Political systems boil down to what motivates us
October 2, 2019


To the editor:

How do you compare socialism and capitalism extolled by the presidential candidates especially Saunders and Warren? They propose taking our socialism much further paying for education, health care, and dictating energy usage.

Socialism is sold as fairness, allowing everyone to enjoy an even distribution of money all provided by your friendly government.

I submit that motivation is the big difference between socialism and capitalism. A successful capitalist is motivated by profit and that depends upon happy customers. In order to make profit the capitalist has to work hard, work smart, and make their customers happy through quality products and good relations. Of course the workers have to be in the same mind set.

Socialism is management by government. Profit is not the motive; the workers are motivated by job security, benefits, and pensions; the more ambitious are motivated by power, money and prestige. The customer (taxpayer) does not motivate the socialistic government. The customers have no recourse regardless of quality and service! The government only has to worry about support and as George Bernard Shaw said, "a government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend upon the support of Paul."

A couple examples: One state spent hundreds of millions of dollars on software to match ObamaCare and then had to redo it spending hundreds of millions more. After this dismal failure, the same state took on a licensing software project and spent over $100 million. They have not been able to make it work in over a year spending millions more. They have finally given up and are hiring an outside "capitalistic" company for $35 million for a new system. No one was fired and the cost was simply passed on to the taxpayers.

We learned under Obama that our veterans were waiting as long as two years to be treated at VA hospitals. It was then revealed that some managers were keeping two books, one to achieve a large bonus and one to keep track of veterans who would keep them from getting the bonus. Even with this fraud committed on the taxpayers and especially veterans, I don't recall any manager being fired and some of them still received their bonuses. The losers were the vets and the taxpayer who had no voice in the matter.

More socialism means more bureaucrats who are enmeshed in an unaccountable system. Even Congress is handcuffed by bureaucratic control.

French economist Frederic Bastiat said, "The (socialist) state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."

Promising that government will pay education loans, health care, energy replacement, and many other benefits, is attractive to anyone who is looking for a free lunch.

John A. Benedict

Cape Coral


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