I can't help but wonder what planet the author of the Letter to Editor dated March 29 titled "The failures of big government" lives on. If it is this one, he obviously lives in another century. Almost all the criticisms he has about progressives can be turned right back on him, including using emotions, slogans and bumper-stickers to trump reason and logic.
I do not have the space here to address all his accusations and questions, but I will try to answer a few. First, we live in a corporation-dominated society, which is protected by the big government that he claims to hate so much. Progressives learn from history and economics and know that, given the opportunity, business owners will exploit and even enslave workers.
Progressives do promote self-reliance and independence, but understand that this is not possible without education, opportunity and the chance to earn a livable wage. Progressives believe that if the jobs greedy corporations have shipped overseas to exploit workers in Third World countries were brought back there would be little need for welfare. Progressives believe wealthy people and corporations should pay their fair share in taxes.
Some use so many loopholes that they pay no taxes at all. Even Warren Buffett admits that his secretary pays a higher percentage of her income in taxes than he does. Corporations and the wealthy benefit more from the services provided by our government so they should pay a higher percentage in taxes.
Many progressives are successful in business and professions and make no apology for having compassion and believing that both intentions and results do matter. The writer only shows his ignorance when he states that the lives of progressives are dysfunctional messes. I will compare my self-motivation, education, work ethic, achievements, home, and family life with his any day. I have worked for both union and non-union companies and have worked in both union and management. In addition, my wife and I have both owned our own small businesses. How many businesses has the writer started?