to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
This last month Prairie students and athletes have been busy! It was
nice to see the girls track team bringing home another state championship,
boys baseball team receive the academic champs, the softball team take
second in state to up and coming Horseshoe Bend, HOSA and FFA doing well
at state, and PHS being named School of Excellence was a nice way to wrap
up the end of the year. We are so fortunate for the teachers and
community we have.
Jerry and Janet Richardson
No. 111 - 6/5/2017
Enough! It is common experience that a time comes when discussing
a certain topic reaches a saturation point, a "diminishing return" quality
that demands it be dropped! Even a pleasant experience like over eating
ice cream has such a disastrous moment!
So too its true with our treatment of economic systems which struggle
hard to make the good things of life available to all, attempting to create
a kind of utopia where wants and desires of all can be satisfied.
Such attempts have been given the name SOCIALISM both currently and in
history. And all who have kept up with events in our country this
past year and over the past several decades know that a utopian socialism
has gained a new popularity in our country, and dominates the economic
departments of many of our colleges and universities today. Thus
it is not surprising that many of our college
grads are fans of the system and politicians like Bernie and Hillary!
But why? It has been argued here that common sense tells us that
a system cannot take from producers and give to non-producers for an extended
period of time without major problems occurring. Thinking about it
tells us this is true! And history of civilizations like Greece and
Rome in the past, and the present state of countries like Venezuela confirm
these common sense conclusions.
Is there some kind of an economic death wish found in socialism's supporters?
Older folks like myself, call us Red Necks if you wish, because we seem
to be old fashioned, and out of touch with modern thinking, cannot help
but remember what it was like back in the mid 1900's, when government efforts
to level the economic status of all people were far less visible. True,
a careful observer could see the beginnings in many little ways. But, federal
aid to farmers was in its infancy, and federal aid to education was still
only a dream in the minds of socialist thinkers. Government debt
was low at the time, most of it a result of WWII, and other smaller wars.
Families were more intact, and disasters striking a particular family were
often resolved by helpful neighbors and local churches.
The differences between then and now are easy to see! Private
college years in the mid'50's normally cost less than $1000, and public
universities and colleges cost even less. The small Hershey bar I impulsively
bought at Walmart recently, advertised on sale at 75cents, was twice as
large in my youth, and cost a single nickel. Stamps at 49 cents now
sold for decades for 3 cents. And on and on! The new Ford or Chevy
car sitting in the show room could be purchased for as little as $1700.
Yes, times have changed! Today we have government telling us
how to teach our schoolchildren, how to farm our ground, what prayers we
can or cannot say, and where we can or cannot say them. Our country
which we were once taught was a "melting pot," a kind of stew in which
all of the nationalities and ingredients tended to blend together to form
a final product, an American who was patriotic and loved his country, and
who tended to be oblivious to individual differences, has now become more
like a "salad bowl" where each
ingredient retains its identity, and often refuses to accept its near
neighbor. Immigrants who come here are no longer expected to blend
into the existing society, to learn our language and become citizens, but
are often encouraged by government to maintain their foreign customs and
identity, even where that difference is actually opposed and destructive
to the way of life attracting them here in the first place! So again,
a person is inclined to ask, why would anyone want to throw away the old
system and adopt the disastrous new?
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