In his June 17 op-ed column, “A liberal case for reform,” Fred Hiatt argued that to prevent cuts in programs that help the young and poor, we should reduce how much we are planning to spend on Medicare and Social Security for the old, “some of whom don’t need much help.” But many do, and some of the young don’t need much help either. Age is not a good measure of capacity for financial sacrifice. Wealth, however, is. So the first place to look is among the tax breaks and subsidies for the rich, none of whom, by definition, needs any help at all.

Jeff Faux, Washington

The writer is a fellow at the Economic Policy Institute.