Judy Wanager’s letter (Nov. 17, “Republican presidential candidates are making Obama look better”) demonstrates a mild lack of realty. I’m not defending a candidate, but some of the things she downplays are actually true, such as the Ponzi scheme.

To the editor:

Judy Wanager’s letter (Nov. 17, “Republican presidential candidates are making Obama look better”) demonstrates a mild lack of realty. I’m not defending a candidate, but some of the things she downplays are actually true, such as the Ponzi scheme.

Let me explain: I receive a Social Security pittance monthly. It’s not the money I was forced to give, but moneys my sons are forced to give. My father did not receive the money he contributed; he got what I gave. That’s how it works. One major difference is, Ponzi did not have the force of law to make his victims join up.

The Social Security system is in dire straits. Regardless of the party in power, changes will be necessary. Social Security was never intended to be a pension plan anyhow.

As to Medicare, our president has generously taken half a trillion from it in order to insure those who will not buy their own. Many of those who choose not to insure themselves do so for various reasons, but it’s their choice, not mine. It is implied that this is an act of charity. Charity comes from the heart of the individual, not from extortion. Governments can’t get into the realm of charity because in order to give, it must take from another. Some who have been on welfare for generations will now be rewarded another unearned gratuity.

Governments only create temporary jobs for the private sector. Governments must provide favorable venues for the private sector to create jobs. Our president has not done this.

He has approved taxes that keep American business offshore. He has leaned toward European-style socialism that puts almost everyone on jobs created by the government. Those systems have broken their economies, so why go down their path?