Friday, March 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Nugent should lead on Social Security

Time for Nugent to be a real leader

I respect U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent as a fellow American, and have no doubt he's a patriotic American. However, in my opinion he's morphing into a political animal that reflects all that's wrong with America today.

His enthusiasm for taking on the Social Security issue that's been used to extract $2.6 trillion from the paychecks of working Americans (his constituents) in the form of retirement dollar contributions is less than impressive.

Our country is crying out for leadership, not from a few citizens who are one of 300 million, but from a member of Congress who is one of 435, and in a position to raise the Social Security issue to the level it deserves.

He not only fails to confront those who've taken 2.6 trillion of our retirement dollars, he's also joined those who hide behind a "no new tax" pledge, in an effort to pretend it never happened. That's not leadership, that's brinkmanship. I know Nugent doesn't serve on the Ways and Means Committee, but he is there to serve his constituents who are impacted daily by this issue.

What is this grandparent suppose to tell his 16 grandchildren, who are being financially waterboarded in the name of saving Social Security?

That's a question begging an answer, and provides an opportunity for leaders to step up, be real leaders, and offer or support bold solutions.

When there's no leadership, there's no direction, and when there's no direction, people lose their way.

You have a significant financial stake in the outcome of this debate. Call U.S. Rep. Nugent and ask him to lead.

James Gries, Homosassa


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