Editor,I am not eligible for Social Security "retirement," since I am a recently retired federal employee, but I do notice that our United States government (legislators, senators and president) are bound and determined to reduce the amount of Social Security benefits that are paid to those individuals who have paid into this program their entire working lives. Since people are required by law to pay a certain percentage of their income into this fund, matched by their employer, it would seem that the retirement benefits would be much greater than they currently are. In fact, I see absolutely no logical reason that these retirement checks are any different in proportion to contributions than those of retired federal employees. I have paid into the civil service retirement system my entire civil service career and my retirement annuity is substantially more than what people receive on Social Security. Pretty close to the same percentage of income was withheld, but the government has managed to rob the people of their money, abused the funds, and they basically have no accountability.