Every person I’ve seen interviewed about why they are voting for Bernie Sanders, responds, ” he is offering free stuff…college education & healthcare.” When asked, “who is going to pay for that?” There is a blank look and pause…. ” uhhmmm”…. and no answer.
If you or someone you know is planning to vote for Bernie, consider this.
Are you sure you understand what socialism is? “Socialism is a concept that individuals should not have ownership of land, capital (money), or industry, but rather the whole community collectively owns and controls property, goods, and production.” Are you sure you understand how that is going to effect your life and your family’s future?
If a country promises free college and healthcare, how do they provide that? Where do they get the funds to pay for it? In socialism, there is usually very high income taxes of 50-75% from everyone, not just the rich. Anyone who presently owns a home, will eventually find the taxes so high that they will have to let the home go and it becomes government property. The government may let you stay in the “free housing” as you are paying them 50-75% of your income. If you think you are going to maintain your present lifestyle and receive “freebies,” you are in for a most painful surprise.
Another point of reality. A person from London was interviewed about the “free college” benefits of socialism. He said, “you take a test when you are 16, depending on your test score, you may be one of the 6% that is selected to attend college.” Not everybody gets free tuition.
Germany also rations access to higher education. “In spite of not having to pay tuition, fewer German youth finish college than American youth. Germany also tends to accumulate “eternal” students.” Now that’s a real plus
Historically, we have seen what happens when the government provides free housing. The lesson is this: if you own it or pay for it, you take care of it. If it belongs to someone else, or it’s free, it often gets trashed.
(1) everyone may have healthcare but there will be doctor shortages, long wait times for scheduled appointments and you take whatever doc is available.
(2) no more moving closer to family unless the government approves.
(3) no great variety of shops to buy from, the government now owns businesses.
Giving up your freedom of choice, as well as 50-75% of your income in taxes, will be costly!
Where in the world do you see socialism successful? Where is socialism lifting up people and helping them to thrive? Why is it that people from around the world want to come here to follow their dreams? Yes, capitalism is not perfect. There are crooks in capitalism but there are also crooks in socialism too. There will always be people living high on the money of others.
If you vote for a socialist, I hope you understand that we won’t be keeping all the freedoms of capitalism and then simply adding some “free stuff”? There are painful consequences to electing a socialist for President.
Vote with an educated mind and preserve our freedoms. Your children and grandchildren will be grateful and I will too.
Informed voting is downright personal.
drp © 2016