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At 10:54 AM 4/18/04 -0700, Liam Maloney wrote: >OK Allen, I don't normally pay attention to neo-con rants like this, but I have to ask - in what way exactly do you think the existence of Starbucks proves that "America works" ? To my mind the outward signs of a country "working" include a functioning healthcare system, a reliable education system and a plan to prevent the nation's poorest from falling too deeply through the cracks. We "aspiring autocrats" in Canada want to know how you think socialism is a failure. Philosophically flawed bureaucratic nightmare, perhaps. Failure, no. Please explain. Well, Liam, there you go. To most of us in the US, the government has no business mucking about with healthcare (we have 12 or 13 former Canadian doctors practicing locally in this area of 240,000 people, who describe themselves as "refugees from the Canadian Healthcare Mess"). To a lot of USians, education is a responsibility of the parents, not of the State. And, to the majority of the US populace, it is quite sad that Gramma Wheelus is destitute but, in the end, what the fuck do I care about her? If I cared, I'd give money to the woman. In other words, most USians, judging by poll results, wish the US Federal Government to be: -- isolationist in foreign policy -- non-interventionist in education -- leave charity to private charity -- get government regulations off the back of industry -- preserve the environment but not when it means folks get fired (an impossibility, of course) -- und so weiter. To solve this, I would suggest the following: The US should: a) leave Iraq immediately and Afghanistan immediately. The chaos which will result will give the US thirty years of peace from any organized resistance by Islamic Fundamentalists. b) leave the Middle East in peace. We should take no posture at all in the Middle East. We should no longer provide foreign aid to wealthy nations such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. Let these folks stew in their own juices and let USians worry about how to date that cute girl living on the next block from them. c) eliminate all Federal funding of social programs, including the Departments of Health and Human Services and the Department of Urban Development, or whatever they are calling it this week. Let the Federal Government quit trying to tell me HOW I should spend my charitable contributions, as this deprives me of the ability to perform as my God directs. d) Have the Federal Government return the 99% of Federal Land which is held as some sort of national reserve. This is absurd: the states are perfectly capable of picking the areas that they wish preserved and of doing so. The absurdities arising from the current blow-up over the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) proves this point: it is a rather dismal tundra swamp not populated by any species on the Endangered Species List and, in fact, by almost no terrestrial species. I recognize that morons such as Senators Kerry and Kennedy view ANWR as a pristine environment home to zillions of species who will otherwise die out but, then, this is simply not the truth. And to make it worse, the folks on the ground, the Alaska citizens, roundly resist this detestable extention of Federal power to limit their employment. Arizona is 80% Federal land, Nevada is 60% the same. This is simply stupid, as it bars the citizens of these states from enjoying their own natural bounty to their own benefit. Let us lower YOUR Federal tax penalty by elminating most of what the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior are currently doing. This would, if nothing else, save millions and millions of dollars annually; this would give you all something between $300 and $1000 per year in tax relief. e) Adopt HR 25. Go to http://www.fairtax.org/ READ the entire propsal then consider it in depth. If you are in favor (and who could not be in favor of a plan so simple, so slick, so decent), then those subscribers in the US should PRESSURE their Representatives and their Senators to adopt this plan. It is a growing thing: tell your Congressman that you will vote Libertarian if he can't add his voice to this bill. f) "Socialism" is a failure as it presumes that humans want to share ownership of their work entity. This is bogus. Most humans want to be Numero Uno (check out the self-employment rate in the US and Canada for proof of this). I previously have advocated on this forum worker ownership of companies but this now seems unworkable: there was a Newspaper Company in the St Louis, Missouri, area, and Weirton Steel, in West Virginia, both of which sold out to private enterprise at the first solid bid. I believe that this stands as a QED. And government ownership of companies has failed universally wherever it has been tried: consider the truths that Carl Zeiss Jena and Exakta exist no more and that the SPS (Soviet/Post-Soviet) optical products are now produced by private companies. Again, QED. And, yes, in the end, America works. Marc email@example.com FAX: +540/343-7315 Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!