Bryan, I haven’t seen your posts in a long time.
Class warfare has been going on for some time. The victims of the war, mostly are just not aware of it. The uber-rich are kicking the ass of the under-classes. There is no “trickle down”, only “suck it up”.
Yes it’s class warfare but they started it?
Did they start it by being in a different class or what? ;-)
Is it a good idea to reform the safety net system by defunding Obamacare, while offering nothing in its place? Sure. If you’re filthy rich and have the means to pay unlimited amounts of money on your personal healthcare, on the off chance you should need to.
Or if you’re young and healthy and object to having the health care of old and sick people added to your tab in addition to the retirement safety net. You might have the justifiable idea that this new reform is making things worse, despite the budget-lowering smoke & mirrors of added taxes. The Republicans have always had alternative ideas—pretty good ones. Remove restrictions that prevent purchase of insurance policies across state lines, and use tort reform to help decrease defensive medicine.
The concept here, though, is that a bad bill is worse than no bill, and the ACA is a bad bill.
As far as governmental financial insolvency, how about a progressive tax that actually collects a high percentage of income from all who make more than a quarter of a million a year.
That won’t do it. Run the numbers. There aren’t enough rich people to pay the bills even if you took everything year after year. Very quickly you end up with a bunch of low-to-middle class people trying to pay the same stiff tax bill. So the result is higher taxes on the remaining classes.
Or how about a flat tax, with no income tax? Let’s say a 5% annual flat tax of everyone’s Net Worth that exceeds a quarter of a million.
That won’t work, either. The thing that works dramatically to increase government revenue is increased economic growth (got some charts to show you if you like). And one of the effects of the ACA is assuredly slower economic growth.
And regarding factions advocating civil unrest, I would not be surprised if there are right wing factions advocating violent civil actions. They tend to be the ones with the guns.
I’m sure there are some conservatives concerned about creeping federal government power to the point they believe they should have guns to protect their freedoms. But they’re only about as radical as the founders of the nation that way. The American Revolution occurred because people objected to having their property taken without adequate representation in the government. So they made a new government with many safeguards intended to limit its power and reach. Since then many of those safeguards have been removed.
But I apologize for addressing your statement, because really in the end it was just a tu quoque from you, wasn’t it? You’re admitting you’re advocating class warfare, right?
Communism does not scare me. But it seems to not be economically viable over the long haul. However, I believe it would be preferable to unrestrained Capitalism.
There are millions of dead people who might like to argue the point with you, but let’s just stick with communism lite, which we see in the European Union here and there. The socialist countries there have economies even worse than ours and are swimming in red ink as a result of generous safety nets. We’ve been eagerly copying a model that leads to fiscal ruin. Is that smart?
Seriously, where has communism worked? You want to replace our mixed economy with one more rigidly controlled by a central authority even though the latter has such an outstanding record of failure?
It’s great on paper, because in theory if the government makes all the right moves then a perfect economy results. The problem is that complex top-down systems like a big government tend to get things wrong. Lots of things.
Was China better off before it started granting some property rights and instituted market-based reforms in its economy?