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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Orion,
    Socialism does include cooperative management of allocation of resources and of course cooperative management means state management even if the state claims to be of the people or public/common. Welfare is one big allocation of resources thus; I think Turtle has a good point.
    Charity by classification is not forced upon the individual or group, it is given freely thus, welfare is not charity. It’s a forced allocation of resources hidden by the illusion of charity. If you think people should not be dying on the streets from starvation then you help them. If you need help then you (by non force) gather others to join you. It’s not right to go next door with a weapon and demand charity.
    Welfare is used by the state to keep people in control and always in need of the state, it’s that simple.

    It’s easy to allow the state to do the forced collecting for you, than you doing it yourself, eh?
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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    1) I used the term welfare socialism- I cannot help it you are not aware of what that means
    The term is social welfare, not welfare-socialism. The two have different meanings. If you wish to remain intentionally obtuse and cling to what your god Glenn Beck says, then that's your business, but stop trying to pass it off like it's an intellectual or academic term because it's not. It's just a term that some pundits say. If you want to have a proper debate with the grown ups, use grown up words.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    2) You can believe that dems want to help the poor. I believe the rich dems claim that but in reality want to keep people dependent on the government and addicted to voting for dem politicians. I don't believe uber rich dems like Kerry really care about the poor. Rich dem charitable contributions are rather poor compared to similarly situated Republicans.
    As I said in my original post, I do not deny that politicians use welfare promises to gain leeway with constituents; I am arguing against the notion that welfare is unnecessary. You are looking strictly at how the politicians are using the system to milk their campaigns when that is not what I'm talking about at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I guess being a Canadian you have a special insight into what really motivates our wealthy welfare socialists.
    Given that you don't even know what socialism is, I'm hardly surprised by your ignorance of Canadian politics.

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    3) what is a real conservative? if your knowledge of conservative mirrors your ignorance on welfare-socialism this should be a good laugh
    A real conservative looks at how to balance the finances in a realistic way. Only attacking social programs, especially during a period of economic hard times, is foolhardy. You're also only targetting Democrats, which is completely off base. The over spending in government has spanned multiple administrations and is a bipartisan issue, yet you continue to paint the picture of Democrat complicity. A real conservative would be looking at fiscal moderation without playing partisan pissing contests like a hack who gets all of his information from Glenn Beck.

    You know nothing about the economy or how it works. You've demonstrated this not only in this thread but in many others. Welfare isn't going anywhere because any sane fiscal conservative would know that it is needed in order to temper economic fluctuations. But you aren't a real conservative. You pitch all the typical talking points of the pundits who are just there for shock value and to gain ratings by rotting your brain, but you don't demonstrate that you actually know how things work at a policy level; so please do us all a favor and stop being a pretender.

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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    The term is social welfare, not welfare-socialism. The two have different meanings. If you wish to remain intentionally obtuse and cling to what your god Glenn Beck says, then that's your business, but stop trying to pass it off like it's an intellectual or academic term because it's not. It's just a term that some pundits say. If you want to have a proper debate with the grown ups, use grown up words.



    As I said in my original post, I do not deny that politicians use welfare promises to gain leeway with constituents; I am arguing against the notion that welfare is unnecessary. You are looking strictly at how the politicians are using the system to milk their campaigns when that is not what I'm talking about at all.



    Given that you don't even know what socialism is, I'm hardly surprised by your ignorance of Canadian politics.



    A real conservative looks at how to balance the finances in a realistic way. Only attacking social programs, especially during a period of economic hard times, is foolhardy. You're also only targetting Democrats, which is completely off base. The over spending in government has spanned multiple administrations and is a bipartisan issue, yet you continue to paint the picture of Democrat complicity. A real conservative would be looking at fiscal moderation without playing partisan pissing contests like a hack who gets all of his information from Glenn Beck.

    You know nothing about the economy or how it works. You've demonstrated this not only in this thread but in many others. Welfare isn't going anywhere because any sane fiscal conservative would know that it is needed in order to temper economic fluctuations. But you aren't a real conservative. You pitch all the typical talking points of the pundits who are just there for shock value and to gain ratings by rotting your brain, but you don't demonstrate that you actually know how things work at a policy level; so please do us all a favor and stop being a pretender.
    welfare socialism is a term that has been around for ages

    and your pretense of knowing more than I do is just absolutely hilarious

    No one appointed you the lord high keeper of defintions and I think you are just making up stuff



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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    Orion,
    Socialism does include cooperative management of allocation of resources and of course cooperative management means state management even if the state claims to be of the people or public/common. Welfare is one big allocation of resources thus; I think Turtle has a good point.
    Charity by classification is not forced upon the individual or group, it is given freely thus, welfare is not charity. It’s a forced allocation of resources hidden by the illusion of charity. If you think people should not be dying on the streets from starvation then you help them. If you need help then you (by non force) gather others to join you. It’s not right to go next door with a weapon and demand charity.
    Welfare is used by the state to keep people in control and always in need of the state, it’s that simple.

    It’s easy to allow the state to do the forced collecting for you, than you doing it yourself, eh?
    There is no way that charities can sustain the welfare needs of society, especially given the current consumer era where no one is saving and everyone is spending; not only that, people are spending money that they don't even have. What makes you think people would donate on a large scale in order to thwart extreme poverity and create a system for upward social mobility? It simply can't happen.

    Don't even bother twisting the things I'm saying to make it seem like I am stealing from you. I have been to countries that don't have welfare of any kind, and they are not the utopias that conservatives paint it to be. The ride by the seat of their pants conservatives that are starting to emerge from Fox News culture aren't capable of thinking beyond one or two degrees. They want to get rid of welfare even though they don't know what that would look like or mean for society; they have no idea what it is they're asking for and most have no real basis for asking for it. This is why welfare is not going to end.

    The only difference is that Republicans will downplay the necessity of welfare and advocate cuts in order to get votes, while Dems will do the opposite. In reality, welfare programs tend to remain rather static. I mean, how few voters actually research government spending to see if their vote is going towards a candidate that is truly changing things? Not many.

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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    welfare socialism is a term that has been around for ages

    and your pretense of knowing more than I do is just absolutely hilarious

    No one appointed you the lord high keeper of defintions and I think you are just making up stuff
    a.k.a I can't refute your points so I'm going to stick to the ad homs.

    That's seriously all you have to say after reading my entire response about the nature of fiscal conservativism?

    You are a waste of time and energy.

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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    a.k.a I can't refute your points so I'm going to stick to the ad homs.

    That's seriously all you have to say after reading my entire response about the nature of fiscal conservativism?

    You are a waste of time and energy.
    If I promise to miss you will you just go away?

    your definitions are not gospel and you have posted nothing that indicates you really have any grounds to pretend superior knowledge

    I know plenty of conservatives who think welfare does nothing but encourage the spread of dependency. People become dependent on that system which is what those who created intended all along. true, under current situations an abrupt end of all government enforced handouts would cause massive turmoil. HOwever, if we never had this nonsense to start with, the country would be much better off.



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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Don't go netrage on us, all of you . . . behave. (just a joke - I'm not moderating)

    I agree with both of you on the entire issue. Odd, yeah? You both are right to a degree.

    So - what would be the ideal solution? *A* system of something is necessary - but our system isn't working. Because without any sort of help to people we'd be like China - some very well off and many many suffering and dirt poor. Good ole Hoover-towns everywhere.

    I think we all agree that:

    1) Charity doesn't provide enough to help people live what everyone considers to be a 'reasonable' form of existence.
    2) Too much welfare can be a bad thing because it discourages people from being self sufficient and it
    3) People need to be completely or semi-self sufficient
    4) Sometimes it's necessary to guide people and help people *until* they can be self-sufficient.

    So - the issue should be about semantics and who says what about what - it's *what's wrong* and *how can we fix it*

    So - what's wrong . . . and how can we fix it.
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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Don't go netrage on us, all of you . . . behave. (just a joke - I'm not moderating)

    I agree with both of you on the entire issue. Odd, yeah? You both are right to a degree.

    So - what would be the ideal solution? *A* system of something is necessary - but our system isn't working. Because without any sort of help to people we'd be like China - some very well off and many many suffering and dirt poor. Good ole Hoover-towns everywhere.

    I think we all agree that:

    1) Charity doesn't provide enough to help people live what everyone considers to be a 'reasonable' form of existence.
    2) Too much welfare can be a bad thing because it discourages people from being self sufficient and it
    3) People need to be completely or semi-self sufficient
    4) Sometimes it's necessary to guide people and help people *until* they can be self-sufficient.

    So - the issue should be about semantics and who says what about what - it's *what's wrong* and *how can we fix it*

    So - what's wrong . . . and how can we fix it.
    If people on government assisted welfare were not allowed to vote, this would prevent most of the nonsense. Since they can, it creates an abusive situation where one set of politicians (the ones who do not represent the producers and creators of wealth) pander to and expand the welfare class

    that is why the situation is so bad. People don't gain political power and the wealth that comes from it (look at the kennedys and the gores) by encouraging private charity. They gain political power by using the wealth of some to buy the votes of the many



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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    The right to vote is an inalienable part of the constitution, so have fun enjoying that pipe dream.

    Taking away their right to vote because they are poor is not going to change their poverty. The only way to change poverty is to increase social mobility, and that does not necessarily involve throwing money at people. Money is fine but actual programs with dedicated and experienced workers are what is needed. It's kind of like how we donate billions to foreign aid each year but there is still a serious lack in foreign aid workers to carry out infrastructure projects.

    Money is not a universal solution. There still has to be the human component and if that is lacking then no amount of money will create change.

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    Re: Is wellfare today un-American?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion
    There is no way that charities can sustain the welfare needs of society, especially given the current consumer era where no one is saving and everyone is spending; not only that, people are spending money that they don't even have.
    There is no way a welfare system can sustain the welfare needs of society, thus this point is kind of moot.
    Each individual is responsible for their savings and spending, not you, not I and especially not the state.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orion
    What makes you think people would donate on a large scale in order to thwart extreme poverity and create a system for upward social mobility? It simply can't happen.
    Well, I never said they would, I said it is wrong for you or the state to force me to give. The Salvation Army pulled in about 26 million alone in 2009 by contributions and that is just one charity group and people would not donate enough, eh?
    Quote Originally Posted by Orion
    Don't even bother twisting the things I'm saying to make it seem like I am stealing from you.
    It’s not a twist, if I gave to charity by myself well, that is my choice but, when you have government force my hand then it’s stealing. I also never claimed a state without welfare would be a utopia. There is a better way, and maybe one day you’ll see.

    The state has already won; they got you believing you need them.
    Welfare is not only wrong but, it makes things worse.
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