- - Thursday, June 1, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

For many years now the country has been leaning toward becoming the United States of Socialist America (USSA). The mainstream media and Democrats are criticizing President Trump’s proposed budget, a genuine attempt at redirecting federal spending and balancing the budget in the long run. If Democrats or the mainstream media have offered proposals to accomplish those goals, I’m not aware of them.

Many on the left complain that “the rich” do not pay their fair share of taxes. I wonder where we would be if the people with the money did not provide jobs for others. For example, how many jobs is Bill Gates ultimately responsible for having created? Nevertheless, the tax code does need revision.

I can’t forget how candidate Barack Obama said the $4 trillion debt increase under President George W. Bush was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” We all know what happened to the debt on President Obama’s watch. Of course, to the political left the debt hike was the fault of neither Mr. Obama nor the Democrats — even though Mr. Obama had said his administration would be “a one-term deal” if he failed to reduce the debt by half during his first term.

I believe the Lord helps those who help themselves. I don’t believe that means helping yourself to what belongs to others.

GLENN V. BRAUNER

Annapolis

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