Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

October 18, 2012

This decision isn’t difficult

There need not be hand-wringing over the upcoming election. Indeed, the election doesn’t have to come down to a heart-rending decision. We have two starkly different options in front of us:

 • On one side there is the belief that it’s primarily the wealthy who will look out for the good of society. On the other side there’s the belief that government has a legitimate role in looking out for the good of society, especially “the least of these” whom Jesus talked about in Matthew 25 of the New Testament.

• One side believes that government should be insignificant in the affairs of a country, while the other side believes that government—in cooperation with the private sector and faith-based organizations—has a necessary role to play in the affairs of a country.

• One side believes that government mainly inhibit its citizens from succeeding, while the other side believes that government can and does help its citizens succeed.

• One side believes we need an almost totally free market for a healthy economy, while the other side believes we need to smartly regulate the market for a healthy economy.

• One side believes in trickle-down economics, while the other side believes in rise-up economics.

• One side believes that cutting the taxes of the wealthy is the right thing to do, while the other side believes that expecting the wealthy to pay a somewhat higher percentage in taxes (as they did in America’s prosperous, budget-surplus 1990s) is the right thing to do.

 While there are genuinely good people on both sides of the aisle, their views about the proper role of government could not be more different. This makes our decision on Nov. 6 an easy one.

— Nathan Shenk

Goshen

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