Whoa, I didn’t ever think I’d agree about socialism. Yes our government has gone down the path of socialism for too long. 

Margaret Thatcher had this to say, “I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbor. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.” And finally, she says, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Robert Pickering

Beach City

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Frank

Mr. Pickering, I tend to agree with some of your comments, but there are also some things I would disagree with.

I agree that our duty as citizens is to take care of our own. But I also believe that the government has the responsibility to make sure that every citizen has a reasonable (but not necessarily equal) opportunity to succeed in their “pursuit of happiness”.

There are certainly limits on what the government can or should provide, but some things are fundamental. I’ll mention two. Access to quality education is a right all citizens should have. Whether they utilize that access to their benefit is their personal responsibility, but they should have access. I also think that access to affordable basic health care services is a critical element without which the pursuit of happiness is merely a dream for the less fortunate among us. Programs to accomplish those goals may be ‘socialistic’, but why is that a problem? Socialistic programs are a part of every government. Why do people have to demonize any program that is socialistic? If private enterprises can provide those services more economically and equitably, then we should prefer that route. But if a government program is better suited for the role, it’s okay. We’re in no more danger of becoming communists if we have universal health care than we are because our public schools are part of a socialistic enterprise. Joe McCarthy is dead. He needs to stay dead.

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