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Many states have tax limitation amendments. We need one at the federal level.
We have Medicare, which is single payer, we have the VA which is government run health care, and the government began this in 1798, with the Marine Hospital system.
The Marine Hospitals were not for government employees, they were for merchant seamen, whose employers were required to withhold 1% of their pay and send it to the federal government where it was used for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, and to build the Marine Hospitals.
But the government shouldn't be able to abuse its authority even in theory. In theory, Congress could tax any group they want at 110% and then jail them for noncompliance. Congress already uses the tax system to reward and punish. That authority needs to have boundaries set as the founders originally did.
Taxation right now in America is 14.9% of GDP. It's sposed to be in the high 17's. It was nearly 18% of GDP under Ronald Reagan.
Conservatives in America are Democrats and Democrats in America are conservatives, since one side says America should be the best but nobody should pay for it, while the other side wishes to pay for it.
Total reversal situation going on.
Anybody that believes taxes are too low is seriously misinformed. The solution to the debt crisis is right in front of us, but total ignorance by people who now think of themselves as conservatives continue to deny the truth.
As for health care, it's still going down, and for some strange reason I think the President is okay with that.
- Frustrated Independent
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.” - Penn Jillette amazingly enough, and I agree.
What is clear is that as societies become advanced, governments do more, and need higher taxes to pay for it, it would be a shame to relegate the US to being one of the less advanced nations in the future because we were unable operate with a 22nd century style government, although the demilitarization would be a huge benefit.
I haven't read anything as thoughtful and astute about the health care debate before the SCOTUS than this piece right here:
Uwe E. Reinhardt: The Supreme Court and the National Conversation on Health-Care Reform - NYTimes.com
"...Asked in an interview in Health Affairs in August 2010 how he could defend the mandate to be insured to Swiss citizens, Switzerland’s former secretary of health, Dr. Thomas Zeltner, responded:
"That’s easy. We will not let people suffer and die when they need health care. The Swiss believe that in return, individuals owe it to society to make provision ahead of time for their health care when they fall seriously ill. At that point, they may not have enough money to pay for it. So we consider the health-insurance mandate to be a form of socially responsible civic conduct. In Switzerland, “individual freedom” does not mean that you should be free to live irresponsibly and freeload from others, as you would put it."
Part of American exceptionalism, which we feel sets us apart from other nations, seems to be that Americans believe they have a moral right to critically needed health care, whether or not they can pay for it, but also believe that they should be free not to make financial provision for that event beforehand."
Kinda sums up what Republicans used to say before Obama came along and agreed with them.
Every generation tends to consider its beliefs to be accepted by future generations, but basic logic and history suggests that future generations will laugh at some of the things we believe today. I predict that activist government will be one of those things, although basic elements of it will probably survive, such as caring for the aged and poor children.
"You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."
Citizens United upheld the 1st amendment. Ledbetter wasn't about the Constitution, it was just interpreting a Congressional statute. Congress screwed up the law. Should SCOTUS have ruled how you wanted even though the law said something else?