to get sucked this conversation:
Conservatives detest liberal policies but offer nothing better. Atheists loathe religious practices but offer nothing more substantial.
Paul Ryan has offered better. (I just found out that there are three The Path to Prosperity videos, that are all part of a series)
Cutting public spending and closing loopholes will do nothing so long as the legal ways of attaining wealth depend on depriving the poor and therefore perpetuating the very conditions that necessitated conversation about how to fix problems in america. ergo: republicans have no solution for america, only their sponsors.
Fault with your arguement: Capitalism is a system based on voluntary participation.
You can make the argument that participating in a particular market is voluntary, like the smartphone market, or the organic, free-range chicken market, or maybe even the housing market since a person can rent a home if they aren’t able to buy one.
But participation in Capitalism - the system of free markets - is not voluntary. If you want food, or shelter, or water, or electricity, or heat, you’re going to have participate in the market to get them. The only way to get around this is to be dead, which is the only state a person can be in not to need need food, or shelter, or water, or electricity, or heat. I would also add 4G cellular service to that list, but I recognize that’s debatable.
Regardless, there’s no opting out of capitalism, at least not since we crawled out of caves and started engaging with each other. And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that either. It’s actually kind of beautiful.
But the markets have to stay free, and this isn’t something that happens on its own. We have to actively maintain our free markets, or they will collapse.This happened in 1929 and almost happened again in 2009.
Government control or excess regulation or government intervention (or whatever you want to call it) didn’t cause the problem in either of these cases. And in fact,“Government” doesn’t present the only–or even the most serious–threat to free markets.
When a free-market system gets dominated by just a handful of private interests with too much influence, competition ceases, innovation is squelched out, etc. This is exactly like what happens when there’s complete government control (like the Soviet Union) only on the other side of spectrum, and is actually a far more common driver of anti-free-market backsliding in the world.
There’s something fundamentally un-American about this back-sliding. In the United States, we believe that everyone has an equal right to succeed if they work hard, and there are safeguards in place to keep people from being forced out of the system for reasons beyond their control. These safeguards–pioneered initially by Republicans like Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt–keep our markets free, by ensuring people aren’t forced out of the system in hard times, or when their income shrinks, or they retire, or whatever.
This is the absolute most important role of our government, right up there with defending us from invasion. At the end of the day, we’re not just relying on this system to deliver us HBO. We’re relying on the free-market system to survive–and, of course, to succeed.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say we can’t afford these safeguards. They say we can’t afford to keep people in the healthcare market, or to keep people in the market for education, we can’t afford to keep banks from ripping us off, the list goes on and on, until all the protections that keep the balance from tipping wildly in favor of the big guys are gone. The Romney/Ryan budget is the most focused blueprint for this anti-competitive vision from the GOP in some time.
This begs the question: why are Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan so committed to doing something so fundamentally un-American as to gut the safeguards that keep our free-market system healthy and functional?
Finally, shout out to rightsided, who, in the spirit of bi-partisanship, told me in a message how tumblr works so I could reblog this properly. Thanks for that. “Post as” button… who knew.