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Opinion

April 4, 2013

Putting trust in government

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Mr. Sayles attacks the “trendy” European model of socialist mediocrity. He is again regurgitating predigested pap. The leading index on life quality (Economist Intelligence Units) ranks the U.S. 13th. Ten of the 12 nations ahead of us are European. Apparently, Europeans do not mind government participation in their lives. The have and have-not gap is narrower. They enjoy more leisure time. They don’t have to choose between food and health care. They live longer. The infant mortality rate is lower. And their educational system is superior. If that’s mediocrity, I’ll take two.

Mr. Sayles claims that Obama is “opposed to ... individual liberty and rights to property.” That is irresponsible at best and demagogic at worst. It is, in the vernacular, hogwash.

Mr. Sayles concluded with a warning: We follow Obama at our own peril. In counterpoint, the only peril we face is the unchallenged acceptance of shallow reasoning and personal bias disguised as fact.

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Malcolm Hein lives in Newburyport.

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