Room for im­prove­ment

The Times-Tribune - - EDITORIAL -

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

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