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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Redistribution makes sense to me

Ryan Swanek’s opinion piece (DI, Sept. 13) is so silly as to be a caricature.

Not ever have personally known any poor people, I’ve no idea as to whether they’re lazy or not.

Crime seems to be an inappropriate way to battle one’s poverty, so I don’t want to live in or near communities with significant low-income populations. Normally, low-income areas have higher crime rates than do areas populated by people with more earned income, and I do not want to be a victim of crime. Ever.

However, I certainly don’t hate poor people. I just don’t want to be around them and their problems.

Earning money is very difficult, so I don’t want the government to forcibly take some of the money that I’ve earned and redistribute it to other people.

Hatred has nothing to do with my opposition to income-redistribution government programs. It comes from my wanting to keep as much as possible of the money that I’ve earned as I can so that my life, and the lives of my family members, will be comfortable.

That’s really the whole thing, and sad stories about poor children are just that: sad stories. I wish the poor people well and hope that they will be able to overcome their difficult circumstances.

I don’t want to be forced to chip in and have my money given away to people I don’t know.

Mike Norton
UI alum


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