Letter: Socialism and private enterprise work well together

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President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address said, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” The increasing popularity of socialism, among the American public, has Republican politicians terrified and you can just bet, Trump will make it his next “buzzword” of fear and hate during the next election cycle.

Socialism, as practiced in the United States, is the governmental ownership of the means of production and distribution of certain types of goods and services.

Public schools including colleges and universities, libraries, water plants and water distribution systems, all federal and state highways, the lights that illuminate cities streets, police and fire departments, the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the Bank of North Dakota, every branch of the U.S. military, public jails and prisons, public parks and National Parks and public parking are a few examples of socialism. Other examples are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Garrison Dam was built with tax monies; therefore it is an example of socialism. The National Weather Service and veterans hospitals are also examples of socialism. Anything public is a symbol of socialism.

Private hospitals and clinics, car manufacturers, airplane manufacturers, private businesses, supermarkets, clothing stores, communications companies, construction companies, private food manufactures are just some of what we call private enterprise.

In capitalistic America, where money is used as a tool to make more money, socialism and private enterprise work very well together.

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