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Letter: Cost of Social Services Programs

To the Editor:

The Obama administration actions have been increasing dependency instead of creating jobs, upward mobility and self sufficiency. Food stamps alone have increased by 17 million more recipients. Therefore, the cost of social programs have increased. Many able bodied persons receive free or subsidized housing, food stamps and free health care. These three items represent the most cost of a working person's budget Such government benefits discourage persons from working and increases dependency.

Social service costs represent about 50 percent of the income taxes collected by government. The government doesn't sell products to earn income but rather collects taxes from hard working taxpayers. To find out what your contribution to social services are, obtain the 2011 taxes paid and multiply that amount by 50 percent and then divide that result by 12 months to obtain your monthly contribution to help pay for free or subsidized housing, food stamps and free health care. You then can decide whether it is better to create jobs to help persons become self sufficient or continue on the path of dependency. Any action taken is up to you.

Frank Medico

Mount Vernon