Democrats piss me off as much as Republicans do. Independents, FTW.
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- Ron Paul says that federal government shouldn't be involved in these issues, which just opens the opportunity for state governments to totally screw people over with backwards laws.
Ideal government is supposed to protect people against these things. Without a strong federal government, something will fill the vacuum, and that something will likely be corporatocracy. Basically, federal government should be protecting us against private companies, and others, who are already trying to dismantle the system so that they can take a larger piece.
It should also protect us from extremists in local governments. In a country of this size, some really messed up things happen. The right to be free from discrimination should be universal.
I'm not into the "if you screw up in life, you deserve to suffer" mentality, because my welfare is dependent on the welfare of my neighborhood, city, state, and country. If my neighbors are dying in the street, my situation gets worse too. A free-for-all has no successful precedent in the modern world that I know of. When you remove strong, competent government, you get Somalia:
Ron Paul is just about "states rights and small government" in all situations, but there are few studies or examples to go by other than a few fictional novels by Ayn Rand. These ideas rely on "magic dust" that just does not exist. It doesn't matter how nice the ideas sound, the real world does not work this way.
For me, "independent" means that our policies should be based on studies about what works in various cities and countries, not on adherence to any specific ideology. If you look at the most successful countries in the world in terms of education, health care, crime, etc., they are not following these militantly "small government" policies or just letting people die on the street because they screwed up in some way.
Also, a weak Federal Government would surely be the downfall of the US. The country is already divided, with separatist movements in many states. The common cultural identity that we gain by having an organized education system and laws helps hold us together.Sep 9, 2012
- Just a FYI: http://youtu.be/giE_pPFwDMM (sorry, I got busy the last few days, leading up to the last two in eliminating a persistent rootkit virus.
+Josh Cohen I don't have time to go on a long rant, but keep in mind that California is probably the least backwards state (in your mind) and it's pretty much bankrupt. Vermont is another one, but good luck in finding a decent paying job and if you get sick, good luck sitting in the waiting room in the hospital. The state has also made some major cutbacks it has been difficult to get something that works well and instead, people have to settle for "good enough"
We are fortunate enough that My husband just happens to work at GE and has the skill to get him a decent paycheck. We have insurance, but lost a lot of the benefits when Obamnycare passed - and costs went up quite a bit.
We can't sell our house for at least what we owe on it, so we are kind of stuck here.
Consider looking up "Libertarianism: A primer" buy David Boaz. And "I am John Galt" by Donald Luskin and Andrew Greta.Sep 11, 2012
- I'd use Scandinavia and some Western European countries as an example, not California. The US is far from #1 in most rankings on education, health, crime, etc.
Even if there are serious flaws, Vermont and Massachusetts are two of the best health care states:
Not all government health care is good, but some government health care has worked very well. No system is perfect. Imperfect government health care is better than "I guess you will just have to die in the streets, because if you didn't obtain health care you didn't take 'personal responsibility'".
I'm genuinely "independent", and not really interested in adherence to one ideology or another. I want to see practical examples of what works. Show me an example of extreme small government that has actually worked in practice. Read Shock Doctrine to see practical examples of how it hasn't work in South America. Tell me exactly how citizens in Mississippi (to use one of the most troubled states as an example) will have their basic human rights protected from extremists and private companies without intervention from the Federal Government.
Also, no one has answered my question: what do you propose to do about the 45,000 Americans who are dying every year due to lack of health care? Let them die on the street? Waste tax dollars by having policies that send them to emergency rooms for basic medical care?Sep 11, 2012
- Also, a book that has "John Galt" in the title sounds like it's going to be full of dogma. Ayn Rand was a pseudo-philosopher who never backed up her arguments other than by creating fictional worlds in novels. Fictional novels cannot be the basis for political policy.Sep 11, 2012
- I was living in Austria recently. Go ask some Austrians what they think about their government health care. :)
No system is, or ever will be, perfect, but it is incredibly relieving, in many ways, to live in a society where you can have a lack of savings, but still know that society is civilized enough to have resources to turn to when things go bad. That money in your bank account is yours to spend -- not to worry about in case of an emergency.
If you are living paycheck-to-paycheck in the US and not making enough for health care, you are screwed. If you are doing the same in Austria, you don't have to worry.
When people in society think about the quality of their society as a whole, and not just about "the individual", things work much better.Sep 11, 2012
- why did you say, that i was a fucking whore? you don't even know me.Aug 9, 2014