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Letters to the editor, February 11


The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the March 4 primary elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. Feb. 20; none will be published after Feb. 27.

Libertarian idealism

It was sad to read [“Cruz fires up crowd,” DRC, Feb. 2] that Texas Republicans continue to resist moving into the 21st century by cheering on Ted Cruz, a representative of 19th century thinking.

Cruz appeals to a sentiment that espouses American entrepreneurship without realizing we have transitioned from an agrarian society to a modern capitalist society that requires workers and lots of them.

Yet, he supports a role for American workers that expects them to grow the economy on wages that barely keep them out of the poor house while still believing that Reagan-style trickle-down economics will save us all from an economy busted by greed from free-market zealots at the top of the income pyramid.

The libertarian idealism that Cruz epitomizes is a farce.

Free markets are neither free nor uplifting for society as a whole. This idealism relies on men and women of high integrity to keep the markets in check and not focus solely on enriching just themselves. Something that is sorely missing.

To work properly, it requires actions that bring society as a whole along with it and this will entail jobs that pay a decent wage and regulations to keep the exploitative self-interests of some at bay.

Government isn’t the problem. It’s the rigged elections through gerrymandering and crony capitalism that disables a government of, for and by the people, leaving most of us to struggle at the bottom while the top 1 percent continue to see their incomes rapidly increase.

Larry Beck,