Originally posted by jonnywhite
Republicans believe that if someone else offers you too much help it will stun your development as an independent minded person. This means that
instead of developing the skills necessary to exist on your own, you'll either develop them slower or you'll not develop them at all.
We don't give money to people who participated. We give money to people who contributed. And contribution is measured in strict terms, not in
arbitrary ways that reward everyone.
The differnece between us and you is that we feel very strongly that we should not help someone unless they first help themselves. And even then we
should be cautious about helping too much.
It fosters a world in which government is supposed to be weak. A world in which a person can be anything if they're able to do what's necessary. A
world where individual responsibility is emphasized. If you mess up, there're consequences. Everyone is held accountable for their actions.
BUT somehow our government is big. Republicans blame this on democrats and liberalism. Sometimes they blame it on secularism. Sometimes they blame
computers and technology. Whatever they blame, it usually involves blaming something that disconnected us from personal responsibility.
Independents can sometimes express opinions that're both parties.
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You did not answer my question. I see Republican views are opposed to what most European nations are applying, but does it justify the lying and
giving out disinformation?
It seems to me you are implying as if European countries do not value personal responsibility? Personal responsibility is valued everywhere, that is
not the difference. Personal responsibility gets rewarded everywhere, whether you are from US or any European nation. People who work hard are
In many cases though one can not be held personal responsible.
Should a person be held personally responsible for genetic diseases? Should one be held responsible for falling ill because of a virus caught at
work? Should one be held responsible for being born disabled?
My employer is paying 13% on my salary (so a total of he spends my salary+ 13% on top of it). I can get quality healthcare fast from good doctors
anywhere in EU. I believe many Americans are paying far more for their insurance... I do not have to worry about finances when i am ill, as I still
get my sick leave. If my wife would have a child, she would get 3 years of paid maternity leave from her job or I would get paternity leave. A baby
needs to be taken care of by his/her parents, especially in the first years to develop well. Should a child be held responsible when family is poor
and mother/father need to work at that period?
Should a child be held responsible for the misdoings of his/her parents? If a child is born into poor family and has average IQ, it ishard to get
into a good university without huge loans.
That is the difference between here and US. Here your parents wealth does not affect your education. The universities do not cost + there are no
private schools, while the public education system is strong. A young people does not need to start there life with a huge amount of loans... There is
an opportunity for everyone, whether your parents are poor or not. In America, such opportunity comes with finances from the parents. Is that personal
responsibility? One has far more opportunities to rise to the top, when being born into a poor family than in US.
If a company goes bankrupt because of poor financial decisions at the top, should the employees be held responsible for losing their job?
Here I have the security of when losing my job, I would get a fair amount of my last job salary and extra trainings, so I could I can back on track.
During the recession many people lost their job, because of their companies going bankrupt because of bad decisions from the bosses and the banks.
Such social security is important for a stong society. The crime rates are extremely low thanks to that, as one does not need to turn into crime in
order to survive + I still earn more than average american does (net salary), yet I have it covered for all the other areas. Me and my future kids are
covered, if bad times would come, which is out of our control.
There are too many things which are out of control of one. Should one be held responsible for such things which are out of their control, matters of
unluck and decisions from the above and one´s parents?
Of course, some people try to use the system, but at least me, I get more than I want for what I pay as taxes and still enough is left of the salary.
of Low-Tax America: Why Americans Aren't Getting Their Money's Worth
No, we don't pay as much as most of Europe. We don't get nearly as much, either.
"If Americans knew what Swedes receive for their taxes, we would probably riot,"
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