a socialist

What is a socialist? It’s a person who can become rich or not and is for taxing steeply when one makes gigantic amounts of money
or
is for having the same tax for everyone high enough to achieve the betterment for all or a combination of both.

A socialist is for universal education, universal health care, and a government dedicated to working hard in the areas needed to assist folks in developing a successful and overall satisfying life.

“The betterment of all” also makes it better and easier for the rich to remain rich. The mixture of socialism and capitalism is one of the cures for the human condition.

An example of betterment would be to no longer allow hunger in the world while there’s enough food for everyone. Do we have to have a one-world government to feed all of the starving? Make it happen and be famous and fulfilled.

Changing one thing at a time is more practical and easier than trying to change a lot all at once. Gradual change happens and of course the direction is key. Is the way we were brought up the most influential thing about us?

Can a human change?

One
change for
the better helps
other betterments to happen.
We begin to find change
is not the enemy;
it’s the case.

 

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The Future

One scare might be the gap between the haves and have nots would keep getting larger because of the tech revolution. Everyone should have a solid base education (through college if needed or wanted) in order to be able to determine one’s own destiny in this new age.

An education teaching life skills like Technology, Language, Finance, Reading, Creating (writing, etc.), Health, Philosophy, and Psychology. Math and Science could be electives.

the two best

America has nothing to fear from becoming more attentive and caring to all of its citizens. Is “the american way” becoming more and more greedy and less and less willing to assist those who need a helping hand?

The two best helping hands are a free first rate educational system for all (we are paying twice as much per pupil than countries with much better educational systems than ours) and good medical care as a human right for all of our citizens.

These two key things would create the situation where the sky is the limit for anyone who dares to think so. Our country would become a redwood of strength and an example to the world that change is usually for the better.

If change was smart enough to create us, it shouldn’t have become a bad thing as some would have us think.

And not the rigged country we live in today.

What is the matter with having a single payer health care system with no deductible, like Canada. Health is the most important thing. Money should only be paid to actual care givers.

the big six in a nutshell

What are the six best uses of our time?

education (skills, trades, creativity, studying, etc.)

relaxation (breathing exercises, meditation, sleep, etc.)

exercise (walking, yoga, sports, interval training, etc.)

diet (eating small or no amounts of sugar or grain products, etc.)

interacting (with family, friends, and coworkers) 

adventure (books, trips, hobbies, charity, romance, children, etc.)

And all six can happen on the same day!

a fair shake…cut from a different canvas

What about the way our country is maturing? Is there really no way to help the poor and the soon-to-be poor to move up into a better life? If there is, why not do it?

When receiving today’s minimum wage combined with a minimal education, there’s no money left over to save. Then it’s so much easier to get into debt, and then it’s much more easy to earn a bad credit rating. Why do so many of us start out with so much already against them?

The snowballing events above wouldn’t happen near as often when one is paid a decent minimum wage and given a decent education. A decent minimum wage and a good education opens the door for folks to have a real chance to enhance their lives.

Are we trending toward a medieval class system? Here are some suggestions to reverse our movement toward becoming a two-class society.

Shouldn’t our #1 priority be a high quality education for all of our children? Having a top notch educational system is our country’s best way to protect itself from enemies domestic and foreign.

We the people need to pay teachers more. We need the folks who have a special love for teaching and the ability to give students a craving for knowledge and the ability to impart a special curiosity for things which have no limits like art, language, science, and mathematics 

Let’s stop loosing these special teachers because we don’t set aside enough money to pay them what they are worth. Cut waste and loopholes to get the funds, and if that’s not enough, raise taxes to pay these gifted folks.

It’s not healthy for us to continually spend the largest portion of our money on military activities, and it’s very healthy for us to spend the largest portion of our money on our youth. What happens to folks who grow up being neglected?! We are becoming sick as a country and need to change our ways to become healthy. We are ignoring much of our potential.

Having a basic or core curriculum for all students will keep states from cheating their youngsters out of a good basic education. An education which will support them all of their lives. A firm educational foundation allows one to find and consume new or necessary information when needed while automatically strengthening our country at the same time.

Education is the critical fuel for our country’s successful future and influence in the world. Guns and bombs will take us only so far. Or too far…as the the rising cost guns and bombs and the structure to use them help to starve our children’s minds. We are only as strong as our weakest link: the care of our young.

The goal: to make every public school a place of high quality education and to match and then surpass the best educational systems in the world. Our universities are already there.

Today, (is it many of or most of?) our elected officials in washington legally accept money to consider voting a certain way which will help the contributor or accept money to consider adding an exemption in a law for a contributor (which will allow the continuous piling up of extra millions for the contributor) and if our representatives don’t do the favor, the flow of money is likely to stop from that particular spigot. For today’s politicians, money is like air.

How can we cure the swollen political influence of rich folks and rich companies? All that’s lacking is the will and determination to treat ourselves better by changing what’s going on in the District of Columbia.

The cure is to make it an issue that money be somehow taken out of politics. This isn’t rocket science. It’s doable and may take large amounts of creativity and overcoming massive objections from the rich. What? Why? They are already rich. What’s the problem?

What about a national competition paid for by interested folks or the government. Hammer out the final product. And call it Political Reform or another apt title. And call the movement The Political Reform Movement or something better.

The obvious key is to elect folks who will pass a Political Reform Law into law. If this were to happen, there’s a really good chance we will see politicians who are cut from a different canvas.

We should be watching out for the talking heads who tell us “We don’t have to fix anything because our great nation will endure and will rise again a better nation.” When we hear these words and believe them, it gives us a chance to sit down and say to ourselves, “Well, I and my family and friends will die before things get really bad.” Or, “I’m only one person, and if I don’t help out to change things, my small part won’t be missed by the total effort.”

As we breathe, right now, is the time to ramp up the things to help ourselves to have a new, vast, well educated middle class, and in doing so, it’s my thinking we will aid all other life on the planet.

We can actually begin today to help ourselves by not wasting our talent and by not allowing health care and incarceration to operate as for-profit businesses because this allows huge amounts of our money to be given away with no end in sight. The government is best suited to run these two important services because the government is not working for a profit and is looking to serve. The sooner we  restore our prison systems and get a healthcare system similar to Canada’s or France’s, the better we all will be.

What is the tipping point for things going in the direction of a two-class society? Is it when we finally realize we will never be able to take the money out of our politics? Will there ever be a better time to find out than now?

Can we really end the great majority of existing poverty by giving folks a decent minimum wage and by paying all teachers more to attract more of the gifted folks in tech and industry who would love to teach but can’t afford to?

Can one attend to the needs of one’s self without the help of others? Don’t we all need water and electricity and roads and jobs etc., etc.

Are many of those at the top getting so greedy that it’s almost impossible for them to share large portions of their wealth with those who need a period of proper assistance in order to prosper?

One way to actually get the money we need to properly educate and meet the needs of our citizens might be to have a single tax rate for everyone as some of the Scandinavian countries do. What’s wrong with everyone getting a fair shake?!

Aren’t many of the best solutions usually simple?

The Scandinavian countries use the power of capitalism to generate wealth and then use the wealth to make sure everyone in their country is taken care of. Making sure everyone is cared for is called socialism. So, it seems the remedy is not capitalism or socialism…but their combination is.

The solution yielding the quickest and the best changes for the betterment of everyone could turn out to be…taking the money out of politics.

Why not have a national competition to see who can bring forth the best ways to change things to insure the successful future of our country and its future citizens. Pay the winners: the teams, citizen groups, individuals, and runners-up substantial amounts of money and also give them honor and prestige. Make it reality TV?

Then, while we’re at it, why not promote a world-wide competition to create a plan for the successful future of our planet and all of its inhabitants. I’ve written a scenario of how the success of our planet comes about. It’s called “Message to the Cosmos” and is the first chapter in my book Discovering the Obvious.

In the short story, things had to get desperately bad for humanity to wake up. Unfortunately this is par for the course or it might be called the default mode or the standard operating procedure for humans.

There is an almost infinitely better way. Doesn’t reason tell us to follow the path of the successful models already in existence? Again, with successful examples staring us in the face and showing us how, why aren’t we giving everyone a fair shake?

Could it be we live lives where the thoughts about the possibility of giving everyone a fair shake never come about? Or, is it that we believe everyone is getting a fair shake already, and when the thoughts of changing things so that everyone gets a fair shake come up, we are against it for some reason. Or, we are for giving everyone a fair shake, but as one person, we don’t know what to do against a huge establishment that’s claiming all is OK.

What’s stopping us? Are we waiting to get permission? Do we have to wait for the conversion of folks who get off on having people to feel sorry for or the folks who have to have the feeling that others are coveting what they have?

Or will we begin to wake up and start voting to change things now instead of waiting for conversions which may never happen?

Is it that we’re not as helpless as we feel?

what’s right

Are we moving from a world of winning to a world of survival? Or will opportunity win out? Do better laws make a country stronger and a better place to live and bring up a family?

Who gets to define better?

Did our founders give us a foot in the door to freedom and justice, and are we the ones who should take freedom and justice home and give our foot a rest? Would stopping the trend toward having rich overlords as in olden times who owned enough stuff to keep almost everyone else poor, work?

Is the answer a matter of setting it up so folks will to do what’s right whether it’s their idea or not. This is what well written laws are for. If so, where to start? Maybe a good start would be to take the money out of the lives of the politicians. Literally.

Pay an amount for their expenses and send a stipend to his or her family’s bank account. Have for all qualified candidates a reasonable amount of government funding to use for vote-getting, TV time for speeches and debates, and travel. This at a minimum should (with some adjustments and better ideas) allow candidates to travel around and have outlets for their ideas without having to spend very much of their own money.

When growing up I remember hearing about scandals and politicians going to jail for their crooked deeds. Somewhere along the way the politicians changed the laws (I guess because they could) and made it legal to receive money from grateful admirers.

Should we begin by voting in laws which prohibit politicians from receiving money from anyone or any organization accept a paycheck from the government for their work as servants of the citizens and not be able to raise their own salary. And really important, all of their rules of procedure must pass the muster a civilian oversight committee. (No vetoes by a single person allowed, etc.)

Will getting the money out of politics change what happens here? Will everyone still be free yet the rules and laws will begin to be fairer? Would change begin to depend on the quality of an idea instead of the will of a person or group who has a lot of money?

Aren’t there a lot of better places to put the billions we pour into politics for campaigns and political pull? Should such an obvious question have to be asked? Isn’t it one for all and all for one? If so, wouldn’t it take care of everybody?

From what I’ve seen on film and TV and heard and read of the Scandinavian countries, the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish folks have figured it out. And they have their problems like all countries do, yet their educational systems are among the very best systems on earth, and they have happy, creative and prosperous societies, and they do their best to see that everyone gets a fair shake and basic needs are met.

There are higher taxes in Scandinavia which pay for all of the education and health care costs and many other needed social services as well as retirement benefits.

Somewhere I got the idea the folks there pay about fifty percent of their income to the government and get a very long list of benefits. I haven’t researched the income tax rates in Scandinavia, so the rates may be different than what I’m presenting here.

Health is the most important human concern but little attention is given to it until it turns bad or there’s an accident or health problems are inherited.

Why would anyone keep another person’s family from getting the health care they need? Healthcare shouldn’t be a cash cow for investors. Why profit from one’s fear of large medical bills? We can get on the road to becoming an enlightened people by instituting a one-payer healthcare system similar to Canada’s.

Does the average person in Scandinavia have a much better chance to be happy and fulfilled than the average person here in the USA? Is it that once healthcare and education are assured, the rest of life is pure adventure and any worries will be created by the worrier and not by the rich wanting to keep their loopholes in place and their tax bracket low.

The really good thing about the Scandinavian countries is that the citizens don’t have to give up their lust for riches. Riches are still available as they are here, but riches there don’t get to obscene levels. The excess is poured back into the country for the benefit of all, even for the richer folks.

And when one needs assistance (for example, better schools) the better schools are there for everyone in Scandinavia, but Scandinavia’s full coverage assistance doesn’t exist here. Why? Is it that folks have to demand it? How do you demand? Vote and encourage others to vote.

make my days

If the rich get so rich that it makes the rest of us become very poor, how long would it be until we would get a king or a queen? Could there be a world ruler in the future? Is there a race already with many dreaming and others actually jockeying for position?

The winning banner?

Benevolence is Our Family Name
vote for
Benevolent the First

Some might say no world rulers will happen because there are enough smart rich folks in the world who love the way things are that they would never allow such a change (because they are at the top of the heap…as far as comforts, amenities, and influence are concerned).

Is waking up to interesting days what it’s all about?
If so, having interesting days doesn’t require riches.

 What can I do to
make my days more interesting?
Get an education. Ask for advice.
Long-term thinking can
open doors we didn’t know existed.
These actions thrust us into opportunity’s way.

What can I do with my free time
along the way?