Inequality: Why Australia must not follow the US

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  1. K-man

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    An interesting read that addresses some of the issues that have been raised in recent threads such as inequality, health care, education and social welfare.

    The author is an American.
     
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    Interesting


    If access to heath care is a right, is access to food and housing a right as well? If not why?
     
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    In most first world countries, yes it is. That is why we have pensions, unemployment benefits etc.
     
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    The mistake would be to take analysis from a former Clinton advisor, like this guy....democrat policies are the ones creating the problems in our country...from healthcare, to education and welfare...all three are entirely under the influence of democrat policy makers like this guy...they are the ones who made Detroit the paradise it is today...

    So, pay attention to this guy at your peril...they create the mess, then complain about the mess they have made...

    Mark Levin, a constitutional lawyer, head of the Landmark Legal Foundation, author and radio host described people like this economist....he likened them to locusts...


    They move into a state...raise taxes, increase government spending, overwhelm the welfare system by simply throwing money at social problems with no accountability, they undermine law enforcement and defend the worst criminals, they go after private enterprise to the point they drive it out...and on and on....and then...when they have destroyed a city...like Detroit, and whole states, like Illinois and California, they move out...and move on to the next city and state...because they don't like the way things are in the state they created...

    If this guy lives in your country, my best advice...deport him...before he does for Australia what he and his kind have done for America...

    Joseph Stiglitz is the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is a former chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist of the World Bank. His most recent book is The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future.
     
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    actually, forget that last post...you guys like what this guy is selling anyway...how about we deport them and send the whole bunch to Australia...Hilary, bill, barrack...I would,almost feel guilty doing it to you but you want this....soooo...have at it...do what this guy suggests...of course, sadly, your system is designed to expedite what this guy believes so healthcare, education and welfare in your country will be destroyed quicker than here...but it will let us get things fixed here...there is a trade off for everything...
     
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    And homeless and church run soup kitchens to feed people.
     
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    why you shouldn't trust people the Clinton's hired when you look at things like American healthcare...

    The Myth of Americans' Poor Life Expectancy - Forbes

     
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    Actually he is in America ...

    Bill, your problem is that you never have a bipartisan approach. Everything is black and white ... Republicans good, Democrats bad.

    Here we tend to have reasonably regular changes of Government. Our Labor Party (slightly left of centre) gets in with a social mandate, usually goes too far and borrows too much, then our Liberal coalition (slightly right of centre like your Democrats) gets in with an economic mandate and fixes the problem. That is generally unpopular so they lose the next election and are replaced by the other side.

    The funny thing is, our public service doesn't change. They just change the emphasis depending on the direction of the party in power. So even when we have a change of government and a change of direction, behind the scene the same people are making policies work.

    Good people are good people, regardless of their politics.
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    Homeless here are homeless by choice and we don't have a lot of people dependent on soup kitchens. The reason is found in Article 25 of the UN Charter of Human Rights ...

     
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    So how is it paid for? If I where a citizen there and decide I'm not working and I want a house and food who provides it? If it's a right after all I'm entitled to it
     
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    If you were a citizen here you would get appropriate support according to your needs. You won't get much if you are not prepared to help yourself but Article 25 covers that. You have the right to a standard of living and you have a right to security. These are rights, not entitlements. There is a big difference. If you just want to sit on your **** and bludge and do nothing you have the right to do that too. Just don't expect anything in the way of assistance as our system is for those who want to help themselves. For those who can't help themselves there is assistance provided. As I said, the homeless here are homeless by choice. If you were here in the situation you described in your post, you may well be one of the homeless.
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    From my point of view, my observations of people, you have sort of shot down your own argument with the above. Too many people in the US seem to consider a fairly high standard of living a right. Not subsistence, nor even close to it. The only thing they seem to think they have to do to help themselves is go fill out paperwork, then sit back and reap benefits. Unless I am misunderstanding you, that would not be enough in your country; that is, :... to sit on your **** and bludge and do nothing ..." would not allow you to expect anything in the way of assistance.

    We are I think all in tougher economic times in the last few years. But as I see it, many people in the US just failed to accept harder times, and make plans for it. They wanted to continue as they were. Who wouldn't? But when you see you can't, why not sell your house sooner, even is at something of a loss? You may then have to move into something less desirable, in a less desirable neighborhood even. Then you may end up flipping hamburgers or working for a trash pickup service. But you will have a job, an income, and won't be homeless.

    Is it different in your country?

    Oh, your quote of Art 25(1) has an interesting ending. "... in circumstances beyond his control.") Is that defined anywhere?
     
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    I'm not sure why my arguement was shot down when I was just quoting the UN documentation. However, yes, if you don't want to work but are physically and mentally able to, then bad luck, find someone who cares. Even now, I feel a lot of unemployment benefits are unwarranted. When I was a kid in the 50s if a guy couldn't find work locally he would either go to where the work was and send money home or move to a place where there was work. It seems that times have changed.

    But, it wasn't really that type of benefit I was looking at in the OP. There are lots of other social security programmes that I feel are essential in a healthy first world society.
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    From: Rights Versus Entitlements : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education

    While I think the author does have a bias, I tend to agree with him on the differences between rights and entitlements (as you brought out although you didn't explain), and the dangers of confusing them, which I think you meant above.

    When and where I grew up, there was welfare. It was considered a necessary entitlement, but shameful to be on. And even in the depression, when the government provided jobs, or subsidized them, one had to go to where the work was. I guess your ideas aren't so far from mine. But I am not big on social programs of any kind. If the government doesn't tamper too much with the economy, it will usually come to a fair price for wages and job availability.

    At least that is my humble opinion.123
     

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