The rightwing crazies are using this poll to show that Americans are turning into a bunch of Commies, which makes no since, as they also say that Americans hate socialism so much that they are going to repeal Obama’s health care reform.
Really, the poll is not as hopeful as one might think. First of all, capitalism and socialism are not defined. Furthermore, while only 53% of Moronicans think that capitalism beats socialism, 70% support some bullshit entity called the free market. Hell, I like capitalism way better than the free market (euphemism for neoliberalism).
This implies that Americans think that American capitalism is not a free market (neoliberal) system, which is preposterous. Instead, 2/3 of Moronicans think that the state and the corporations combine to screw workers and investors (Corporatism?), and this is somehow against free market principles (LOL).
Duh. That’s how society works under capitalism, dummies. Under neoliberalism, it’s the same thing with Premium fuel. You want neoliberalism, but you don’t want all the droppings that come with it. That makes no sense. This shows me that Moronicans are political amateurs who don’t know their political economic asses from a hole in the ground. They can be excused of course, since we have farce for politics, an infernally confusing and dishonest Lying Machine for a media and a culture of stupidity on rocket fuel.
But we don’t even have corporatism here. It would be nice if we did. Corporatism is what they have in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, etc. The state is very heavily involved with the corporate sector and in fact works together with corporations to guide the economy and national industrial policy with a view towards nationalism. It works pretty darn good!
We don’t have corporatism; we have a neoliberal system in which the capitalists run the show, and the state just stays out of the way and lets them run wild, or worse, helps them charge through the streets running over everyone in their path. Then the state comes through, sweeps up everyone who got run over, and puts them in jail or fines them for being in the way or something.
We have a corporate dictatorship enabled by a state in bed with the corporations. That’s not corporatism. In corporatism, the state tells the corporations what to do, and the corporations say, “Yes sir.” Here the corporations tell the state and everyone else what to do, and the state says, “Yes massah, kin I fetch it for you?”
On health care, things look grim, but this is Rasmussen. 55% of voters idiotically want to repeal the health care bill, yet right before the bill passed, one month ago, 63% of them favored the public option or Medicare For All. Once again, sheer political incoherence. Other polls are showing that 49%-42%, Americans support the bill and 53% either support the bill or are like me and think it doesn’t go far enough. So really, the polls are all over the place, and Rasmussen is a flaming Republican kook, and that tends to show up in his polls.
Anyway, it looks like we have our work cut out for us convincing people that repeal of this bill is not in their best interests and that this reform, meager as it is, is on balance a good thing. If you think it’s creeping socialism, we need to end the conversation and part our ways, but even most Moronicans are not that stupid.
If Moronicans really do want to repeal this bill, I say the Hell with em. It that’s true, then it shows Americans are no good and deserve every shitty thing that is going to happen to them in the future, because they’re supporting it all and egging it all on.
One of the lies about this bill is that it has “cuts in Medicare.” There are no “cuts in Medicare.” That’s just another one of the lies that the Republicans said.
The truth is that it’s the Republicans who want to get rid of Medicare. They’ve hated it from Day One, and they will never accept this great socialist program. In recent years, they have been trying to get rid of Medicare with medical savings accounts, Medicare Plus Advantage plans, etc. When we try to point this out, they accuse of us saying, “Mediscare!” and say that they are only trying to save the program.
That’s like destroying the village to save it in Vietnam.
The purpose of the italicized plans above is to destroy Medicare by removing the healthy people. The resulting program will only have the sickest people in it, and it won’t work. All insurance programs work by having good actors and bad actors. Health insurance works by having both healthy and sick people. You get rid of the healthy people, and the program fails. That’s the GOP project, but they never admit it.
Obamacare cuts the Medicare Advantage plans, which suck anyway. These were sold to moneyed seniors back in the 1990’s via a multimillion $$$$$$ and extremely dishonest ad campaign. I know seniors who signed up for these crooked plans, and they are almost all sorry they did.
The Republicans got the US government to pay elevated rates for these gold plans. For instance, say the Medicare rate is X. The Republicans got the government to pay let’s say X + 14% for the platinum plans of moneyed seniors. But why should we do that? Why should we subsidize wealthy people more than poorer people? WTH? But that’s how things work in Weirdo Republican World. The welfare goes to the richest, and the poorest get the equivalent of lashes, the stocks and increasingly, what seems like debtors’ prison.
Well, this bullshit should be cut out altogether. The government should pay X rate for Medicare and X rate, not X +14%, for Medicare Advantage. So Obamacare reduces this outrage from X +14% to say X +7%. Big deal, huh? This is what the “Medicare cuts” are that everyone is so upset about. The priveleged, moneyed Whites are freaking out because some of their damned welfare is being cut.
Oh boo fucking hoo.