A misleading picture on socialism
In response to “The downside of Sanders, socialism” (Feb. 22 Forum):
Forum writer Jim Cherry wants to define socialism as Marxism.
Some of the countries with the highest standards of living in the world – Germany, Scandinavian countries, Canada – have democratic socialist policies in place. Higher tax rates are offset by low health care costs and ac- cess to quality education for all.
By definition, socialism looks out for the common good of the people. We have it here in public education and public services and benefits shared by all.
Using Venezuela as a model of socialism is misleading. Starting with poorly implemented populist policies under Chavez, Venezuela has evolved into a dictatorship under Maduro where looking out for the common good went out the window years ago.
– Melissa Lamprich, Tega