Dear Editor,

Regarding socialism will destroy America.

I am tiring of the tea party mantra that big government cannot do anything right. Oops, forgot about putting a man on the moon, completing the Hoover Dam ahead of time and under budget, building an atomic weapon and the list goes on. In the old days people would not be able to sleep well thinking there was a communist under the bed, guess now it’s a socialist.

Maybe it’s time to get rid of our socialist programs: Social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, military pensions, the VA, school lunch, WIC, HUD, public housing, earned income tax credit, the carried interest tax loophole, fortune 500 grants, low-income energy assistance, Pell grants, Title 1 grants to local education authority, job corp, head start, community development block grants, to name but a few. Also currently under das Führer Trump’s watch — subsidies for farmers because of the tariff wars, and now the checks being sent out for the COVID-19 dilemma.

Our unfettered capitalism has created a new gilded age where the 1% own 90% of our countries wealth, and they disdain these social safety nets, their thinking being they are growing fat on the government teat. But somehow political contributions from the 1% managed to lobby a gigantic tax break for themselves.

In regards to the fear of or incompetent government running a single-payer health care system let’s instead have insurance companies handle it. For the life of me, I can’t quite understand how insurance companies take 30 cents of every health care dollar, and what value do they add between the doctor and the patient? One thing for sure is that insurance companies are good at creating a labyrinth of paperwork. So should we let socialism destroy America?

 

John Noble

Marinette