Eclectic Cafe – Is the American Power Act a Good Bill?
I left the following message at http://marialeonardi.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/is-the-american-power-act-a-good-bill/
I have to admit that the sliding of America into socialism which is continuing at an ever increasing rate is distressing to me.
It is possible that the younger people of today such as Maria are unable to recognise the symptoms.
I think a good yardstick is the percentage of income that each individual has to pay to the government.
For instance in P R China from about 1949 till the death of Mao Tse Tung, the tax rate was 100%. you were not able to keep any of the direct fruits of your labour, everyone was paid a benefit in cash and ration coupons, and trading was banned except by the government.
In my country which probably leads the US in its slide to communism, most normal people pay more than 40% of their income to the government plus rates and permit fees to local government. Probably more than 50%* of the NZ population receive a benefit in one or more of the many forms from the tax payer with about 11% (http://www.nzstats.auckland.ac.nz ) of the total population relying entirely on the tax payer for living. I guess conservatively we are about 40% communist already.
I do believe, ironically, that soon we will be looking up at the P R of China as the worlds leader in freedom of choice and consequent democracy.
“But perhaps it is better to take a small step towards an important goal than to allow a crucial issue to remain at a standstill because a compromise cannot be reached”
Exactly who are you that you feel qualified to comment and make opinions (without explaining your logic or reveiling the source of your authoritive facts) on such an important bill which will, if passed effect the wealth and lifestyle of all normal americans and trading partners, probably for the foreseeable future.
This comment will be posted on my blog http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress.com (under the title and URL of your post), where my readers will await your answer.
* Can find no statistics of total welfare recipient numbers but the NZ Social welfare system ranges from provided housing, food suppliments, housing subsidies and work subsidies. Also if heath subsidies are included I would have to say that 100% of New Zealanders are welfare recipients. The more wealthy/cautious have private health cover but no rebate from the government health is available.
http://www.michaelbassett.co.nz/articles.htm Read what an ex socialist Member of Parliament deduces after a number of terms giving our tax payers cash away.