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August 19, 2013

Letter: Socialism, in any form, has never succeeded

Regarding the Our View­ editorial "Hoosiers need help, use the surplus" published July 25, based on a report that indicates more Indiana families' incomes declined in the past decade, your solution is even more socialism?

Socialism fails. While promising "fairness" in security, wealth and health to the masses, it wastes what it gathers and fails to deliver.Ironically, it is most unfair to those it beguiles. Socialism, in any form, has never succeeded. See history.Liberalism in government fails. Eventually it runs out of other people's money to spend on its "noble" yet unsustainable political causes.See Detroit.Union politics fail. Over time it collapses under the weight of its own corruption, to everyone¹s dismay. See Pendleton Avenue, Columbus Avenue or Scatterfield Road.Indiana's budget surplus indicates good work is being done in managing costs and using tax revenues competently; that's conservatism at work.Perhaps the better solution is to return the surplus to the taxpayers­ whose money it was to begin with,­ with the encouragement to use it with local organizations directly serving the truly needy. Federal agencies are notorious for overstatement, under delivery and waste.Of course you're entitled to publish your own point of view, but this one is flawed by old, tired politics. Nothing is improved by spending more while making the same old mistakes.Tod MillerAnderson

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