Jun 3, 2012

Entitled to My Entitlement

I AM Entitled

Romney has embraced Paul Ryan’s budget which gut entitlements including medicaid and medicare in order to preserve huge tax cuts for the very wealthy, to whom entitlements earned mean not a whit.

I just watched 100 year old Kay Bailey Hutchinson talk about getting rid of entitlements, and modifying others, like social security.

Well, now that I am 62, I qualify to receive social security, the amount of which is based on what I put in during my working career of forty years.

In order to receive my social security, I worked my butt off (although now I have it back) for 40 years, toiling away in corporations that were really people, though I didn’t know it at the time.

I employed my eighth-grade-summer-camp typing skills in the service of Sheraton Hotels in Hawai`i,graduating to key boarding at Starr McCombs (later Starr McCombs Koch, Starr Seigle McCombs) and back to the typewriter at Milici Valenti Ng Pak (then MiliciValenti Smith Park), which was, at the time, not aware of the computer revolution.

In the latter part of my illustrious career I had nominally important titles (Senior Vice President at two different places) and President at my own company, but all the while I was paid less than my male counterparts for actually doing a better job (not just my opinion).

So:  I can collect the social security I EARNED by CONTRIBUTING to it year after year:  I am entitled to my “entitlement, ” based of course on the inequity of my earnings versus a man in the same “career.”

(BTW, Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be entitled to a HUGE government pension when she leaves office, but that is not in the sights of the “entitlement” aka earned rights killers).

(Alternate solution:  just give me back the money I put in, with interest, and calculations for inflation factored in:  lump sum please.)

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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