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Letter: Socialism, entitlements don’t work
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Former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of Pennsylvania candidates in Philadelphia, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. - photo by Associated Press

Confident ignorance is a very dangerous quality in a leader, and as Thomas Sowell said, “Obama is often wrong but never in doubt.” And we have experienced the results of that leadership with Obama at the helm.

As the economist Thomas Sowell used to say, “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

The author of the letter to The Times headlined “Democrats can bring sanity back to America” makes me wonder with which of these he identifies? He mentions that the Democrats are offering proposals. Most, or at best the majority of them, sound very much like entitlements.

That type of thinking seems very problematic once they run out of other people’s money. 

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.” (Thomas Sowell).

Their proposals have contributed greatly to lack of personal responsibility, i.e. big government becoming the daddy and the obvious fallout from that position. As a result of their proposals we have become a nation of dependence, which is certainly out of character with the spirit of the “Declaration of Independence” — a nation where all have the responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the nation, and the system was shown to work.

The big government proposal to establish a minimum wage has resulted in putting many young people out of entry level jobs and the benefits of the job experience. Groups of out-of-work young people gathering on the corner doesn’t result in a positive.

An outstanding book written by Jason Riley about black people in America is titled “Please stop helping us.” It contains one comment that expresses lots in a few words: “Having a black man in the Oval Office is less important than having one in the home.”

Socialism has proven over and over that it doesn’t work, and doing or proposing the same things over and over expecting a different outcome is certainly not sanity.

Clint Hawkins

Gainesville

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