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Libertarian humorist Ron Hart opens a column with the Margaret Thatcher quote, "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." By "other people's money," I presume Hart is referring to the more fortunate; last I checked, we don't seem to be damaging them very much. To quote Hart himself, "Free-market capitalism is a far more virtuous and moral system than government." Hart would have us believe everything private is perfect, or nearly so, and everything public is riddled with error. Here's a quote for Hart and his libertarian friends: "The only problem with capitalism is capitalists. They're too d--- greedy." Herbert Hoover said this after failing to convince the business elite to take some voluntary steps to help the country at the onset of the Great Depression. ... I submit it is manifestly unfair to complain about the public sector without at least a mention of the greed and need for regulation too frequently found on the private side. To quote John McEnroe (speaking about one of his fellow tennis pros complaining that the very large purse of a major tournament was too small), "How much do you need?" How much indeed, and is it ever enough?
BYRON CHAPIN, Hixson