Just because our system of government and capitalism isn’t perfect, that doesn’t mean we should return to a feudal system, which is what centralized Socialism leads to.
There is going to be inequalities in any system, including America, but at least in we still take care of our people and even illegal residents.
OCASIO-CORTEZ IS RIGHT: NO AMERICAN SHOULD BE TOO POOR TO LIVE – AND THEY AREN’T
By Andrew Moran | Jul 5, 2018
Let’s look at what it’s really like to be poor in the Land of the Free:
- 80% have air conditioning.
- 94% have Internet access.
- 75% have an automobile – a third have two or more vehicles.
- Half of poor families have a video game system.
- 66% have cable television.
What about the basic essentials, like food and housing? That’s easy enough:
- 83% of poor households reported having enough to eat.
- 96% of underprivileged families reported their children were never hungry at any time.
- 42% of poor households own their homes.
Moreover, the average poor American has more living space than the average middle- or high-income person in the U.K., France, and Sweden. Also, consumption of vitamins and minerals is the same as the those in the wealthier brackets.
Should an American fall on hard times, they have access to a generous welfare system, paid for by the capitalist model. Despite claims that the U.S. allows the impecunious to perish on the streets or starve in their homes, the government has spent trillions of dollars over the last 50 years on entitlements, healthcare, and social-benefits programs that can easily surpass those of Scandinavian states.
The rectitude and efficacy of welfare can be debated, but the government gives citizens money to purchase unhealthy food and smartphones – and a basic income guarantee is all but inevitable. That’s how wealthy the U.S. is.