John Brauns letter (Reject entitlements, Sept. 12) sets up a straw man, then attacks that straw man with a specious argument. The straw man: Democrats favor entitlements so people will become dependent and continue to elect Democrats. Its important to note that prior to the so-called entitlement program called Social Security, the No. 1 cause of death of the elderly in this country was starvation.
Yes, people who pay into Social Security are entitled to receive benefits from the program when they retire. Its unfortunate there are times when people need to be protected from themselves, and Social Security has done an outstanding job of doing just that. As long as the Republicans are not allowed to privatize (read: destroy) it, itll continue to do so for many years to come.
And, by the way, Mr. Braun: Youre no more self-reliant than anyone else. We all depend on each other, and your myopic, Democrats-hate-me-because-Im-successful attitude epitomizes the selfishness that has been a major contributor to the ongoing descent of this country into fascism.