Not Enough Attention Paid to the Social Safety Net

RECEIVED Mon., March 10, 2008

Dear Editor,
    A few days ago, C-SPAN broadcast Sen. John Cornyn’s speech on deficit spending, complaining bitterly about entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Agreed, these programs desperately need congressional oversight for fraud, abuse, and incompetence, which the senator and his colleagues have routinely failed to provide. In fact, Congress has enabled the insurance and pharmaceutical companies to line its pockets for decades, the primary cause of out-of-control health-care costs. Notably, Cornyn made no mention of bloated Pentagon so-called defense spending, the unexplained “loss” of tens of billions of taxpayers dollars by that five-sided rat maze which seems to be untouchable by our elected representatives. His office never responded to my letter (months back), and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office responded with Iraq war cheerleading boilerplate, ignoring my question. Maybe Texas needs new blood in Congress, hopefully persons not in bed with defense contractors (aka war profiteers).
John Callaghan
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