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To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz’s essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom you must not agree. Apparently you have trouble facing facts, and that actions have consequences.

It is interesting that the folks you listed generally address issues and provide facts and solutions showing how policies enacted by our administration, through unilateral action by one party or by executive order, have failed to do what they were supposed to do.

When policies obviously have failing results, sound businesses practice would demand they be changed. A socialist government, on the other hand, ignores results and continues feel-good policies because they were supposedly passed with “good intensions,” which undoubtably serves their ego and perhaps more, such as so-called green projects.

As Thomas Sowell said, “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” Socialist policies over time have resulted in a large percentage of our population becoming dependent on government handouts.

Again, as Sowell mentions, “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.” As a result we have an astronomical debt and negative results, plus a more divided society.

Most newspapers used to have editors who encouraged investigative reporting. They researched and reported results of various political decisions. Now there is an obvious void in the majority of the media of any evidence of investigation or critical thinking, rather a go-along with an elitist view of how to form a more perfect world, attacking those who disagree by labeling them as greedy, uncaring, hate-filled and prejudiced. And they don’t present factual data to support their views. It’s all about feelings with no facts.

Perhaps owners of the media outlets have a vested interest in the results. Since they demand no responsibility be assigned to those making the failed policies, “because they were supposedly made with good intentions.” Sowell said, “It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and medication, somehow think we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medications and a government bureaucracy to administer it. And they foolishly claim that it was enacted to reduce our cost. Statements such as, ‘It won’t cost you one thin dime, and if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’”

The terrible results are more than obvious to any thinking person, but that seems to have escaped those who support it. I believe the term for this is, “useful idiots.”

Mr. Vandiver, I see a great similarity in your views and the Democratic party in that you are sadly lacking in supportive data but rather supplement your position with personal and professional, character assassination attacks on individual writers and a newspaper that addresses the realities we face.

Clinton L. Hawkins
Gainesville

 

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