Libertarianism

Recently people have been asking me about my political views and I tell them depending on the issue I lean either right or left. Generally speaking on fiscal matter I lean right and social I lean left. Years ago I told a few people I am pretty much a Libertarian and as time goes by I believe so myself. However I do not agree with all of their views, but on their website they have a “are you a Libertarian and it said I was a left leaning one”.

Here’s their official views. http://www.lp.org/platform

Their statement: ”

“We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.”

 

I agree and feel we should have free right.

 

Their platform issues are a mixed bag for me because I do for the most part agree with personal freedom and almost everything they say except am a little mixed on guns. Oh I support gun rights, but do not feel everyone should be allowed a gun, like criminals. The economic ones I am mixed on because I do not support free trade aka outsourcing. I think outsourcing has destroyed this country. I do feel though that we need to make it easier to start a business in this country. I would cut taxes on companies that keep jobs here and charge higher taxes to outsource. I feel taxes need to be cut and services as well because we are paying so many taxes for things I oppose, like lifetime welfare.

 

Here’s the fact though and that is I despise Romney with a passion. On the other hand Obama has let me down, and I suspect he will raise taxes to pay for programs I oppose like welfare for illegals. If we could find a candidate who will cut taxes without having to depend on the religious right, or the unions I would support that person wholeheartedly. If we could find a candidate who would make it easier to start a business in this country without all the restrictions we have (and trust me there are a lot, because I am doing this)they would get my vote. If they would keep abortion legal but not require people to pay I would support that (I support abortion but do not feel taxpayers should pay only because some oppose it). If they would cut services to wasteful programs, and in effect lower taxes I’d vote for them. If they would get the military out of other countries, stop forcing the US to be gatekeepers for the world and stop giving financial assistance to all these countries I’d support that person wholeheartedly.

 

I can dream, can’t I?

6 thoughts on “Libertarianism”

  1. NWP- You seem like a nice person, we even like the same kind of music, which is pretty rare. We probably agree on most economic issues. But I’ve got to be honest w/you that I’ve always been very turned off by the Libertarian philosophy, at least the Ann Rand-type that I’ve always heard promoted.

    As I see it, we as human animals and social beings must first, and above all decide whether we are basically all in this life and world together or not. Everything after flows fairly organicly from that. Otherwise, then we get caught up in this hyper-individualism that has plagued the US for as long as I can remember and probably since white folks showed up on this continent.

    So much good has happened thru government that has added to our commons, such as the interstate highways, the electrical systems, public water systems, educational systems (before which only the rich kids were taught anything and allowed to formally learn instead of going off to work in childhood), etc.

    But instead, because of lib. views, we have the most broken health care system in the developed world, where people like me who have been paying taxes my whole adult life, had to rely on free clinics for a few years (while I developed unknown cardio problems) because I didn’t have the job or income to have access to the regular care medical system. While all the while doctors from the medical schools funded by my tax dollars were practicing medicine, seeing patients unlike me who could afford to go to them thru good insurance and good-paying jobs, were making their way into the top 5% of the income distribution.

    You tell me, where is the justice in that? No, in the US, we’re so hung up on making sure that no undeserving person gets health care paid for by “my” tax dollars, that decent citizens like me get screwed out of affordable health care when I need and deserve it while the doctors, insurance company CEOs, and drug company CEOs can laugh all the way to the bank chilling out in the top 1-5% of the wealthy as we peasants fight among ourselves over which poor people, immigrants, fill-in-the blank, get access to health care.

    Because a true social democracy, or even Canada, would see thru the sham of the “rugged individualism” exalted by the libs and get us a single-payer system so the wealthy parasites in the above paragraph couldn’t keep preying on us anymore.

  2. Singing Thinker I like you too and you make great points. I too am without medical right now because I can’t afford it. You make great points about paying taxes then getting nothing in return. Like I said I do disagree with them on many aspects (many the economic)because they don’t support minimum wage and believe every many for themselves. Free trade has disappointed all of us. The tax issue though is something we need to tackle because at least in Illinois I do not qualify for medical but many who never paid in do and that bothers me.

    I suppose I really don’t know what the answer is now because the two main parties have let me down.

  3. There is no transparency in medical care costs. “Insurance” does not guarantee you access to medical care. The amount that is billed versus the amount that is paid by the insurance company is shocking. I had a test done recently where I paid about 3% of the amount initially billed but the insurance company paid only about 32% of the initial charge. The rest was written off. Had I been paying cash for some reason. I would have been in a world of hurt. There is no reason that it should cost a cash customer more for the same service. If anything, cash payment should get a discount.

    Health care costs go down under a single payer system like the National Health System or even Medicare because there is less of a need to shift costs. The provider knolws that they will be paid. In an NHS-style system, all of the health care providers work for the government. Under Medicare part D (prescription drug coverage), the enabling legislation specifically forbade the federal government to negotiate drug prices. When you buy 500 million doses of high blood pressure medicine (or guarantee that they will be bought), you ought to get a hefty discount. This is enough for about 1.5 million people annually, presuming one dose daily.

    Where health insurance fails is in the need to make a profit both at the provider and administrative levels. Rather than ration health care by criticality of need, we ration it by ability (and in some cases inabilty) to pay.

  4. The doctor I go to gives a discount for cash. Years ago I had a cash job without insurance and I would pay cash upfront. He said since he didn’t have to deal with insurance it saved him money. On the other hand a dentist I used to go to (a terrible one who cost my a tooth and almost my life)charged me MORE because most of his patients were Medicaid and he had to make the money somewhere.

    One thing I am seeing with job interviews is most of them are offering gym memberships. If people join the gyms not only will the company pay these bills but the employee gets money back. The reason why is because if one stays in shape then insurance is cheaper in the long run for most people. Most diseases are made worse by obesity and if one stays in shape they are less likely to get them. Of course some people are more prone to diseases and some have thyroid issue but they are the exception.

  5. I read Ayn Rand in my early 20s, and it illuminated my life. But many of the people who espouse her views today don’t get it. She believed in the primacy of productive effort, that part of capitalism was the potential for failure, and that people had to bear the consequences of their own actions (including their failures as capitalists). I don’t think she’d go along with the modern spectacle of companies running themselves into the ground to make this quarter’s profit, or of ‘privatizing gains and socializing losses,’ i.e. foisting the consequences of your failure onto the taxpayers.

    I’ve spent most of my working life doing public projects. There are some things that government can and should do. But that doesn’t mean that government is the magical tool that can fix anything.

    Health care is a horrible mess in this country, and under health care reform it will only get worse. The effect of health care reform is to (1) mobilize trillions of dollars of public and private money to pay for health care, and (2) let the Federal government dictate what an appropriate health insurance plan ought to be. I don’t see how either of these things will make health care more affordable, or its costs more transparent.

    A single-payer system like Canada would have been preferable. But we would have had to admit that our resources are not infinite, and that under such a system, the latest and greatest treatments might not be available, or have a waiting list. That was politically unacceptable: it’s rationing, and it’s evil. But it’s more honest than what we got.

  6. Anything would beat our system where it’s rationing carried out and decided by the insurance company with a for-profit motive driving all of it. If the government had to ration care out in the open then we’d soon have real life situations like the movie John Q played out all the time and the government would be forced to respond and show its true face about just who is expendable and should just quietly die in the gutter.

    The peasants might finally be ready to occupy the hospitals and clinics until we had universal healthcare like Canada.

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