One of the major problems is that MOST people, bright or not, have very surface ideas of which they haven’t dug into and examined the complexities.
They get both words and concepts mixed up. For example, political, social, and economic systems apply to all countries, but they are often confused. We are a democratic republic by political structure. We have a socialistic (government supplied services, not the old “communistic” meaning) social system, and we have a capitalistic economic system.
As I’ve posted before, these are a few of the services our federal and local governments provide: Military, Police, Fire Services, Local Roads, use, & maintenance, Highways, use, & maintenance, Street Signs & Traffic Control, Street Lights, Schools, Elementary, High Schools, Universities, Postal Service, Libraries, Judicial Court System, Patent Protection, Food Safety, Flight Safety, Penal System, Communication Control, Property Laws, Personal Laws, Program Name, Record Keeping, Public Parks, Health Care, Garbage Collection, Sewer System, Drainage System, Vocational Training, Utility Supply and Control, Minimum Wages, Worker Safety, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Humanitarian Assistance, Financial Regulations, Professional Licensing, Vehicle & Driver Licensing, Environmental Protection, Child Protection, Voting Regulation.
If you are against socialism, do you want all of these services to be canceled or privatized?
If you are a fiscal conservative, are you willing to not have any of these services available to you unless you buy each of them from private companies so you don’t have to pay taxes?
One of the fundamental functions of an ethical, caring society, I believe, is to assure minimum adequate living conditions for all its citizens. When parasites and predators manage to take funds from the citizenry so it trickles up, they are stealiing those funds. It’s part of the government’s job to protect the citizenry, and that includes increasing taxes on those who have been draining funds from the citizens, that is, taking from those rich and giving back services to those the predators and parasites have made poor.