OK, for my first post, let’s get some of my strong beliefs down in print:
First off … I don’t believe capitalism is the answer to everything. Folks … it’s not mentioned in the Constitution. I know, I’ve read it a lot. Have you? It’s a good document. Its pretty easy to understand. It never mentions capitalism or socialism or any ism as the favored economic system. That’s good. Because now we can mix and match the best of all of them to come up with what works best for all the citizens of the country. Isn’t that cool.
OK, lets define some terms:
cap·i·tal·ism 1.free-market system: an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods, characterized by a free competitive market and motivation by profit
In short, being motivated by money, and the greed to accumulate more.
Capitalism and socialism are somewhat opposing schools of thought in economics. The central arguments in the socialism/capitalism debate are about economic equality and the role of government: socialists believe economic inequality is bad for society and the government is responsible for reducing it via programs that benefit the poor. e.g. free public education, free or subsidized healthcare, social security for the elderly, higher taxes on the rich. On the other hand, capitalists believe that government does not use economic resources as efficiently as private enterprise and therefore society is better off with the free market determining economic winners and losers.
Now, I’m good with people who work hard getting extra as a reward, but they shouldn’t get the whole pie. I’m a firm believer in a good mixture of socialism and capitalism. There is a place for socialism when it comes to social programs that take care of those who capitalism rejects. I believe we need to break up large chunks of inherited wealth (much like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates do). I do believe in a very strongly regulated type of capitalism (I don’t trust the greed that drives capitalism). People almost always choose making more money over doing the right thing. Wall Street and energy companies are very good examples. As for Wall Street, we need to find what they do that is necessary for the economy, strongly regulate it and get rid of the rest. Pushing paper and gambling do not really help the economy for the whole, only for a small group.
Next, I want to keep the government out of my bedroom and body. They are not qualified to judge what I, or any male or female should do with our bodies or our sexuality. Don’t force your religious beliefs (like they do in Iran) on anyone else. Our bodies belong to us and as long as we are mentally fit, we can decide what to do with them. As far as sexuality, I’ve seen what hypocrites the evangelical right leaders are (more scandals than the rags can print) and they have no right to judge anyone’s sexuality.
We need to keep the money from companies and organizations out of politics. We need to get the lobbyist out of all levels of Government. Period. My proposal: Any candidate can only take contributions for their campaign from PEOPLE who live in whatever district, state or country that the office they are running for is defined for. State legislature candidates can only take money from PEOPLE in their district. Congressional candidates can only take money from PEOPLE in their congressional district … the same for all offices. Also … each PERSON can only give up to 100 dollars per candidate.
NO PACS, NO groups running ads, NO COMPANIES OR ORGANIZATIONS giving money or running ads or giving any kind of assistance.
Government of the people, by the people and for the people.
NO LOBBYISTS. PERIOD. END OF IT.
No one who holds a government office or job (even military) can take a job for 5 years that was affected by anything they voted on or worked on that was associated with company.
I do believe in National Health Insurance. The same insurance that Senators and Congressmen get should be available to all. We tax companies to help pay for it (but remove it from their benefit packages). People will pay a portion of the cost, based on income. We do need to improve the efficiency and waste in the medical field. Prime targets: medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies.
Pensions should also be government run and move with a person through their life, wherever they work. Those two would have company share paid and each person based on income. No company, union or Wall Street firm will be allowed to gamble with the money.