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Hell Yes I'm A Socialist!

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We have all been reading and hearing about socialism. The things that I hear from the right and even from some progressives, makes my head spin. I've been a Socialist since around 2004. I even joined the Socialist workers party and had acquired a card my pocket for two years until I realized that I got nothing for except the newsletter about every three months. I usually vote for Democrats, but I have voted for some the Green party candidates.

I'm not writing this to tell you about me, I'm here to try to set the record straight about what socialism, especially democratic socialism means. When I was in Germany my friend got into a terrible accident and broke his neck. He didn't lose any functions except having a cast around his whole body, and he recovered in about three months. I was living next door and he was a good friend. I asked him how he managed to stay home for five or six months, and have his car converted to where he could drive. He told me that in Germany the state takes care of you from cradle-to-grave. He told me that his medical care was taken care of by the government, his car was taken care of by the government, and he got paid his regular salary for all the time he was out of work.

I was astonished! I asked him how the government could do all that? He told me that his taxes were almost 40% of his wages. There are also many other benefits that the government offered, not only healthcare and insurance, in but in 1989, they also helped pay for young people to go to college.

When you talk about real socialism, you only must only look to Mondragon in the Basque area of Spain. These are some of the principles of the Corporation that I would like you to think about: his framework of business culture has been structured based on a common culture derived from the 10 Basic Co-operative Principles, in which Mondragon is rooted: Open Admission, Democratic Organization, the Sovereignty of Labor, Instrumental and Subordinate Nature of Capital, Participatory Management, Payment Solidarity, Inter-cooperation, Social Transformation, Universality and Education.[20]

This philosophy is complemented by four corporate values: Co-operation, acting as owners and protagonists; Participation, which takes shape as a commitment to management; Social Responsibility, by means of the distribution of wealth based on solidarity; and Innovation, focusing on constant renewal in all areas.[21]

This co-op Corporation succeeded throughout numerous recessions. Although in the last few years it's been having a bit of a tough time, the whole nation of Spain heaven having a rough time.

When people talk about Medicare for all, they're not talking about a free ride. When you talk about Medicare you know that your taxes are going to go up for the government to pay for your healthcare. It's not something that is "free". STILL, THE SAME AMOUNT OF NEW TAX YOU WILL PAY IS LESS THAN YOUR COMMERCIAL PRIVE INSURANCE. Shawn Hannity, in a typical rant, accidentally pointed out the virtues of socialism. Also, he accused Alexandria of Ocasio-Cortes of wanting to ban cars, trucks, and cows.

I am heartened by what I hear when I talk to people and from what I see on YouTube. The things I wrote about fom 2004 are finally being picked up by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. This is blow-back from all their corruption by taking campaign contributions in return for favors done for corporations. I think people are tired of seeing corporations get away with paying their people minimum wage while their profits skyrocket. It used to be in this nation that when a company made money their workers got paid more. This stopped when Ronald Reagan came out with that stupid "trickle down" theory of economics. That and some federal regulations allowed corporations to treat their workers like serfs. If you want proof that the corporations have been raking the workers over the coals, all you must do is look at these nine graphs. Fair warning, it might be enough to make you lose your dinner.

I am said to say, that there are many stupid people in America. I have been writing nonstop about how corrupt our government is, and how we need campaign finance reform, and how spending on the military-industrial complex and engaging in regime change wars is costing this nation trillions of dollars each year. It is no wonder why young people and even old people like myself are starting to take notice and actually stand up to the corruption and mismanagement of the United States government. All I can say is I'm glad it is happening in my lifetime, I never thought it would.

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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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