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We're not all socialists

Posted: March 30, 2009 12:41 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Gary Horton's "Honestly, we're all socialists in the SCV" opinion column (March 18) made about as much sense as the alcoholic who extols the virtues of alcoholism to the person who has a glass of wine once a week with his Sunday dinner in an effort to convert him to a life of alcoholism.

Yes, we have shared resources like police and fire protection, schools and parks like any other civilized community, but you cannot draw the parallel that because we all enjoy those services we must then all be socialists.

Because someone jogs three miles a day can we assume he or she is a marathon runner? Then why assert that because someone uses the bike path that person surely must be a socialist?

Am I a socialist because I gave money to the Red Cross for the fire victims of Sylmar last fall?

Are the victims of the fire socialists for accepting the help? I don't think so.

Maybe the easy way to determine if capitalism or socialism is more appealing is to look around at where people are immigrating from and to.

The U.S. has 20.5 percent of the world's immigrants and three times the next closest country. How do you explain this if capitalism is such a bust?

The U.S. is recognized worldwide as a capitalist country. They are not coming to get more of the same. They are coming for an opportunity to succeed, which is afforded by our capitalist society.

If you think capitalism is the wrong path, then why does the U.S. have three times the gross domestic product of the next closest country?

It seems to me you are suggesting socialism is the solution to a problem that does not exist.


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