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Letters to the Editor: April 2019
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 22:44

What socialism is and isn’t; Sanders, AOC? Mislabeled

It is about time that the American people were educated and informed about what true “socialism” is and is not.  

The fact is that, in true socialism, “the means of production” are owned by all of the people.

In other words, in true socialism all of the workplaces and businesses are owned, controlled and run by all of the people, for the good and well-being of all of the people. They are not privately owned by individuals and groups.  

In true socialism, we would not be paid totally equally in terms of how much we would get paid for our work, but we would be much, much more equal than we are now. 

There would not be any billionaires or people who have hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of millions of dollars in total wealth, most of which they inherited and did not earn by their own labor. We would share what we have.

Those individuals such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who call themselves “Democratic Socialists” are not really socialists at all.

They are actually ultra-liberal/progressive Democrats who believe that our federal government should do more and spend more on the safety-net programs, as well as other social programs that help the poor, the near-poor (those living on 100 percent to 125 percent of “the official poverty line”), the lower-middle-class, the middle-class, and even the upper-middle-class because they also have financial struggles and problems especially when it comes to medical and health care expenses in their families.

They don’t advocate replacing our capitalist economic system with a truly socialist economic system. That has never worked on a large-scale. They support our market-based capitalist economic system, but they want a more humane capitalist economic system that has more federal government spending to help all of the people in our country just as our traditional allies do more of than we do here in the USA. 

So, Republicans and Democrats, please stop spreading the false belief that having a federal government social program such as “Social Security” somehow makes us a “socialist” country.

Because it does not.

STEWART B. EPSTEIN
Rochester, N.Y.

 EDITOR’S NOTER: Epstein, a Democrat, is running against  incumbent Congressman Chris Collins, R-N.Y., for the seat that represents western New York. Collins was the first sitting U.S. representative to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States, and he served on Trump’s presidential transition team.

 


Actress-singer Jane Powell touted on her 90th birthday

That sweet “Girl Next Door” singer-actress Jane Powell celebrated her 90th birthday on April 1, 2019!

A star of stage, screen and radio, she is noted for her work in such entertaining musicals as ‘’Seven Brides For Seven Brothers,” sharing honors with Howard Keel and “Royal Wedding,” co-starring with Fred Astaire, among many other delightful family movies.

Happy birthday Jane and many more from your legions of fans around the world!
HERB STARK
Mooresville
 



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