StudEbiker wrote:Ã¢â‚¬Å“First off, thank you for your service. Does your defending of the Constitution include the Tenth Amendment or just the First??Ã¢â‚¬Â
Which part of the Tenth Amendment
are you referring to?
Regardless, it is an amusing quotation. Did you know that the US Military cannot engage in US civilian matters; this is the providence of the National Guard which is managed by StatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Governors, though can be loaned out in time of national crisis such as firefighting or border patrol. I have yet to see the National Guard used for enforcement of social issues of healthcare or even taxation. In the latter, the US Treasury Department would be called in.
In the purest form, Capitalism is an economic system where production is privately held, and innately resists forms of government. A Republic is a system of government without a monarch (or tyrant), and by which the people of have some portion of ultimate control. A Democracy is a political system of government derived by popular referendum. Socialism is an economic system wherein the public cooperatively shares ownership and management of resources for production of goods and services. Welfare consists of actions or measures taken by noble individuals, institutions, and government to provide for the basic well-being of individuals for the betterment of Society at large.
Before Welfare, none of the previous systems mentioned address individual well-being (profiteering excluded). In the United States, we are a capitalistic Democratic Republic with modest social services, many of which are managed by private corporations. A brief history of Welfare dating back to Roman times is given here
I think that StudEbiker
you must be a Capitalist in the purest form. I say that because you ignore or resist government, and the injustice that has been born onto the individual by corporations profiteering under reduced regulation brought on by Republicans. Organized Labor is one form of oversight managed by private organizations though born as a tax upon the conscripted. These Labor Unions had their place in History long ago, though I think today they are a drag on our culture Ã¢â‚¬â€œ being equally greedy and very socialistic.
Government Service, and pensions provided vary between the services. Some make good sense and should be retained. Social Security was designed to provide a safety net for the retired work force though today it is a joke and likely will become bankrupt by the time I could draw upon it unless there is reform however long overdue. Unemployment Benefits is another social service that is paid as a tax upon the common workforce using W-2 employment declarations.
I am self-employed. I do not pay into the Unemployment system. I starve between jobs and work overtime at every opportunity. I provide for my own welfare, medical, dental, and optometry out of pocket Ã¢â‚¬â€œ cash. With insurance, I do what is legal, required, and practical; the one fee I cannot avoid without severe legal consequences should unfortunate matters occur. Once long ago I claimed unemployment benefits for two weeks and I was made to feel hugely guilty by the authoritarian administration for taking them. Years and years I paid into that system; becoming self-employed freed me of that obligation.
Regardless of my personal thrift Ã¢â‚¬â€œ having affordable healthcare makes good sense. The United States is in such a troglodyte compared to other countries in this regard. At this point - taking national healthcare is still an option; I can elect to purchase my own plan. Paying cash though typically leads to 10-15% reduction of the bill Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and without that extra layer of profiteering. Fortunately I am in excellent health (knock on skull).
Still, I would not begrudge people of this country the right to affordable choices. Insurance, malpractice, healthcare, mortgage, Wall Street, Oil & Mining, and many more corporate sectors require public oversight Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not burdensome oversight Ã¢â‚¬â€œ just practical oversight. The Obama Administration targeted specifically a tiny portion of the fat bloated wreckless-profiteering sectors of the economy that contributed to the pilfering of the public coffers. These corporations are crying now like French protesters and will do much to reverse and retain the profit model they once had. I have no sympathy.
Is the Democratic Party doing the best job they could? No; they could do far better! Are the Republicans doing the best job they could? Definitely no; they are joined at the hip to Capitalism! The only thing worse are the Tea-baggers which are plainly uneducated.
The best that I can possibly do is to bring my horse to good water and pray she drinks.