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docjim
  • From:USA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 03:35:49Copy HTML

Let’s have more socialism like FEMA

Except, it is not really Socialism to build a society where individuals come together to contribute to benefit the entire society. The term “socialism” was coined to describe societies in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange of goods and services are controlled by the community as a whole, not a society like the US version where risks and benefits are pooled for the benefit of all.

FEMA is an example of Socialism in the United States, for FEMA is funded by all of us, then reserved to help communities overwhelmed by natural disaster. And while FEMA is only part of any community response to devastating events that would otherwise destroy the lives of many, it is a reflection that all of us are in this American project together and looking out for each other.

This week as a major hurricane approaches our Southern East Coast, FEMA is hoping to be fully prepared to help those most in need throughout the next days, weeks, and months where their services will be in demand. And most of us will be glad the help was offered and used, even though we will not directly benefit at all.

It is American Socialism at its finest, it is, specifically, Democratic Socialism. Democratic Socialism is our elected representatives, acting in our behalf, to ensure that we build a society, and reflect that in national policies, that has compassion for those who face challenges too difficult for any community to face alone.

But Democratic Socialism can do even more, and it does more in many, if not most, of the other developed nations on the planet. Consider healthcare for example. Of the top 50 Highly Developed nations (according to the Human Development Index) only the United States lacks a system of Universal Healthcare. And the number of uninsured is rising because of Trump administration policies, in 2017 it reached 12.2%. In 2016 10.9% of Americans were without insurance.

Medicare for all could pose a solution, but our Republican friends argue the that richest nation in the history of the planet cannot afford a benefit every other developed nation provides for its people.

The US is also among the very few nations that have no laws requiring vacation days for employees. Virtually all the developed nations have legislated vacation time, and most nations’ workers take more vacation time than do US workers. Our European friends average between 20-25 vacation days per year, while US workers average between 10-14 days of vacation per year.

Of 193 United Nations countries, only a handful do not offer paid parental leave, and the United States is within that handful. How is it possible that US workers are punished for having children by having no time off to adjust their lives to their new babies and get to know their children as they begin life?

Once, the United States led the world in education by its free education for all through high school. But that measurement has been widely eclipsed by low cost or free college in several nations, granting them a future advantage against the US as education increases productivity and creativity. While America has flirted with college as a social contract provision paid for by all of us, it has tilted the opposite direction, making our universities and trade schools bastions for Big Business, and thus dedicated more to creating student debt that increasing human capital value.

We need to elect legislators who see the importance of good roads, bridges, schools, airports, and ports; legislators who will invest in our people for better job skills, better healthcare access, and better quality of life. FEMA reminds us of our better motives, our shared resolve, out united face against any adversity.

Op Ed

Drjim893

9/14/18

 


DRJim
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  • From:USA

Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 04:13:30Copy HTML

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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 04:56:01Copy HTML

Report: FEMA Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars And May Have ...


Scamming Uncle Sam: Do fraudulent FEMA claims hurt legitimate ...


No, we don't.




You do realize the reasons for FEMA supposedly wasting billions was because they didn't follow through (because of budget cuts) on IT improvements suggested by the head of FEMA in 2011, according to your source above.  So, wasting billions is because they were UNDERFUNDED and didn't follow the recommendations of the head of FEMA from the Obama years.  What a surprise!  NOT.  Just another bunch of bullshit brought to us by those libertarian type budget cuts.  

There is a great deal to be outraged right now: Russian interference, ICE raids in hospital rooms, Eroding LGBTQ rights, Vanishing environmental protections, Puerto Rico still in shambles, Flint still without clean water, unparalleled gun homicides, a compromised Evangelical Church, raising hate crimes, the sabotaging on the Affordable Care Act. - John Pavlovitz [B]Their blood is on YOUR hands.[/B]
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 05:27:53Copy HTML

High School curriculums are controlled by local business interests, have been for years. Company Credit Unions encourage debt for graduates to buy a dream vehicle because it makes good workers of them....have to make those payments or lose the dream. It’s a trap that works and produces incredibly loyal workers. Not a single air quality device in our mill town survives, no matter how well it’s hidden. Emphysema rate among highest in the nation. India produces the best engineers and we recruit them....still worth it for India to keep what’s left. They completely fund the education of capable students in engineering. Our student loans fund parties at an array of colleges good and bad, cripple graduates with debt and interest on it, if they’re skilled enough to get jobs. Why? Because banks wanted in on it, the profitability of interest on student loans. Repayments no longer offset loans for future students. Medicare is not the answer because the private sector abuses patients in subtle ways taking advantage of government money to increase profits but not the health of patients. Expanding military style health care to the public sector, making counties take back the responsibility instead of contracting it out would be less expensive for the country and the people and except for the insurance industry, would have little impact on the private sector health care providers. Competition has a beautiful efficiency and when it’s eliminated, collusion raises the cost astronomically. That’s when the government can step in and provide the competition, not by bid process which siphons money into private pockets, low bidder service, but by hiring and building for the health needs; preventive care will result in a healthier population. It’s so simple, but business will vigorously oppose it on the grounds of unfair competition, as if...........but the merchants of doubt have swayed public opinion about the harmfulness of smoking, global warming, a host of things not in their profit motivated interests. It’s what they do to survive; the fault is in the know better people we elect who don’t watch out for our general welfare.
What goes around, comes around.
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 05:55:10Copy HTML

Report: FEMA Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars And May Have ...


Scamming Uncle Sam: Do fraudulent FEMA claims hurt legitimate ...


No, we don't.




You do realize the reasons for FEMA supposedly wasting billions was because they didn't follow through (because of budget cuts) on IT improvements suggested by the head of FEMA in 2011, according to your source above.  So, wasting billions is because they were UNDERFUNDED and didn't follow the recommendations of the head of FEMA from the Obama years.  What a surprise!  NOT.  Just another bunch of bullshit brought to us by those libertarian type budget cuts.  



FEMA should not exist, Doe.


I'm not sure how you arrived at the conclusion that an agency wasting billions should get more money.  That appears nonsensical.

Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 06:48:24Copy HTML

Speaking of agencies that shouldn't exist in you mind, alaska, because they waste billions of dollars, whether by fraude and/or simple negligent waste, then you would no doubt agree that the DoD should not exist.

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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 07:50:07Copy HTML

Report: FEMA Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars And May Have ...


Scamming Uncle Sam: Do fraudulent FEMA claims hurt legitimate ...


No, we don't.




You do realize the reasons for FEMA supposedly wasting billions was because they didn't follow through (because of budget cuts) on IT improvements suggested by the head of FEMA in 2011, according to your source above.  So, wasting billions is because they were UNDERFUNDED and didn't follow the recommendations of the head of FEMA from the Obama years.  What a surprise!  NOT.  Just another bunch of bullshit brought to us by those libertarian type budget cuts.  



FEMA should not exist, Doe.


I'm not sure how you arrived at the conclusion that an agency wasting billions should get more money.  That appears nonsensical.



Well, Alaska, if you bothered to read the articles, especially the ones from the original source, and not some unreliable website's interpretation of them, you would see that the lost billions was because FEMA didn't have the IT updates and improvements (due to funding cuts) to check the claims that ended up costing the taxpayers billions.  SO....yeah, if they can't do checks properly, if they can't determine who is legit and who isn't, because of funding cuts, then there are bound to be people who scam the system.  Thanks CONs!

There is a great deal to be outraged right now: Russian interference, ICE raids in hospital rooms, Eroding LGBTQ rights, Vanishing environmental protections, Puerto Rico still in shambles, Flint still without clean water, unparalleled gun homicides, a compromised Evangelical Church, raising hate crimes, the sabotaging on the Affordable Care Act. - John Pavlovitz [B]Their blood is on YOUR hands.[/B]
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 07:50:58Copy HTML

Speaking of agencies that shouldn't exist in you mind, alaska, because they waste billions of dollars, whether by fraude and/or simple negligent waste, then you would no doubt agree that the DoD should not exist.


National defense is authorized by the Constitution however a standing army isn't, so far as I know.  We adopted a standing army because Canada kicked our ass and it was embarrassing.  So, since we have army, navy, airforce, marines and now a 'space force', I'm not sure how to get around having a bureaucracy to manage them all.

Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 08:32:21Copy HTML

Alaska,


Respectfully, you probably could argue the constitution prohibits the Army...so why don't you stick to the constitution and make that argument?


As for doing away with FEMA, what would be an appropriate response to this weeks' hurricane...wish them well? Prayers and thoughts?

DRJim
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:13-09-2018 10:01:58Copy HTML

Alaska,


Respectfully, you probably could argue the constitution prohibits the Army...so why don't you stick to the constitution and make that argument?


As for doing away with FEMA, what would be an appropriate response to this weeks' hurricane...wish them well? Prayers and thoughts?


I did.  As they say, once the camels nose is in the tent, the rest of him will soon follow.  The federal government has been growing like a cancer since before the ink was dry.


As for what to do.  Do what Americans have always done for each other in the aftermath of natural disasters;  whatever you are inclined to and able to do.  We have a very long history of helping each other.  Businesses have a solid track record of having boots and supplies on the scene before FEMA can get their coffee and donuts into the break room.


Honestly, DrJ, I do wonder where you've gotten your faith in the federal government.  It absolutely does not deserve it.

Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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  • From:USA

Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:14-09-2018 12:03:39Copy HTML

FEMA checked our claims and denied neighbors who built after the flood plane was established, paid those who built before. Lots of whining.... Prices fly high on timber products every hurricane. We can’t afford to build when Florida suffers a disastrous season. Exploitation. FEMA is also a victim.
What goes around, comes around.
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:14-09-2018 01:07:18Copy HTML

FEMA is a perpetrator.


It also should not exist.

Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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Re:We need more socialism like FEMA

Date Posted:14-09-2018 02:15:17Copy HTML

Speaking of agencies that shouldn't exist in you mind, alaska, because they waste billions of dollars, whether by fraude and/or simple negligent waste, then you would no doubt agree that the DoD should not exist.


National defense is authorized by the Constitution however a standing army isn't, so far as I know.  We adopted a standing army because Canada kicked our ass and it was embarrassing.  So, since we have army, navy, airforce, marines and now a 'space force', I'm not sure how to get around having a bureaucracy to manage them all.



OK  I'm going to need a guide through that convoluted bit of mental gymnastic contortions.

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