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Out of the closet

Dear editor:

Socialists are coming out of the closet. They formerly were called Democrats. It is a "morphing" process. Soon, they will admit to being "socialist communists." Many of them refuse to admit the changes that have been ongoing for several decades. Once, many Americans were JFK Democrats who wanted to do things for their country. Today, they are Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary, and Obama Democrats who want their country to do things for them. Lots of things. Impractical things. Unaffordable things.

As a general rule, liberal/Democrat/progressive/socialists reject capitalism. They refuse to admit this. They just want the U.S. government to print more money to provide more services -- not realizing that the result would be runaway inflation which would only cause ultimate and dramatic increases in taxes that fewer and fewer people would be paying -- or willing to pay.

As our U.S. culture changes, we will have a much larger welfare state paid for with higher taxes and more government rules and regulations. The formula for the redistribution of wealth will change as more money is needed. Everyone will have government funded and controlled health insurance paid for by the fewer and fewer people who will be working and paying taxes. Open borders will increase the number of folks asking/demanding entitlements. The incentive to work and to be self-sufficient (and the pride that goes with it) will be challenged and eventually lost.

We should remind ourselves that no one attempts to get out of the United States -- but millions of people are attempting to get into the United States. Can you guess why?

People have fantasies of winning the lottery, getting $5,000 a week for life from someone who knocks on their front door, and having a government that can and will pay for everything they need -- from cradle to grave.

They forget that a welfare state is funded by, and only by, the people who work. That, my friends, is called capitalism. They also forget that the political elite who are the currently elected liberals in Washington, D.C., are Pied Pipers who are leading them over the cliff. The only way for a socialist to enjoy life is to be the socialist in power. Today, those socialists in power are the elected elite of the Democrat/socialist party. They are enjoying life at the expense of the rest of us.

John Grillo

Hot Springs

Socialist bandwagon

Dear editor:

Where is that little Hollywood elitist weasel Sean Penn? A few years ago he was making news palling around with his communist buddies in Cuba and Venezuela and now that millions have fled and millions are starving where is the little socialist communist weasel along with some of his other Hollywood elitist America hating friends like Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte?

This is what these elitist socialist weasels do best -- they promote their extreme liberal agendas and all they cause is poverty and misery everywhere they go because that's what socialism does whether here or some other country. Then, after they get some attention and it goes south, as in the case of Venezuela, they crawl back into the rat hole they came out of. Some of them might not have run down to Venezuela, but they'll jump on Bernie's socialist bandwagon or their newest socialist hero with her Bad Deal, AOC and the Hollywood elitist will be pouring money into their campaigns to, what, make us Venezuela?

Speaking of that socialist weasel Bernie Sanders, he owns three homes. He just built a multimillion dollar lake home in Vermont, hopefully, for his retirement and, like all of them including the Hollywood elitists, they fly around in their private jets. Their carbon footprints are 50 times most of ours and they then tell us to drive a Prius while their schemes lead to welfare and poverty. Anyone with half a brain should tell that socialist weasel and his other Democrat socialist friends to go to Vermont and jump in Bernie's socialist lake.

They bring up this socialist nonsense even though we should know by now it doesn't work. Here, it leads to pockets of poverty, and there it leads to starvation. They do this because there is always another generation that has to be indoctrinated with the so-called benefits of socialism. Millennials beware; it's capitalism that brings prosperity, just like what has happened since Trump was elected. More jobs than people to fill them leads to a shortage of workers which leads to higher pay and benefits. Then allow just enough immigration to help fill those shortages. Don't be fooled by liberal nonsense!

Larry Bauer

Hot Springs Village

Editorial on 03/11/2019

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