Obama's health care plan
is quite detailed, and addresses a lot of issues - both well-known and not - about the modern healthcare system. Addressing ballooning malpractice insurance costs (especially with OB/GYN), doctors being paid by the number of patients cared for rather than quality of said care (a friend of mine had a doctor visit that consisted of a jab in the back and one sentence), etc.
I have to wonder, sometimes, if I'm too tolerant nonsense that pops up in general, by people who don't bother researching things. This is a role playing forum, however, so I try not to be too heavy handed.
Given the proliferation of absolute lefty non-sense on this part of the board, to compensate I decided to start a thread dedicated solely to not being another lame lefty thread.
And I'm sure you'll be happy to point out exactly where and why these people are wrong?
To open with Obama sucks. He hasn't seen a vapid, meaningless platitude he didn't like, and a platform of liking sunshine and puppies is about as deep as his resume.
Put up a real argument, or drop it. Address specific points. Tear apart his health care plan. Whatever. But this is just trolling.
Secondly, capitalism and a free economy are a good thing. All other systems of economic systems of organization create less wealth across all classes and/or are unsustainable over the long term.
Are you claiming that the right wing has promoted capitalism or a free market economy?
The free market requires several things that are absent from many facets of the current American economy.
1: The absence of fraud. Not just in the legal sense, but also in the moral sense. Frequently in the American economy, one or both parties to a trade does not fully reveal proper information about their product or service, even initiating lawsuits in order to suppress such information. More recently, news agencies face the threat of a loss of revenue when reporting negative information about a high-profile client.
2: The above may also be terms as both parties to a trade being fully informed and mentally capable of making such decisions. This goes a great deal further than truth in advertising, it also means a proper education, which many Americans lack.
3: The free market implies that one party is not inherently advantaged over another, whether by means of monopoly or government intervention. That is, one party should not be coerced - via financial or whatever means - into doing business with another specific party.
4: Capitalism and the free market in their own right do not prohibit the existence of social programs. The reasoning for this ought to be patently obvious - people naturally want to survive. If someone does not have the means or knowledge to acquire a need lawfully they will do so unlawfully.
There are not any truly free markets in the United States. Food comes close - and if a number of lobbies fail, it may return to that, but at the moment the corn lobby is busy driving up diabetes and obesity in America with its corn syrup via sugar tariffs. Always, at some point, in almost every trade in America, at one step or another the government or some informing party plays a hand. Whether it is to withhold information, provide subsidies, or indefinite copyright extensions.
But the right-wing has almost entirely been about making these matters worse.
...of all the examples I could list, of the vast abuses of power that have occurred under the republican watch in this country, I'm just going to put out one.
Because it represents the republican party in such a nutshell.Slavery