Letter: How is bailing out farmers not a form of socialism?
Socialism has become one of the new fear words for the 2020 election. Socialism will have us all paying more taxes to benefit people who don't want to work for anything, and allow them to leech off the rest of us. I get it.
Say I have a little gift shop that allows me to eke out a living. Some years are good. Some are not. Now because of a trade war my profits are threatened. That's okay. I have loss insurance subsidized by the government. Didn't know that? Well, I do, so it gives me a measure of security that should some disaster befall me, I'm covered. Also, since the trade war has affected my ability to sell my knickknacks, the government has also stepped in and promised to compensate me for loss of sales. So I don't even have to worry about paying my rent or even if I sell anything. I may not get rich, and I would rather be selling my product, but I don't have to worry about folding. My little shop will keep on going no matter what. The taxpayers are footing the bill to make sure I keep going, but I think I deserve it. Don't you?
If you don't, then perhaps you can explain to me why farmers, including major business operations, are able to have such security when the rest of us don't, and yet have to pay for it, or how this is not also an evil of socialism.