Brad Seitter (3/14, Letters) states that freedom is the right to choose and that this and this alone is democracy. Any government-run program offers only a single choice and is therefore detrimental to democracy. This so-called freedom should not mix with any social programs, since they are not at all compatible.
I can’t imagine what kind of country we would be without Social Security, public libraries, public schools, interstates and all the other social programs we have in place that make our country great. If necessary, I would defend our great country, such as it is right now, without hesitation.
I would not defend Mr. Seitter’s narrow definition of freedom. I would not pick up a weapon to defend greed.
Michael L. Smith
Europe is a democracy, yet they choose to spend their tax money differently than we do. Thus they are labeled socialists. Europe relies on capitalism as an economic system, as do we, and we will continue to do so. They are free like us. Brad Seitter claims that democracy and socialism are opposites and always will be. To the contrary, they coexist quite nicely.
Under his definition of socialism, our country is a socialistic nation. Here are some examples of “socialism”: public education, libraries, universities, fire and police protection and the very infrastructure our businesses rely on such as roads, railways, utilities and communications, Heck, even our beloved armed forces are paid for in this way. I also would much rather visit a national or state park than some rich guy’s 500,000-acre ranch.
I just don’t understand why adding health insurance and coverage to all of our citizens takes freedom away. How is that a bad thing?
Who hates socialistic behavior the most?
Your grandparents on Medicare or Medicaid?
Your retired parents receiving Social Security?
Your cousin on the farm receiving government subsidies?
Your brilliant sister doing medical research supported by government grants?
Your neighbors in the state that just received government disaster relief?
Your bridge-building buddies whose paychecks come from matching government funds?
Your favorite teacher, who works in a school system that receives government money?
Your college-bound nieces and nephews who received government-backed student loans?
Your entrepreneurial brother, who’s received a government-backed Small Business Administration loan?
Your favorite politician, who has received government-matching campaign funds?
You, the parent of beautiful children whose health is protected by government-funded agencies?
Perhaps the winner should give the money back. I mean, this spreading the wealth has got to stop.