James Green argues in "Headed for ruin (Forum, Aug. 22) that "housing, education, a job, a minimum wage, medical care, and, yes, health insurance, are not rights." They "must be earned." He seems less concerned about rights than about the taxes he pays "to provide unearned entitlements to others."
"It's pretty simple to see that a government trying to provide all these things to all people will shortly go broke," he writes. Yes, if you keep your eyes closed.
Odd, and probably immoral, that nations spending the most time, effort, and money providing their citizens "unearned entitlements" are the richest, most developed, least likely to go broke.
They suffer the highest per-capita incomes, lowest poverty rates and often the highest tax rates. Compare the United States, Canada, the nations of western Europe, even Japan, to all the others. This doesn't prove that spending for "unearned entitlements" leads to national wealth, but the correlation is frightening.
What 6-year-old has earned enough to pay for first grade? Perhaps we should get rid of child labor laws, lower Green's taxes, and let children learn the satisfaction of paying their own way.
Salt Lake City