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April 14, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Generation-X gets the short end of the stick

Stop complaining and get active

Jonathan Martin’s column on baby boomers and Gen-Xers spells out a bleak future for people of his age group [“Because of baby boomers Gen-X retirees will have less,” Opinion, April 11].

I advise he stop whining and engaging in intergenerational warfare and instead start working on solutions.

Want to have full Social Security benefits? Agitate Congress to raise or eliminate the wage base, or cap, on the amount which can be taxed. Eliminating the cap, and lowering the percentage taken out, would make Social Security completely solvent for just about forever.

Want a pension? Organize your fellow workers into a collective-bargining group. The firefighters, police, aerospace and railroad workers, teachers and others unionized and fought hard for what they got, yet they and other unions are under constant siege.

Want less anxiety and a better deal? Stop blaming others, Mr. Martin, and get active.

Tim Walsh, Seattle

It’s not the baby boomers’ fault

Jonathan Martin’s editorial seems to want to blame the baby boomers for cuts in their impending Social Security [“Because of baby boomers Gen-X retirees will have less,” Opinion, April 11].

Need I remind Mr. Martin that it was during the Reagan administration that the payroll tax was nearly doubled, supposedly in anticipation of the huge demographic known as the baby boomers, retiring. For the first time in Social Security history, workers were not only paying current recepients, but future ones.

But instead of keeping the fund secure, Congress stole from it to finance the military industrial complex with their meaningless wars, replacing the cash with U.S. security bonds, which, according to who you talk to, are either the most secure bonds there are, or worthless slips of paper.

So don’t blame the boomers. The boomers are now facing their own cuts in Social Security, thanks to Congress and the Obama administration.

As Martin said, the obvious solution is not cuts, but elimination of the payroll-tax cap. But, of course, that would affect the job creators. Can’t have that, can we?

Christopher Anderson, Seattle

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