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Folks, we’re nowhere near socialism

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Socialism is nothing more or nothing less than the ownership of the means of production and the cooperative management of such. Folks, we’re far from that model. We’ve had elements of certain programs dating back to the trans-continental railway of Lincoln, the electrical grid system which provided power to our rural folks, the trans-con freeway/highway of Eisenhower’s administration, Social Security, Medicare, the list goes on and on. All have had elements of socialism in their structure and were for the common good. Many sprang from government involvement and contractual integration into the private sector for ownership and management (as it should be). Stop and think if there were no Social Security or Medicare, where would you or I be? The political bickering and hatred is a direct result of the money from PAC’s, etc. that has been injected into our processes. I’m very concerned about the new McCarthyism that begets this Congressional deadlock and is a direct threat to our democratic ideals. The radical fringes from both sides of the political spectrum generate this using information overload from all sides for their own benefit. Regardless of your political persuasion, stop and have a civil discussion or a cup of coffee with someone instead of giving the middle finger or promoting racial hatred. Geary C. Tiffany, Auburn