Mike Morgan, your cleverly-worded satirical piece about the U.S. economic system (“Communist idealists,” letters, Oct. 9) had me laughing out loud.
You state that the poverty in third-world countries makes them “fertile soil” for communists, while in the U.S., with “the prosperity of free-market capitalism,” the communists’ insidious seeds just won’t grow. What a hoot given that, as I am sure you know, almost 1 in 4 children in the U.S. lives in poverty. No fertile soil here!
In the second and third paragraphs, your humor is at its driest. Those dastardly communists just won’t let go, and they “manufacture the horrors we face in America,” No. 1 being the “1 percent” and Wall Street, the groups that give us “the very prosperity we enjoy.”
Tongue firmly in cheek, you say, “A hard sell to the fiscally educated, those who have a modicum of understanding of capitalism’s perfection.” Yes, the perfection that would require an employee at Wal-Mart, making the new higher minimum wage of $9 an hour to work 2.8 million hours (that’s 1,360 years) to make as much as the CEO makes annually. Perfection indeed!
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You crack me up, Mike.
Your piece de resistance, though, comes last, when you call out Bernie Sanders. Equating socialism to communism. Stop it, Mike, you’re killing me.
I bet those truly clueless souls you speak of thought you were serious. Thankfully, some of us know you were just joking.