Letter: The Real Spending Mistake | Opinion
In Marvin Covault’s latest column, he worries about socialism. Not military socialism, like the trillions of dollars we spend each year on the military-industrial complex that helps no one but itself. Take the Pentagon alone, the largest office complex in the world. How much does it cost per year to run this and what does it accomplish?
We spent trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan to finally pull out and what did we achieve? What has been the benefit for the people of this country of these wars? They are and were an embarrassment.
When it comes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, we know what the benefits are, they are palpable. And dare I mention the extra millions we gave to Afghan leaders like Karzai in the act? How do we count this?
And when it comes to socialism, why not look at some of the most prosperous countries in the world like Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland? Many surveys find that the people of these countries are the happiest in the world. No matter how you look at it, nobody can say that about America. The only ones making billions in this country are in finance, entertainment, real estate, etc.
So I say, “Put a plug in it, General.” Stop invoking the specter of socialism as the “big bad wolf” in this country and picking up cudgels for the poor and needy in this country that big business has no interest in helping.
Bob Katrin, Southern Pines
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