Vot­ers can stop march down path to so­cial­ism

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Re: “Sup­port­ers of so­cial­ism are right­fully wor­ried” (Let­ter to the ed­i­tor, Dec. 5):

Re­gard­ing the ri­ot­ing in France, the let­ter-writer states “let us hope we never fol­low a sim­i­lar de­struc­tive path.” How­ever, the re­al­ity is that we in the U.S. are marching down the same path — you hear some politi­cians con­stantly tout­ing more ”free stuff” such as free col­lege ed­u­ca­tion and “uni­ver­sal ba­sic in­come.” They are sim­ply us­ing a so­cial­is­tic agenda to gain votes and get elected.

Dis­turbingly, the pro­mo­tion of open bor­ders and dis­dain for im­mi­gra­tion laws by such politi­cians is also a ploy to gain loyal fu­ture vot­ers in ex­change for “free stuff.” To be fair, some in the donor class seem to want open bor­ders for ac­cess to in­ex­pen­sive la­bor. Vot­ers have the power to stop the march down this path. If they don’t, they might es­cape the con­se­quences, but their prog­eny may not be as lucky. — Balan Srini­vasan, Los Al­tos

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