Now climb into my soapdish with me and we shall splash together, no? It seems to me that this nation has become one of '"I want something for nothing." People love to bitch about the state of education but they are never willing to put their money where their mouth is; never mind that fact those kiddos in that failing school WILL be adults and will be changing your geriatric diapers. Also, not to mention they will be running the country one day which will more likely than not include seriously poor decisions about invading nations and bombing them. So why is it that people educating kids make such pathetic salaries, even when they have advanced degrees? Why is it that people who are the bottom of the education grade system totem pole are even allowed to teach kids? (I also agree that firing teachers is tactic that should be employed )
Now on to health care, yes I am going there. People love to bitch about health care but would rather have profit making companies in charge of their care than an actual reform where your health care is not tied to your job, but instead to the idea that you are a human being. I hear chatter about this would stifle innovation: um, by innovation do you mean the drug pushing that is now occurring every bloody time one goes to the doctor versus encouraging actual healthy lifestyles or do you mean a plethora of tests that one has done "just in case" and despite the results of the test the outcome is generally the same which is, "here take this pill" or if we can't find anything wrong with you "how about some vitamin P." Now about those wait times that everyone is just so sure we will have: My kids just waited a month to see a specialist, that is about the same as our Canadian friends where 57% of which report a month wait time to see a specialist. So that argument fails to hold water with me. Two out of my three kids are requiring procedures (we are calling them procedures because mentally I handle that better than surgery) and the wait time is six weeks! Six weeks, oh yes America wonderful health care you have here. Don't get me started on our global rankings. (Oh and ever wonder why that insurance you get at your job is called a benefit, me too since when is health care a benefit? So when you work for a large company you get good insurance and a small company equals crappy insurance. Nice. And for that matter WHY is it attached to you employment status?)
So when publicly traded companies, looking at you Amazon, who are making a net income of $902 million and net sales of $24.51 billion want to keep their competitive edge and not have their customers pay taxes, Jennie gets annoyed. Raise your hand if you have heard of such corporations asking for tax breaks? Taxes pay for things everyone in the community uses, taxes can put everyone on a level playing field when it comes to health care. Business is for profit. Why is it OK for them to make a profit, but not OK for us to pay taxes to provide better services for the people in our nation? Some say that people should be able to keep their money in their own pockets because they know what is best for their money. Now I ask you, how many of you would say, "ah yes today I am going to go out and fix that pothole because I don't like driving over it instead of taking the weekend trip to Vegas." Hardly. Also, does obnoxiously high credit card debt ring a bell to anyone, or how about that housing crisis because people thought their houses were ATMs? Bueller? Yep, we are a national full of fiscally responsible people.
Yes, certain companies give back to schools, local communities, and charities, some more than others. Yes companies drive innovation and people have jobs because of companies. I don't think that making a profit is a bad thing. However, when companies are laying off people, asking for bailouts for bullshit that was their own fault, the economy is still in the crapper, and states are failing, I get annoyed when all of the sudden we are to bow down to corporations. Corporations who lobby to get their way, who are not interested in people but rather their bottom line, and will fire workers or make accounting discrepancies when that bottom line is threatened. Why is it OK to show all the proverbial love to these corporations and not the the government who we elect? When was the last time you got to watch an Amazon, Goldman Sachs, or Toyota board meeting on CSPAN? Just saying.
To quote President Kennedy, "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
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