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When FDR brought electricity to most of South some cried 'socialism'

To The Daily Sun,

It has taken 237 years for the United States to build its society, which includes both physical infrastructure and laws that protect our freedoms. All of us, no matter how independent or wealthy must rely on our society to earn a living. So why do some citizens want to destroy what we have built?" The rallying cry of these partisans is "We demand a smaller government ...we're becoming a socialist nation!"

When the nation was created in 1776, the population of the country was three million and New York City had only 30,000 people. Today, we have 55 million miles of paved roads, over 5,000 airports and over 2,000 public power systems that serve our economy and our population of 317 million people.

Most people are unaware that before the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by President Roosevelt in 1933, only 10 percent of the people in the rural South had any electricity. The American Liberty League, or the "Tea Party" of its day was against the law, saying that electricity was never mentioned in the Constitution and the government was becoming "Socialist" by generating cheap electricity to the rural areas of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.

Roosevelt also passed a law that child labor be abolished. Up to that point, little children, some as young as five, worked in dangerous mills and factories. Roosevelt's plan was ruled unconstitutional by the Republican-controlled Supreme Court, which said that the federal government had no jurisdiction in this matter, as it would deprive the worker (the child) of entering into a contract to provide his labor. Thankfully, over the years, child labor was recognized as deplorable and today children are protected throughout the U.S.

Governor Mitt Romney was fond of saying that the government is incompetent and is incapable of building anything. More correctly, nearly every industry, from railroads to communication satellites, and from public health to the Internet has relied on the government for its creation and support. To encourage the growth of air travel and make it affordable, federal law has subsidized airlines, airports and passenger fares since the inception of the airplane. It is estimated that a flight from a small airport like Manchester would cost us 50 percent more, or be downright eliminated, without the subsidy. Since oil was discovered in Oil Creek Pennsylvania in 1859, the government has encouraged oil production with subsidies and loans. Recently, when it was found that batteries for electric cars were being produced only in China, the government funded over 30 domestic businesses to develop American batteries. Today, we have the most advanced electric car batteries in the world.

I challenge anyone to cite an industry that does not benefit directly or indirectly from government. It's a simple fact, that if we cut government, we also cut business activity and our standard of living.

Nick Vazzana
Sandwich

 
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