Re "Obama offers cuts to social programs" (Page A8, April 11): Social Security is an entitlement, really? Social Security will be insolvent, with the trust fund able to keep paying full benefits only through 2035. Surprise, surprise.
President Lyndon B. Johnson started the drain on Social Security funds because he needed money to pay for the Vietnam war. Since then Congress has used Social Security as a piggy bank and the program is now approaching insolvency. When money is borrowed from the trust fund, it is assumed there will be a pay back. There has been no pay back, so the money was stolen.
Now the term entitlement is being used to describe Social Security, a smoke-screen term developed by the liberals to mask the theft. If Social Security had been theft-proof it would have been a self-funding program that at retirement would pay retirees approximately 40 percent of their working wage.
-- Ron Whitehorn, Carmichael