It hasn’t been in the news much lately, what with the elections looming and all, but the Health Care bill passed by Congress affectionately known as ObamaCare is bound to make a resurgence soon. With this in mind, let us take a somewhat different look at this odd-Duck legislation.
When I first typed the term, “odd-duck legislation” a typo created, “odd-suck legislation.” This could be an appropriate term, for the bill really does suck. How so?
Well, I won’t lie. I attempted to read the bill, but decided it just wasn’t worth the time and aggravation, so I read enough to understand the only real problem with the bill (which did not take long). I have heard all the complaints and praises for the bill, but really, the problem with it boils down to one simple concept: Capitalism versus Socialism.
For decades, America has been attempting to straddle the fence between our traditional economy based on Capitalism and the economy that the people appear to be wanting, Socialism. Many will shiver at the implication, but the reality is,America has been attempting to straddle this fence for years, starting with Social Security (does “social” “security” really exist? – according to Ben Franklin, there can be no security when we surrender our choices to a government, but I digress).
And it is ok if America wants Socialism. All that is, is a form of economic structure that allows for the kinds of “protections” that many want. Some (or we could say, most) people do not want to live like a bird in the wild (Capitalism), but prefer to live like one in a cage (Socialism). Facing facts, birds in a cage live much longer, healthier lives.
If that is what my fellow Americans want, that is fine, but we have a problem here.
The two economic systems are not near enough in ideology to merge and that is what we are trying to do. We often look at other countries, talk about how they have universal health care (because they are socialistic economies), then demand our government bring us up to speed with the rest of the world. However, it is not possible through a law of any sort to satisfy both the capitalists and the socialists in a nation.
At some point we are going to have to decide which economic system we want, for we cannot have both with any measure of success.
Now to be clear, because in my travels I have met so many people who do not understand this concept and how it relates to Democracy, I feel I should clarify. There is no correlation between Socialism and Democracy. Most people get this, but without understanding why. This is so for the same reason that there is no correlation between Capitalism and Democracy.
The thing is, far too often our so-called “leaders” combine the two terms and in reality, they are apples and bananas. Socialism and Capitalism describe Economic systems; Democracy is a form of rule. In other words, there is no connection, no contradiction between Socialism and Democracy. Hence, we can have a Democratic Socialism – just like the nations that are making socialized health care work.
Point is, until we decide which economic system to apply, we are going to meet with failure after failure. The two economic systems are incompatible.
I really think there is but one person running for President this year who understands this difference and far too many people are afraid of him. They are afraid because he speaks the truth. Anytime truth creates fear in people, there is a serious problem with the people, but those are the facts.
Ron Paul seems to understand the difference, but I do not believe that he will win because he is the last true Capitalist in Washington. America does not want Capitalism, we want Socialism. For proof of this claim, just watch the elections.
If we get another President who erroneously thinks that we can successfully merge two opposing economic systems (when no other nation in HISTORY could do so), then America will have proven that Capitalism is just not what is desired. Ron Paul is the ONLY Capitalist candidate; the rest are either full-blown Socialists (like President Obama) or wishy-washy and confused (like Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum).
Personally, I have not been pleased with the job President Obama has been doing, but I am a Capitalist. But in the choice presented, if America does not elect to place a Capitalist in office this time, I vote for Obama.
We cannot continue to have it both ways folks. We have to decide and the time for that choice is now. Our economy cannot afford to continue to operate like a lame-suck…oops, I meant to type, lame duck.
- John Feffer: The New Marx (huffingtonpost.com)
- Peter Dreier: Is Capitalism on Trial? Or Just Big Business? Or Just Mitt Romney? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Comment: What’s the Alternative to Capitalism? (leedssocialistparty.wordpress.com)
- Corporatism (economistsview.typepad.com)
- Allan Carlson’s New Book Looks Good (caelumetterra.wordpress.com)
- Peter Dreier: Occupying the GOP (huffingtonpost.com)
- Americans Believe They Are Better Off Than The Average American (eoghann.com)
- ECON WEEKLY: Blaming Capitalism for Corporatism (project-syndicate.org)
- From Jesus’ socialism to capitalistic Christianity (mysticpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Capitalism without Socialism Brings Imbalance (fidlerten.com)