Wednesday, 22 January 2014 14:53

Keystone Pipeline could help economy

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To the Editor:

Are you concerned if you are in your 50s or late 40s that the Social Security fund could run out of money too soon? 

In December, only 74,000 people found jobs, and some of those may have been part-time jobs. The U.S. is going into the sixth year of high unemployment. Millions have left the workforce, which means they have not been putting money into the fund. Employers only pay into the fund when people are employed.  

Yet thousands of people could have been working building the Keystone Pipeline and drilling for oil and natural gas. We could have been well on our way to being energy self-sufficient. Instead of putting millions on welfare and food stamps, we could have hired people to build roads and bridges. We will never be able to recover all of the lost money that could have gone into the Social Security fund had we put people to work. 

In November, let’s elect people who believe in putting people to work. Keeping Social Security solvent should be a high priority, especially if you are counting on it.

Jim Mueller

Glenville

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