|Consistency is for Communists...
||[May. 29th, 2009|08:37 pm]
So, apparently Craig T. Nelson does not realize that wellfare and food stamps are government assistance. You see, he didn't want the gov't to bail out the car companies... he asked where his bailout was, and then said he had been on food stamps and wellfare and wondered where his government bailout was. yeah...
So, what is the problem here? One, there is an amazing sense of entitlement in this country. And yet, anything that seeks to give people... WHAT THEY WANT... is communism or socialism or bad or whatever. The government shouldn't help people... except me, when I need help. If you do not believe in such assistance, then you should not accept it.
My problem is this. I am perfectly willing to trade a tiny chance for untold wealth for assurance of comfortable living. So what if the government takes 60% of my paycheck if I don't have to worry about spending the rest on anything but what I want to. What if you can go to the doctor and just show your driver's license, instead of pulling out your insurance card and money, or worse, just a bunch of money, or end up like thousands do and just never go. What if well-being is actually a public good that the government should support or help to support? Why should 4 years of college cost anyone anything? This country became a superpower (the superpower) during WWII because of science and technology. We are slipping out of this position because countries such as china and india actually have well educated populaces. Why shouldn't we be spending tons of money on education? Why should a factory worker make more than a math teacher?
I'll take my giant pay cut for a good life. Everyone can have a good life. If everyone else is doing better, you are doing better. Concrete example - Pasadena. Giant multi-million dollar houses, then walk two blocks and you are in a poor neighborhood with homeless people every few meters (ha, metric!). What is the point? I'll hole up in my castle and push the "trash" over there. Its still there, though.
In other news, I hope there will be strong voices for a single-payer healthcare system when obama comes up with his great healthcare reform, or he'll be as much of a failure at it as billc.