Dream in jeopardy

To the Editor,

Stealing a line from Lt. Columbo — just tying up a few loose ends in this letter.

Socialism: Social Security or any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with inadequate or no income. In the United States, a federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired persons, the unemployed and the disabled.

Social services: Government services provided for the benefit of the community such as education, medical care and housing. They are actively aiming to promote the welfare of others.

Social work; Work carried out by trained personal with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those in need of help or welfare.

Democracy: A system of government by the whole population of all eligible members of a state; the practice or principle of social equality.

If K-through-12 isn’t socialism, then why with all of the new technology shouldn’t K-through-two-years-of-junior-college not be socialism?

Why is it that if the rich don’t have to pay for an entitlement like Social Security or Medicare it’s not socialism, but if the poor who paid into the system don’t have to pay for food stamps it’s socialism?

Reduce the social services in our democracy and add a little more salt and pepper like cutting taxes for the rich and taking food stamps from the poor will create wounds that will not heal very peacefully.

America, we the people, started the greatest experiment in civilized democracy.

Aristocracy on the move originally denoted the government of a state by its best citizens, later by the rich and well-born, hence the sense of “nobility” regardless of the form of government.

Democracy, the private sector, capitalism and social equity go hand-in-hand with the experiment that is still evolving. Nothing can survive without it.

Take away Social Security, Medicare and care for the disabled, and the American dream turns into a nightmare.

Steve Kopa