Here’s how to tell when Republicans are starting to get desperate: They start throwing out the dreaded “S” word. Yes, folks, it’s socialism. Andrew Palmer (10/19, Letters) says “to endorse Obama is to endorse socialism.” Really?
Socialism is an economic system in which the means of production is owned by the state or some form of cooperative. Using this definition, the following American institutions are socialist: police and fire departments, libraries, public schools, state government offices, departments of motor vehicles and prisons, not to mention Social Security and Medicare. I’m counting on those who dread socialism to return their Social Security checks to the U.S. Treasury when they retire.
I beg to differ with Palmer’s comment that “socialism has failed or is failing in every society that it exists in.” There are and have been very successful socialist democracies throughout Europe.
Socialism? Taxes? Government control? Get your heads out of your wallet. The willingness to pay taxes is the basic part of our system that allows for the standard of living we enjoy.
Schools, roads, law enforcement and health care all depend on a mutually supported tax system and a vigorous central government. Sorry, Obama’s policies are not a socialist plot. Study the 19th-century era of the “robber barons,” when strong government action prevented the capture of a high percentage of the country’s assets. Or read about the necessary actions of the government during the Great Depression.
Strong action by the government ensured victory in WWII. The current Wall Street bailout — a “socialist” action — may have helped save your personal assets.
Take pride in living under a system that offers us the mutual support of one another and our vigorous central government.
I’m proud of 69 years of tax payments.
Many, including a number of letter writers, have decried Barack Obama’s statement to Joe the Plumber that it would be good to “spread the wealth around.”
For those who believe they are Christians, especially those who want to believe the United States is a “Christian” nation, here is a reminder of what Jesus said about “spreading the wealth” (Matthew 19:21 and Luke 18:22): “Now when Jesus heard this, he said to him. ‘You still need one thing. Sell everything you have. Distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!.’” (God’s Word Translation, 1995). Is this immoral?
Take another look at Acts 2:45 and Acts 4:34: to each according to his need (paraphrased). Is it possible that Jesus and the apostles of the New Testament were — gasp! — socialists?
Kimbrough D. Warber
Kansas City, Kan.
I’m amazed, and amused, by the Obama-haters who constantly spout the evils of socialism. I don’t support socialism or Sen. Obama. However, these cries of outrage against government redistribution of wealth never include the Wall Street bailout and a regressive tax system.
Conservative Republicans should just admit the truth: They’re head-over-heels in love with redistribution of wealth, as long as the government redistributes the wealth upward, from the have-nots to have-way-more-than-enoughs.
Government shouldn’t redistribute wealth in either direction. Everyone should pull their own weight.