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Joe BidenCongratulations to our presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden!

Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 02:18 PM

57. The U S has had a capitalist economy from the start. At some point,

 

it started having some social programs. It didn't change from capitalism to socialism, but started some social programs for specific purposes. This is what most First World democracies have done, altho the U S does it to a lesser degree.

The idea of the American Dream is based on capitalism. You can work your up to a better standard of living, you can open a deli on the corner and prosper from it, you can sell things on Ebay and make money to better your standard of living. That's capitalism. But the U S started some social programs to help vulnerable people, like elderly people living in poverty, children without nutritious food, and such.

The Democratic Party fully supports those social programs and wants to enlarge them. Republicans want to streamline them, or remove them altogether....pure "you're on your own" capitalism. They think that begging should take the place of social programs, so that churches can provide charity to people.

I am a Democrat. I believe in capitalism...being able to prosper from your own hard work. But I believe that the social programs are necessary, and that something needs to be done about healthcare for all. This is laid out in the latest Democratic Party Platform, although it will be revised for 2020.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided

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