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Why are the Democrats considered socialists? Obviously, Bernie Sanders is a self-described socialist, but he was an independent for years until he decided to run for the presidency. Obamacare isn't really universal health care considering the fact that there are millions of uninsured Americans. Universal would mean that everyone has coverage. Further Obamacare forces Americans to buy their own health care. It is not given to Americans for free like the typical universal health care country. The poorest get Obamacare for free, but that doesn't change anything because they already had free health care through Medicaid before Obamacare. More people qualify for Medicaid since the rules have been changed, so with Obamacare there has been an expansion of Medicaid, but that doesn't mean that Obamacare is suddenly universal health care. Furthermore, Bernie Sanders ran in the primary promising to bring true universal health care to America. That is proof enough that Obamacare is not this gigantic government give-away. As a matter of fact, millions of Americans are stressing out by the large increases in health insurance premiums that they are facing, and that is because Obamacare has been an absolute failure in fixing the system and lowering health care premiums like Obama said it would. Hillary Clinton is in opposition to Bernie's universal health care plan, and Hillary said pretty clearly that America is not Denmark in response to Bernie's ideas. With such a strong contrast between Hillary and Bernie, why are they lumped together? Obviously, the definition of socialism is what matters. Originally communism and socialism meant the same entering the 19th century, where it was a system whereby everyone had a completely equal piece of the pie. No rich people allowed. Then, a distinction happened between the two terms. The end result was the same where everyone shares the wealth equally, but how to get there is what distinguished the two terms. Communism meant armed struggle to get there while socialism meant you got there peacefully. Nowadays many refer to socialism as any redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. But by that standard, America has been a socialist country for many decades since the rich have been paying for the education of poor schoolchildren. What it comes down to is that historically, the Democrats will say just about anything to get votes, and this means that they constantly do not live up to what they preach when they are running for office. See TheDemocratPartyIsAFraud.com for many, many examples of this. Thus, the reality is that while there are some who think like Bernie in the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party's embrace of Obamacare in opposition to the true universal health care Bernie proposed demonstrates that the labeling of the Democrat Party as a socialist party is wrong. What justification is there for labeling the Democrat Party as a socialist party at this point?
Congressional members should sign public service pledge that prevents them from owning,selling,or accepting IPOs during their term in office. Paul Ryan has already refused to sign because as he said "making money is why I got into politics"
The Insidiousness of Unchecked Capitalism Americans sometimes have difficulty recognizing the insidiousness of unchecked capitalism – the insidiousness of the belief “greed is good.” Unchecked capitalism can be characterized by capitalism that is unregulated and callous, ruthless, or corrupt. A belief that capitalism can do it all denies the belief “it’s not all about me” that comes with morality, responsibility, and religion. A belief that capitalism can do it all also ignores the need for a healthy competition achieved through regulation. For example, leaders in industry have previously expressed a desire to be regulated by government to achieve fairness in environmental regulation, since being under a system that relies on companies voluntarily purchasing pollution-reducing technology means those that do so are at a financially competitive disadvantage to those that don’t. Without this regulation, a prevailing business environment lacking in restraint is fostered. In addition, a belief that capitalism can do it all denies a greater good that goes beyond mere greed being good. It therefore denies the commonweal as well. Though we have a right to the fruits of our labors, we also have a responsibility to share nonessential resources with fellow persons in need. Moreover, all persons have a right to share in the resources of the planet. For those that have and those that have not, finding a cause greater than ourselves can be rewarding. By James Schacht, author of The Future of Democracy in America and the World: A Few Possibilities, see more at TheFutureofDemocracy.org