Letter: Obama unclear on Social Security

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President Obama recently said that if a debt ceiling deal with Republicans is not reached soon, he could not guarantee that 27 million Social Security checks would be mailed as scheduled on Aug. 3. Huh? Haven’t White House and Congressional Democrats been claiming all along that Social Security is solvent for decades to come, that it doesn’t need to be reformed? If so, perhaps some local Obama apparatchik can explain to me what raising the debt ceiling has to do with Social Security.

Can’t President Obama just go to the Social Security trust fund to get the money for the Social Security checks? You know, the money we working stiffs have been paying into the system all these years. The money’s there, isn’t it?

John Bala

Vancouver