OK, reading further it wasn't as irrational as it seemed at surface. Still, the point of infant mortality holds
As a case study for this increasingly lengthy rant, let's consider the Australian situation. My country lies somewhere between the socialist states of Europe and the private industries of the US. Residents can choose to hold private cover as well as the 'free' healthcare provided for by the traditional social cohesiveness and egalitarianism of the Australian people.
While I am not a fan of socialized medicine, cacto, I find your system a MUCH more acceptable proposal than what Moore is proposing. Moore wants universal, "FREE" health coverage for all, a BAN on insurance companies, and STRICT regulation of pharmaceutical companies. "Free" health care coverage pretty much guarantees the quality of our care will drop, as there's no way the government will pay $100k a year plus for thousands of doctors across the country. The incentive to education will be largely lost.
That puzzles me. These days the US claims to be Christian (in spite of its roots), yet doesn't seem to contain a single good shepherd in the entirety of high-level government.
Oddly enough, the ones demanding socialized medicine usually insist we're NOT a Christian nation!
It's also a country that doesn't believe in cooperation, it believes in competition. It doesn't believe in community, it believes in individuals. It doesn't believe that governments are the representatives of the people but are, oddly, something entirely separate.
I wouldn't say we don't believe in cooperation, cacto. Yes, we are individualist, but we are selectively cooperative, in a quid pro quo sort of way.
I personally am inclined to what I call MICROsocialism. I think we've discussed this before. I believe that small groups operating on communal principles within a free market environment offers the best chance for progress. Not only is it doable, but it has been proven so for thousands of years.
So I guess if I have a point at all at the end of this rather rambling little piece it's that Americans have only themselves to blame for their problems.
This sentence I agree with 100%.
They don't care about each other.
Not true, cacto. The amount of charity work many Americans do is staggering. True there are some in it only for themselves, but most Americans commit a good deal of time and/or money towards helping others. We have food banks in towns smaller than 10,000 in population; we have homeless shelters in every major city. We have soup kitchens in every major city. We have "Free" clinics in many of these major cities. I think people on other continents are unaware of what we DO have; and I would encourage you to keep reading my stuff. At some point, I plan to bring more of these organizations to light because of the misconceptions on the world stage.