Tom Danehy's George W. Bush column was way more intelligent and insightful.
Hopefully, out of sight will be completely out of mind. Brilliant column!
Carolyn Webb and Herb Boskin
A maxim in the former Soviet Union was: They pretend to pay me, and I pretend to work. It is a fact that communism makes everyone equally poor except the elite. It is sad that in America, we have monopolistic capitalism, which is not the competitive capitalism proposed by the founders and the Constitution.
The Communist Manifesto represents a misguided philosophy which teaches citizens to give up their rights for the sake of the "common good," but it always ends in a police state. This is called preventive justice. Control is the key concept of the Manifesto:
First plank: Abolition of private property (fail to pay taxes--IRS/state revenue).
Second plank: Heavy progressive income tax (federal and state income taxes, Medicare, Social Security taxes).
Third plank: Abolition of all rights of inheritance (inheritance taxes).
Fourth plank: Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels.
Fifth plank: A central bank (our Federal Reserve system, a private monopoly).
Sixth plank: Government control of communication and transportation (Department of Transportation, Federal Communications Commission).
Seventh plank: Government ownership of factories and agriculture (Department of Agriculture, choking regulations).
Eighth plank: Government control of labor (Department of Labor).
Ninth plank: Corporate farms, regional planning (multinational agribusiness, breaking down counties, states, etc.).
Tenth plank: Government control of education (Department of Education).
Is it any wonder why this crisis is upon us?
Smith should take a look at statistics on housing, employment, education and criminal justice (the latter an Orwellian term to those who know its racial biases). They should make it apparent that we're not all sharing the same experience of life in the United States. White people enjoy more privileges here, so why not balance things by rewarding those who bring the voices of the marginalized to the arts?
People of every culture have many things in common, including genetics, location and a general point of view. The fact is, on this continent, the world knows which point of view has conquered and cared, immolated and innovated, awed and annihilated. Like all cultures, there's a duality.
Acceptance of all of our faults as well as triumphs is the gateway to cultural freedom and racial tranquility.