The following is from an article (Times, Oct. 5), "House Panel Votes for Tax on Jobless Pay":
"The committee also eliminated from its proposal a $1,500 deduction for legal expenses incurred in adopting a handicapped child, but it decided to add a subsidy to the Social Security program that would benefit most such parents." (The emphasis is mine.)
The article also reports a proposal to tax jobless benefits (unemployment insurance) to their full amount. As Rep. Brian Donnelly (D-Mass.) commented, "We agree to raise $2.3 million from people who don't have jobs."
These steps are typical of what many of us have been complaining about for some time--the tacking onto the Social Security program of items that have nothing to do with retirement benefits , and the manipulating of the tax structure to bleed those least able to carry the burden.