The Conservatives yelp Socialism cause red tape, bureaucracy, and excessive government.Break The Code: Big Government=Representational Government for the people and regulations. I believe we could have less government on.
A Democratic Socialist government can reduce BIG GOVERNMENT by implicating these programs.
National Health Care: Saves $400 and is like a debate card that allows people to afford Health Care on all levels, from medication, to specialists.
Universal Health Care: Can be paid for 90% by eliminating government offices for welfare and food stamps.
The Military: Eliminating the CIA, Pentagon, NSA, and reducing the military budget by $75% and closing all the bases world wide.
The Department of Defense oversees a vast array of people and assets at home and abroad. We would improve the nation’s security by reducing our global overreach and adopting a more restrained and defensive strategy. We should cut the number of military personnel and reduce overseas deployments to save money and relieve burdens on military families. The department has spent about $633 billion in fiscal 2013, or $5,200 per U.S. household. It has 1.5 million uniformed employees and about 780,000 civilian employees.
Since a major welfare reform in 1996, federal spending on TANF has been held fairly constant at somewhat less than $20 billion per year.1 The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided an additional $5 billion in federal funding over several years. About 1.8 million families receive TANF payments each month.
Before 1996, federal welfare was an open-ended entitlement that encouraged long-term dependency, and there was widespread agreement that it was a terrible failure. It neither reduced poverty nor helped the poor become self-sufficient. It encouraged government indenture and has endorsed slavery. The pathologies it engendered were passed from generation to generation.
The welfare reforms of 1996 were dramatic, but the federal government still runs an array of welfare programs that are expensive and damaging. The federal government should phase-out its role in TANF and related welfare programs and leave low-income assistance programs to a installment of the Universal Income.
Volunteer organizations can create jobs and have a better understanding that true charity starts with individuals making better life choices based on their person freedom, liberty, and empowerment. Federal involvement in welfare has generated an expensive mess of paperwork and bureaucracy while doing little to solve the problem of long-term poverty. And controlling the needy.
After Kennedy’s assassination, Johnson had a free hand in Congress, and he was determined to use it to remake government and society. Johnson declared that the federal government would wage a War on Poverty and his administration proposed a huge array of new subsidy programs for individuals and state and local governments. America had not seen such an expansion of government or such a proliferation of anti-poverty programs since the New Deal. Among the major Johnson initiatives were Medicare, Medicaid, and Head Start. The proliferation of new urban programs, job training, health care, and other welfare activities during the 1960s. These worked for a while until Nixon’s appeal for a Basic Income was voted down. This could have freed people.
The Department of Health and Human Services runs the huge and fast-growing Medicare and Medicaid. These programs fuel rising health costs, distort markets, and are plagued by waste and fraud. The department also runs other costly subsidy programs, including Head Start, TANF, and LIHEAP. Growth in HHS spending is creating a federal fiscal crisis, and the 2010 health care law sadly makes the situation worse.
The department will spend $908 billion in 2013, or about $7,500 for every U.S. household. It employs 70,000 workers.
Obamacare has thrown the working class and poor under a bus:
Represents an assault on individual liberty by mandating that individuals obtain health insurance; Imposes costly insurance regulations that will likely have negative unintended consequences; Creates a range of new and expanded subsidies; Creates state health “exchanges” despite serious problems with Massachusetts’ exchange; Reverses some of the recent progress toward corporate responsibility; Interferes with how doctors practice medicine; Sets the stage for government rationing of health care; Increases a range of taxes on millions of individuals and businesses; Increases federal spending more than $2.7 trillion over the first full 10 years; Expands federal government debt over the long term; Increases health insurance premiums for some groups of people; and Creates many distortions in health care markets and the economy.
Under the bill, those who fail to obtain insurance would be subject to a tax penalty. That penalty would be quite mild at first, but ramps up quickly after that. The minimum penalty on an uninsured family of four will be $2,085. Individuals will be exempt from the penalties under certain circumstances. According to CBO, roughly 4 million Americans will be hit by penalties in 2016, with the penalties averaging slightly more than $1,000.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development intervenes in housing and community activities that should be the responsibility of local governments and the private sector by forming worker own co-operatives. Its public housing subsidies, rental assistance, and housing finance activities have proven to be costly and damaging to the economy. The department’s poor management and misguided policies have led to fraud, corruption, and waste.
The department will spent $60 billion in 2013, or about $500 for every U.S. household. It employs 9,400 workers.
Affordable housing needs democratic control with and land trusts and self help credit unions and plans for affordable quality housing for all.