Capitalism Never Works

That title should read capitalism works; but only for the fortunate few. In such a great land as ours, the richest country in the world our people live in utter poverty. A large percentage of citizens are working two jobs without proper healthcare, nutrition, education and abysmal housing. Why is this you ask? It is because of the failing system we call capitalism. A system of private owners who control the government, a system which would work beautifully f it was not for greed. What do private owners want? You guessed it; money! You need healthcare; pay me, food; pay me, education; pay me, housing; pay me. The economic force of supply in demand is beautiful if it were not manipulated to serve the wealthiest. We in the United States have very little checks and balances on the greed of our citizens. I suppose greed is not illegal, yet to treat people inhumanely should be.

It is time we re-evaluate our system and step up our socialism. Let’s face it modified socialism works. I want to give you a military example. I served the United States in the Army for 5 years. During that time I was provided housing rent free, medical coverage, food, and free college education. I also received a pay check. I received this in exchange for my service as a Military Police soldier. The government already knows how to provide the services and help people to find meaningful work in areas in which they are skilled. Yet we the people do not run the government. You think that you are voting for someone with your best interest at heart. Wrong! It doesn’t matter who you vote for because the corporations with the fattest pockets are going to have the country in which is ran to service their never ending hunger for money.

I am not saying that everything should be operated by the government. I am not saying that you cannot start your own private business. All I am saying is if you are going to profit on American soil you need to provide a living wage along with health c are. That’s 15+ per hour plus no expense to the employee healthcare. This would be even easier if the government gave stipends to businesses to help offset cost. This along with food vouchers so the freezer is always full, and vouchers for housing. I am not saying people don’t need to work, I am saying to qualify for these benefits you must work.

When I think of countries like Sweden, Scandinavia, Belgium, and other EU countries, ponder why not us? Why can’t we spend more time developing our country and less time dropping bombs in the desert?

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Power to the Worker

In America it is popular to say we “earned” something. Yes, 99% of the country are earning at the same time getting ripped off. 
Do you ever get that feeling driving home from work that you should be getting paid more? That you agreed to work for what you did because you really were not given much of a choice? You should, and probably did. 
The thing is you are not going to get paid equal to what you produce. You will always be paid less than your worth in order for the employer to take the rest. So yes, you earned your portion. Yet did the employer earn the extra money you created for him? No, it was collectively earned by the workers for the owner. 
In a capitalist society generally you must either inherit, or be an entrepreneur to become very wealthy. Most people do not inherit, and most do not manage to create something like “Facebook” for example. Most of us are workers. 
What I am suggesting is a complete restructuring of society. One in which the money and power is centralized in the people. 
At this moment a new tax bill is soon to sit on the Presidents desk.  This bill will only help the rich get richer. The 1% of Americans will only help themselves, while their misguided followers believe that the 1% will actually “trickle down” the wealth. 
This brings me to my final thought. Growing up as a conservative Christian I was led to believe that Capitalism was created by Jesus and socialism or communism was created in the heart of hell.  This is in part due to social programming by the United States government.  But, what if any system would Jesus follow?  One which enslaves, or one that shares?  Why is it that so many evengelical Christians love capitalism and were so ready to elect a billionare Donald Trump and disregard Bernie Sanders?  
I do not dislike capitalism the drive for profit has created a remarkable world. I do not dislike socialism it is a system of the people. There is good and bad in both. Can we have the best of both worlds?
Maybe we should start by simply treating people better, paying people closer to what they are worth, and truly care about them. A little bit more always goes along way.