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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Rick Nolan states Social Security is an earned benefit. I am frankly not sure what he means, but I assume he means “it’s yours, you earned it.” If that is the case, he joins many politicians who apparrently have limited understanding of the program that has served America well for the last 80 years and choose to mischaracterize it to score political points.

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Social Security is a unique form of insurance, called “Social Insurance” by the professionals who determine the finances of the program. It is a current transfer of funds from workers, who are taxed, to retirees (and certain survivors.)

Its financial success relies on the income from taxes matching the benefits paid.

Today, more is being paid out than is coming in. That shortfall is made up of extra taxes that were collected in past years. But we will run out of those extra dollars soon.

We can wait as Mr. Nolan recommends and face a crisis down the road, or we can take action now that will be less painful, just as President Reagan and Speaker O’Neill did in a bipartisan way in the the 80s.

Let’s stop distorting the facts about Social Security and take action now as Congressman Cravaack suggests.

Bob Hunstad

East Gull Lake

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