reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Nice to meet you! I got the same result. Go figure... getting labeled as a radio head should be an honor! You were born with an inner moral compass.
Not a sense of entitlement who thinks everything in life should be free! The people who landed on the left expect an entitled life for doing nothing.
Ya know, i landed on the left because for 4 years of my life one of my best friends, and romantic partners was a woman from Belgium and we discussed
the extreme differences between our cultures, government and societies often.
I think that anyone who applies themselves in this nation has the opportunity to succeed, the problem is that a lot of people are born into a
situation that they'll never get a chance to get out of because their access to a great education or because of a disability.
Eduction - In Belgium to teach at the high school level a person needs their masters in the subject that they're teaching, not some panzy 4-yr
educators degree and a teaching certification like here in the US. This is enabled by them having socialized education and the cost of her advanced
degrees (yes mathmatics) per year was 500 euros. Their citizens enter the workforce with almost no student loan debt, and significantly more educated
then the average American. Just how many millions of Americans are stuck in low-end jobs that they never move beyond manager of a McD's or similar
because they were never challenged, or exposed, to such a life? Likewise, how many believe that it's beyond their reach forever. My guess is you
would find a lot of people that come from the ghetto that feel this way, and is why they feel entitled to something, even though they don't contribute
much to society. And yes, i get pissed at the gas station attendants who have issues counting every single day that i'm in that store. "Oh that's
great you know how to subtract 10 from your birth year and figure out how old i am, but you just gave me back two extra dollars," or "Look dude, the
pattern you have of the dimes, that's 8*5 = 40 dimes = $4.00. You should have learned this in 2nd grade multiplication tables..." (Both of those
happened to me last week with the current early 20's that work there)
Healthcare - In Belgium they have socialized medicine. In America we have socialized emergency medicine. This is like running a car, never doing any
maintenance on it and then only taking it to the shop when the engine blows up, and putting that bill back on the people of the US. This is a stupid
system and one that needs fixing badly. There's a lot of reasons why people in the US feel that it shouldn't be a government run institution, but
frankly - our Doctors are graduating med school with an average of $250,000 in student loan debt, so (See the previous paragraph) they need to recoup
their education costs, and non-payments from other customers, and pay a bunch of middlemen in insurance companies. How much cheaper do you think an
office visit would be if the doctor's staff didn't have to spend hours on the phone with an insurance company, begging for them to cover what they
said they would cover? Thus the cost of a procedure that costs ~$3,000 anywhere else in the world, costs ~$8,000 here in the states. That's a
seriously broken system.
So how many people fall through the cracks because of a poor education, and/or access to poor healthcare? There could be the next Einstein out there
who get sick, goes into a coma and never is able to apply their skills/talent to help out the nation. Personally I see things in the aspect of a
bigger picture, where I may not be the best at something, but will happily pay for someone else to become the best if it benefits myself - which is
what I believe the heart of socialized systems are. Yes there's corruption, people who suckle on the system, but there always will be those people,
always. The average person wants to make something with their life but in our current systems that's becoming more and more impossible.
on 16-10-2013 by Evil_Santa because: (no reason given)