Facts are often ignored

FRED BUCHEIT

Mill Hall

In his Sept. 6 letter to the editor,“Questions to ask yourself,” Robert Norton suspects that leftist politicians don’t give a darn about the people they represent if they don’t give a darn about the border wall.

I wonder if he ever checks the available sources before he writes?

He says that we should give veterans and Social Security recipients their payments because they are “entitled” to them.

In my opinion, veterans are entitled to far more than they get, and that is because of their willingness to put their life on the line for their country. And, are you aware, Mr. Norton, that a two-earner couple receiving an average wage – $44,600 per spouse in 2012 dollars – and turning 65 in 2010, would have paid $722,000 into Social Security and Medicare and can be expected to take out $966,000 in benefits.

Subtract those numbers for a dose of reality.

I once mentioned this to a fellow who replied, “Gee, I’m entitled to that money because I paid into the system.” This reasoning is strange: Put in some and take out more and everything is fine. No, it is not.

The question then becomes, who makes up the difference?

Of course, it is the taxpayer.

So that is fine when it benefits me, but if it benefits someone else, then it is a handout?

Odds are that Mr. Norton is among the group that will take out more. The border wall is another fantasy project as far as money and crime are concerned. The facts are readily available on the internet if anyone wants to take the time to search them.

But facts are often ignored because believing is so much easier – facts are challenging to find because we have to sort through mountains of propaganda to find them.

Who wants to do that?

The majority of immigrants from south of the U.S. become hard-working people who then become taxpayers and consumers. Why do you suppose that hundreds of thousands of corporations scramble to get these people?

Open your eyes and look around your community. Most people are blind to the contributions of the immigrants. In some states they cannot find enough people to do the basic work that needs to be done in order that people’s basic needs are met.

That reality is ignored because believing that immigrants are thugs and robbers is easy. Some TV channels tell us so – repeatedly. ICE put on a great show in Mississippi a while ago as they hauled out hundreds of chicken workers. Who would you guess benefits from their work?

Yes, the average American consumer. I guess capitalism and free enterprise are no good if they don’t meet certain ideological criteria.

It is sad how partial facts can be twisted to smear one or another group. The numbers I quote above are averages.

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