Regarding "Redistributing wealth does not help situation" by Assemblyman Jim Silva (Community Commentary, Aug. 5):
Before wealth can be redistributed, it must be created by brains and hard work. Americans expect all who are able to pitch in, take care of themselves and help provide for those who are unable to do so. We have chosen the free market as the best means to deliver the most goods and services and to encourage creativity and personal freedom. Our system is set up to reward the best producers by giving them a larger share of the pie
The free market we have chosen has produced a plethora of goods, making us — on average — one of the richest nations in the world. One of our tasks is to ensure that the distribution of the wealth thus produced is equitable and supportive of our fundamental democratic principles.