The writer of “Stop stereotyping socialist systems” (Readers Write, Mar. 3) seems to believe that the “socialist system,” which is in place in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands, would work in the U.S. This is doubtful. First, the economies and populations of those countries combined is less than that of Texas or California. Second, Socialism isn’t working very well there anyway. Check out the budgets of any of them. Social welfare programs are unsustainable even for a population that is submissive. Put that kind of tax burden, and decrease in personal liberty in place here, and you would have a disaster. Unfortunately, we are up to a level of about 50 percent of the population that is “welfare dependent” in one way or another. We are in a battle for the heart and soul of what defines America.
GRANT ESSEX, MILTON