Re: Socialist economy | Boothbay Registry
This is in response to the letter from Joe Scorcia (10/28). Mr. Scorcia needs a course in economics. Although I didn’t like economics in college, which isn’t my favorite thing, I learned many forms of economics in political science classes because sometimes they overlap. We are not a socialist country nor a democratic socialist country like many in Western Europe. Not even close. Socialism is an economic system where the government
basically owns factories, farms etc. controlling production. This does not happen in America. No one is proposing socialism in America. And he never received strong support in this country. It’s a word
overused by the right to scare people.
I wonder if Mr. Scorcia has Medicare or Social Security and if not maybe he shouldn’t apply because it is a social program to protect and help people just like programs proposed in the Build Back Better bill, such as paid family leave. , free community college, free preschool, child care, and child tax credits (remember when college was affordable for the middle class and the poor because the government supported their state colleges). We, as a nation, are far behind other nations in doing what government is supposed to do for their people, as Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, said that “the legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people, everything they need to have done, but cannot do … for themselves … in their separate and individual capacities. This does not only mean roads and bridges, but social programs such as than those proposed in the legislation of the Biden package. To be paid also for more than 10 years by means other than the taxation of the middle class.
Re: his commentary on communism. Communism is a “political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class warfare leading and leading to a society in which all property belongs to the state and where each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. “. (Oxford Languages) If we don’t even get closer to socialism, where does that leave communism in the political realm – nowhere!