(Quote) John-221057 said:
See Joe, whenever I hear people talk about "big government," that seem...
(Quote) John-221057 said:
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.
John, when I talk about big government, I am talking about a government that wants to regulate and control just about every aspect of your life. Tell kids what they should eat for lunch, restrict the size of soft drinks in New York, ban salt from tables in restaurants. I can't put an addition on my house unless there are about 3 govt. agencies reviewing and granting me a "permit" to do so, all the while they are sucking fees during the process.
The things you talk about; food, shelter, water, healthcare are NOT basic human rights. They are human needs that as a grown man you have the individual responsibility to provide for you and your family. If you fall on hard times, then the USA has always been there for their neighbors and citizens. Churches and organizations such as the Salvation Army have been there. And many used to depend on their own family members and friends when help is needed.
Who cares what was spent on the election. One could make the argument that it provided economic stimulus. That money was spent with radio stations, tv stations, sign companies, bus companies, food service, etc. In what you are saying, that money could have gone to space exploration. Well, I think it was better spent on buses and limos.
Obama blew through 537 million dollars (without asking the American people) on a failed solar panel company. That was a complete give away to all of Obama's fat cat billionaire friends and donors. Think of what you could do with that. Hire teachers, pave some roads, buy some more buses and limos.
My government is supposed to guarantee me the right to speak freely, worship as I choose and pursue happiness. The rest is a distraction and they have no business doing it.