There is a misconception that progressive programs are un affordable. That Socialism is bad and spends money and creates more government. Lets loo at corporate welfare as opposed to human welfare.
1. Tax Breaks for obscene CEO bonuses ($7 billion/year)
2. Tax cuts for luxury corporate jets ($300 million/year)
3. Big oil subsidies ($37.5 billion/year)
4. Pharmaceutical subsidies ($270 billion/year)
5. Capital gains tax breaks ($51 billion/year)
6. Corporate tax subsidies from state and local governments ($80.4 billion/year)
7. Handouts to Big Ag ($18 billion/year)
8. Welfare for Wall Street ($83 billion/year)
9. Export-Import bank subsidies ($112 billion)
10. Federal contracts for the top 200 biggest companies ($880 billion/year)
A Universal Income would cost :Thus, giving each working-age American a basic income equal to the poverty line would cost $2.14 trillion. I would suggest $34,000 a year for everyone.
Single-payer financing is the only way to recapture this wasted money. The potential savings on paperwork, more than $400 billion per year, are enough to provide comprehensive coverage to everyone without paying any more than we already do.
When America goes to war, what do the people want to know? I don’t mean the military; I’m talking about average citizens.
How much is it going to cost? How long will it take? What’s the goal, what does victory look like? and what is the exit strategy?
They might also ask what the justification for war might be and how to gauge if we are winning or losing.
Take our two most recent wars. Just a few months ago, the Huffington Post wrote that “the Iraq war cost $800 billion, and what do we have to show for it? The toll on the people of Iraq was even greater. A decade of war left chaos and impoverishment.”
Those are good points. Points you’ll want to recall as you read on.
That is a pretty hefty price, and if you add Afghanistan, it is estimated to be between $4 and $6 trillion before it’s all done.
The F-15 Fighter Jet fiasco the ultimate pork barrel spending could have gone too Urban Renewal and Sustainable Communities.
It costs 330 trillion for corporate welfare, and 19 trillion to solve all out social problems. A declining figure with sustainability.
Inefficiency of Socialist Parties. So far has been a myth. Liverpool England and implemented the Kaizen (Continual Improvement:Actually invented by Toyota) system of lean government.
Using the very most with the very least making for efficiency. Liverpool went from being a poor area to a clean sustainable city with efficient social costs. Brought by the Socialists in the Labor Party. Cardiff (Wales) is the same almost, now the number one city in Europe.
While American women scrape by with an average maternal leave of 10.3 weeks, Danish families receive a total of 52 weeks of parental leave. Mothers are able to take 18 weeks and fathers receive their own dedicated 2 weeks at up to 100 percent salary. The rest of the paid time off is up to the family to use as they see fit.
But the support doesn’t stop at the end of this time. Danish children have access to free or low-cost child care. And early childhood education is associated with health and well-being throughout life for its recipients — as well as for mothers. What’s more, this frees up young mothers to return to the work force if they’d like to. The result? In Denmark, 79 percent of mothers return to their previous level of employment, compared to 59 percent of American women. These resources mean that women contribute 34 to 38 percent of income in Danish households with children, compared to American women, who contribute 28 percent of income.
Health care is a civil right — and a source of social support
Danish citizens expect and receive health care as a basic right. But what’s more, they know how to effectively use their health systems. Danish people are in touch with their primary care physician an average of nearly seven times per year, according to a 2012 survey of family medicine in the country. And that means they have a single advocate who helps them navigate more complicated care.
“This gatekeeping system essentially is designed to support the principle that treatment ought to take place at the lowest effective care level along with the idea of continuity of care provided by a family doctor,”wrote the authors of the family medicine survey.
By contrast, Americans seek medical care an average of fewer than four times per year and they don’t just visit their general practitioner — this figure includes emergency room visits, where many uninsured Americans must access doctors. This diversity of resources means that many Americans don’t have continuity of care — not a single medical professional advocating for them and putting together a comprehensive medical history.