I can not remember the website now, but there are some international statistics somewhere that should be conducted using same standards. United States is by no means a paradise for lower income people, the bad neighborhoods you find here (and extremely poor people) you can not really find in lots of other "western" countries, because social security is much better elsewhere. That is just a price United States is paying for being so pro capitalist ideas. :shrug
Bad neighbohoods with running water, paved streets, automobiles, television, telephones, electricity, etc. The whole argument is silly. There are people that are in such extreme poverty by comparison, that it is comical to paint the US as some slum. We don't appreciate how good we have it in the US and are content to tear it down because it is not perfect with regard to income distribution.
Originally Posted by Tirlittan
Socialisim is a nice idea that is impractical. People do more for each other when they are incentivized (read paid) to do it. A waiter/waitress doesn't get your food for you because they care that you're hungry, they needs money to take care of their needs and their performance is tied to this. If everyone was paid the same no matter what, you would have a much poorer dining experience guaranteed. We'd like to think that all people would take pride in their work and try to do a good job but that is not reality. Substitute any product/service you can think of and the result will be the same.
The US spends BILLIONS every year on welfare. However, it is distributed by the same socialistic system I mentioned above. So, it does not achieve the desired results as it is filtered through an unincentivized beauracracy. Capitalism is the carrot that gets the cart to pull the horse. Better (meaning more) social security would only worsen the problem.
Oh yeah, JM2 is a funny show.
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