Monday, September 19, 2016

Week of 09/19/2016

The Biggest Supporters of Socialism Are Capitalists
You know what?  I am sick and tired of hearing about socialism being this big frigging threat to human civilization.  I am.  I’m sick of hearing about how the whole wide world will just come falling apart because some tenant of socialism gets put into practice somewhere instead of some good old-fashioned “’Merican capitalism”!
What pisses me off the most is that the loudest arguments for socialism in any form are coming from those very “capitalists” that are crying foul about it.
Take a look at the scam called healthcare in America.  Yes, we have the Affordable Care Act, which the conservatives and neo-conservatives have been waging an unholy scorched-earth crusade to destroy by any means necessary.  They’ve sabotaged Congress, even shut down the federal government, all in the name of this cause which they claim “imposes socialism”.
What a twenty-ton crock of cow feces!
Yes, one of the original ideas was to have what could be best described as “Medicare-for-all”, which would be considered socialized medicine.  But that is not what the American people ended up with through this law!
We are forced to buy health insurance thanks to a legal leap that even the late Evil Knievel couldn’t pull off with a space shuttle!  Will all afforded respect to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, we can chose to not drive a car, but we cannot chose to not live unless you decide to legalize suicide-on-demand, so using the driver’s license idea is not a valid justification for the ACA.  But that is precisely what we are forced to do in America.  We are forced by law to buy a commercial product.  That’s not socialism; that’s corporatism.
So what do we get?  We get health insurance programs whose premiums are continuing to go up.  We have insurance companies that decide they don’t want to be in the “exchange” program anymore and are instead going back to deciding who gets to pay big money for the “privilege” of being covered by them.  We have insurance companies having pissing contests with regional hospitals over coverage and how much money they can make off us.  In other words, the American people continue to get screwed.
And let’s not forget Big Pharma!  We have big drug companies giving themselves monopolies and then gouging the public with medicine that they have to pay for in order to live!  And there’s nothing that can be done about it.  It’s all legal.  Hell, the champions of capitalism would even wrap themselves in the American flag over it and say “it’s the free market, baby!  Gawd bless ‘Merica!”
Actually, no, if it was really the free market at work, there would be real competition instead of government-sanctioned monopolies.  You’d be seeing more generics on the market, and the government wouldn’t be giving preference as it does today.  But that’s neither here nor there because we’re supposedly in a “socialist” system now, even though we’re far from it.
You see folks, the sham that we call the Affordable Care Act only works if the big corporations in the Healthcare business play along and behave.  But, then again, if they did, then we really wouldn’t have needed the ACA in the first place.
The very reason why there is even a call for the ACA or even for a real socialized version of healthcare is because big corporate executives in the healthcare business and the insurance business and the drug business all got greedy and put profits ahead of people.  And even when the ACA became law and it got passed the Supreme Court, they still operate under the presumption that they can continue to put profits ahead of people and screw America over.
So now the only way out of this mess is either convincing the greedy corporate bastards and their equally greedy investors to stop putting profits over people and get their act together, or else watch as the government starts imposing actual socialized healthcare.  And the longer they are allowed to continue to put profits over people and screw the American people over, the louder and louder the call will be for the government to do something to fix this.  It’s like putting a bunch of reckless speeders behind the wheel on the empty promise that they’d change their ways, and then wonder why they slammed into a school bus at 70mph in a residential neighborhood.  Sooner or later, someone will have to tell them to use public transportation.
And they’re not the only ones doing it either! 
Wells Fargo, one of the “Too Big To Fail” entities that we got bullied into bailing out in 2008, recently got caught creating multiple fraudulent accounts for millions of their customers all so they can pad their books.  They just paid a pittance of a fine and fired over 5000 of the employees affected... in other words, par for the course.  The executive responsible?  She was allowed to leave before the whole thing happened, so she got to keep her nine-figure golden parachute.
And yet we’re supposed to “trust” these banks. It’s pretty clear they haven’t learned a single goddamned thing since the Great Recession, other than how to hide the bodies better and to diffuse the blame.
So what are we supposed to do, huh?  Go to another bank?  What stops them from playing the same game?  We learned that from the Great Recession, when all the banks played the same game and they all led us to the same catastrophe. 
It seems to me that these so-called “Capitalist winners” are doing the very things that encourage socialism, not discourage it.
Let’s get brutally honest here... if you do not want socialism in American society, then you have to do more than just bitch about it, more than just wail and moan on talk radio about it, you have to actually do the things that make the need for it irrelevant!
Every single time a company screws over the public, no matter of that is a mom-and-pop operation, some fly-by-night business, or a big corporation with a Wall Street presence, they are a screaming advertisement for socialist programs.  They’re all saying “Look at us!  We can’t be controlled!  We’re greedy money-grubbing monsters that you can’t stop!  You can’t protect yourselves from us!  If you want us reined in, then you need to put your trust in something bigger than us and something even worse than us!  If you want to be protected from the likes of us, you need socialism!”
When businesses tell us to put our trust in them instead of government oversight, they are obligated to make sure that trust is not in vain.  They are telling the consumers “we value you most of all”.  But greedy money-grubbing corporations like those that infest healthcare and insurance and banking industries, along with a few other industries, tell us a different story, and they tell it to us every time they screw us over.  They constantly tell us “We have a higher obligation to our bottom line and to our investors, than we have to you, the consumers.  They are more important than you!”  Those are the groups that invite socialism and socialist programs in!  They are the biggest supporters and cheerleaders for socialism through their abusive and predatory actions.  They validate every argument for socialism more so than a million Hillary Clintons and a billion Elizabeth Warrens and a trillion Bernie Sanders.
You want that to change, Big Corporate?  You need to change yourselves first!

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