See Joe, whenever I hear people talk about "big government," that seems strange to me. The size of government isn't really an issue in Canada.
What do I look for in government? Just basic human rights like the right to food, water, and shelter, the right to health care, and security. Basically, a social safety net in case I fall on hard times and need some support before I get back on my feet and can take care of myself again. I wouldn't say at all that I feel dependent on government, but I want to know that I have a safety net if I ever need it.
Consider this Joe: $6 billion dollars was spent in the last US presidential election. That could have gone to medical research, charity, health care, space exploration. The problem is that the fat cat billionaires have their hands in the pockets of the politicians in both parties. They get their campaign money, the corporations get the deregulation that they want. Perhaps a ban on corporate donations could go a long way. Our Conservative Party actually did that in Canada. No one here is allowed to donate more than $1000 and donations from both corporations and unions are now illegal.
Amazing how under George W. Bush they cut taxes for rich people, starved the government of revenue, and then claim that government is failing and can't do anything right. And people believe it... Except that government got huge under both Bushes and under Ronald Reagan.
Lowering taxes actually increased revenues. The problem is that Congress found more way to spend than they took in. Think of it in these simple terms, why does McDonalds make so much more money selling hamburgers for $1 than the gourmet burger joint that sells a much better hamburger for $6?
Also, if as you say, that if basic human rights include food, shelter and health care, who provides this if there are not enough farmers and doctors? Are they slaves? Are we forcing people to provide these services if there aren’t enough? Just as Joe said. These are not rights, they are your responsibility as an adult to provide them for you and your family. O course, we do need safeguards to help those who need it.
Does it make sense that the “Affordable Health care Act sanctions the hiring of 16,000 lawyers but no doctors? So much for Government doing things right.
Hi Ron et alia,
I sure am glad to hear that health care is not a right. Good! Close all those VA hospitals, and all the vets can sign up for Blue Cross. Right?