Room for improvement
Editor: I believe that the new “Democratic socialist” members of Congress have their hearts and souls in the right place, but not their heads and minds.
Like them, I believe that our federal government should do more and spend more to help make the lives of our citizens better, just like our traditional allies do. However, there has never been a truly “socialist” economy that was able to produce enough wealth to meet the basic survival needs of its citizens. It never has worked. So, it is foolish to call yourself a socialist. It just gives conservatives a new insult and put-down to try to make you look bad.
A lot has been said about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-cortez’s proposal to tax the yearly-income of those earning more than $10 million per year at 70 percent. We need to start taxing total wealth because that’s where we can get enough revenue to pass a Canadianstyle national health insurance program to cover and greatly help most Americans. That’s where we can get the revenue to declare a “war on cancer” and spend enough to find cures for all forms and kinds of cancer.
It is possible that we might have a much more equal and truly “socialist” society one day. But we will have to evolve and transform spiritually, emotionally and mentally into much more loving, caring and compassionate people before we are ready for that. Right now, we are simply too individualistic, too selfish, too self-centered and too selfabsorbed for it to work.
As the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin observed, humankind is currently at the spiritual, emotional, and mental level of a 12 year-old child. I include myself because I make mistakes and I fall short of being the kind of person who I can be and should be.
STEWART B. EPSTEIN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK