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Letter: The capitalism of our forefathers has vanished

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 am

I see Jerry Osgood, “We should not be so trusting of politicians,” March 4, and Darrell Baumbach, “There are alternatives to the Affordable Care Act tax penalties,” March 4, are still whining about Obama and Obamacare — get over it already.

It amazes me how Mr. Osgood accuses a lot of Americans of being gullible when he obviously falls for the big right-wing “free-market capitalism” myth perpetrated by the super rich and radical Republicans who have fallen for the neo-capitalism lies blaming everything on the government.

Mr. Osgood, the old-fashioned capitalism of some of our fathers and forefathers (mom-and-pop businesses, the customer is king, open market for whomever builds the better mousetrap) seems to be vanishing and being replaced by corporation-controlled markets in collusion with politicians (usually Republicans) to ensure their unconscionable — actually shameful — profits. Forget the antitrust laws; they are not enforced or, at least, rarely enforced. In America we seem to have a resurgence of the robber baron era around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, when wealthy capitalists and industrialists (such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Carnegies, Fords, Crockers) were riding high on the waves of prosperity — a prosperity that was denied to the very working class that created it! Nothing like working your fingers to the bone to make the boss rich while you barely make ends meet.

It really riles me when others allege that myself and other Americans are so gullible. As if they think they are so intellectually superior to us. If so, I would like to see their doctorates in philosophy!

As I said before in the Lodi News-Sentinel, if you are so paranoid about Obama and the Democrats transforming our country into a Marxist, socialist or communist “utopia” as you call it, then why don’t you get out of it while you still have a chance?

And Mr. Baumbach, I haven’t forgotten you. Evidently you can afford to travel abroad (unlike a lot of us gullible working-class people).

I believe Mr. Obama cares more about me and mine than those like Mr. Osgood. I’m a combat veteran, and the Republicans seem to want to take away any benefits I get from the government because they don’t benefit the Republicans.

John Cooper

Lodi

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