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Letter to the Editor - Aug. 19

August 19, 2011

We need a government that’s for the people, not the rich


To the editor:

After reading Tom Firey’s column in the July 20 Herald-Mail, I was compelled to critique his argument for a limited government. He states: “Limited Government is based on the belief that human wants and needs are best satisfied through private, voluntary action.” I am afraid I do not share his belief. I am also not sure what he means by limited government. Is it its size or is it the span of its intrusion in our life? I will take one of his examples to make a point. I am happy to hear that he has enough money to buy a steak and a butcher to supply it. What has been omitted here is whether the steak he buys is safe to consume. Consider the fact that many people die because of the food contamination, it becomes necessary to have some regulations concerning the safety of food and enough number of people to enforce them.

Let me just give a few more examples. Let us look at the pharmaceutical industries. They introduce drugs, which later are found to be unsafe. Remember Vioxx? Consider the tobacco industries, which claimed that cigarettes were not addictive, while their own research said otherwise. Today we are driving the safest cars ever manufactured, thanks to Mr. Nader. Certainly, if we were living in a perfect world where each of us behaved according to a moral code, which forbids lying, cheating, killing, and industry which put the interest of the consumers first rather than making money regardless, then I would say we do not need a big government.

The reality is that we live in a world where we have cheaters, killers, rapists, manufacturers whose products are unsafe, and anything else bad we can think of. Therefore, in a diverse society we need more government oversight contrary to what Mr. Firey proposes. What we really need is a smart government to carry out its duties, with elected official providing us with just and intelligent regulations. There is no correlation between a bad government and its size, and there is no such thing as ‘the invisible hand,’ but only visible greed.

Amazingly, he concludes his column by stating that some people want larger government. No, Mr. Firey, we want a government which will not tilt laws and regulations for the benefits of the rich and corporations.

While lecturing the rest of us on our moral responsibility and discipline, the rich and the tea party want the very government that they despise to cater to their own appetite.

S.V. Yumlu
Hagerstown

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