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Letter to the Editor: 'Progressive' programs destructive of freedom

on January 12, 2014 2:00 AM

Regarding Don Skillin’s Jan. 5 letter referencing Rich Lowry’s Dec. 29 column, “The Art of Escape”:

What Mr. Skillin fails to recognize is that in going to church you have a choice as to where to worship and “feed your soul” or choose not to attend at all. In education, the “wellness of mind,” you have choices as to the type of education you desire: public, private, cyber, home school, apprenticeships. What choice is there in Obamacare? Take our plan or pay a fine.

Having lived in Russia and Venezuela for a short time several years ago, I witnessed firsthand the destruction of the economy, the vast decay of the infrastructure and the hopelessness in the eyes of people through laws of central government planning and control.

Passing Obamacare without a single moderate or conservative Republican vote should tell you something was amiss.

As Ms. Pelosi famously stated, “We have to pass this bill to see what’s in it.” That speaks volumes as to how far out of touch Congress and this president are with the people.

It is more important to control the population and realize the socialist dream of government central planning than let freedom reign.

How presumptuous of our leaders to assume that one size fits all! I really don’t need, at my age, maternity and birth control benefits. I would rather tailor and choose my plan according to my lifestyle.

It is rather obvious by now that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan and if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” was a lie.

Yes, many people have fought for “progressive programs” that ultimately will lead to the destruction of the freedoms I and many others hold so dear. In my opinion, as liberals lie, freedom dies.

Fred Hayes

Homer City

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