Letters to the Editor

Socialism 101: Public schools, the VA and Sen. Joni Ernst

What do the following have in common: public schools, Social Security, Veterans Administration, the military, and public roads. They’re founded on the principles of socialism. What is socialism? It’s the pooling of resources in order to benefit people in a given community. For example, funding the military and Social Security through taxes deducted from our paychecks.

There are numerous degrees of socialism, which include a socialist economy. The U.S. is a country whose economic foundation is rooted in capitalism and its public structure grounded in ideas that sprang from socialist based ideologies. We’re fortunate that our democracy allows for a hybrid that brings principles of these two ideologies together.

As a former Fortune 500 executive, I value free enterprise; and as a member of a community comprised of 336 million people called the United States, I know that our country would not flourish without everyone collectively pulling our resources together to build a better society.

Lately, Sen. Joni Ernst has been critical of others who are speaking about universal health care, environmental programs, and other items that will benefit society as a whole. Ernst has said, “socialism is creeping into America” as if it’s a plague that will destroy our way of life. In my opinion, it would benefit Ernst to take a step back and realize that, as an American and former member of the military, she has enjoyed and benefited from socialist-based programs her entire life.

Peggy Stover

Marion

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