There is a lot of talk about how too many people are expecting entitlements, and how that attitude is pushing us into socialism. There is no question that it is every citizen's responsibility to provide for himself and his family through self-reliance and hard work, to not rely on others to bail him out with entitlements. But it is also the responsibility of business owners, CEOs, and corporations to make sure that the people who work for them are paid well enough to provide at least for the basic necessities of housing, food, health care, etc., for themselves and their families: President Dwight D. Eisenhower called it "placing the common good before personal profit."

Socialism usually comes about when too many people are unable — with reasonable personal effort — to provide for the basic necessities of life, thus forcing the government to take over personal responsibilities.

Fred Ash