Consider Germany and the benefits of socialism

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Capitalism of the rich, by the rich, for the rich -- I don't believe our Founding Fathers had that in mind after risking their lives for this nation, something that most rich don't do.

In reply to Mike Davic of South Park ("Pushing Socialism," Nov. 18 Issue One letters): I have watched socialism at work in Germany. In the early '50s, I was part of the occupying force of a devastated Germany which was required to support the occupiers. In the 1980s, I again lived in Germany and noticed the extremely high taxes that everyone paid. In return, they got cradle-to-grave health care and built one of the finest education systems. Unlike our country, where students (except the rich) are burdened with heavy student loans, taking years to repay, socialist Germany provides universal college education at no cost to the students (neither rich nor poor). Unlike the United States, German roads and bridges are well-maintained. Of course, the rich here have their own private aircraft.

There are many other benefits of socialism. German unemployment is much lower than the United States. It lends money rather than borrows it. The rich Germans get richer but nothing like the wealth accumulated by the wealthy capitalists in our country.

I hope President Barack Obama will move us into a degree of socialism.

RAY PRIEST
Valencia


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