4/9/2014 9:14:00 AM Letter: Rising tides, opportunity are great but they are not guarantee of success
I am responding to Don Huard's letter of April 2, "Poorest people can't afford bootstraps." This country was founded with the full use of free enterprise capitalism. Mr. Huard's view of people is that "We the People" cannot live without government and the distribution of money to the less well off.
America has millions of stories of new immigrants arriving without speaking English or money. Perhaps starting as a laborer or kitchen help and 10 years later owning a construction company or his own restaurant. Clearly, this is not every immigrant or every person, however, the "opportunity" is here but it's not a guarantee.
We need to remember that government at all levels has no money until it takes it away from you and me or a corporation in the form of taxes or fees. The people of America climb through the various levels of income according to their ambition, intelligence and perhaps some luck. Many wealthy or successful people failed many times before success was achieved.
A "rising tide raises all boats" refers to a rising economy creating more jobs and higher wages as people exert themselves to move ahead for themselves. The baker keeps his quality high and prices reasonable to grow his revenue and perhaps hire more employees to handle the additional business.
So when government is doing more for the unproductive or nonproductive, the rewards of being ambitious are reduced. And when the "safety net" becomes a "hammock" the incentive to work becomes lost and America's success story declines.