I'll add the point here, that I was trying to get across. I was using Skype on an iphone which was not only hard to hear, but also get a word in and
keep it on focus.
Governments show favor to particular corporations, which ultimately and completely hinders the free market or what is supposed to be a free market.
Instead of the consumer deciding the market, it is the government deciding the market, with corporate influence of course, which is the opposite of
free-market capitalism. It has nothing to do with taxation on any kind of deep level, other than using tax-payer money to pay corporations for
services that aren't needed. It isn't about taxing corporations, so much as it is giving the corporations tax-payer money and shifting policy towards
their own interests that contradict our own. The military industrial complex is a prime example of this, as is the health care reform and Wall ST. You
think that health care reform would have been passed or even brought up if no corporation benefitted? Nothing gets done up in Washington that doesn't
benefit the people, except for very rare occasions where their is a popular uprising, and even then it is rare.
As far as the health care reform legislation that will be going into effect, it has nothing to do with medicaid. Unlike medicaid, everyone will be
forced to participate and purchase insurance from the large insurance industry. Also unlike medicaid, the payouts are going to be between us, the
insurance industry and the medical industry. The government is only there to force us to buy the insurance. With medicaid, it is the government
dictating the prices. I don't know who it was that I was talking to on skype about it, but the differences are huge. For the most part, the
provider-payer relationship will stay the same and the government only lights the fire under the consumer, not the provider or the payer.
Lastly, I wanted to add before the discussion was cut-off, Industry will take as much as they can get away with from the consumer, so long as
government shows them favor and that is the consequence to not having a free market. Because the government regulates the small guys out of the
equation, the big guys can do whatever they like and for the most part, they do. This is how Raytheon charges $2M for a missile that costs a couple
thousand and could not hit the broad side of the barn. This how Bell Helicopter charges $5 million a pop to paint the BlackHawk and stick a HUD in the
cockpit, something a smaller corporation could do for a half million. Who do we think pays for this? The tax-payer and we the consumer are not allowed
to choose, as their are no other choices, they have all been regulated out of the game and prevented from doing business or introducing their
products. Then policy is set to where these things need to get upgraded every so often and the upgrade does little to boost performance or any
Again, taxation has little to do with it, other than the taxation of the people.
Often, people have the two party system so ingrained in their thinking or their political views, their arguments can't see past the whole left-right
paradigm, and so bring everything back to the cosmetic issues bickering back and forth by the showbiz partisan acting. Their is a lot more to issues,
than the one dimensional left-right thinking and how they relate to one side or the other. Sadly, when you bring up issues, people who only think in
that one-dimensional paradigm will automatically relate that issue to their "half" of the spectrum and so can't understand the issue that is
protruding into other dimensions, such as statist, libertarian, free-markets or centrist. Such issues as the Right's version of the free-market isn't
a free market at all, but because the left doesn't challenge that notion at all, any attack on the so-called "free-market" that is pushed forward by
the right (which isn't a free market at all), is seen as a leftist approach. The irony is, that the right or the Republicans who claim to be right, do
not advocate free-market principals and instead, advocate corporatist and statist, Keynesian principals based upon a central market that id regulated
to filth by the government and designed to benefit the few corporations that influence the government in the first place.
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