In past times we disapproved the death toll in Vietnam and the destruction of the environment. Also, people were happy for the improved civil rights of women and minorities. Now, instead of standing for making good choices, it seems every political move is class warfare.
They are either good or bad for the poor (socialism), or good or bad for the rich (the economy). For example, raising taxes on those making over $250,000 even though we are in debt is bad for the economy. Paying for health care for all, essentially helping those who cannot afford it otherwise, is socialism. Investing in clean technologies and raising energy conservation as climate change and species extinctions are really happening is a drain on the economy. Continuing war even though hundreds of thousands die is a boost to American interests/the economy. Creating jobs is socialism.
We should be fervent supporters of free enterprise. Yet even more basically, protecting and helping each other should be a common policy, not in the sphere of optional commodities.
Tim Mavrides, Mesa
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