We need limits on capitalism
In a recent Daily Commercial column titled “Educate future generations on myths of socialism,” The Heritage Foundation’s Kay James said socialism is a false promise of fixing every social ill. Does she think capitalism has fixed the nation and the world’s social ills? She’d be mistaken.
She lists five countries where she said socialism has failed, including Israel and Great Britain. She then lists Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway where the happiest people live. She correctly said these socialist countries have free-market capitalism to fund their “welfare systems.” Now, that model, where there are free markets and people are the happiest, is better than either an entirely socialist or capitalist system. That is what we already have in the USA, with the deviation that the U.S. fails to provide the level of happiness of the other socialist/capitalist countries because we under tax and can’t therefore â€” unlike Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway â€” fund what makes people the happiest.
She says socialism only cares about all of the collective (all of the people), not the individual person. So, the government cares more about all of the people than just one. And that’s bad?
She talks about child labor and horrible working conditions. Under strict capitalism, those things were accepted in the U.S. until unions made it better for workers.
She says it is a myth that socialism places power in the hands of the people and that true socialism is dependent upon a dictatorial military leader or political party. The U.S. is not a pure anything; it is a hybrid. The people are powerless until we can rid ourselves of partisan political efforts, gerrymandering and stealth campaign money, and all offices are non-partisan.
Her final socialism myth, she said, depends on a strong policing state and huge prison camps. Apparently that is needed in a capitalist system too because that is what we have.
Given that comparison, should we teach generations that capitalism has solved the nation’s â€” indeed, the world’s â€” problems? I think it better to teach the hybrid combination that we have.
Choice Edwards, Clermont
The Biden-Sanders Manifesto
Did you approve of the Democratsâ€™ platform, AKA the Biden-Sanders Manifesto, introduced at the Democratic Convention last month? How did you like what the mainstream media had to say about it? Oh, wait a minute, neither covered the 110-page document.Â
Fox News did. Here are a few key points: All carbon pollution â€” thatâ€™s carbon dioxide â€” will be eliminated from new buildings and your home by â€śretrofitting.â€ť Whatâ€™s that?
Five-hundred-million new solar panels and 60,00 wind turbines will be built. Whoâ€™s paying for them?
All non-violent 911 calls will be handled by unarmed social workers as police forces are defunded. To circumvent the Second Amendment, the Center for Disease Control will use the phrase â€śa public health issueâ€ť as the reason for confiscating all firearms!
Standardized testing for students will be eliminated. School choice will be banned and charter schools restricted. Taxes on the middle class will be raised by 3%.
Only â€śleftistsâ€ť will be appointed as federal judges. The death penalty will be abolished.Â
Cash bail will be eliminated. Private prisons and detention centers for undocumented immigrants will be banned. Amnesty for all undocumented immgrants and those already here can bring their relatives into our country. Their health care will be free, but not for you!Â
All private health care insurances will be banned, leaving 160 million Americans with only one choice: Obamacare.
Guarantees? You name it, Biden, who graduated 76th in his class of 85 at Syracuse University, is guaranteeing it. Jobs, unionized of course, housing, health care, all while putting millions out of work as jobs relating to the fossil fuels industries are eliminated.
If Biden, with the help of the media, is elected, will there be another economic recession and depression? Yes!Â
Will America have its second revolution? Canâ€™t answer that one.
Sonny Heninger, Leesburg