[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?

Kenneth Burgener kenneth at uvlug.org
Sat Sep 3 10:06:32 MDT 2005

Shane Hathaway wrote:
> If socialism bothers you like it bothers me, you should be wary of the 
> services provided by the government that are not related to law.  While 
> I am happy that the government enforces water quality standards, it 
> bothers me slightly that I pay the city government for my water.  While 
> I am happy that laws prevent teachers from hurting my kids at school, it 
> bothers me that I pay the government to pay the teachers.  While I'm 
> happy that laws raise the probability that my doctor will serve me well 
> and not overcharge me, I'm unhappy that people are suggesting we should 
> pay the government to pay the doctors.
> Shane

I don't think the government providing socialistic programs is a bad 
thing.  Having them forced upon you is.

Last time I checked, you were not required to pick up your social 
security check, or even use public schools, or public water.  It is 
there as an option.  If you don't like those programs you can always 
save your money for retirement, go to private schools, and buy premium 
bottled water.

The only part that is forced upon you is taxes.  You pay taxes and the 
government chooses how to divide them out into the different programs. 
If you are religious person, this is like paying tithing, and having the 
church decide out to which things it will be divided out to.

I think what fundamentally what made Communism (dictatorship socialism) 
is the lack of choice.  From what I understand you didn't have the 
option of privately funded doctors, and government funded doctors.

Just my 2 cents.


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