorities.
-- Mark Mihevc, Graeagle