posted on Nov, 18 2008 @ 02:10 PM
This is from a friend of mine who lives in the Netherlands but also lived in the USA before.
I think there should be a balance mixed-blend of Capitalism with Social programs, such as affordable housing for low-income, affordable healthcare for
everyone, affordable healthy food for everyone, affordable quality education for everyone.
I think the Socialism that I see in the Netherlands is unfair and unbalanced. The system in Holland rewards people who do not want to work - but who
are capable of working, i.e. if you don't want to work, you can stay home and collect money from the government.
On the otherhand, I like the affordable healthcare program here.
I like the affordable quality food for everyone here.
I do not like the education system in Holland because they put children into boxes at age twelve, i.e. if your child does not do well in school for
whatever reason, then he or she is assigned to a lower education high school. Then that child must choose between being a garbage collector or working
in a grocery store for the rest of his/her life. This lower-educated child never has a chance to recapture getting farther ahead because he or she
has been put in a box, labeled a low-educated child with no opportunity to try and move further.
The high schools here are divided up in Holland -
Higher-education for the 'smart, good-grade' kids
Middle-education for the average kids
Lower-education for the kids who did not pass their tests in elementary school
I have lived on both sides of the pond now. I can tell you I like the American system better albeit there are some flaws, i.e. healthcare and poverty.
But America is the ONLY place in the world where you have opportunity - no matter where you come from rich or poor.
Again, there has to be some middle-ground (I am not as liberal as you may think).
Let's keep the American dream alive and rolling - but let's take care of our own people first before we run out and try to save the rest of the
I think we (USA) need to cover the basics for everyone: housing, healthcare, food and education. These are basic rights for all human beings, yes?
But we need to focus on taking care of ourselves (USA), taking care of our own country FIRST, taking care of our own people FIRST - and stop spending
what little money we have on everyone else outside of the USA!
I also think we need to get rid of NAFTA because looks where it has taken us (into a hole). All of our jobs in the USA are being shipped overseas to
Mexico and India.
We also need to stop importing from countries like China and start producing and manufacturing products in the USA for our own people to purchase and