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So­cial Se­cu­rity debt real

Re: Dec. 1 com­men­tary, “Repub­li­cans don’t need to jump off cliff with Obama.”

When China says to the U.S., “You owe us a bun­dle. Pay up!” will we say, “Those are just IOUs?” Will we say, “Those are just mere book­keep­ing de­vices, so we don’t have to pay you back?” That’s ex­actly what Charles Krautham­mer says we should do about our debt to the So­cial Se­cu­rity trust fund. When he says the debt is fic­tion, that’s a lot of blather. Over the years, the U.S. most cer­tainly bor­rowed a huge amount of So­cial Se­cu­rity rev­enue that was not needed dur­ing those years to pay So­cial Se­cu­rity re­cip­i­ents.

Our government gave IOUs for all that money. The debt is real. And it’s not just a debt owed by all of us to our­selves. It is a debt owed by all of us to some among us. It’s a debt we owe to those who paid So­cial Se­cu­rity taxes. So, if you be­lieve we should now re­nege on that debt, how do you de­fend that? Are you OK with the idea our coun­try can so eas­ily ig­nore its prom­ise to re­pay money it bor­rows?

More Perry plot­ting

Re: Dec. 1 ar­ti­cle, “Schools get re­lief on test­ing.”

The head­line is very mis­lead­ing. Schools and stu­dents get no re­lief from ac­tual test­ing. Gov. Rick Perry and his min­ions are the ones gain­ing some re­lief ... which they will likely use to plot their next blow to pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

An­i­mal shel­ter crowd­ing

Re: Dec. 1 let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “Train­ing pup­pies.”

As one of the au­thors of re­cent Face­book com­ments on spay­ing and neu­ter­ing, I want to ad­dress this let­ter. I didn’t read one com­ment that men­tioned pup­pies as be­ing the main source of shel­ter over­crowd­ing, as the let­ter states. I spoke out in fa­vor of a spay/neuter pro­gram for one in­escapable fact: If a puppy isn’t born, that puppy has zero chance of end­ing up in a shel­ter. Why some think that fact is even de­bat­able is a bit puz­zling.

While I agree that train­ing pup­pies is para­mount to the success of that pet, I’m not of the opin­ion that this is some­thing that the city of Austin should, or could, play a part in. Let’s ad­dress the source of the is­sue and man­age the prob­lem at the very be­gin­ning, in­stead of clos­ing the prover­bial gate when the horse is far down the road.

Save Lund­gren’s work

Re: Nov. 30 com­men­tary, “Austin house should not get sta­tus.”

The States­man should ap­point some­one with a mod­icum of knowl­edge in the area of ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory to re­view, prior to publi­ca­tion, such ig­no­rant edi­to­ri­als as this one. Austin ar­chi­tect Leonard Lund­gren’s work epit­o­mized a small but sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of mid-20th cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, and as such, what lit­tle of that genre that re­mains in­tact should be pre­served. The wide­spread at­ti­tude of tear­ing down par­adise to put up a park­ing lot (apolo­gies to Joni Mitchell) must be coun­ter­manded at ev­ery turn, not her­alded by our city’s ma­jor news­pa­per.

Repub­lic of Texas

Re: Nov. 21 let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “Good rid­dance.”

I am tired of be­ing be­lit­tled and be­rated be­cause I am: a fe­male, Cau­casian, mid­dle class, slightly over­weight, con­ser­va­tive and be­lieve and live by strong Judeo-Chris­tian val­ues. I can no longer pray in schools, or put up my na­tiv­ity scene in my place of busi­ness. I can no longer say “Merry Christ­mas” to a cashier. If I don’t want tax money that I earned to be used for abor­tion, then I must hate women? If I want wel­fare re­cip­i­ents to take drug tests (the way I had to when I ap­plied for my job), I must be racist, right? If I fa­vor show­ing an ID card at the vot­ing booth, then I’m an­ti­im­mi­gra­tion, cor­rect? Th­ese ridicu­lous, un­fair as­sump­tions are be­yond ab­surd. The U.S. was founded be­cause of un­fair tax­a­tion and for the free­dom to choose re­li­gious ex­pres­sion. If it takes a “Repub­lic of Texas” to re­gain th­ese rights, count me in!

No lib­eral hypocrisy on F1

Re: Nov. 28 let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “See­ing red — and blue.”

The writer claims he found it “hi­lar­i­ous” that “uber-lib­eral Austin ci­ti­zens were ex­tolling the life­style of uber-rich 1 per­centers who had jet­ted in for the race.” I read nearly ev­ery word the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man printed in its su­perb cov­er­age of the event, and I don’t re­mem­ber read­ing of even a sin­gle in­stance of a lib­eral Aus­ti­nite “ex­tolling” any­one’s life­style. If this hap­pened, I think the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man must have dropped the ball badly, be­cause I don’t want to be­lieve you would de­lib­er­ately ig­nore a big story like lib­eral hypocrisy. If, as I ex­pect, you didn’t report it be­cause it didn’t hap­pen, this story lands in the world’s largest junkpile: lies told by con­ser­va­tives about lib­er­als. Hi­lar­i­ous. Un­like most hol­i­day sea­son of­fer­ings, wishes don’t cost any­thing. Do you have a wish for some­thing that would make this year spe­cial? Why don’t you share it with the rest of our read­ers? We’re so­lic­it­ing your hol­i­day wishes for this year for publi­ca­tion on Dec. 25. Please limit your sub­mis­sions to 150 words. Send your sub­mis­sions by Dec. 14 to let­ters@ states­man.com or to: Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor PO Box 670 Austin, Texas 78768 Please put “Christ­mas let­ters”in sub­ject line of emails or on the en­ve­lope. The Austin Amer­i­can-States­man en­cour­ages email and faxes from read­ers. Please in­clude a full name, ad­dress and day­time and evening phone num­bers.We edit let­ters for brevity, gram­mar, style and clar­ity. Edited let­ters ad­dress a sin­gle idea and do not ex­ceed 150 words.Anony­mous let­ters will not be pub­lished. Let­ters be­come prop­erty of the Austin Amer­i­canS­tates­man. Send emails to let­ters@ states­man.com. Mail to: Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, P.O. Box 670,Austin,TX 78767.

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