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Letter to the Editor - Dec. 29

December 29, 2011

Government is key to the creation of wealth


To the editor

President Obama’s call to tax the rich has created quite a stir among conservatives — going well beyond tea partiers and right-wing commentators. Fortunately, the consternation of our conservative fellow citizens is due mostly to the illusion that wealth and success is the result of hard work.

To be sure, hard work is important. But without the services of our government, hard work would be futile. “Services?” you may ask, “What services? Welfare? Social security?” No, not those. I am talking about services like law and order, national security, transportation infrastructure, or public education. Yes, many conservatives overlook that wealth and success would not be possible without such government services.

There was in fact a time when there was no government and no government services — we call it the Paleolithic. And without government and government services we would still live like stone-age people today.

And it is the government services like law and order, national security, transportation infrastructure, or public education that the rich do not sufficiently pay for right now. Hard working people who are struggling to make ends meet are subsidizing those who live in opulence. That’s not right. That’s not fair. Let Obama fix it.


Hans K. Buhrer
Smithsburg

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