Can you say "Socialist"?

  1. Paul Wingert profile image79
    Paul Wingertposted 5 years ago

    Yes boys and girls, the United States is a socialist country and have been that way since George Washingotn took the oath of office. Why is the word, "socialist" so taboo with some people? Chances are you went to a public school. Some collect Social Security. We all used the local library. Some have Freddy Mac and Sally Maes and also Medicare and Medicaid. So who pays for all that? There are some things that the private sector don't need to control. Can you imagine our military being ran by oil companies? So it's time to come out of the closet and admit we are a socialist country.

    1. Paraglider profile image91
      Paragliderposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Why do you have to have a simple label? Most countries are mixed economy, private/public, liberal/conservative. The US is no different, except that you're all at each other's throats over the issue, or so it seems.

  2. Evan G Rogers profile image84
    Evan G Rogersposted 5 years ago

    Your example of public schooling is a bit misleading.

    Federally public schooling is a) unconstitutional, and b) a very recent thing.

    Original plans for schooling were to be on a city by city level, and it was quite an ordeal when the states individually started funding schools.

    Schools used to be set up a way where the students would be taught the three r's, and then if some students couldn't afford to go on to a higher schooling but were smart, only a few of them would receive public support to move on.

    Basically, to get the "socialized" benefits, you had to be poor and excel.

    Things were not always the way they are now. Back then, there was a gold standard as well.