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Repeat the truth

Repeat the truth

Someone left a phone message questioning an open forum letter. My machine cut off before he could leave his name. His courage in calling is appreciated; he said he’s a Vietnam War vet.

I apologize that it’s difficult to explain in 300 words what I feel about such complicated topics.

Simplified, the sum total of everything we produce is what creates the wealth that we all have to divvy up each year (GDP?).

Some people work four times as hard as others, some are four times smarter or more skilled. They could ask for four times as much in return, I suppose. But that’s about the limits.

Imagine 100 people working together to plant a crop of potatoes to eat. When it’s time to dig them up, they get 1,000 pounds of potatoes. That’s 10 pounds per person, right?

Not in “Amerika.” Here, 80 people out of 100 will divide 70 pounds of the 1,000 (7 percent) among themselves. Average? Less than 1 pound per person! Some get practically nothing.

One “lucky” guy, the 1 percent, will get 400 pounds. The other top 19 people split the remaining 530 pounds unequally among themselves.


This is what I object to, even despise. It’s currently how U.S. wealth is “redistributed.”

Some is done through underpaying workers, and “rigging” the system.

Some is done through taxation tricks: sales taxes; lower income tax in exchange for higher property, etc. Some by who gets that tax money or redistributions (Halliburton, Exxon, GE, etc.).

It’s made possible because so many can be convinced to feel sorry for those having too much, and to look down their noses on those having too little (the 47 percent).

Hitler’s man said, “Repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.” Maybe that could also work for the truth?

A. Martin,


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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