Redistributing wealth has never worked

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:10 am

Re “Obama makes wealth an issue” (Page A1, Dec. 5): President Barack Obama maintains that it is not fair for the wealthy to be the haves and the poor the have-nots. His solution is redistributing wealth from the (mostly hardworking) rich to the poor. Does no one in the US recognize that this is the path to Communism, as preached by Marx and Lenin? Communist Russia tried this after the fall of Tsar Nicolas. We already have our ruling class: the president and congressional members are all rich and powerful, living the good life. Obama believes the wealth of the rest of us, the populace, should be redistributed, so everyone has a little. Redistribution failed miserably in Russia, and it will fail in the United States. He who does not learn from history will see history repeated.

-- Horst D. Weinberg, MD, Sacramento

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