The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

December 26, 2013

Your View: Out of the equation

LAMAR, Mo. — There is a political struggle between liberals (those who believe government has the answers for all people and can make better decisions for people than the people can make for themselves) and conservatives (those who believe government’s job is to provide a common defense and promote the general welfare and that people can make better decisions for themselves than the government can make for them).

There is an economic struggle between the socialists and the capitalists. The socialists, hiding as Democrats, find it immoral for people to want to keep what they earn. The capitalists wonder why the socialists think that is immoral but taking money from earners and giving it to non-earners is not immoral.

I suggest to Charles Buchanan (Globe, Dec. 22) that, in time, all socialist programs work well until the earners providing the money to pay for such programs run out of money.

There is no comparison between paying someone else’s health bills and the gap between the haves and the have-nots. If you really want to fix that problem, start with the schools.

Time will prove that Obamacare, like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, cost more than Americans can pay. Social Security started with 1 percent of the first $400. Today, it is over 7 percent (plus 7 percent from the employer) on the first $109,000.

Why would a reasonable person believe the other socialist programs wouldn’t have a similar fate?

A reasonable person should ask: What should an indigent person expect from society?

Mr. Buchanan leaves me with the idea that he thinks a reasonable person should be willing to pay the indigent’s bills through government programs. Well shucks, Mr. Buchanan, why should any of us work?

I am a supporter of counties deciding how much they wish to help the indigents who reside there. That means all welfare programs of the federal government be eliminated and the bureaus that manage them be dismantled and the taxes it took to run them be returned to the people. Cook County, Ill., Los Angeles County, Calif., and Jasper County, Mo., would provide all or no help to the indigents.

In my opinion, health care costs in America began climbing the day Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill because government has deep pockets and government was going to pay the bills. And government continues to pay the bills with money from the young who get no benefits today but a promise. Simply put, the reason health care is so expensive is because government is involved.

But, Mr. Buchanan, you shall have it your way because the liberals are voted to office by the receivers of the benefits and those who lack the understanding of knowing where and how their tax dollars are redistributed and those who believe having money and keeping money is immoral.

David Turner

Lamar

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