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October 8, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Be thankful for all the wealthy provide

Patrick Kelso’s letter in Sunday’s Sun, “Wealthy benefit at expense of others” is wrong. It’s just the opposite. Where does he think all the jobs come from?

The government? The government doesn’t generate money. It spends money taken via taxes from the public. Only private industry generates income.

Regarding income inequality, he finds the U.S. No. 93 in the world and more unequal than Iran, Russia, China, India, Egypt and all Western European countries except Switzerland. You don’t see people trying to sneak into those countries to take advantage of their wonderful economies. What does he think has made the U.S. the greatest, most advanced and progressive country in the world — until recently?

He mentioned the Wal-Mart family’s wealth. They had an idea, risked capital by investing in it, and succeeded. If it had failed, they lose. No bailout. This is what makes America great and unique. If he thinks those other countries are better, try asking their citizens if they want to trade places with him.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen dropped out of college and started Microsoft. These men were entrepreneurs with an idea and were willing to risk everything to get it. Don’t covet what others have. Be grateful they gave you a job.

Kelso ends his letter with “Can you afford to vote Republican?” Can you afford not to?

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