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I've always wondered why so many Americans insist they will never vote for a Socialist-Democrat President, but then tell the Government to keep their hands off their socialist Medicare health benefits. Or why Americans insist they will never vote for a Socialist-Democrat President, but recoil at the thought of privatizing Social Security.
Take a second to think about the most popular programs in our country. Social Security is probably the most popular program that ever has or will be instituted in this country. It is now taken as a given that you will receive a check from the government once you reach a certain age and you will receive that check until the day you die. Millions of senior citizens depend on that check just to get by and we would have a mutiny in this country if we were ever to get rid of this program. And as the first word says, this is a social program.
And then there is Medicare. Medicare is a single-payer (or should I say government/taxpayer) funded health insurance program. Every taxpayer puts into the pot and (at least for now) those 65 and older receive healthcare. That is socialism. Plain and simple.
We also have social programs for the poor and despondent; the weak and downtrodden. We are awash with socialist programs that keep millions of our citizens alive. Seriously, just take a few minutes and research the various social programs we have at the local, state, and federal level.
I'm not suggesting that our Federal government should become an entirely socialist government, but I'm just tired of so many Americans using that word as a pejorative while at the same time benefiting from a host of programs that are socialist. If you're so scared of socialism then don't enroll in Medicare and send your Social Security check back to the Federal government each month.