Category Archives: Work and Leisure

Great U.S. Social Services that benefit All the People – and Profiteering Private Health Insurance

The United States is currently the only first world, developed country that doesn’t have a health insurance policy for all its citizens. This actually goes against much of its existing policy and against the spirit of democracy. The United States does have other efficient social services that benefit all of its members. The existing social services have helped to build America’s economic status, because it is in healthy, safe, societies that commerce can thrive. One of these services is the the well developed road system. All people are able to use the roads to get around the community. Exceptions to this are toll roads and paid parking. Roads are a type of social infrastructure that have stimulated commerce and contributed toward the United States’ overall economic wealth.

Fire Departments are an example of a services that benefits all citizens - indeed, all people in society. It is a socialized service.

The United States also has a fairly sophisticated, efficient and appreciated local police departments. These departments tend to benefit all society, and indeed, most department squad cars have it written on them, “To Protect and Serve”. In addition, fire departments in the United States are also among the world’s best. They continue to have the best equipment and continue to operate for the general betterment of society. American citizens do not need a private insurance policy to receive police or fire department services. All citizens are also able to utilize a national 911 call number that efficiently dispatched the appropriate emergency service. These socialized services benefit all members of society and are amoung the world’s best in regard to efficiency.

The nice efficiency in United States starts to falter when the healthcare system and its statistics are looked at. Indeed, statistics for the United States in healthcare are in rapid decline, heading toward third world levels. A major contributor to this phenomena is the private health insurance policy. It is rumored that health insurance companies would like to offer police and fire insurance if they are victorious in keeping the archaic, inefficient, yet highly profitable private health insurance policies in place within the United States. What direction will America go in?

U.S. Social Services benefit all while U.S. Private Health Insurance only benefit some. (Private health insurance also have ridiculously high profit margins, only benefit some in society, and sets up a system for catastrophic destruction. They are fighting hard and are utilizing fear and other trickery to fool the U.S. population into keeping the system as it currently is.)

The United States should have a public or national plan of health insurance. Something to think about. This debate will be continued…

Reflections on Vacation Time

At the screening this evening, there was a gentleman from the UK who brought up the issue of vacation time. He said that as he was being interviewed for his job here in the States, they explained that he would be able to get one week of vacation time after one year of work. He asked if it was actually legal to do.

Interestingly, a lot of Europe was rebuilding itself, its cities and its economies, back up after WW2, and yet, healthcare and indeed, vacation time was something that also helped to rebuild the economy. I think we should talk about this. This silliness about being unpatriotic when bringing up different points of view is really quite damaging to the domestic debate in the United States, especially at a time when we as People need to reach across the political divide, bypassing political labels and start talking to one another. Because if you think about it, the bipartisan laws that have been passed by our legislators don’t really seem to do much, except give certain corporations more power. Our government bails them out, gives them exclusive contracts for various aspects of our lives (like pharmaceuticals, rebuilding New Orleans) hands out no bid contracts… it’s really a type of corporate socialism. We need to get back to a place where the government works for the People.

Annual National Minimum Wage Increase

Most developing and first world countries have an annual method of raising the minimum wage so that the minimum wage can adjust to the rate of inflation. The U.S. minimum wage was frozen from 1997 to 2007. Why do you think other countries have a regular method of raising the minimum wage? What is the overall impact on the economy?

Legislated Vacation Time

Here are a few questions to ponder. A large portion of the other developed and developing countries have legislated vacation time. Many say it’s quite a nice concept, but what do you think? How might legislated vacation time help society and the economy? Or you could think of it in the terms of: why might the other industrial democracies have legislated vacation time? Who would it benefit? What are the impacts on the society?