A slippery slope' 

I can't help but wonder what Oklahomans are thinking when Republican candidates say things like shrinking the federal deficit means we must do away with programs that are not "constitutionally mandated."

Don't they realize that is code for bye-bye Social Security and Medicare? Republicans fought tooth and toenail to keep these programs from being enacted, and they will never give up trying to abolish them.

At one of our local forums, the Republican candidate actually said that Social Security and Medicare need to go away. He said we should honor our commitment to people who are currently on Social Security and those nearing retirement but after that, we needed to get the government out of it. Talk about throwing our grandchildren under a bus: That's what that plan sounds like to me.

At another forum, a Republican candidate said the state should not be taking care of the elderly because that was the responsibility of churches, families and neighbors. Many people needing help would never ask their neighbors for it, and many don't have families or churches. What would happen to people like that? More importantly, what would happen to their innocent children?

Both of those programs have made a positive difference to life in America. Main street businesses would have a hard time without the Social Security money that is being spent here. Our hospitals wouldn't have nearly as much diagnostic and therapy equipment available without Medicare.

Greed is the oil of capitalism, but we all need to remember that too much oil creates a slippery slope.

"Jo. Davis
Shawnee

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