For the first time in ages, I bought TIME at the checkstand. I salute the woman named Phyllis for talking back to Michael Crowley, who supposedly wants Social Security payments cut. So for the only time, I wrote to TIME:
Let's hear it for Phyllis Hagmaier, Williamsburg, VA (January 10)!
Social Security is not a gift. Not only have we paid into Social Security all our lives, but people working long past retirement age still pay in.
Then Medicare is deducted from the monthly payout. And it pays only part of medical expenses.
The names of people who authorized "borrowing" should be published. But above all, the debt should be repaid.
Maybe we should stop worrying for a minute about identity theft, and get our Social Security savings paid back.
Thanks to TIME for publishing Phyllis' letter.