Viewpoint: Writer disputes Johnson letter
Mr. Barrie Johnson is upset because the Koch brothers are involved in politics using their legally earned money [Star Journal, July 13, 2014], but shouldn’t he be equally concerned over the immense sums of money coming from union coffers in support of Democrats?
Mr. Johnson’s interpretation of the French Revolution is absurd. Its several causes had nothing to do with health care at a time when medical training was primitive; operations were limited to extracting teeth and amputations, with almost no medications of value in treating diseases. The average life span was short, but that was not unique to France at that time. The only correlation to be drawn is between Queen Marie Antoinette and Michele Obama, with their expensive gowns and imperial manners.
Two drunks shot at each other in New Orleans; therefore, Mr. Johnson contends Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal is responsible by virtue of having loosened concealed carry laws. However, carry permits were apparently not involved. (Nationwide, individuals with concealed carry permits have a lower rate of criminal involvement than even commissioned police officers.) Perhaps Mr. Johnson can explain the excessive number of firearms-related incidents in Chicago, with its stringent gun laws, as opposed to Milwaukee?
Mr. Johnson obliquely referenced a Supreme Court ruling, inferring it will deny birth control as part of employer benefits; however, it actually limited only the requirement to provide abortifacients, such as the so-called “morning after pill.” I suspect Mr. Johnson will next be demanding free, clean underwear, although dirty drawers were never an issue for the left in the past.
I would appreciate seeing what Mr. Johnson deems as the minimum to which individuals are entitled. I suspect I will learn I wasted a lifetime working, saving and investing for things to which I was entitled simply because I exist.
George A. Bratina, Helotes, Texas