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LETTERS: Seeds of our own death; many similar government programs | Opinion

The seeds of our own demise

On the heels of the so-called Cut Inflation Act irrationally subsidizing more things we don’t need, the student loan bailout is the latest installment in America’s seemingly unstoppable drift. towards socialism.

I am unable to express my dismay at the mess our political leaders are making of the country. And yet, it was predicted 250 years ago by Alexander Tytler, the Scottish lawyer, judge, writer and historian who taught at the University of Edinburgh and offered this critique of democracy:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until voters discover that they themselves can vote largesse from the public treasury. From this moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses on a lax fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the greatest civilizations in the world is 200 years. These nations progressed through this sequence: From slavery to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to freedom; From freedom to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to addiction; From addiction to slavery.

We have sown the seeds of our own demise, is there a new leader who will speak the truth? I hope. It is very late in the day for America.

Matt Colman

colorado springs

Many similar government programs

How odd that so many people are railing against the grotesque injustice of Joe Biden’s student loan bailout. So what if relatively less privileged people who didn’t go to college are forced to subsidize relatively privileged people who did go to college? So what if the program stinks of moral hazard, encouraging people to borrow even more college money in even more irresponsible ways? What if the program stimulates inflation by allowing colleges to raise prices and getting paid with printed money?

I say “strange” because the government budget has long been stifled by such programs and few people seem to care. The $7,500 electric car tax credit goes to people who can afford such toys (at $60,000 and up) and is paid for by everyone else. The mortgage interest deduction goes to people who can buy a home and generate itemized deductions that exceed the standard deduction, and is paid by everyone who doesn’t own expensive homes. Customs duties on imported goods benefit the small minority of people involved in this sheltered industry and are paid for by the considerably larger number of customers in this industry. This list could go on and on, but Gazette editors don’t like more than 250 words.

This wonderful outrage people are expressing about the student loan bailout is a good thing. Unfortunately, it is slow in coming and needs to find a similar expression for so many other government programs.

Eric Nickerson

colorado springs

Wars and politicians

Re: Joe Barrea column from August 26th.

The wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were not won because they were controlled by politicians rather than the military.

If politicians send troops to fight overseas, the battles must be under the control of the military staff. The only instructions given by politicians should be simply to win. If not, don’t send troops without the right direction.

If politicians want to control the fighting, let them go to the battlefield and lead the troops.

Ed Haneman

colorado springs

A bipartisan effort

Contrary to the opinion expressed in your Sunday, August 21, 2022, Gazette editorial, I viewed the television ad featuring Wayne Williams, Republican, and Jena Griswold, Democratic Secretary of State, as an attempt bipartisan way to bolster faith in the integrity of our electoral system at a time when that system has been battered by all manner of unsubstantiated allegations of fraud.

Our democratic system needs at least two parties, at least, competing with disparate ideas and solutions. It depends on a minimum of respect between the parties and on the confidence of the citizens in this electoral system. I did not see the announcement in any way as an endorsement of Jena Griswold’s campaign, but as a bipartisan effort to encourage voters to have confidence in this electoral system. I commend Wayne Williams and Jena Griswold for making this effort.

Janet Rahmani

colorado springs

Bold comparison to rulers

Samantha Peck’s audacity to compare herself to famous peaceful civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks. (Gazette of August 23). These “giants,” as she called them, did not stoop to lying or intimidation tactics to get “their” way.

Caroline Mattedi

wooded park

No more partisan nonsense

The charges brought by the El Paso County District Attorney against Senator Pete Lee are simply outrageous!

No one in our legislature has done more for criminal justice than Senator Lee in my 50 years in Colorado Springs.

I’m sure that, without much effort, similar minor charges should be brought against Republican lawmakers.

It is high time to put an end to this partisan nonsense and focus on what is best for our fellow citizens!

Elaine brush

colorado springs