Readers’ Forum Mar. 8


We should elect Ted Cruz

If the creation of money out of thin air (known as quantitative easing) were really more effective than harmful, the U.S. government would do it all the time — not just in a recession. It merely masks a lack of growth, and the more we do it the more rampant the inflation we will have. (This inflation has not happened yet, but that’s because there is a lag factor.) Things will be better in the long run if we end quantitative easing. Thus, we should elect Ted Cruz for President.

The current size of the national debt is another dangerous issue which will hurt us more in the long run if we don’t take drastic action sooner.  Ted Cruz has pledged his support for the Balanced Budget Amendment.

But how can Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump? We should email and snail mail to the Ted Cruz for President organization the suggestion that Ted Cruz make Marco Rubio his Vice-Presidential choice; their poll ratings combined are greater than those of Trump.

— Alex Sokolow
Santa Monica, California

Socialism has never worked and never will

Capitalism encourages hard work, self worth, self reliance and economic growth. Bernie Sanders and other socialists may start out with a positive intention to help everyone, but in the real world it just won’t succeed.

Just look at Greece and Venezuela. Capitalism, unlike socialism, increases the earnings of the average individual. Arguing that the income gap is increasing is ignoring the fact that even the lower class of earners has had an increase in income and a higher standard of living due to capitalism. Another fact is that since 2008 the average income of the lower class has been on a decline, not incline, even with increased taxes. It is a petty thing to say that the wealthy should give a majority of their income away (up to 39.6 percent or more) by government mandate to people and institutions that they may not support.

Eventually people become tired of losing a majority of their hard earned income to support those who did not make good decisions in a career path or abuse the system; even though a good portion of that taxed income will go to good government programs.

I do think, however, that there are people who truly need assistance and are working incredibly hard. That is why we need to have neighbors and friends looking out for each other rather than a government instituted blanket aid program where many people abuse it, and those that actually need it get a bad reputation due to those who abuse it. People of the United States need to be less selfish and more supportive of each other rather than relying on the government to do it for them.

— Taylor Dickinson
Boise, Idaho

Share love, share knowledge

I’m a recently returned missionary that served in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I love those people more than I can explain in words, and their lives seem so unfair to me. Anyone that served in rough areas knows that pain. It’s a good pain though; one that is fueled by love and compassion and a pain that can be used to help these people. If returned missionaries shared their knowledge of these cultures and their struggles, we could infuse others with this love of and desire to help other people around the world.

In the poorer areas of Brazil, people live without working plumbing in houses made of slats of cardboard or plastic. The kids play soccer barefoot in the streets using old worn out soccer balls. Their government does little to improve things. Instead, they spent $15 billion on the World Cup in 2014. Who paid for all that? Brazilian taxpayers.

Brazil isn’t the only country with injustices like this. Returned missionaries know this firsthand. As returned missionaries we can continue to serve the people we learned to love by spreading knowledge of their cultures and lives.

Let’s share our love for the people of the world and inspire others to help these people in order to improve the world we all live in.

— Talon Barlow
Parker, Colorado

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