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February 07, 2005

Social Security and Filial Piety; NYTimes Letter

The Conservative Philosopher quotes this letter from the January 31 NYTimes:
To the Editor:

I don't know the intricate details of President Bush's Social Security plan, but I do know this: My mother depends on every cent of her Social Security every month. Without her full benefits, she would not be able to pay for rent, utilities and food.

My mother has survived numerous tragic family losses, worked like a slave for more years than I dare ask and never asked for anything more than what she's earned.

What has my mother ever done to you, Mr. Bush? Why do you want to destroy her future and the future of her children and grandchildren?

Robert Notrica
White Plains, Jan. 27, 2005

Among her problems seems to be her son's willingness to let her be evicted and starved rather than part with any of his own money.

I don't know why The Conservative Philosopher ran this-- the commenters seem rather confused-- but an even bigger question is why the New York Times ran it. I guess they didn't see the irony in the letter. That's significant.

Posted by erasmuse at February 7, 2005 07:57 AM

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