Re: Poll: Health coverage not federal government's job
posted at 11/29/2012 1:43 PM EST
In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:
In response to Reubenhop's comment:
Privatization of social security? Let me decide with my money. I'll take my money now and let the feds keep my employeers portion if I could.
Private schools do not serve the needs of all children so it is no real answer. Public schools are failing to meet the needs of too many children; Mass doesn't even make hte top 10 states for graduation.
And do you really want the roads and bridges owned and operated by private companies? Yes, that would be better then what we have now and where it has been implemented; maintenance has been vastly improved and the quality of hte facilities are superior.
Pretty limited thinking.
You want control of your retirement and can handle the result? Maybe. But unexpected things happen (like illness or markey crahes) and certainly not all people are in the same financial boat as you.
Public schools at least have a goal to attend to the needs of all children. Private schools cannot and will not. And Massachsetts has high standards of learning which explains why graduation rates are sometimes lower. Try Mississippi with low standards and worse graduation rates.
And you want to be charged by a private entity every time you use their road or bridge? You don't see a problem with that?
Point is we tried a privatized version of all these things and we changed to a government based system because ... the profit model did not serve the needs of all the people adequately. Get with this century please.
I'd call it action orientated thinking.
On SS I have more faith in my ability to take care of myself then the govt. The model I've paid into since I started working at 14 won't be what I paid for by the time I get there. Yes, I'd take the self determination path if I could.
On education; I'm a voucher and charter school supporter and this position is for my grand kids. I think that parents should be able to get a voucher credit for public education and apply it to any licensed private school. Point of fact Mass's much vaulted education system doesn't make the top 10.
Privatized highways under public private partnerships are the future, they're a better value, support private sector hiring and limit government bloat. Let the government develop policy and standards and then let innovation of the private sector implement. You my friend are behind the times on this issue as the train has left the station.
Whatever you call them...
...those aren't really moderate positions.
And just as with health care, gross privatization of basic govt functions is not a panacea that will cure all ills...whether it's infrastructure/legacy spending, SS, or education.