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June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

GM nationalization

Big business, not government, has been demise of economy

With the “temporary nationalization” of GM, we can expect outcries of “Socialism!” or “Big government!” [“Government rides along with GM on trailblazing route,” page one, June 2] But before denouncing the interventions of the federal government, why not consider the role that big business — not big government — has played in bringing our economy down?

Like unruly weeds, the salaries of wealthy Americans have grown much more than the wages of the common man over the past 50 years. Those salaries, bad business decisions and low taxes paid by big business have slowly strangled our economic well-being. We need our government to be big, to be smart and to do what works in order to bring our capitalist economy back into balance.

And what is socialism? Socialism is a health system that encourages the health of all citizens. Socialism is an education system subsidized by the government so that students — our future professionals and workers — do not graduate with huge debt.

It is exciting to imagine what America would do with this kind of socialism. How our inveterate resourcefulness would thrive on a re-energized educational system instead of the struggling one we’ve got under our big-business-dominated system. How our health would improve under a government-supported health system based on healthy food, good medicine and a revitalized economy. How our big businesses themselves would thrive by a new ethical standard.

It takes “big government” to bring “big business” back into balance. I’m for it.

— Mary Cheadle Babl, Seattle

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