My letter is in response to Randy Hayden’s recent letter. When Social Security started 79 years ago, it totally belonged to the people who paid into it.

Starting with the LBJ administration, Congress suddenly discovered a “big cookie jar,” namely Social Security. They started borrowing a “cookie” at the time and filling the jar with IOUs. Why this was allowed is anyone’s guess. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt, and this money will never be paid back. Several years ago, Congress had to admit to using money from Social Security but not what it was intended for.

I have written countless letters to senators and representatives asking why this was allowed. I even wrote to President George W. Bush when he was vacationing at his Crawford, Texas, ranch because I knew he would see my letter. From the representatives and senators, I received form letters with a stamped signature wishing me well and thanking me for my concern. From President and Mrs. Bush, I received a personal letter with a real signature wishing me well and thanking me for my concern.

None of these letters gave answers as to why Congress was allowed to “steal” our Social Security”

So Mr. Hayden, baby boomers may affect Social Security in the long run, but the money was gone long before they became of age to receive it!

Olive M. Campbell

retired retail worker

Greenwell Springs