To the editor:
There are some harmful and wrong ideas that are put forth in trying to advance socialism. One wrong idea is that only the rich are greedy, but the poor are not. The poor can be just as greedy as the rich, only on a much smaller scale.
Where do the "Greedy Rich" come from if not from the "Greedy Poor"? Occupy Wall Street comes from an entitlement mentality. The government owes it to me, and what you have is mine. I fear for our nation that we continually violate the 10th Commandment, "Thou shall not covet your neighbor's house, nor his wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that he has."
One perspective that has not been brought up on spreading of the wealth from the rich to the poor is found in the Bible. Jesus said in Mark 14:7: "You always have the poor with you." Was he not saying, regardless of the economic system, whether it be capitalism, or socialism, you will always have the poor with you?
There is legitimate poverty and illegitimate poverty. Illegitimate poverty can be caused by laziness, lack of motivation, lack of discipline, and so forth. An honorable attitude toward being poor is one in which the poor person is self-motivated and looking hard for a job and working hard on jobs that are available. A dishonorable attitude toward being poor is that the government owes me part of what others have worked for and attained. This dishonorable attitude can be so bad as to lead to revolution.
One of government's obligations is to function to alleviate the unavailability of jobs and work. However, government cannot change wrong attitudes.
DONALD R. GARRETT