People often say America is becoming "socialist" as if its a bad thing. National Parks, Medicare, Medicaid, public libraries, Veterans Administration, public education are all socialist policies. Is socialism an entirely bad thing?
There's a difference in a population willingly participating in things (like national parks) and having the government take everything & doling out what it thinks you need to survive. Socialism sucks.
So where do we draw the line?
I give my money, you don't take. Easy enough line for me... And yes, it i got to "line item" my taxes, national parks, the VA, and libraries would be included. Other things I would support directly/differently.
A line on taxes??? Our tax money pays for these "Socialist" programs - isn't that status quo?? I'm not following. You want to pick and choose which programs!
Yes. That's what "line item" means -- I pay "x" in taxes and I get to say "n/x to parks, n/x to va, n/x to roads" etc. it would be awesome, and would by default cut a whole lot of pork from the budget.
So what if a bunch of people decided not to pay into National parks. As a result the National Parks end up with a yearly budget of say $30 million (it is currently 3 BILLION) then what happens to NPS? sometimes govt has to protect greater good
It would demonstrate the priorities of the constituency. No funding, cut the budget. No budget, no services. People who want can contribute more...
No way you get people to contribute 3 billion. So now many employees of NPS are out of work...fabulous. Sometimes the people need to be protected from themselves
You don't know that until you try it. I think it would be a very interesting exercise if the IRS got (non binding, at least at first) line item input from all the taxpayers.
How about a harpoon to the balls? You won't know it until you try it.
I'll pass. I like the status quo better than the option presented.
It is a VERY bad thing, I takes away all wealth. True socialism means the rich get poorer but so do the poor. No one has money except the government
It is not a bad thing