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Old 09-07-2018, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by iiandyiiii View Post
Block of text is unreadable. With paragraph line breaks I'll try reading, but my eyes can't handle that.
To be fair, it looks like it was paragraphed, but the spaces between paragraphs were removed. That can happen for instance if composing in Wordpad which displays spaces between paragraphs by default but doesn't actually insert them.

Anyway, one-word rebuttal to that wall of text: Canada. It's a country with many historical, social, and cultural similarities to the US, but with a much more Scandinavian style of social welfare and social solidarity -- for example, universal health care, a strong social safety net, and both contributory and non-contributory public pension schemes. This was achieved apparently without becoming just like Venezuela.

So the OP sounds to me a little like the early 60s pronouncements from conservatives, spearheaded by Ronald Reagan, about the horrors that would be unleashed by Medicare if it were ever enacted: "... we will awake to find that we have socialism ... one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

Apparently Medicare would be the beginning of turning the the US into a version of the Soviet Union (that was the boogeyman then, today it's Venezuela), the onset of communism, and the End of Days.