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Anyway, I'm sure your views on the government won't change.
I just wanted to disabuse you of the notion that socialism and capitalism are mutually exclusive.
Oh, and I'd take another look at those polls if I were you. I think you'll find that your views are very, very far from those of most Americans.
I figured you would misconstrue that, either deliberately or otherwise. You seem to be saying that since you pay taxes for these things, it's okay for you to take advantage of them. But at the same time, you say you haven't utilized any socialized services to get to where you are today, and that's just a laughable assertion.
Make up your mind.
And cling to your delusions regarding the effectiveness of government services if you feel it bolsters your position, but don't confuse them with reality.
Sure, there are plenty of inefficiencies in the government, but I think the postal service does a damn good job for what it's tasked with. This town wouldn't be what it is without the Forest Service, and I'll take Medicare over private insurance anyday.
Hopefully, we'll get that single-payer system passed in Colorado; then you'll see efficiency! Wonder how much overhead costs will drop if something like that is implemented?
Driving down I70? Uhh, not till driverless cars are ready for prime time.
I'm also a small business owner who sells my services. So your comparison of capitalism versus socialism with Islam versus Christianity is ludicrous. Clearly, in a society, there needs to be both.
Did you by chance go to a government school?
As for the other basic services, I fail to see what paying taxes for them has to do with anything. You utilize them. It might be a simple statement of fact, but I'm afraid that's exactly what it is -- a fact. Do you suppose those who availed themselves of your services were able to do so due to government help, either directly or indirectly? Like it or not, you live in a society. Note that word. And you're served by a government with a mission to "promote the general welfare." Indeed, a basic argument, but a factual one.
The only difference between us is where we fall on the socialism-capitalism scale. You seem to fall as capitalistic as you can get while availing yourself of basic government services.
I personally would rather my healthcare be delivered through my government according to its mission than a for-profit corporation with a goal to simply grow profits. I'd hate to see what our transportation system would be like if it were privatized. In school, I took advantage of government services to obtain the braille books and information technology that would allow me to effectively learn and compete with my classmates. I don't see anything wrong with this; in fact, I'd be at a huge disadvantage without it.
Uh-huh, so you're telling me you'd be exactly where you are right now if there were no shared government services. Don't kid yourself.
Really, Mark? Do you buy and sell things? Do you own your own business? Do you take advantage of common services? Then you're a capitalistic socialist, just like the rest of the country. Sorry if that rubs you the wrong way.
Yep, I'm a capitalistic socialistic and proud of it. Bernie all the way! And I'm thrilled that next year I get to vote for a single-payer healthcare model here in Colorado.
I have, however, voted for republicans in local offices and for governor back in Massachusetts.
I think, like most righties, you decided a long, long time ago that you didn't like Obama, Mark. So you tend to put the most negative spin possible on absolutely everything he does or you think he might have done. The economy is better than it's been in a while, energy production in America is higher than ever. Do you give him any credit for that?
I wouldn't shop elsewhere because of a 0.5 or 1% additional tax, and I'm sure I'm not alone. That doesn't mean I support this particular proposal.
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