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Not true socialism

Posted: June 21, 2009 10:10 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Gary Horton's June 3 commentary ("Just move along folks..") attempts to tell readers how truly perfect socialist societies are.

These would be the countries wherein the government taxes the working stiffs at a crippling high rate then decides what services will be provided to all.

Bottom line: the government has all of the say-so and the citizens have none ... but for a chosen few, of course.

Mr. Horton offers the story of his experience winning a political bet with his fellow coffee drinkers at the local shop in the amount of $200.

Ultimately because he is a (self-described and admitted) "socialist," he gave the coffee shop employees $30, bought coupons for his buddies for $90 and kept $80 for himself. He believes the acts reflect socialism as in the end everyone was happy.

In reality socialism wasn't achieved at all. Under socialism, the vast majority of the $200 would have been demanded by and given to the government with that government dictating the money's destination.

Ironically, Mr. Horton's act of "choosing" the type of charity he wanted versus giving the money to the government to spend its way is clearly the mind set of a true conservative.

Gary Horton has written more than once that we are a people who "starve" our government, yet there is total silence about the amount of the $200 he sent to the state of California and the IRS.

All of this is yet another example how mass destruction like socialism is all right for the rest of us but not for the proverbial "me."

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