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J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., center, accompanied by fellow members of Congressm participate in an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, to voice opposition to potential cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits as the deficit supercommittee looks for ways to reduce government spending in all areas.

With all the focus on government spending, people forget that there are two factors that contribute to the federal deficit. There has been a loss in revenue to the federal government because taxpayers have become benefit collectors. That is why the focus on private-sector job creation should be the most important priority in the election. We do much more to help the deficit if we turn benefit collectors into taxpayers than we will with just a simple focus on spending.

Ben Hunt

West Haven