I often have questions about the way others' brains process information, especially political and economic information. So, here are some of those questions that have sprung up recently.
1. Do you understand what Medicare is? You tax every single person who works. That money goes into a fund. That fund then pays out health benefits to every single person over the age of 65. Whether or not you think they deserve it. THAT IS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE.
2. I was recently driving behind a car that had BOTH of these bumper stickers on it, right next to each other. Again, do you understand what teaching is? You tax every single person who works AND every single person who owns property. That money goes into federal, state, and local treasuries. Budgets are created that dole out that money among various public programs, including SCHOOLS. Ahem, teacher salaries. THAT IS SOCIALIZED EDUCATION.
3. You're worried about turning into SOCIALIST CANADA? According to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom put together annually by the Heritage Foundation (a VERY conservative organization) and economists worldwide, Canada has a economy more free than that of the US. In fact, the US ranks 9th in the index. EIGHT COUNTRIES RANK HIGHER THAN AMERICA on the scale of economic freedom. Yes, yes, that means eight countries are more "laissez-faire," "free-market," "capitalist" than the grand old US of A.
SO. While I, personally, call myself a democratic socialist, I have no problem with you disagreeing with me. HOWEVER. Learn what you're talking about, first. Don't just listen to the bobble-heads on the "news."
I beg of you.