Try checking out socialism in Venezuela
Regarding the letter headlined, "Don't like Socialism? It really isn't that bad, " maybe if the writer went to Venezuela and spoke to the people, his idea would be different?
Or read newspapers, or watched television news, that would broadcast this terrible event. A suggestion if you do go, bring toilet paper. Ironically when a country changes to socialism, toilet paper is the first article that goes out of stock, then, is rationed by the government. It is legal to bring into the country, but it can be confiscated at their customs.
One of President Maduro's lieutenants' net worth is over $100,000,000. While I'm not sure how the socialist economic modeling works, maybe he worked a lot of overtime?
People have died in Venezuela in the name of socialism. In the U.S. election, only politicians careers died.