Gratitude for government is no vice

I disagree with Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s characterization that President Obama is anti-entrepreneurship or self-reliance ("Mr. President, nobody else 'made that happen,'" July 22). The GOP whines that they hate government, but they're more than happy to accept Social Security, Medicare, police and emergency services, tax subsidies, corporate welfare and earmarks.

As a parent, making sacrifices for my children is part of the job description. However, it's also my responsibility to instill a sense of gratitude, not entitlement. When my 7-year-old tells me I'm mean or she hates me, I eliminate some of her privileges. Perhaps if Republicans had to deal with the austere government they claim to want, they'd learn to appreciate all the blessings they currently take for granted.

Mr. Ehrlich, Democrats aren't anti-success or wealth. We just want those who have benefited from America's many opportunities to stop trying to erect barriers, preventing others from doing the same. We all benefit from investments in infrastructure, education and research, so why exactly is gratitude for the role of government so controversial?

Kimberly Bonnette, Columbia

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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