I had never realized how awful socialism was until I read Lynn Goldhammer’s letter. But, as I keep hearing that the younger generation is attracted to socialism, I went to the computer to look up all the failings of that form of government.
It seems as if the socialist countries are basically Scandinavian: Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. I couldn’t find anything about empty shelves, but I did learn they are the happiest, the healthiest and among the best educated worldwide. In Finland, their students excel in math, the sciences and languages.
Then I found the Scandinavians carry a heavy tax load. But, it pays for an excellent national health system and free education. I also found that there is an absence of corruption in those countries and the smallest wage inequality. Can this be Lynn’s socialism?
It is very hard for us as a nation to know where to go. Since Ronald Reagan’s statement of “the government is the problem,” we have lost trust in our leaders. If Lynn’s wish that only Republicans were to be elected in the fall and all traces of socialism were to be stripped away, what would happen to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the VA, all financed and run by the federal government?
Elizabeth Donaldson, Pinehurst
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