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Left has forgotten lesson Gov. Bradford learned in Pilgrim days

To The Daily Sun,

Bernie Sanders has convinced untold thousands that Democratic Socialism is finally the correct form that will prevent socialism from destroying our society, as it has with all past civilizations throughout history. How many millennials are aware that Venezuela, one current socialist country, is on the verge of collapse despite being awash with oil reserves. It is now awash with economic misery and nearing economic collapse. Our educational system, corrupted by the progressive socialists of the left, no longer teach our children the realities of life. So naturally they believe that free college education and free health care really means free, ignoring the laws of common sense and economics. They are told by Mr. Sanders and the progressive left that if only the evil one percent would pay their fair share, all the rest of us could really have all this free stuff.

As Dr. Thomas Sowell reminds us, "Under any economic system, those costs are either going to be paid off or there are not going to be any colleges. Money is just an artificial device for getting real things done." So while college costs continue to skyrocket, mostly due to government interference though all sorts of subsidies using "other people's money," that spigot would dry up after Bernie burns through a decreasing supply of "other people's money."

Perhaps Mr. Sanders and the left have forgotten the lesson Governor Bradford learned when he tried to "spread the wealth" of all the Pilgrims, whether or not they actually produced any goods or services. People were starving, and so Governor Bradford decided that the profit incentive of capitalism and entrepreneurship was far preferable to socialism by government decree. Joseph Stalin convinced his people that "sharing-the-wealth socialism" would be terrific. Stalin lied and millions died through starvation.

Obamacare gives us a marvelous example of socialism in this country today. The terribly misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is protecting fewer people along with skyrocketing insurance costs. Watching the left-leaning writers attack Tony Boutin has helped to crystallize for us how the mindset of share the wealth socialism can corrupt the thinking of otherwise intelligent people. It has been a polarizing force, as the few who have been helped by Obamacare don't seem so concerned with how it has hurt so very many more.

Socialism is also incredibly wasteful. When accountability is taken out of the hands of individuals and given to bureaucrats to control and disperse "other people's money," waste and fraud proliferate. Socialism is also, out of economic necessity divisive, as folks quarrel over the ever shrinking statist pie.

Even though we have ample evidence of how the rich transfer their wealth elsewhere when the government tries to confiscate too much of it, those of us uniformed and indoctrinated by academia, remain convinced that the rich can actually be taxed enough to pay for all of our "free stuff."

Again, Dr. Sowell offers us insight into the minds of enduring delusions, created from waters long muddied by the Democratic, socialist left. "Who would not want to live in a world where college was free, along with many other things, and where government protected us from the shocks of life and guaranteed our happiness?" Impractical idealism and delusions of grandeur define the left. So does death and destruction, and yet so many remain convinced that the Democratic Party is the party of compassion. It just blows my mind.

Just as prescription drugs and street drugs offer folks the illusion that their life will be better with these intoxicants and pain killers, so does the hallucinatory belief that socialism will also make them feel better. Sadly, reality bites and it will not. It never has and never will.

If we keep electing politicians from the left, who love socialism, and that includes Ms. Clinton, well then we will indeed soon "feel the burn" of economic misery and a drastically lowered standard of living. The bureaucratic elites will delight in their opulence while dispensing bread and circus to the rest of us.

Don Quixote rides with Hillary and Bernie. Will someone emerge as the conservative "Lone Ranger" to stop them and remind us that, "If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride"? If not this year, then the sun will surely soon set on this constitutional republic of ours.

Russ Wiles

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Thank you Belmont voters for again putting your confidence in me

To The Daily Sun,

I am honored that Belmont voters have once again put their confidence and trust in me to be your selectman. I will continue to work hard for you and do what is best for the town of Belmont.

I would like to thank Ruth Mooney, Donna Cilley and Sonny Patten for their assistance and strong support,  and of course, the voters for electing me.

Jon Pike


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