To The Daily Sun,
Okay, Iowa is over, New Hampshire is next. All of you who believe that the governments exists only to give the people everything they selfishly want (notice I didn't say "need" — there is a very important difference), socialist Bernie Sanders is on his way.
As a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, taxpayer, and veteran, it breaks my heart when I see so many people over the years have morphed from rugged individuals, who believed that we all have the personal responsibility to take care of ourselves, into supporters of cradle-to-grave nanny-staters, who are content to let bureaucrats at every level of government make all the crucial decisions on how you live your lives.
As Margret Thatcher said, "Socialism works very well, until you run out of other people's money." If Bernie thinks that 90 percent taxation rate is so good, wouldn't 100 percent be even better? The problem with that thinking is, even if the net worth of every millionaire and billionaire in the U.S. were to be turned over to the government, including people like Bill Gates and his $80 billion, Oprah Winfrey and her $3 billion, Mark Zuckerberg and his $35 billion, Warren Buffett and his $67 billion, George Soros and his $27 billion, and on and on, until they were all completely penniless, it would only fund the U.S. Government for a few months. Then the government would shut down, and all those government entitlement recipients would starve to death.
Some people who don't like capitalism, sadly don't even know what it is. Capitalism is defined as "...the means of production (tools, factories, distribution systems, land, etc.) that is privately owned and operated in a competitive, completely free market, free enterprise manner. Socialism is defined as "...the means of production (listed above) that although may be privately owned, their use is determined by the state; or, in some cases, they are not privately owned, but are rather collectively owned by the society or the state, and decisions about their use are made collectively by that society. Under socialism there is no free market or free enterprise, which removes the profit motive, thereby removing any incentive for improving production.
The founders of this great nation wrote a magical document called the U.S. Constitution, which was designed to prohibit the government from interfering in the free enterprise, free market-driven system. However, over time, activist courts and power-hungry politicians have succeeded to incrementally undermine this system.
Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813) said, "The American Republic will continue to exist up until the time that politicians discover that they can bribe the people with their own money. Then it collapses because of the loose fiscal policies that will inevitably follow."
Make no mistake, free college tuition and other giveaway governmental programs are bribes.