reply to post by Southern Guardian
The question you put forth is foolish and immature.
Socialism is defined as:
so⋅cial⋅ism /ˈsoʊʃəˌlɪzəm/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [soh-shuh-liz-uhm] Show IPA
Use socialism in a Sentence
–noun 1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and
distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of
Communism is defined as:
com⋅mu⋅nism /ˈkɒmyəˌnɪzəm/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kom-yuh-niz-uhm] Show IPA
Use communism in a Sentence
–noun 1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community
as a whole or to the state.
2. (often initial capital letter) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state
dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.
3. (initial capital letter) the principles and practices of the Communist party.
Socialism is Communism's baby brother.
Of course there needs to be some limited underpinning of any society. I think everyone realizes that there are some common functions that the social
fabric needs to have in place to maintain a civil order. Making certain that a 400lb gent get his heart disease treated on the public dime or for
some woman to get a state funded abortion are not among them.
The issue with the current policy agenda that has conservatives and libertarians concerned is that much of what is occuring or being proposed is not
constitutional, erodes our nations founding principals of a federalist republic and is yet another step down the road to a socialist society. By
definition, all things collective are socialist. As described above and in accordance with our constitution, those things were purposefully meant to
be extremely limited.
Soclalism does not work because in order to create a socialist society, individuals need to be forced to act in accordance with the state's rule and
policy. What happens in that environment, and why socialism is the baby brother of communism is that in reality, those able will begin to contribute
less, because they personally receive a decreasing result of their labor. When that happens, the state must force those individuals to contribute at
the level of their ability and that, my friend, is communism. The utiopian world where we should all be totally happy to do what we can do for the
public good is folly and immature. Go hold hands with your socialist buddys and have a marathon session of singing Imagine.
The reason that collective healthcare won't work (despite the simple fact that it has not worked in a fiscal sense anywhere in the world) is because
is because it is the competition in the system that provides downward pressure on costs. You site Medicaid? That "gift" of Lyndon Johnsons was
initially funded as a $300M program. The program now exceeds $4bn and is broke. That is only 40 years.
I'm sorry that you don't like a capitalist society. You can zip down to Cuba for some nice weather, good food, music and a healthy dose of
socialism (along with, of course, socialized medicine). I'm sure they would love to have you.
Get of your moral high-horse. The simple fact of the matter is that in a capitalist society, money = freedom and the more of my money the government
takes, the less freedom an I have. In our constitutional republic, the role of the federal is narrow and purposefull defined to protect our freedom,
not consume it.
Oh, and by the way, what the current administration is doing by taking over banks, insurance companys, auto firms also has a name and that is Fascism
which is state control of private industry.
Not too worry. Obama just announced that the 10 year deficit projection has been raised from $7.6bn to $10bn. I think that all but destroys any
chance what so ever of a public option for health care (or Cap & Trade for that matter) of getting passed.