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Letter to the editor: Reframing socialism

Posted 2/19/20

 

If your idea of socialism is limited to Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, East Germany, China, and North Korea, I can understand having negative opinion. Instead, study some modern European …

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opinion

Letter to the editor: Reframing socialism

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If your idea of socialism is limited to Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, East Germany, China, and North Korea, I can understand having negative opinion. Instead, study some modern European countries who have decided that society as a whole benefits from free universal health care, free child care, and free post-secondary education. Of course these things are not really “free,” but are paid for through taxes, higher than ours. But their societies do not have have to subsidize a health care system which wallows in administrative costs, deductibles, copays, non-coverage, and insurance and drug company profits (how else to pay for expensive commercials). They go to a doctor or hospital and the bill is paid. And their single mothers and married mothers can contribute to the workforce without paying a significant portion of their earnings for child care. I suppose if critics scrutinized every unmarried mother’s situation they would conclude most did not deserve society’s support.
Europeans who make more money contribute more in taxes, and I suppose some people pay nothing. But in our society, in addition to our relatively low taxes, we pay the social costs of families going bankrupt over uninsured health expenses, mothers who can barely feed their kids, and jails full of those who just bailed out altogether (we pay a lot for their care). I would rather pay more in taxes to create a more just and happy society, and would not grouse over the few bottom feeders who might be taking advantage.
David Wolf,
Lakewood

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