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Entitlement mentality

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The modern-day entitlement mentality started in the 1880s, when the British Fabians sought a middle ground between capitalism and communism.

Their notions of “wealth redistribution” and “equality of results” were later imported by our own Socialist Party in the 1920s and became the economic philosophy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

They constitute, to this day, the core liberal ideology that is actually committed to the destruction of capitalism, although the advocates are generally totally unaware of this potential outcome. They are unaware because the concept of freedom was completely turned upside down by FDR.

Previously, political freedom meant freedom from the state.  When FDR equated freedom with government handouts, the entitlement mentality was born. The state ceased to be viewed as a dangerous enemy and was ever after proclaimed to be the protector and provider.

However, is it still possible to view our government as the “protector and provider” when it is actually the source of economic chaos?

There is a “currency war” going on almost everywhere (China, Japan, Europe and South America) that is threatening to remove the dollar as the international standard because of our so-called “quantitative easing,” better known as “printing money.”

If the dollar is replaced by the euro or the yen, we will have lost this war, and then it won’t matter how many pleas John Kerry makes to the Chinese to invest in America. It won’t happen.

Rick Justen

Wonder Lake

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