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29 June 2012 @ 10:20 am
I think I just realized something  
So I follow Joe Bethancourt on Facebook, because I like his music and am willing to overlook his politics. And he posts lots of things about, "What part of my property do you think you have the right to steal?" in response to the Affordable Care Act.

I haven't been able to formulate an answer.

I think I've figured it out. From my perspective, he's asking the wrong question, and that's why I can't answer it.

The question *I* ask is, "We live in a society that conveys many advantages. How can we most fairly distribute those advantages while not constraining personal incentive and creativity?"

I have no problem with people who invent really cool things, or provide really cool services, being fabulously wealthy. I have no problem with the idea that a job requiring 25 years of training pays more than a job that doesn't require that kind of investment.

I do have a problem with a society and culture that treats people who do the day-to-day work of maintaining the infrastructure (by which I mean both public infrastructure like road builders and forest rangers and police and teachers and firefighters, and private infrastructure like custodians and secretaries and house builders and factory workers) -- or who are unable to work because of disability, or who are able to work but cannot find a job because the economy is broken -- as disposable and worthless.
Gnome: Snowedongnomentum on June 29th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
I never thought Obamacare would make it. I'm extremely happy that it did - the vast majority of my friends in the US have experienced severe financial hardship, severe medical hardship, or - increasingly - both, at the hands of the previous system.

I am fortunate enough to live in a country where, for longer than I have been alive, every man, woman and child is entitled to free healthcare whatever their ailment. However, the system is being massively threatened by our current government - The Conservative party (our equivalent of the Republicans), aided by the so called 'Liberal Democrats', who are behaving neither liberally nor democratically.

Please, please let this be your system moving closer to ours, without ours moving closer to yours...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on June 29th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Please, please let this be your system moving closer to ours, without ours moving closer to yours...

From your keyboard to deity's/ies' visual input system.
Gnome: Couplegnomentum on June 29th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)