Does the US need more socialism?

I’m not huge on politics. But I do follow some and of course being a US citizen comes with its own set of experiences. The US is big on capitalism, that’s one of the things that has helped this country become what it is today. However, that said, in the age of mega corporations and a failing economy, is it time to take a serious look at more socialist programs?
I don’t know for sure but I get the impression that a lot of Europe has a sort of capitalist/socialist setup. Programs like universal health care, free college, and many others designed to help people. The trade off is usually higher taxes, but then, is it worth it?

To me it is, I’ll tell you why, because people don’t always do the right thing. The republicans were talking about ditching social security and going to a tax break for people to save their retirement. I’m sorry I don’t buy into that. It sounds good in theory to have a choice, but honestly a lot of people are lazy and financially irresponsible and won’t do it. So then what happens to them when they get to retirement, they’re screwed? How about with keep it the way it is, it was set up after the great depression for that reason. It was a mistake not to have it to begin with and thats why we set it up, so now you want to take it away???

I believe that a hybrid form of socialism and capitalism can exist in this country and that we might be better off for it. Universal health care that can also be complimented with private coverage sounds like a decent idea. Why hasn’t this idea been brought to the table yet? Maybe it has, but I haven’t heard of it.

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  1. Some can say that if they’re lazy and ignorant in the ways of finances then it is their own fault if they end up being screwed.  Honestly I’m getting to the point of why help people if they can’t help themselves. 
    On the other hand, they should start early and educate people on what they will need to focus on in their future.  I felt they needed to make finances a requirement in high school.  They make economics and government a requirement, however nothing that helps us in the “real” world.
    We are thrown to the wolves when we graduate high school.  So I agree with you to a point.  I am seriously half and half on this one.

  2. Universal healthcare has been brought to the table in legislature before, but has always been voted out. On that note, I don’t think that universal healthcare is a good idea, or pure socialism for that matter. If we look at the European countries, we see a good deal of poverty, warfare, and infighting. This usually happens around the time socialism is instated. Now I understand that correlation does not necessarily mean causation, but it still looks pretty bad.

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