As I read the editorial, "Rejecting austerity" (May 9), I couldn't help but think of how well it echoes the left-wing agenda. I disagree with almost every point made, as it only showcases conservatives as the problem. It is all parties and the incessant games they play to keep all of us at each other's throats.

There are no lessons to learn from France nor the European Union. They are free to choose their path. They want to be coddled by their government from cradle to grave, then so be it. The United States of America had always been a beacon of hope and prosperity to immigrants, legal ones, from all around the globe. I say "had" because that beacon is almost extinguished due to the undermining of this country by entities and groups whose sole purpose is to crush this once great nation from within.

The "widening gulf between the haves and have-nots" can be blamed on the employers, but it truly comes down to the fact that the majority of people in this country have lost the understanding of hard work resulting in reward. To "just show up for work" is not enough. You want the riches of this country, you have to work for them. You have to prove you deserve them. Going to college does not entitle you to the corner office with a view and a significant salary. And the mere suggestion that "income inequality" creates economic instability is to fearmonger.

Shielding the wealthy? Every time there is an economic issue the solution is always to "tax the rich!" What the left refuses to accept, or just chooses to ignore, is the fact that anyone who is employed is employed by "wealthy." Without them, there are no jobs. When continually burdened with unnecessary taxation, above and beyond the excessive rates already in place, they can not afford to give pay raises, hire more workers, or provide worthwhile healthcare.

Scoffing at the mere mention of the word "fairness"? It is obvious to me that when anyone from the left spouts the word what they are really trying to say is "give me what I don't deserve because I want what you have and I don't want to work for it." A true example of fairness would be eliminating the entire present tax code and replace it with a simplistic flat tax. No write-offs, no deductions, no credits, no excuses. Everyone pays the same percentage of their earned income. That's fair.

And where is it the federal government's requirement to get involved with the price of education? If people stop accepting the high prices that the educational institutions demand by not enrolling in those schools, the prices would have to drop. As long as people continue to accept and enroll, these institutions will continue on the same path.

Budget cuts are always vilified by the left. I describe the politicians of our country as "rampant teenagers with their first credit card." As long as their parents (the voters) don't intervene and limit their spending, they will spend like there's no tomorrow. Entities like theU.S. Department of Educationwere created with good intentions, but they have become nothing more than another unnecessary money-pit. It's almost humorous that since the agency was created, the quality of education across the country has decreased steadily.

Your insinuation that all of Europe agrees with the socialist agenda is based on your own short-sightedness coupled with the strategic use of "blinders" to avoid the real truth. Just as the Occupy Wall Street protesters are a tiny fraction of activists insinuating they speak for the "99 percent," the actual 99 percent are the silent majority who are busy going to work and taking care of their families every day. All I see and hear from and about the Occupy Wall Street protesters is nothing more than a group of angry, selfish, and unruly people demanding things be changed to their liking and not what is good for the majority. And truly the worst part of all is how they are used by powerful entities (unions, for example) seeking to incite revolution-like attacks for their own gain with no regard to who they hurt.

I weep for this country. There are too many good people, great ideas, and fantastic possibilities that are overlooked or shoved aside because many of us mindlessly point fingers, heeding only biased sources of information, and ignoring the obvious solutions. Granted we will never agree 100 percent, but I think if we take the "blinders" off and look at the entire issues at hand, we can solve quite a lot of our problems.

Ken Thompson, Rosedale