You really believe it is free ... ?!
It ain't free ... nothing is free when it comes to social net. You and others pay for it ... via income taxes
, VATs and/or other taxes
, increased cost of goods (with taxes accumulated during production and distribution process added to the cost), etc. Similarly in Canada
… first hand experience … the same freaking deicer costs 200% of what I pay in the USA, even before Canadian taxes are added.
Yeah … it is about forced vs voluntary wealth redistribution and social-democratic point of view vs capitalistic view. I like the US model better, and I had experienced socialistic and multiple social-democratic models, not just as a visitor but as a long time resident.
BTW, there are federal/state programs, MediCare for retirees and MedicAid for less fortunate, in the USA. Heard about these?
Originally Posted by cheoah
I had no idea you guys were such xenophobes. I've traveled the world, communist, socialist, democratic and everywhere in between and managed to have outstanding experiences with the people and places, always aware of the political situation -- as much as one can.
Well said ... xenophobs or zealots ... the outcome is similar.
Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
Cripes, just look who pours tons of money
in humanitarian aid.
That is the thing about US and the people here that my wife and I noticed and cannot get enough appreciation for ... it's almost unnatural for outsiders like us, and unheard of in other 1st world countries.
Look at the latest disaster in Philippines
... the US boots were on the ground distributing aid and rations in the first 48 hours. The US carrier ship which offloaded fighter planes and loaded choppers and all terrain vehicles, plus some other ships from the US fleet, were there within a week with thousands of tons of needed food
, and medicine. The other countries ... they were still debating to send one or two choppers and $5 million dollars.