Apr 19, 2019
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Letter: Democratic socialists attempt to work for the good of the people but still fail

I believe that the new Democratic socialist members of the U.S. Congress have their hearts in the right place, but not their heads.  

Like them, I, too, believe that our federal government should do more and spend more to help make the lives of our citizens better, just like our traditional allies currently do.

However, there has never been a truly socialist economy in the history of the world that was ever able to produce enough wealth to meet the survival needs of its citizens.  

It has never worked.  

So, it is foolish to call yourself a socialist. You are just giving conservatives a new insult and put-down to call you.

A lot has been said about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to tax the income of those earning over $10 million per year by 70 percent.

The problem with this is that we need to start taxing the wealth — that’s where we can get enough revenue to pass a Canadian-style national health insurance program to cover and greatly help 99 percent of Americans (except for the richest 1 percent).

Ocasio-Cortez’s income tax proposal won’t raise anywhere close to what a “national wealth tax” of 10 percent on all those individuals with a net wealth and net worth of $10 million and higher would raise.

It is possible that we might have a much more equal and truly socialist society one day, but that day is at least 1,000 to 2,000 years away.

We will all have to evolve and transform spiritually, emotionally and mentally into much more loving, caring, empathetic, compassionate and altruistic human beings before we are ready for that.

Right now, we are simply too individualistic, too selfish, too self centered, too self absorbed, too full of ourselves and too much into believing that we are ‘all that’ for it to work.

As the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin observed, humankind is presently at the spiritual, emotional and mental level of a 12-year-old child. Sometimes, I think that it is more like a 7-year-old child. I include myself in that because every day I fall short of being the kind of human being that I know I can and should be, and I make mistakes every day of my life.

So, I am not judging anyone else here.

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