SHELLY HANSEN, West Richland
Our country seems to be attempting a hybrid economy, combining the vitality of capitalism with the entitlement of socialism. The health care overhaul is a good example of trying to manage these competing values.
Advanced health care is not a right. It is a commodity, and yet as compassionate human beings we do not deny basic care to those who cannot pay.
Our confusion is demonstrated in the Massachusetts' case of a prison inmate who successfully sued to obtain to a sex change at taxpayers' expense.
Remember the original Tea Party slogan: "No taxation without representation?"
A solution would be weighted voting, similar to the votes assigned to shareholders in a corporation, with those who are paying taxes having more voting input on decision making.
For example, each citizen would have one vote, those who pay taxes an additional vote, and those who pay over a certain threshold, one additional vote. Your increased investment would entitle you to more say in how those dollars are spent.
Our democracy and economy are closely tied, and those who contribute actively to the economy should have proportionate input. Imagine how motivated you would be to vote if your tax return increased your voting power! Viva capitalism!