...Capitalism has "equalized" the differences between the rich and the poor more than any system. It has given a higher quality of life for ALL citizens than any system ever tried. Liberalism however destroys quality of life. Every country that follows it in whatever degree be it socialism, communism, marxism etc., is much less quality of life for all than America.
...The worst country's (sic) in the world are ran by liberal ideology, the best country's (sic)in the world are ran by conservative ideology, including capitalism.
There’s a saying in business: “What gets measured gets done.” In a capitalist system, we primarily look at income and GNP as our measures of success. But what do they leave out?
Incarceration rate: United States has 730 prisoners per 100,00 people. By far the largest number in the world. The number dwarfs those of most industrialized nations. By comparison England/Wales has 156 per 100,000.
Infant mortality rate: The United States ranks 48th in the World, right between Croatia and the Faroe Islands, and behind every other Western Democracy.Cuba ranks 39th, 9 places better than the United States.
Life expenctancy: The U.S. ranks 50th.
Murder rate: The U.S. ranks 50th.
One index I think is interesting is a quality of life index that measures purchasing power, safety, health care, consumer price index, housing to income ratio, traffic commute time and pollution. On this index the United States ranks 10th (Switzerland, Germany and Norway are 1-2-3).
Economic mobility is regressing in the United States. The United States has less economic mobility than Denmark, Canada, Finland, Norway, France, Germany and Sweden.
...What do you think one of the main reasons third world country's exist??? It's because a small few wicked horde the money for themselves, and it's not distributed to the people.
Wealth distribution: in 2007 the top 1% of Americans had 34.6% of the wealth, the bottom 40% of Americans had 0.2% of the wealth.
After-tax income of the top 1% earners has grown by 176% percent from 1979 to 2007 while it grew only 9% for the lowest 20%
Further, we already have socialized health care. The poor get the same care as anyone else. No one is turned away.
I would imagine it's rather difficult to get chemotherapy in an emergency room. By not having preventative medicine, many conditions that can be detected with a blood screening or normal medical checkup blossom into diseases that are very expensive to treat. Giving proper health care treatment to the poor would help mitigate those costs. And, (oh, by the way) possibly alleviate human suffering.)
MONEY is not the problem Kerry..... Character is. Throwing money at things don't fix things. It takes charactered (sic) individuals in a community that create a community, and create quality of life.
People are not born with character. You learn character. You need a role model. If your family is lacking in role models, to whom do you turn? I would agree that the family is the best place to start, but if the family doesn't have the support structure, shouldn't someone be able to turn to their community? This is the whole 'it takes a village vs. it takes a family. Sometimes it takes both.
Mark Twain said: "History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes."
We are approaching wealth inequality in this country that has not been seen since the Gilded Age (a term which Twain also coined), the age before Progressivism. Social Darwinists like Herbert Spencer argued that cutthroat competition was natural and that embodied "survival of the fittest". John D. Rockefeller argued that the age of the individual was over and that only large monopolies could provide order. (I guess corporations really are
people after all!).
One of the most interesting political phenomenon today is watching the cognitive dissonance created when people believe in Social Darwinism (or Ayn Rand's Objectivism), and simultaneously believe in being a compassionate Christian. John Rockefeller concluded that 'God gave me my money.'
Perhaps closer to the truth is J. Paul Getty's guide to becoming rich:
1. Rise Early
2. Work Hard
3. Strike Oil
Now we have Herman Cain saying '"If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." (Kinda takes the wind out of Romney's argument that all the unemployment is Obama's fault).
I just can't understand how someone (who considers themselves a Christian can say it's a fault (or a character flaw) NOT to be rich when Jesus said "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
I always imagine that somewhere is a gigantic consortium of stock brokers, hedge fund managers and venture capitalists contracting with Bechtel or Haliburton to make a really big needle, or getting Genentech to engineer a really small camel.
By the way, still haven't seen your documentation for how over-regulation cause the housing bubble and market crash.