Monday, May 31, 2010

Selective socialism

We hear a lot about the government running everything, that we are sliding headlong to a socialist state, rhetoric that mainly stems from the conservative tea party agenda that we are a tax and spend tax and spend democracy. Social Security, Medicare and Workers Compensation programs are government run and clearly the beginnings of a bigger socialist agenda..
Look at each of the above programs and consider what happens if they were to be removed under a conservative America. Without Medicare many folks including these same conservatives and their families would be paying out of pocket for medical care. One really bad illness and everything you have ever worked for would be gone. Then what? One of my family members was on thirteen different medications just to stay alive. The prescription cost without Medicare looked like the national debt.
Social security is probably the center stone of the socialist ideal. Considering a majority of Americans do not have enough money to retire in the first place, Social Security was designed to help those same Americans put food on the table, keep the lights on and the toilet flushing.
Let’s say you fall off a roof or cut your hand off with a saw while at work and find yourself in a situation where you are unable to work! Workers Compensation keeps the furnace and water running. Remember, accidents and illnesses are equal opportunity destroyers.
Now let’s take it all away, no safety net. Americans could never retire; they would literally have to work until they drop on the job. You become ill and lose everything in a flash. You’re hurt on the job and then lose that job because you can’t work! Quick move in with the relatives and burden them. Maybe they will have enough room in the basement. Hope you’re not afraid of the dark!

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