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Those aren’t afterthoughts | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

What is the opposite of a “socialist”?

Strange letter “To all you liberals out there” with a “you idiot” tone appeared last week in our paper from a Tea Bag supporter who insists on calling Dan Freeman a “socialist” who obviously “knows nothing about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.”

He then defends the tax-hating position of the anarchist and the rule of the rich in a corporate oligarchy.

The anarchist opposes any law that interferes with his own or the corporation’s goal of making money, arguing that greed is good because corporations create the jobs that pay the wages that pay the taxes.

The anarchist hates paying taxes, and believes it is a waste of taxes to regulate free enterprise and oversee how Wall Street bankers and brokers make their money, to enforce the safety regulations of airlines and to inspect food products and toys from China, let alone take care of the poor. Like Alan Greenspan, he believes that in a free-enterprise market, corporations will act in their own best interest and regulate themselves.

After the Bush crash, the nation witnessed the Federal Reserve chairman tearfully apologize that he failed to take greed into account. The anarchist seems to forget why the worldwide economic system almost collapsed under deregulation and laissez-faire “government-is-bad-until-we-need-a-bailout” philosophy.

Mr. Dyment’s authority on the Constitution seems to have missed the first line of We the People: “in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

In his mind, “one of the few responsibilities the federal government has is providing a military to protect its citizens.”

Apparently a more perfect union, justice, domestic tranquility, the general welfare and the blessings of liberty are mere afterthoughts to taxes for the most expensive military in the world.

Jim Riley


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