A limited state

A limited state

I must respond to a letter in the Dec.13 issue (“The Jewish vote”). The writer ends his musing as to why some Jewish voters rejected the Democrats by saying, “I guess they care more about ‘carried interest’ and the tax rate on dividends than the problems of the poor.”

I would refer the writer to the biblical readings which we recently finished: “So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine was sore upon them; and the land became Pharaoh’s.”

For centuries, Jews barely existed under the oppression of the all-powerful state. Only with the rise of the modern era and the belief in a limited state did we achieve freedom. I was born before the Great Depression and grew up during the New Deal.I remember a sense of freedom and dignity, which step-by-step individuals have been forsaking to purchase bread and security.

I care as much about the “poor” as any, but my vision is not limited. I am concerned with the world in which my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will live. If the changes that I have seen continue at their current rate through their lives, it is a bleak world which they can expect.

Abraham Irwin
Delray Beach

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