Letters to the Editor

Trump ambitions to privatize government hurt average taxpayers

President-elect Donald Trump speaks Dec. 15, 2016, during a rally in Hershey, Pa.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks Dec. 15, 2016, during a rally in Hershey, Pa. Associated Press file

The Tribune recently ran an article online that stated four areas Trump wants to privatize: Medicare, infrastructure improvements, student loans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (“Here are 4 government programs Trump’s team wants to privatize,” Dec. 1).

What is really going on?

I would like my fellow citizens to consider what we mean when we say “government.” Are we recognizing our affiliation as a group to share the expenses of making a quality of life that is good for us all? Can we achieve that at a good and reasonable rate? Will privatizing Medicare, Department of Veterans Affairs, infrastructure improvements and student loans achieve that at a good and reasonable rate, or will we citizen taxpayers end up paying more to enable outrageous salaries and golden parachutes for executives?

I see privatizing these areas as being a bad idea.

Ann Marie O’Connor, Santa Margarita

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