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Why Millennials Are Pushing for the Green New Deal

In the 116th Congress, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts have introduced the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic stimulus programs that address climate change and economic disparity in the U.S. In essence, it combines Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal economic approach with plans for renewable energy.

Although studies show that the Green New Deal is supported across political parties, with the most support coming from younger generations, some environmental advocates have criticized the plan for being too ambitious. As a result, they argue, it cannot get passed into law in the current political system.

 

However, regardless of political association, it seems that millennials are largely in support of these public work projects. It seems that younger generations, like those in the Sunrise Movement, are the most concerned about passing legislation that will prevent the devastating effects of global warming -- likely due to the fact that they will have to live through its effects on an unprecedented scale unless we deal with the issue.

Millennials Are Driven by Purpose


Climate scientists warn that we, as a planet, have 12 years to transform our industries before the effects of global warming become truly catastrophic. In this very limited amount of time, we must reduce our environmental impact to prevent our planet from warming even half a degree, as this will significantly worsen the risk for mass droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The effects of climate change are expected to primarily impact our most vulnerable communities; those who are already struggling will be the first to feel the effects of extreme weather and lack of food due to droughts.

 

As the generation who has grown up seeing the effects of climate change, from hurricanes to wildfires, millennials appear to be the most responsive in heeding the warnings from the scientific community. Over the last several decades, scientists have regularly released reports warning that we are running out of time to address global warming and to decrease our environmental impact.

 

It has been widely acknowledged that if baby boomers and Gen X do not address climate change, Millennials would be the generation forced to deal with the consequences. That is where we are now. At 29, AOC is attempting to pass the GND, which not only addresses climate change, but also the all-encompassing social factors it entails.

 

However, there are several reasons millennials are receptive to climate change action, apart from the fear of living on a planet with extreme and dangerous weather. Millennials are a generation that has largely grown up with information at their fingertips, causing them to remain informed and to take action to positively impact their communities. As a result, millennials have had a huge impact on business as they demand corporate social responsibility from the companies they support. This includes supporting sustainable business practices, social responsibility, and diversity, all of which are addressed in the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal Addresses Social Issues


The Green New Deal aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., goals that have been set by companies like Google and Amazon. Although the proposal is somewhat vague, it aims to accomplish these environmental goals by investing in a new, clean-energy infrastructure that will, in turn, create millions of green jobs. This proposal is expected to be a major investment into renewable energy that will address economic inequality and racial justice at the same time, as the populations who are most impacted by climate change have been those in our most vulnerable and racially diverse communities.

 

Until today, government intervention for those who have suffered the impact of extreme weather has come in the form of tax relief for those in eligible localities. All that this tax relief does is postpone tax filing and payment deadlines for those who were directly affected by hurricanes. The Green New Deal takes a proactive approach to help communities who will likely suffer the effects of climate change by offering green government jobs that will be supported with fair pay and benefits. This is the type of social responsibility that millennials can get behind.

 

Although this proposal is popular younger generations, it is the most radical piece of climate change legislation that has been proposed in the U.S., which has polarized many people.

 

Climate change is a pressing issue for younger generations, striking very real fear in students and young adults alike. Although the Green New Deal is ambitious, it is a piece of legislation that they can truly and wholeheartedly support. This is because it addresses climate and social issues all at once. This is the type of legislation millennials feel is needed to support the important causes they stand by.

Posted by jhamilton at April 4, 2019 3:42 PM
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There is one thing people should probably be more worried about than climate change, but that one thing will probably contribute drastically to worsening climate change, and exacerbate most (if not all) problems.

Posted by: d.a.n at April 4, 2019 4:04 PM
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The Green New Deal isn’t a piece of legislation. It’s a plan for preserving life on this planet. Milennials(Gen Y or Gen eleven) are planning on being alive into the future. They may have a lot of information at their fingertips, but they haven’t dealt with what has happened to our country over the past fifty years. It was a four part catastrophe, Nixon, Reagan, Bushes, and now Tr-mp. Nixon stopped progress. Reagan started turning everything backwards. The Bushes introduced unending wars, and profiteering in the public and private sectors. Now we have the most corrupt government in our history. The climate problem isn’t going to be solved by people. It’s too late for that. The planet will solve it. “Companies like” aren’t going to do anything but put up a public relations effort to make themselves look good.

You seem to be a week behind on The Nation.

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It is difficult to understand the naivety of the author of this post.

jhamilton is merely a “fear peddler”.

We have observed they same kind of “fear” used by others for decades. Fortunes are made selling “fear”. And these charlatans are the only ones who benefit.

Al Gore is still laughing over his bilking of the simple minded.

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https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/beached-whales-may-have-been-confused-by-military-sonar-experts-suspect-1.3849580

It seems a bit too unusual for it all to be of natural causes - four recorded dead in such a short space of time,”

“Typically we might record one or two sperm whales stranded or dead at sea.

“Four within a week and half of each other is quite a lot, all within a fairly small geographic area. It hasn’t happened before with sperm whales.”

Last August and September, up to 13 beaked whales – an even more elusive species than sperm whales – washed ashore along the coast within weeks of each other.

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Posted by: ohrealy at April 5, 2019 5:05 PM
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Cortez said this moldy, FDR re-do (GND, get it?) is not a law. She also said it is geared toward the U.S. economy, not the world’s economies. She also said it addresses social issues as well as the economy.

Cortez admits it isn’t a procedure, it’s more like a goal.

She has to answer some questions.

I want her to tell me how much CO2 I personally contribute to the ecosystem so I can be fairly burdened with it’s cost.

Wouldn’t that require a plan? It would require some facts also, right?
We know the goal. It’s a moldy, FDR Redo. Thanks to Cortez, it’s the latest fad.

Cortez admits she has no plan. The problem isn’t the words global and warming put together in a sentence. Given the propensity for Democratics to lie and deceive to achieve their goals, I have to be skeptical of allowing a bunch of Democratics sitting in back rooms orchestrating an economic mobilization that would rival WWII.

Consider:

If you like your windows open at night, you can keep your windows open at night.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Does Cortez remember the burning rivers and Acid Rain?

Probably not, because there hasn’t been any since she was born, thanks to the achievements made by the cooperation between government and industry. If Cortez was serious about CO2 levels in the atmosphere she would focus on getting the rest of the world to catch up to the achievements the U.S. has already made!

She really was born yesterday when you put her contribution into context. It is dangerous for her to control this discussion at this level.


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Would Cortez be able to get reelected if the MSM ignored her?

Only if she put her camera on the floor and ate with her mouth full.

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Posted by: d.a.n at April 9, 2019 12:45 PM
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Does Cortez remember the burning rivers and Acid Rain?

Probably not, because there hasn’t been any since she was born, thanks to the achievements made by the cooperation between government and industry.

Do you mean the cooperation that goes like this, Industry polluted rivers, lakes, groundwater oceans, lands and whatever else it wanted to. Government passed laws to stop Industry from polluting at will. The Government paid to clean up many of these messes over the years while industry attempted to thwart the environmental laws at every turn. Repub administrations appointed industry leaders as head of government agencies to stop enforcement of these laws. Is that the type of cooperation you are referring too Weary?

If not what cooperation exactly are you referring too?

Posted by: j2t2 at April 9, 2019 7:45 PM
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There’s no doubt that corporations polluted a LOT in past decades, and a little still to this day.

On 22-JUN-1969, oil and debris that had collected on the Cuyahoga River caught fire through Cleveland, OH. This event attracted national attention, and was featured in a report on the nation’s environmental problems in the 1-AUG-1969 Time magazine.

The EPA (created the next year, 02-DEC-1970) started to reverse that (and yes, at tax payers’ expense in some cases). Sometimes, the EPA got carried away, but things have improved some.
However, there is still a LOT of toxic pollution, with many Super Fund sites across the U.S.

Pure capitalism is no good.
Pure socialism is no good.
Regulated Capitalism is what has been prove to work best.

Socialism has not prevented Russia and China from severe pollution problems (many severely toxic sites).

One thing that exacerbates all problems is over-population (which is growing (globally) by 235,000 per day).

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Posted by: d.a.n at April 10, 2019 7:34 AM
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Regulated Capitalism is what has been prove to work best.

D., it seems you are smarter when posting in the blue column! I would agree on this issue.

Once we can get over the myth about the market policing itself and return to a more balanced capitalism more people will be better off in this country. The whole free market and trickle on economics myths have failed us as a whole. Yet it is the norm and the people have little representation in Congress to fix it.

Unfortunately once the cat is out of the bag, as it is in most of the developed world, it takes socialism or something even more extreme to get the cat back in the bag. Think 1930’s America and dust bowl depression and fascism until FDR actually took action to return control of the country to the people.

Corporate sponsors will expect their representatives in Congress to bring any reform to heel as we see McConnell doing so often the past year or so. With the usurpation of the SCOTUS by conservatives I think we will see much more about socialism in the coming years…until the bottom fall outs like it always does with conservative capitalism.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 10, 2019 10:54 AM
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Again, there’s no doubt that many (if not most) politicians are bought-and-paid-for (by corporations), and that’s why too many problems persist (not enough politicians to lead things in the proper direction).
I think Roy Ellis would agree.
Regarding FDR, he did some good things (e.g. (a)attacked corruption in N.Y.; (b)arrested financial panic via Emergency Banking Act; (c)pushed to prohibit employment discrimination; (d)helpted the Allied Coalition to victory in WWII), and some bad things (e.g. (a)failure to see Pearl Harbor attack; (b)arresting all Americans of Japanese descent; (c)FDR promoted socialist ideology and the idea that everybody should earn the same no matter how hard they work; (d)He persuaded Congress to provide him a power to nationalize and confiscate people’s gold; (e)FDR actually admired the ideology of Karl Marx (Marxism), Joseph Stalin (FDR referred to him as “Uncle Joe”), and Benito Mussolini’s fascist system in Italy).

Too much unregulated Capitalism leads to monopolies, wallowing in every manifestation of unchecked greed, and eventual collapse.

Too much Socialism leads to apathy, a lack of innovation and incentives, more laziness, more jealousy and envy disguised as demands for equality, unhealthy dependency on government, excessive government and bureaucracy of nightmare proportions, and eventual collapse (as occurred East Germany (ended 1990), Ethiopia (ended 1991), Poland (ended 1989), USSR (ended 1991), Venezuala (demise in progress), Romania (ended 1990), etc.).

We already have too much socialism (i.e. almost 50% of all medical spending is already by the federal government, and it is driving up costs; taxation needs to be simplified, etc.).

In some cases, we have too much unregulated capitalism, in which corporations cheat people, pollute their neighborhoods (e.g. fracking too close to cities), and even kill people (e.g. dangerous and defective pharmaceuticals, dangerous products, etc.).

As far as the current Supreme Court is concerned, I have not yet seen any radical Supreme Court decisions lately (since the Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, which means government is FOR-SALE).

Aside from that, and past history, one of the worst things happening today (and for the last decade) is what the Democrats are doing, and it is also going against what the vast majority of U.S. citizens want (which is to secure the borders and stop the 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens, and the billion$ lost daily due to illegal immigration). The Democrats’ posiiton and deeds may be the Democrat Party’s undoing.
It is unlikely the majority of Independent voters are going to side with the Democrats on illegal immigration and open-borders.

Harvard-Harris Poll (17-to-19-JAN-2018); 980 persons polled (source: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/23/roughly-80-of-all-voters-say-us-needs-secure-borde/ ):

  • 79%: (87%Rep, 79%Ind, 72%Dem): Want Merit Based Immigration
  • 79%: (93%Rep, 80%Ind, 68%Dem): Want Secure Borders
  • 61%: (84%Rep, 64%Ind, 40%Dem): Say Current Border is Inadequate
  • 68%: (78%Rep, 65%Ind, 62%Dem): Want to End the VISA Lottery
  • 54%: (85%Rep, 54%Ind, 30%Dem): Want physical and electronic border barrier
  • 60%: (93%Rep, 80%Ind, 68%Dem): Say NO to DACA Relatives
Illegal immigration is a major priority with U.S. citizens, and most do not agree with what the Democrats on border security and open-borders.

Healthcare is a major priority with U.S. citizens too, but after ACA, most are probably not likely to excited about government taking over more and more of the healthcare industry; especially the middle class, who had to pay MUCH more so that tens of millions of others could pay nothing (i.e. turning the healthcare system into a welfare system funded mostly by the middle class). The ACA actually did more harm than good.

Lastly, the voters are culpable too, and most of Congress has 85%+ re-election rates.

Posted by: d.a.n at April 10, 2019 12:48 PM
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Again, there’s no doubt that many (if not most) politicians are bought-and-paid-for (by corporations), and that’s why too many problems persist (not enough politicians to lead things in the proper direction)

It is the system D.. It is what politicians have to do if they stand a chance of getting elected, take the money. Most other places in the 1st world it’s called bribery, here it is free speech, freedom and liberty.

Too much unregulated Capitalism leads to monopolies, wallowing in every manifestation of unchecked greed, and eventual collapse.

Not to mention other more restrictive systems of government, such as communism or authoritarianism. As it is we are wallowing in oligarchy now which at first dissuades voters into believing their vote don’t count.

Too much Socialism leads to apathy…..

Any one party system of government is a dictatorship IMHO. That seems to be what conservatives think of when they hear Bernie Sanders talking about democratic socialism. I haven’t heard him advocate for a one party system. Either way they are gaining headway in America because capitalism has failed most of us here since the Reagan revolution.


We already have too much socialism (i.e. almost 50% of all medical spending is already by the federal government, and it is driving up costs; taxation needs to be simplified, etc.)

Despite all the name calling Medicare isn’t socialism. At least not the way you are using the term. The difference of course is by describing the old East Germany and USSR as socialism you have limited socialism to a one party system of government.We still have a two party system and medicare is just an insurance program provided by the government. Perhaps you should understand the differences between the Marxist Socialism you describe, the Democratic Socialism of Bernie Sanders and Social Democracy. If anything Medicare is a social democrat type system.

As far as costs, your belief that it is medicare driving up costs in this country is just flat out wrong. The capitalist system we have in place today is the reason costs are so high in this country.

In some cases, we have too much unregulated capitalism, in which corporations cheat people,…

It has created an oligarchy here in this country. Corporate Capitalism/fascism/ free market capitalism …whatever you want to call it has failed. We suffer from massive income inequality, trickle on economics, monopoly and control of our government by corporations.

Regarding FDR, (c) is wrong. This myth is conservative propaganda used to scare movement followers. Check out the 2nd bill of rights. As far as (e) what are your sources for this statement? I think you have been listening to the JBS and Prescott Bush and the Wall ST. Putsch. During the great depression there was talk of fascism and dictatorship but FDR chose our democratic principles instead of dictatorship. It was some on the far right that wanted to take over and put a dictator in charge.

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Posted by: j2t2 at April 10, 2019 6:54 PM
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Medicare fraud is due to incompetence by the federal government, by failing to limit fraud.

Posted by: d.a.n at April 10, 2019 9:11 PM
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Medicare fraud is due to incompetence by the federal government, by failing to limit fraud.

Bank Robbery is due to incompetence by the police, by failure to limit bank robbers.

Drunk driving is due to incompetence by the liquor store, by failing to limit drinking.

Meanwhile in the real world we can blame our elected representative for passing laws that keep Medicare from negotiating with big pharma. But blaming the victim for the crime is ideology not logic.

Always the bureaucracy never the private sector!

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The problem is, the federal government is so incompetent, it makes Medicare Fraud far, far too easy, and that is why they are mostly to blame, and they would be fools to believe no one will attempt fraud.

By the way, I agree that government is also to blame for preventing many crimes, because there are too few police, too few detectives, and messed-up laws that let the repeatedly release criminals.

Not all crimes are the fault of government, but the government is complicit when it is an enabler.

Posted by: d.a.n at April 11, 2019 2:22 PM
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CORRECTION: By the way, I agree that government is also to blame for NOT preventing many crimes, because there are too few police, too few detectives, and messed-up laws that repeatedly release criminals.

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Cognitive dissonance, Ideology and Propaganda have had a negative effect on your reasoning skills D.. Blaming the victim and protecting the criminal makes it hard to agree with your comment.

To think only Medicare has fraud issues and are to incompetent to deal with it is rather simplistic. The real focus should be on the corruption caused by the lobbyist for Big Medicine as they coerce our elected officials to prohibit negotiations on drug prices and such.

Using your logic I can see where it is conservatives in Congress that are the true problem. Their ideology dictates Medicare should fail and they actually pass laws to make it more costly. That type of fraud isn’t included in the 70b. but it should be.

So what we have learned is-
1. Private sector insurance companies providing advantage plans bilk the Gov. out of billions every year.
2. Private sector medical equipment makers bilk the Gov. out of billions every year.
3. Private Sector Big Pharma bilk the Gov. out of billions every year.
4. Private Sector doctors bilk the Gov. out of billions every year.
5. Private sector criminals set up phony clinics and bilk the Gov. out of billions every year.
6. CMS investigate, and prosecutes some of the criminals every year.
7. Congress receives bribes and then protects the private sector insurance companies every year.
8. Congress receives bribes and then protects private sector Big Pharma every year.

Corruption and greed from the private sector seems to be the real reason our healthcare system is so costly and mediocre. Combine this with with conservative ideology, which wants Medicare to fail, it is little wonder we have such a bad taste over capitalism and the private sector healthcare system. It seems the people of this country are forced to accept this crony capitalism corruption and greed while using the Gov. as a scapegoat.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 12, 2019 10:17 AM
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j2t2, We all know all to well that everything wrong in the universe is the fault of conservatives.

But thanks for being the gift that keeps on giving. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: d.a.n at April 12, 2019 3:27 PM
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j2t2, We all know all to well that everything wrong in the universe is the fault of conservatives.

D., you exaggerate. We are on a political blog and when I point out the flaws in conservative ideology it is politics. The fact is since the 70’s conservative ideology has reared it’s head and saturated the political atmosphere in this country. Trickle on economics is conservative ideology and it hasn’t worked in ages, unless of course you are very wealthy. Conservatives had bled the country with the constant wars financed by future generations. Conservatives have built a propaganda machine that has divided the country by using “alternative facts” along with myths misinformation, half truths and outright lies. Conservatives support suppressing the working man and rewarding the wealthy layabouts.

Of course this is just the tip of the conservative iceberg. But please accept responsibility for your ideology.

Posted by: j2t2 at April 13, 2019 10:10 AM
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j2t2 wrote: The fact is since the 70’s conservative ideology has reared it’s head and saturated the political atmosphere in this country …

j2t2, it’s called “trickle down”; not “trickle on”.

I don’t like much of what either party (Democrat or Republican) has been doing.
What George W. Bush (GWB) did was especially bad (he did many very bad things); though not as bad as what Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) did in Vietnam (which is why LBJ did not even attempt to run for the next election).
Nixon was slow getting out of Vietnam (which was a campaign promise), and he was complicit in a the Water Gate burglary, which led to his resignation. Clinton was caught cheating on his wife with a 22-year old White House intern (for 2 years), and then caught lying about it.
However, I don’t think any of the other presidents since 1963 did anything as bad as LBJ (a Democrat) and GWB (a Republican).

While it is true that the U.S. has been in many unnecessary wars, it is silly to blame Republicans for it, since JFK and LBJ were both Democrats, and 8 times more U.S. citizens died (58,209) in the Vietnam war than in the Afghanistan war (2,372), the Iraq war (4,424), and the Gulf war (529) combined. And Nixon (a Republican) finally withdrew all U.S. troops from Vietnam in March, 1973.

j2t2 wrote: Of course this is just the tip of the conservative iceberg. But please accept responsibility for your ideology.
I do. First of all, you seem to think you know my ideology, but you don’t.
Pure “Capitalism” leads to monopolies and every manifestation of unchecked greed, and eventual collapse.
Pure “Socialism” leads to apathy, a lack of innovation and incentives, more laziness, more jealousy and envy disguised as demands for equality, unhealthy dependency on government, excessive government and bureaucracy of nightmare proportions, and eventual collapse (as occurred East Germany [ended 1990], Ethiopia [ended 1991], Poland [ended 1989], USSR [ended 1991], Venezuala [demise in progress], Romania [ended 1990], etc.).

Almost 50% of all medical spending is ALREADY by the U.S. government (for Medicare, Medicaid, pharmaceuticals, welfare, etc.), and in my opinion, that is why medical spending is out of control, and $70 Billion per year in Medicare fraud is partial proof of the incompentence of government to take common-sense measures to limit fraud, and spend U.S. tax payers money wisely. Also, $70 Billion per year in Medicare fraud is only the tip of the iceberg of massive government waste and fraud (which in many hundreds of billion$ per year).

You seem to want “Medicare for all”, in which the government takes over the healthcare system.
Would you also ban private health insurance companies ?
Would you also ban private healthcare ?

I disagree with that approach, and I especially disagree with banning private health insurance and private healthcare, because the federal government has repeatedly proven that it cannot adequately administer large social programs.
There is massive waste and fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, Social Security, pork-barrel to all states, etc., etc., etc.
At this moment, Social Security would be insolvent, without borrowing to fund it. As of 2014, there are about $3 Trillion in I.O.U.s in the Social Security funds (which is part of the $22.2 Trillion of total federal debt). A government-take-over of the healthcare system would most likely be the last straw.

But, Social Security fraud is reported to only be about $3 Billion per year (only about 0.4% of $900 Billion in 2016). While the administration of Social Security can stand more imporovement, why is there so much more Medicare and Medicare fraud? IF the federal government cannot administer healthcare better than they do now, then perhaps they should not being doing it!?!

Unfortunately, almost already half of all medical spending is already by the federal government.

But, there is very little government meddling in eye surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, and dental, and those costs have not skyrocketed like all other medical costs.
Why is that ?!?
That is because they don’t have the level of bureaucracy, fraud, and waste that occurs whenever the federal government is involved.

The federal government is already far too corrupt, wasteful, centralized, and bloated beyond nightmare proportions, and has irresponsibly run up $22.2 Trillion in national debt.
Yet, some people want to hand over the healthcare system to the government?
That’s insanity (keep doing the same thing, giving more and more responsibilities to the federal government, and expecting it to administer it fairly, efficiently, and within the budget).

Breaking it down to fundamentals, and also accounting for human nature (the good, the bad, and the ugly), sufficient levels of these 5 components (Power, Virtue, Education, Transparancy, and Accountability) are required for “Responsible” government:

  • Responsibility = Power + + Accountability + Virtue + Education + Transparency ;
  • Corruption, Pain, and Misery = Power - Accountability - Virtue - Education - Transparency ;
… where, sufficient levels and understanding of each component are required for any responsible and successful individual, organization, society, and government:
  • Virtue = the source of moral and ethical judgment; a sense of right and wrong; a sense of caring. Virtue is not merely knowing what is right or wrong, but caring enough to do what is right; the motivation to seek the balance of Education, Transparency, Accountability, and Power required for any successful individual, organization, society, and government;
  • Education = an understanding of the importance of: Virtue, Education, Transparency, Accountability, Power, Responsibility, Corruption, and the human factor (human psychology); humans naturally seek security and prosperity with the least effort and pain, and some people will sometimes resort to dishonest, unethical, or illegal methods to obtain it; Education can also, potentially, compensate for a lack of Virtue, and the other components, if there is a realization by an individual they they can thrive best when the goal is for everyone to thrive;
  • Transparency = visibility and simplification of cleverly over-complicated processes to reveal and identify abusers, reveal the truth, create outrage, reduce opportunities for abuse, and discourage abuse and dishonesty;
  • Accountability = consequences needed to encourage law enforcement, encourage ethical behavior, and discourage abuse and dishonesty;
  • Power = force required to enforce the laws, discontinue abuses, ensure consequences, punish abusers, and discourage future abuse and crimes;
At this time, the federal government lacks sufficient levels of those components above, is severely bloated, and wastes resources, and many hundreds of billion$ of dollars per year.
We already have Medicare, Medicaid, and welfare. Anyone who thinks that is not enough is probably someone who thinks they are going to get some free stuff (at someone else’s expense).

I do not agree with everything the Republican party does.
But I strongly disagree with what the Democrat party has been doing, and has become over the last few decades, because many Democrats:

  • (01) despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes, by pandering to illegal immigrants for 30+ years for more votes, via more representation in the House, via more U.S. House representatives, via re-apportionment of representatives (i.e. more electoral votes, and more federal funding), based on population, which is based on the decennial CENSUS, which does not verify U.S. citizenship;
  • (02) are also fighting against a [x]check-box on the decennial CENSUS, despite the check-box being totally inadequate to prove citizenship. Democrats disguise their desire for power (for THEIR party) as compassion for illegal immigrants, while despicably pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes and money.
  • (03) and most of the main stream media, lie about crime by illegal immigrants, and refuse to report the 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens; and about 32% of everyone in federal prison is a criminal non-citizen;
  • (04) and most of the main stream media, lie about how massive illegal (or legal) immigration is costing U.S. tax payers hundreds of billion$ per year ($296 Billion per year by this estimate) in net losses (which does not include all costs, and does not include the cost of crime by criminal non-citizens); that is a net loss of about $2,349.00 per year per household (126.22 Million households in 2017; U.S. population=323 Million in 2017); also see this daily ticker (at KlowdTV.com) of the daily cost (about $0.73 Billion per day) due to rampant illegal immigration (excluding the cost of many crimes and about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens );
  • (05) are calling for open borders, and refuse to adequately fund the building of more border barriers;
  • (06) are calling to abolish I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement);
  • (07) want another shamnesty, like the shamnesty of 1986;
  • (08) refuse legislation to (a)require employers to use eVerify (to verify eligibility for employment); (b)to stop the abuse of asylum laws; and (c)stop the abuse of birth-right citizenship (women from all over the world are booking vacations to the U.S. to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship);
  • (09) want to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, and also automatically register them to vote; illegal voting by non-citizens is widespread in all states;
  • (10) want more mayors like Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), who warns illegal immigrants (including criminal illegal immigrants) before an ICE raid to arrest criminal illegal immigrants;
  • (11) want more sanctuary cities and states, like California, where Democrats have passed sanctuary city and sanctuary state laws that protect criminal illegal immigrants (such as an illegal immigrant by the name of Garcia Zarate (who had already been deported 5 times, and convicted 3 timed for felony manufacturing narcotics) murdered Kate Steinle, and was then acquitted for that murder, despite Zarate admitting to shooting the weapon that killed Kate Steinle, which should have been, at the very least, manslaughter);
  • (12) want to abolish the 2nd amendment, but many Democrats and many on the left call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf ; site2data.com/homicides1.html ; KlowdTV.com);
    NOTE: non-criminal illegal immigrants merely looking for work are not the true villains. The truly despicable villains are many Democrats and leftists, who despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for more votes, money, and power.
I think there will be a reckoning some day for doing those things (above).

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