To the Editor:
Here in America, we are constantly warned of the “evils of socialism.” Yet three of the largest socialist organizations in the world are stealing money away from “We the people.”
The military industrial complex and hundreds of corporations and CEOs profit from more than $700 billion annually to rain death and destruction down on perceived enemies.
Most famously is Dick Cheney’s Haliburton profiting from the Iraq War, started based on lies to the American people, which to this day has destabilized the Middle East. As corporations socialize death and destruction, one wonders which war for profit will the military industrial complex lie us into next?
In professional sports, the billionaire owners of America’s NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL have been coercing and strong-arming taxpayers to fund the building and remodeling of stadiums across America, in nearly every city.
Instead of using their own financing, these billionaires reap the rewards of tax subsidies while our roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and assistance for the elderly, disabled and children go unfunded. Socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the rest.
In corporate America, thanks to the right wing Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for legalized bribery, American and transnational corporations have bought off the entire Republican Party, which has weaponized and socialized the corporate and 1 percent tax code as soaring deficits are left for our children and grandchildren to pay for or suffer the consequences of socialism for the rich.
Meanwhile, the fascist right wing propaganda machine, spearheaded by Fox News, One America News Network, Sinclair Broadcasting and fear mongers, such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, etc., dupe, con and brainwash 30 percent of America’s most ignorant, uninformed citizens into believing that universal health care, a living wage with benefits and an affordable education somehow are the evils of socialism that will turn America into Venezuela or Cuba.
As the other 34 of 35 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries enjoy those benefits, all of their citizens enjoy a higher standard of living because they had the courage to tax the rich. Just like America did under arguably the last legitimately elected Republican president and last true conservative, Dwight D. Eisenhower.