There's certainly a strong "personal responsibility" and "self reliance", strain within the us. It coalesce in points like described. They're opinions like anything else and anyone is okay to have them.
There's certain things that are in the public's best interest that in my opinion should be socialized, education, healthcare, food safety, transport/infrastructure and other such things. I think its important that those I interact with and rely on in society have a basic education, are healthy regardless of the social class they were born into. I know our libertarian friends would disagree and want government to do none of those things at all. Without it only those born in privilege would have those things and nobody else would. Upward mobility in the us is almost a myth at this point, most of the world over has better upward mobility chances due to such socialism (start everyone on more equal footing and give them all more equal opportunities to succeed and they will).
We have a very specific role for government in this country and it's not to do everything for, and guarantee everything, and give everyone's right to everything in this country. We talk about
making something free, but I'm concerned about
quality, you can talk about
free education and healthcare, but that doesn't make it good. What makes it good is competition, injecting that competition within all communities and allowing them to compete with each another to create a product, and weed out the bad products.
And, I don't have money. I'm over $140,000K in debt from school loans and I'm working unpaid internships and small gigs in the entertainment biz. But, I still don't believe I'm entitled to anyone else's hard earned money or have any desire to spread wealth around and I'm certainly not given anything from my parents who were less than money-makers themselves. Take a look at Venezuela, they are in terrible shape as a socialist country. It becomes a top-down environment where people literally count on the government to choose, provide, give and tell them what to do, with what little amount they have. No thank you for me. I'm so disappointed in of some of my colleagues who yearn for this type of lifestyle. I want to do more than just survive, I want to thrive.
We already guarantee free public education, though we keep insisting on pursuing advanced degrees that don't amount to a decent paycheck. How about
we work on the public education system we have in place so that we can get back to a prosperous period where instead of a millennial having to pursue 6+ years in college/post-grad to gain an entry level role in their field, we say, the 2 year associate or technical degree my father pursued to earn a decent paycheck, should be enough. When we say, Jan is poor, she's unhappy and has very little, so we're going to take from John to give to Jan. That didn't do anything, now John is unhappy.
I certainly don't have real solutions to our problems because I'm not a politician, but I'm sure I can rise up and take care of myself and trust myself to handle and choose what I personally need, and not for anyone else. I can only hope that people see the advantage of having this freedom and the joy it brings, because we are in such a mess right now.
Post Edited (stereofidelic89) : 9/28/2016 6:21:55 PM (GMT-6)