Forcing Socialism upon the American people


#166

When I have an idea, I look ahead and decide what are roadmarks that confirm if I’m going in the right direction? I then begin implementing that idea. When the social programs were introduced in 1964, 24% of minority babies born were born to single parent families. By 1990 it was 64%. The number one predictor of living in poverty is being born into a single parent family. So tell me, was this program then modified or was the can just kicked down the road and “we” have a worse problem today?


#167

The south tried the other way. :smile:

Ixnay…

Allan


#168

Did you read the thread how 30% are unfit for the military, I would argue govt involvement in health care based on that.


#169

Confounders to “prove” a point. Logical fallacy 101, congrats.

How about looking at countries with consistent high quality of life and using their success as “roadmarks.”


#170

Let’s do it but it will be hard to find that successful example that has as much diversity as the US.


#171

That’s a cute play on words. You should stitch it into a sampler.

I stand by my assertion. So does Alexander Hamilton. So does the Supreme Court.


#172

Another confounder.

Here is your stance:
A is true of B
A cannot be true of C, because C is not identical to B

If a social program works in one country, you cannot equivocally say it will not work in another country simply because demographics are different. Should we list programs shared between demographically distinct nations?


#173

@SottoVoce
Is making some good points. Some of what you guys are pointing to as socialism isn’t.

There is a difference between pooling resources and owning/controlling the means of production.


#174

I would argue that kids spending hours a day playing video games and watching SpongeBob, instead of being outside playing have more to do with than anything else. Then consider how little emphasis is placed on PE in schools anymore and top it off with how hard liberals are trying, and succeeding in turning our boys and men into girls and women…


#175

Which is really meaningless since so many disagree with Hamilton. As far as the Supreme Court, that changes too depending on which ideology has the majority.


#176

I understand that government stimulus programs don’t work, as FDR and BHO proved by prolonging first the great depression, and second the great recession. But since I also know you guys cheer at GDP growth languishing under 3% for years, you’ll count their efforts as successes…


#177

If the subject is interpreting the US Constitution, agreement with Alexander Freaking Hamilton is not exactly “meaningless”.

My point, bolstered by SC precedent and the very existence of Medicare, is that national health care is not the unconstitutional shop of horrors the right makes it out to be. Whether to do it, and how to pay for it, are legitimate issues for discussion. Whether it’s constitutional? We’ve settled that.


#178

Government programs have a place and can be beneficial. Unfortunately, most of them have unintended consequences and turn into inefficient, boondoggle entitlements that become impossible to manage, reform or abolish once they become entrenched in society.

Many disagreed with Hamilton, both today and in his own day. Hardly the definitive opinion. The Supreme Court is also not infallible as some of their rulings have proven.


#179

Which do you prefer growth or decline?


#180

I would agree with almost everything you say. My beef is with the oft-expressed here opinion that a national healthcare system in this country:
a. will turn us into “socialist” Venezuela;
b. is diametrically opposed to the Framers’ intent, and is not in accordance with the General Welfare clause;
c. absolutely will not work, despite ample evidence that it DOES in other countries with similar political/social/economic frameworks.


#181

Any examples?


#182

Just curious… what do you think should have been the response to the 2008 crash?


#183

I would love for you to provide detailed evidence supporting the assertion that BHO’s actions prolonged the Great Recession. This should be good.


#184

Thanks. I’m not advocating socialism as in government owning currently private industries. I don’t think many “libs” are advocating that either. What I do advocate are well run social programs to improve quality of life for everyone.

Social programs do not equal socialism.


#185

It’s not like we have examples of countries doing austerity at the same time or nothing.