I finally found another small stockpile of old posts. For some reason, I have a problem with editing these old posts. It reminds me of my aunt who used to put air brushed glamor photos of herself on dating websites, leading to higher expectations from her dates. It was very artificial. So, Ye Olde Posts will be as they were blemishes and all. The biggest blemish on this post is the part at the end where I put canary instead of cannery. I got a kick out of reading that.
Government’s Role – Fanatical Hypocrite
It’s hard to decide how far to let the government alter our lives. The constant balancing act between anarchy and tyranny, plutocracy and socialism, competition and cooperation. I can definitely agree with you about preventing the welfare system from being a hand out. I personally believe that universal education is the most important goal of a modern society. If our citizens can’t go to college and learn useful skills for the modern world, then we will continue the backward slide. We should have much a stronger industry than we do, but developed nations never win in that fight against the developing world. It’s far more important that we invest in science and technology before China and South Korea leave us in the dust and the most important element of that is higher education. I wouldn’t be in a dead end job like transcription if I could go back to college without being saddled with a massive debt.
The welfare system isn’t as broken as Republicans claim it is, nor does it work so well as Democrats claim. I’ve known a lot of people on welfare. Some were abusing it. The great majority were down on their luck and struggling day after day to find the way back out. I’d much rather accidentally help a lazy idiot, than fail to help a good person in need. Not saying it doesn’t need to be improved. I can’t think of a single aspect in this country that doesn’t need improvement.
Still, while I’m not all that happy to have the government have its tentacles in everything, I don’t feel we have much of a choice. I often hear the anti-government program cry that they will, as they do everything else, mess up any number of things like health care, education, welfare, etc. That’s usually followed up with a statement that these are realms for the individual or community. For instance, if you repeal Obamacare, health insurance companies will offer better rates. But they didn’t. It was a desperate patch in the hull of a sinking ship. If you lower taxes, the rich will give us jobs. They had lower taxes, they stopped giving us jobs (for those overseas your experience on this may differ). If you subsidize oil, the price of gas will go down. On and on the list goes from the rich and incorporated in this country of what we can do for them. But trying these things in the first place was what took the situation from tenuous to train wreck. Regardless of whether the government’s individual efforts have paid off is a whole other case by case debate and I don’t have the energy for that too tonight. 🙂 Nonetheless, they were nothing more than reactions to crises.
If we can’t get individuals to do the right thing, the government has to step in. They aren’t good at intervening, but sometimes they’re the only people that will. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need the government or laws. People would always do the right thing, but they don’t. The rich and corporations don’t care. We unintentionally created an America where money is valued a thousand fold over hard work. If you work every day as hard you can for your whole life, you’ll never make as much as the people on Wall Street do in a year. A whole industry was built in this country that makes money off of other people’s work or simply grows money from other money.
How can individuals battle this without the assistance of the government through the passage of laws or regulations? Choose not to shop anywhere? Choose not to work anywhere? Protesting practically every corporation will be a hard road to walk and I don’t think our consumer culture has it in us to make, do and buy nothing for that long. I see new consumer and employee protection laws and enforcement as our last viable hope. We will have to re-train several generations of Americans to remember that this country was built by countless immigrants who came here to make a new life for themselves and their families. A place where they could be free and pursue their own happiness. Not stuff our faces with fast food, drive around in our stretch hummers, live in mansions and swim around in our piles of cash.
The government has changed the social paradigm before with women’s rights, slavery, segregation, child labor laws and countless other atrocities by forcing people to do the right thing, which is always the harder path. People got angry and hated the very thought. Drinking from the same fountain as a person of color? Letting women vote? 8-year-olds not working at the canary? They were hard pills to swallow, but medicine never tastes good, except for Pepto-Bismol, I could drink that by the gallons.