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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

JackDallas

Senator
Supporting Member
Looking back at the old BOTF

Response to Michael Ryerson

http://fray.slate.com/discuss/forums/thread/2558566.aspx



Are we really all Socialists, as Ryerson says? Is Socialism the be all and fix all for America’s economic woes of late?

I'm not buying it, at least not completely. I still believe in the free enterprise system, and Socialism, as I understand it, is repugnant to me. I will, however, give some concession to those who see it as the answer to America’s economic inequality.

I have always believed that basic health care should be the right of every American citizen. The greatest financial burden facing any family is health care. Insurance has become so expensive that it simply is not affordable by most, and even if a family has full coverage, the deductibles and shared premium costs rob them of their living money.

So I am in favor of government paid health care. I believe if this burden is removed from a family, that family has a much better chance of meeting its other expenses and prospering. But a government paid plan should be available only to American citizens, not illegal aliens, and it should be efficient and regulated, no waiting six months for surgery and no open-ended way for doctors to bill the government for millions of dollars. I don’t have a problem with a doctor making a good living as long as they don’t get filthy rich bilking the government. A government plan could still allow for private practice.

I’d like to see a plan that would pay for college kids, with the aptitude, to go to medical school, all expenses paid, and then serve a mandatory 10-year term in government health care before opting to go into private practice. I think the pay should start at around $80,000 a year with incremental increases based on time served and ability, dependability and other merits.

I hate trade unions. I hate them with a passion. My revulsion and disdain for trade unions is based on personal experience, having been forced by these criminals to hire their mediocre labor, and pay graft to the union leadership for that ignoble privilege. Trade unions encourage underperformance. There is no reward for the standout employees. Union leadership itself refers to non-union businesses and Merit Shops…where rewards and promotions are based on the individual performance. In a sane world union canvassing techniques would be against the law, I believe.

Having said that, however; there must to be some way to avoid the abuses of the past, by which employers reaped huge profits, while refusing to pay their employees a living wage. I think the free market will accomplish this as long as employers do not have the option of using illegal labor, for which they pay dirt wages; that has no recourse for better pay and benefits.

The optimum course is for government to create an economic atmosphere that is conducive to growing businesses which are permitted to earn a profit. The best way to accomplish this is to create tax breaks and tax cuts that give additional money to companies for the purpose of creating new jobs and better products. Any monies received from eased government tax policies should be used only for Research and development and the creation of jobs and waged employee benefits…not for management bonuses and elaborate corporate affairs and opulence.

There must be regulation of the corporate bonus system. If a CEO is awarded a $100 million bonus then those funds must not come from government created profit; they must come from successful operation of the business, and if such award is given a year or two prior to the company going bankrupt (such as at Lehman Brothers) then the CEO and the Board of Directors should be held accountable and force both the payback of funds as well as prosecution in the courts.

There are, certainly, many drawbacks to the free enterprise system Greed often takes over and clouds one’s moral and ethical judgment; this can create a society of have-nots, haves, have mores and have a lot mores. Where should we draw the line? Should society tell a person how much money he can make? I say no unless he is making his money illegally or unethically. Should a CEO be able to make a $100 million dollars a year bonus while his company is struggling to pay its bills and its employees a decent wage? I’m not sure anyone but that Executive would answer that question in the affirmative. What regulations can be put in place to prevent this abuse? I don’t know but I do know there is a way…there has to be a way, and it starts with getting rid of the crooked politicians like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd who failed to do their jobs as watchers of the Mortgage Companies.

In the end, my belief is that Socialism simply does not work. It brings everyone and everything down to an equal level of mediocrity and misery. The French sought to offset the malaise of the union workers by bringing in Muslim immigrants to do the work…no Frenchman would do (sound familiar) and now they are paying the price for it.

Will America, under Barack Obama, seek to use illegal Mexican labor to actually do the work that has to be done in order to buy off a 51% voting electorate which pays no taxes and lives on welfare? That could very well be the first step we take toward destroying the free enterprise system and all the rewards and benefits that go along with initiative, innovation and hard work.

Jack Dallas
 

Bernard_Fokke

Captain Fokke
Supporting Member
Not to ignore the TP just wanted you to see this, "Fuel filter" Looks like something else to me.


Great post to MR, I kinda remember him from back in the day. :)
 

JackDallas

Senator
Supporting Member
Not to ignore the TP just wanted you to see this, "Fuel filter" Looks like something else to me.


Great post to MR, I kinda remember him from back in the day. :)
I don't know what to say about the fuel filter I didn't know cars had fuel filters.

Ryerson was a worthy advocate. I always seemed to be in a running gun battle with him. He was a Marine who did two tours in Vietnam. He wrote a piece about his experiences and narrated it himself. He called it, The Man in the door.


Ryerson lived in Houston. I sincerely hope he is still with us.
 

Bernard_Fokke

Captain Fokke
Supporting Member
I don't know what to say about the fuel filter I didn't know cars had fuel filters.

Ryerson was a worthy advocate. I always seemed to be in a running gun battle with him. He was a Marine who did two tours in Vietnam. He wrote a piece about his experiences and narrated it himself. He called it, The Man in the door.


Ryerson lived in Houston. I sincerely hope he is still with us.
so do I, we're at that age where we're losing them more's the pity.
I hope all find peace at last.

I should add that I too served two tours as a Marine over there, I carried the darkness with me for over forty years until the good lord granted me peace.

Sadly some never regain their balance and can never find peace here in this realm, hopefully they will find it elsewhere.
 
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