Some of the claims in the article are untrue (70% of taxes going to the military) and others are just nuts (the government is going to lock the place down...they don’t want their “recruits” escaping. They don’t want YOU escaping)
However, let's take a look at the primary claim:
"You (Americans) have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin"
and some of the supporting claims
-less access to health care
-poorer diets (less healthy)
-Low quality food (more processed, more contamination, etc)
-More reliance on meds
-Less vacation time (more stress)
-Expensive education (starting life with high debt)
-Greater Debt Overall
-Higher Bankruptucy rates (see above on debts)
-Less freedom (drug tests, surveillence)
-Misinformed citizenry (Fox News, Right/Left wing media)
-An uneducated population
-etc, etc, etc.
I'd love to hear from anyone, but especially those of you who reside outside of America and can provide objective viewpoints.
Religion, guns, god and "traditional values" are just tools of the republicans to get gullable and otherwise democratic voters to vote against their own best interests. Every once in a while they attempt to pass a law that addresses these issues, in order to appeal to the gullable, even though they almost always get shot down in the courts or voted down.
Using god to get money goes back a long ways doesn't it? This is yet another example
"From each according to their ability, to those according to their need."
This is disgusting. It's a celebration and fostering of sickness. Shame on pretty much all of you!
Who was it that said, "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." Religious source notwithstanding, I like it. Wealth redistribution grows poverty and hampers productivity. Sure, a bunch of people can agree to give each other their shit and it might appear OK, but, I think, the world is entering a new age of debt and and big-brother, partly because of this and partly because of religion's endorsement that we are our brother's keeper. Nature does not necessitate that we take care of each other anywhere near as much as it dictates the need to take care of ourselves. It can be very nice to help others, but when forced, it is immoral.
Not from each other's dependence.
I've said this on other threads, but I think its worth repeating here.
the most effective way to view a properly working government would be this. Imagine you have a horse drawn plow.
The plow is the government. The horse is the capitalist economy. the driver is the citizens of the nation.
the plow is used to reap the rewards of the horses power, and to hold the horse back, and direct it. without a properly sized plow, the horse is under-weighed and hard to control, eventually going to graze where it wants and producing nothing productive for the people. Too large a plow will overburden the horse and stifle it, wearing it out and killing its ability to work. the people are needed to make all of this happen, but they must be IN control because if not, the horse will simply pull and leave the fields. Might I add we want the strongest horse possible if we are to maximize productivity.
Right now what I see is a massive horse, a plow so poorly designed that it barely turns the soil, and a non existent operator. Capitalism is wonderful in the sense it incentivizes growth and expansion, but without proper restrictions it wanders and is no use at all.
Sorry, being called by my love, hopefully this was enough for right now. who sees what in this situation?
Good analogy, Park, thanks. The only challenge I have is abuut the "non existent operator" .
A more accurate term might be "a misinformed, gullable, ignorant and incompetent operator"
Surely a horse and plow would be more productive with the non-existent operator than the incompetent one.