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Socialism as Real Insurance for Everyone

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What is this big bugaboo about "Socialism", anyway? The Rightwingers are now raising hue and cry about it as if it were the same as old world Communism, but the only analogy here is the same insideous use of Propaganda to herd the sheeple!
 
Socialism works great in countries where it is administered properly!
Germany, and France,and even our neighbor Canada, have excellent systems, where people really GET SOMETHING for their hard-earned tax dollars besides Endless WAR!  Where it has failed, like in Britain, it was because they couldn't stick to the program and mixed Capitalism in,,,like here, when they 'borrow" from Medicare and  Social Security to pay for other government programs. 
( Aren't we glad we didn't "privatize" Social Security back when Bush wanted to; That would have tanked with the stock market!)

When the first of my eastern German cousins came to visit after the Wall came down,  they loved it here, and would have liked to emigrate, but, they said they could never afford college for their son here, or our exorbitant health care costs. In Germany people have the RIGHT to health care, as well as to education, right through college or trade school for those that qualify...no football needed! THEY do not have an upcoming shortage of qualified workers in any field!
 
When we hear the old refrain of "Tax and Spend", we should first ask, "Spend on What?"  Big difference, whether it's for tax cuts for the rich and a bloated defense budget (necessitating yet more wars) or spent on what will help working people and society in general. And foremost in our present financial instability right now is the skyrocketing costs of healthcare, and that odious middle-man, the insurance industry. Catastrophic illness or injury is still the single most frighteningly unpredictable insecurity in the working person's life: the one that could strip them of everything including their home and life's savings. THAT is what Socialized Medicine is for. We shouldn't have to pay into the Insurance bloodsuckers' scam instead, forced to pay good money betting against our own best interests! It is they and their lobbyists who are most ardently blocking the health reforms we need. Let them stick to Car and Home insurance...for those that still trust them after Katrina!
 
Just because Socialism, a form of real insurance for everyone, hasn't been done right yet here in the USA doesn't mean it can't be! Until the Republicans neglected it so badly, our Public Education system was one of the best in the world: a prime example of a successful socialist program. Why not right through college or trade school? (surely a much better investment for society than prisons...and cheaper!) 
  
And with the present financial meltdown, we see clearly now where run-amok Capitalism has gotten us (What's "trickling down" on YOU, these days?) Are we to believe we can "afford" 800 billion to bail out banks, trillions for wars of empire that just make us less safe,  but not a small fraction of that for Universal Healthcare? (where, again,  should that money come from?)

It seems to me there are some things that can be left to the "Free Market" (Again we must ask, "free" for whom?) if it is properly regulated (we see where DE-Regulation has gotten us!) and then there are some things, things properly considered a Human Right in more enlightened  societies, that should be socialized for the common good, like Healthcare, Education, and it seems, probably also Banking, since our bailout money would imply some kind of ownership!  Instead we have a "socialist" welfare system for the Banks and big Corporations, and taxation without representation for the rest of us!
 
This "Great Recession/Rip-off" is the legacy of the Neocons' failed policies, starting with Reagan and we hope, ending with Bush/Cheney, that Obama must change, and he is right to start early on Healthcare as the single biggest issue that will help working people and small businesses weather these hard times, and allow our economy to renew itself.

 

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The reason people cannot afford heath care in this... by William Whitten on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 9:19:24 AM
It could also equate to a GOOD Government, where t... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 1:28:18 PM
I love you both and the comments that each of you ... by Elizabeth Molchany on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 10:01:19 PM
..."no matter how she spells responsibility.&... by William Whitten on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:02:02 AM
for explaining.  I understand now and regret ... by Elizabeth Molchany on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:21:23 PM
That William wrongely thinks the Constitution can&... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:36:11 PM
William.........just wondering since you know ever... by shannon taylor on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 12:51:45 AM
I love you both and the comments that each of you ... by Elizabeth Molchany on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 10:09:40 PM
An anti-UN libertarian cares-not-for-society we... by eric dynamic on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 6:24:26 PM
Your insistence on "free markets" relies... by eric dynamic on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 6:17:44 PM
When one can become weathy by manipulation of othe... by Philip Dennany on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 9:52:59 AM
True our wealth has been stolen but not by those w... by liberalsrock on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 10:01:08 AM
"Mr. Whitten advocates cut out gov ernment an... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:25:36 AM
Socialism will work if we get it right this time ?... by sommers on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 2:21:38 PM
Do you actually believe Socialism and Democracy ar... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:11:22 PM
"Do you actually believe Socialism and Democr... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:44:53 AM
...that the State that has "Engineered "... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 11:26:54 AM
And seriously, Democracy is at odds with Freedom? ... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 11:50:16 AM
Still waiting William for your reply as to where i... by shannon taylor on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 1:42:16 AM
Michael Parenti, "Blackshirts and Reds" ... by eric dynamic on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 6:52:56 PM
Did you read even so much as one book about ANYTHI... by eric dynamic on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 6:39:28 PM
I wonder if Bia has seen that little video you lin... by sommers on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 2:29:16 PM
Look, you either believe in Democracy, in which ca... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:16:51 PM
 WoW! William, apparently the libs simply are... by ConSion on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 3:10:34 PM
... are the things that made America great, in you... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:20:32 PM
..."are the things that made America great, i... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:30:55 AM
..especially liberty and justice. (But how about R... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 10:57:31 AM
What are you talking about Bia?In what have I said... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 11:04:41 AM
"WoW! William, apparently the libs simply are... by Elizabeth Molchany on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 4:48:44 PM
idea at all how the Native Tribes ever lived for 1... by shadow dancer on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:19:30 PM
..or at least took care of one-another within thei... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:22:37 PM
REPUBLIC V DEMOCRACY An Important Distinction: Dem... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:55:20 AM
So, you still offer no good reason why a Constitut... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 11:59:31 AM
"So, you still offer no good reason why a Con... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 3:55:11 PM
...as opposed to what, William...your Capitalist p... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 7:01:04 PM
"Socialist Propaganda?...as opposed to what, ... by William Whitten on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 8:11:15 PM
 ...and I never said anything against Constit... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 9:58:01 AM
Little-c capitalism is mom and pop, and that is wh... by eric dynamic on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 8:21:01 PM
And an activist and an artist.  But &quo... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Mar 8, 2009 at 11:07:27 PM
 But is it the fault of the word, or the will... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 9:31:36 AM
"So why use a word that living Americans have... by eric dynamic on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 7:13:42 PM
"But I don't see where ther is anything i... by William Whitten on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:49:01 AM
You don't know me very well to be saying that,... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:25:22 PM
So on-topic I had to share: "So now everyon... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:52:34 AM
 (more from my friend in Georgia) The hospita... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:42:57 PM
See below. What part of "Pursuit of happiness" d... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:56:35 AM
....the Nonsense part was for him. Hey! did yo... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:00:08 AM
YOU put those words together Bia, not me.Do I deny... by William Whitten on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:17:37 AM
" Just a minor point... NZ has socialized med... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:07:53 AM
Trillion Dollarshttp://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/... by William Whitten on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:23:35 AM
...That we can spend trillions on WAR, but not on ... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:41:23 PM
."..That we can spend trillions on WAR,...&qu... by William Whitten on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:35:43 PM
So what exactly IS your "Position"? rega... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 11:40:53 AM
 If your mind can connect all the dots f... by ConSion on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:20:23 PM
Once again, Con, you're regurgitating your Fox... by Elizabeth Molchany on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 9:15:09 PM
 Excellent commentary here, by Dave Lindorff ... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:47:16 PM
 Another one from the BC:  (Ok, so we... by Bia Winter on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:33:12 PM
William, sometimes beating your head against a bri... by ConSion on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:07:36 PM
(Hope you've got good Health insurance!) You b... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 4:15:51 PM
 Bia, at least we are patriotic Americans. Yo... by ConSion on Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:12:16 PM
WHO,again, is responsible for the state this count... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 8:30:44 AM
 It is a real shame people like you can not r... by ConSion on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 8:55:06 AM
 Bia, here is a little diddy being sent aroun... by ConSion on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:04:19 AM
Jesus Bia--why didn't you just post an add loo... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 8:12:00 PM
Damn, Bia--u trying to make my head explode with t... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 8:38:51 AM
One thing you nasty mouthed liberals can not get a... by ConSion on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:18:46 AM
Eric, you are right. Ron Paul is not perfect, but ... by Elizabeth Molchany on Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 9:36:37 PM
We can't afford to endorse any portion of the "rig... by eric dynamic on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 5:09:48 PM
Bia, you are wasting your knowledge on these Pukie... by shannon taylor on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 5:15:34 AM
Thanks Shannon, but let them demonstrate their ign... by Bia Winter on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 8:15:43 AM
 (From a friend in New Mexico) Beginning... by Bia Winter on Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 9:18:30 AM