On a front line of life, citizens need support from a Government legislated welfare safety net.
|Vol 1 No. 2
July 19, 2017
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Question: Why is that?
Answer: A citizen, on a front line of life, will win a job at a firm, study more, and figure out how to do better work. They might get married; buy a home; start a family. Their valued companies then relocate or go bust. This citizen’s front line now proves hard to get a win. Other citizens on that front line, who started mom and pop stores to do business with those firms, will also suffer. If these departed companies interacted with a large group of small businesses and hundreds or thousands of employees, that citizen’s housing market has collapsed. Too many homes to sell; no buyers. Citizens lack sufficient funds to relocate. Their unemployment could run out. Union benefits, if they had it, could also run out. Health insurance premium become difficult to pay. In a bad case, mortgages stop getting paid. Tuition stops getting paid. Credit cards stop getting paid. If their family members become sick and cannot afford medical care that adds a tremendous anger to these change of events. These citizens on this front line of life will start to muster faith to challenge this political state of affairs. Groups will step forward to answer that political challenge.
Question: What kind of challenge?
Answer: In the 1960’s, Communist political groups stepped forward and answered that challenge. President Johnson, to protect his citizens, mentored his “Great Society”. In the 1930’s, Stalin and his Communist Party ruled the Soviet Union. President Roosevelt, to protect his citizens, during the depths of a Great Depression, mentored a Social Security Act and Large Public Works. President Johnson and President Roosevelt legislated a stronger citizen welfare safety net. It is not without coincidence that US Economies became very strong and robust following their severe economic downturns, on the heels of these legislated citizen welfare safety nets. When Communist Soviet Union was dissolved, it was revealed that their citizen’s welfare safety nets had been exhausted and broken for a long time, even though they had sizeable budgets for their military and space programs. These Communist political groups did not muster a winning answer. In China, even though they are experimenting with a mixture of Communism and Capitalism, and have legislated citizen welfare safety nets, it’s reported that firms are ignoring it. China Communism finds it difficult to enforce legislation on China Capitalism. China labor is also not represented by collective bargaining via National Labor Unions. Prior to World War II, Europe had laws on their books to enact citizen’s welfare safety nets. Maybe they could not be enforced, similar to a current situation in China. Some groups in the USA stepped forward and claimed that citizen welfare safety nets in the Soviet Union had been exhausted because they didn’t have religion. It becomes a difficult terrain to discuss at length.
Question: There is a great debate on Health Insurance, as part of this Government legislated welfare safety net.
Answer: President Obama mentored a mandatory health insurance, on the heels of a massive global financial collapse. Millions of people began paying premiums, for a first time. This should have become a premium cash windfall for Insurance Firms. Instead, insurance premiums became more expensive. This increase could be explained by more sick people having access to quality hospitals and doctors; or doctors and pharmaceutical companies increasing their prices; or insurance firms increasing their premiums to benefit from this windfall; or some combination of those types of events. In the USA there is not a Government Agency or Labor Union or legislative lobbyists devoted to keeping these premiums low. This USA health market is driven by demand and supply economics.
Question: What if ‘citizen welfare safety nets’ are not sufficiently comprehensive.
Answer: It’s not without coincidence that Crime Bosses and Warlords appear during economic turmoil, and a lack of comprehensive citizen welfare safety nets, and establish a political presence. These crime organizations distribute monies to locals, and give them a welfare safety net. We would not expect a warlord to occupy part of present day France. We are not surprised if that happens in Somalia. We were not surprised when Crime Bosses, during a HIV/AIDS epidemic in NYC, flooded crack cocaine that made people crazy, even its second hand smoke made people crazy, and floated stories that people were acting weird because of an explosion in voodoo cult activities. In a past few years, voodoo stories started appearing in Mexico City. A lack of legislated health insurance gives rise to an easily panicked population. We were surprised to learn, years later that co heads of NYPD’s anti organized crime units were on the payroll of organized crime, during that HIV/AIDS, crack cocaine period, in New York City. Though during that period, Federal, State and Local governments stepped forward to insure that the tens of thousands of HIV/AIDs victims lacking cures, in New York City alone, did not become homeless before they died.
Question: What kind of enforcement is needed today?
Answer: USA does not have an issue with enforcement. It has three government groups: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. It also has a very strong TV/Digital Industry that can disseminate news and expert commentators. This keeps citizens well informed by a multitude of different global news/expert groups. Facets of this industry is even protected by a US Constitution. It has an issue with spiraling costs.
Question: It sounds like a difficult fight for spiraling costs.
Answer: It is. National Labor Unions can negotiate with companies on a national level, regardless of where they relocate to. This collective bargaining angers corporate management. Corporate management complains to their US Representatives and US Senators. Labor Unions also complain.
Still National Labor Unions have proved their extreme effectiveness in enforcing contracts that include welfare safety nets: pensions, sick days, maternity leave, vacations, etc. In Russia, that front line is described as a ‘Wild West’. But it is outside of the scope of US Labor Unions to oversee a health industry. It is a massive amount of data. Who can audit billings from medical clinics as to insure that a $10, well proved generic, is not being replaced by a $2000 newly released product. Credit card companies, through their legislative lobbyists, complained about customer defaults from economic downturns and are now able to charge 30% annual interest. Citizens at large do not have such special representation.