Originally Posted by Calcountry
The Problem with the Marxist/Socialist view on income equality in 2013, is that it has been tried, and failed every time. Perhaps it is because it is a failed economic system that doesn't adequately deal with human nature, you know, sloth and shirking on the one hand, while it doesn't adequately reward innovation and productivity on the other. Ummm, I don't know, perhaps that is why most of the rest of the world is living in a shithole, and the US has more well off, well fed, well cared for poor than any other place on the environmentalists planet.
I don't think anyone is arguing that bringing about communism is the answer. Progressive tax rates and social programs do not equal socialism or communism. There is over fifty years of American Policy that proves this.
Also, America is ranked around dead last for developed countries when it come social welfare and the general welfare of the population. (I think I posted something to that affect, but the info is easy to find with google)
Another thing, I am sure you support our U.S. Military, correct?
The military is the largest socialist aspect of our Government. We pool, or collect, the resources of our country into a single entity for societies good. It is a government organization socialized for the protection of American interests. Even the way the military operates is socialism, dividing out resources and providing the basic, everyday needs of many of it's employees.
The question is not completely socialism or no socialism/completely capitalism ; the question and debate is always the variety of degrees between the ideas of socialism and capitalism that best support America.