| March 8, 2009 at 07:43 pm
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I greet you all and I am very impressed that USA is becoming a social aware nation. That the elite leaders of your country have seen the errors of a buy now pay later society and preference to outsourcing and importing foreign manufactured goods.
That people have became aware of the growing poverty because of the financial melt down. The stock market has not been looking very well for 15 months or so and unemployment has rose at alarming rates especially after the firsts domino’s fell the beginning of the recessions global financial meltdown.
Now America’s problems have escalated out into the global market place as US$ securities in foreign banks became practically worthless because American banks could not back the securities.
The main point is that capitalism has led to large overseas debts in Asia where a constant cash flow into China and India can be balanced by US imports as China in particular has become the main manufacturing center for cost effective luxury produce for the American consumer. USA manufacturing base has been eroded by its own capitalistic corporations plus the many international corporations that have found use of cheap labor and China manufacturers of whom can provide goods for the USA market place more cost effective and profit making than those that could be manufactured on US soil.
Why there is a need for government to become socially aware of its ever increasing problem of collateral damage caused by capitalist methods to make profits by cutting labor costs and directing a main flow of US dollars to increase the development of manufacture and infrastructure of China and now outsourcing employment to India and other English speaking third world developing nations.
Firstly the USA government has allowed capitalism to cause an internal problem and that of increasing poverty that is reaching alarm levels. That if this problem is not fixed there will be civil unrest. So something needs to be done while the problem is manageable further flow of US$ into Asia and further switches of manufacturing would cause a more horrendous financial problem not only in USA but in EU as well as they have a similar problem as well.
So firstly USA does have a responsibility and finds the needs to change into a social democratic society to arrest its internal problem of capitalistic collateral damage that of poverty and unemployment. This does not mean that it reverts to left wing socialism (communism) but hits a center point like United Kingdom of social democracy. This does not mean that the republicans have no chance of sitting in the seat of power, but it does mean like the Conservative Party they need to keep the social democratic system in place. This does not mean that it’s the end of capitalism in USA. As the democrats have to keep to the capitalist path for the sake of profits and business that can be fairly taxed and keep the nation ticking and economically stable.
The whole idea of democratic socialism is to tax everybody that can afford to be taxed slightly more, everybody working is taxed. National Insurance is paid by everybody working. The wealthy are taxed more but the tax should not be too high that they can not afford it and restrict them in investing fresh money into the economy. The extra tax and the main national insurance is an insurance scheme to benefit all citizens that if the fall on very hard times they and their family will benefit until they are back on their feet again.
In all fairness its only national citizens that are allowed to be within this insurance, scheme. It’s obvious that illegal will not be allowed to benefit if they do not pay taxes or national insurance.
The benefit is free health care for all and medicine that only has a small prescription charge. Free dental care. Of course it’s not really free because every body that pay’s into the system as they earn or if they can earn. No more worries about heath insurance, or being sent somewhere else if you have not got a card with you etc.
There has been many retorts by American citizen that have been indoctrinated by political propaganda over many years about socialism. The word socialism has become a word in USA that’s associated in its far left political term which really means communism.
Karl Marx style socialism on the philosophy teaching of Jesus Christ he removed the religious intent and toyed with the philosophy to present what he considers a political solution of everybody being equal and arrest the greed of the elite. Of course it does not work.
But being socially aware of others that are suffering poverty and making plans for every citizen paying an insurance and insuring that money and help is available if fate issues a very bad hand shows social care and that is what social democracy is all about. It’s a mid line political position that I feel shows a social aware moral society, patriotic care.
Of course there are those that will want to work the system the crooks and the lazy good for nothing waste of spaces. But a wise caring government should place anti fraud blocks and police the system well.
If I fell on hard times or was ill, needed an operation, medicine, I would not be placing my hand in someone else’s pocket as I have paid all my dues into the United Kingdom system to secure my wellbeing. I would defiantly not be a free loader.
I congratulate your nation for its swing to social awareness.