The 2020 Democrat hopefuls for president are climbing over each other with offers of free health care, college tuition, child care and free everything they can think of. Their plan to pay for all of this free stuff is to tax the daylights out of the wealthy. Here’s the reasons that won’t work.

Wealthy people have the resources to hide their wealth, find tax law loopholes or donate to politicians to influence legislation to their advantage. So the Democrats won’t collect anywhere near the amount they are telling from the wealthy. What they will do is start giving away all the freebies before they collect a dime. Once you start giving things away you can’t come back and say you made a mistake about how much it would cost and didn’t collect as much as wanted so we have to take back the free stuff.

Guess whose taxes will go up to pay for all this pie in the sky stuff? The working-class stiffs.

Second, tell me one government-run program that has been handled with efficiency and been cost-effective. There haven’t been any. Everything the government takes over becomes a bureaucratic laden nightmare that is inefficient and costs five time more than it should. Look at the awful way the government handles VA benefits for veterans. Poor service or no service, long waits and second-rate service.

Now you want to turn over the health care of every American to them thinking they will do better? Free college tuition for everyone? College isn’t for everyone and if you offer it for free we are going to be paying taxes for multitudes of young people to party for a few years before they wash out because "Hey, why not, it’s free."

Frankly, we need to outlaw the use of the word free by politicians. If you aren’t paying for something, it isn’t free, it just means someone else who is working is paying for it for you.

William "Dusty" Fueston

Wooster