Sunday, August 21, 2011

Questions: Socialism Edition

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.


  1. OK, OK, Americans. Anybody got questions about Canada? You've got questions; I've got answers. Bring 'em on.

  2. Applause!

    I briefly attended an Intro to Political Science course at Utah Valley University (deep in the heart of "the bubble"). The group was 99% republican. The topic of welfare was brought up. As the professor brought up topics like food stamps, Medicaid, etc., the vocal majority of the class staunchly opposed those programs. Imagine the outrage when the class was reminded by the professor that Pell Grants are a form of welfare.

    Eligibility for welfare programs is simple: if your income is too low, you qualify; ergo, Pell Grants are welfare.

    Suddenly they were singing a different tune. "Uh ... well, that program is acceptable because it's tax dollars being used to better educate the workforce." Aren't food stamps used to better feed the workforce? Isn't Medicaid used to better care for the health of the workforce?

  3. I'd also like to add 3 words for consideration in highly conservative religious circles (LDS ones): "law of consecration" = socialism in its purest, :). C'est la vie!



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