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posted by KrazyJethro: “Don: A few corrections on your posting. 1) We are a Socialist Country, if not shaping up to be Communist. Capitalism hasn't been in much operation since around 1913, but certainly not after the New Deal . .
“ . . It is hard to compare apples and oranges, so one must consider the overall systems. While we have problems here we also lead the world in many areas of medicine. I'd say our biggest problem is the FDA and the drug companies.
Our doctors have also become pimps it seems. I don't know a lot about Cuba, so I can really speak to them specifically. Personally I think the trade embargo is stupid. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by donwhite
OK, 1913? I’m thinking you’re thinking Federal Reserve Act of 1913. The creation of pure fiat money. Our central bank. Or, you are thinking of the 16th Amendment to our Constitution, the income tax amendment which made possible the modern welfare state.
Both of those issues could be fixed if we ever decided just what do we want from each. Then, if we’d appoint talented people to the FDA and give the drug companies their marching orders, I think this would straighten out the current log jams and failures to assure our medicine is safe.
It is not all the doctor’s fault. American patients expect to get a prescription when they go to the doctor. This is not true around the world. Doctor’s are also businessmen and have to more or less do what the patient wants. And, lately, you have all the heavy advertising on tv, so doctor’s want to protect themselves from suits. It is easier to give the patient the medicine he thinks he needs than to explain why he or she does not need it.
I don’t know anything about Cuba either. I also think the embargo is a failure and should be dropped. But, i doubt it will happen until Fidel dies.
posted by KrazyJethro
Hi Don. Pleasure to be discussing this with you.
OK, 1913? I’m thinking you’re thinking Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Or, you are thinking of the 16th income tax amendment which made possible the modern welfare state.
Well, both actually. The main thrust did not really start until FDR, but 1913 certainly paved the way.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
Don: True. I would propose to remove practically everything FDR did.
Social Security, Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Subsidies, grants, Federal Loans, Anything regarding the Federal government and public education, and a host of government agencies.
Gone. Remove them and we can remove the Income tax without replacement.
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
I believe in a merticracy. Where you climb as high as you are worth, and earn rewards.
which is how a society advances. How?
Originally posted by iori_komei
the only way that a socialist state would work was if the rest of the surrounding countries also turned socialist. basically the world would have to turn socialist, but that would never happen and plus humans are greedy, just down-right plain greedy. we like stuff.
And it's that reason that Venezuela is doing so well, alot of S. America is turning Socialist.
Also, Cuba is not a communist country, it is more Fascist Marxist country.
There has actually never been a communist country, Russia was Marxist, than turned Lennonist.
China is Maoist.
I personally think Socialism is a good thing, and advocate/promote it.