When Coronavirus Put “Democratic Socialism” in the Driver Seat?

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It is so ironic that all those in government and in business who thought “bailout/subsidies” to the poor was a “Communist” idea are the first ones scrambling for trillions in “socialism’s bailout from the government”

As the Down Jones collapsed, the Feds hurriedly injected $1.5 Trillion in the financial system to bail out the market. No one knows how this $1.5Trillion used and what happened to it?

Now both the White House and Congress are readying “bailout/socialism” in the trillions to the business sectors adversely affected by the Coronavirus. Leaving behind tens of millions of people who are denied by their employers paid sick leaves or paid their salaries during forces closing.

It also shows how American hypocrisy plays out in favor of the rich. What is so sad is that those most adversely affected by the lack of government protection are against these “socialist’s ideas.? ” Frankly, it has nothing to do with any ideological commitment to capitalism but purely based on” racism” afraid the money will go to Blacks and Latinos.

 

Of course, these real capitalists always expect the government to interfere on their behalf as it always does in big-time tax breaks for big corporations and businesses worth trillions. One hundred of the Fortune 500 companies paid no taxes last year. The government, especially our American government, which is a “corporate-sponsored” always provides legislations protect corporations, their shareholders and investors from any loss while doing nothing for their employees who are affected by the shutdown.

When it comes to giving money to the rich and business, it is sound financial policies when it comes to giving back citizens their fair share in tax dollar; then this is Communism/Socialism.

In the US, all Republicans and majorly of Democrats who since Ronald Reagan shifted and entrusted the role of government and governing to the private sector at tribble or quadrupole the costs. The Coronavirus was a wakeup call. The purpose of government is to regulate, to lead, to take charge, to protect to educate to provide essential social and health services to all the citizens. It must be a government of citizenship, not of corporations.

The Coronavirus Crises proved that our government (Republicans and Democrats) that made the military at the expense of health and education as the top priority of tax dollars was not only ill-advised but strategically wrong and unfit to govern. Imagine if Congress shifted the costs of one nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to health care building over 100 government fully equipped first-class hospitals around the country and at least 100 small community hospitals abandoned by the healthcare industries.

Since Reagan, who carelessly and without any smart or future thoughts, decided to shift the essential functions of government to the private sector under the false pretension of saving money and tax dollars was an outright fraud. Since the costs of these services, whether in health or education or public sector service, the prices triple and quadruple the costs to taxpayers who pay the fees directly. Reagan, perhaps more than any other president, was a total disaster for the nation.

During his tenure, many of the primary industries, the backbones of economy and life for millions in the Mid-West (Rust Belt) forced to close down due to shifting of “economies” to the Far East, Reagan and his administration did nothing to put in place comprehensive economic and social development plans to help these communities to rebuild their lives around new economies through retraining and investments.

It is so ironic that those severely affected by Reagan’s false economies (trickle-down economies) are the ones that put Trump in office.

Since the Reagan era, which was a watershed mark, both political and economic powers shifted to the elites of the East Coast, both on Wall Street and leading academic institutions such as Harvard Business School.

Wall Street and the Downs Jones became the measure of the nation’s economic health. With Harvard Business School, the following suit making maximizing “returns on investment” for shareholders and rising stock values the focus of business managers, leaving the general public left on its own without anyone caring.

Since the Reagan years, our country has gone from one economic disaster to another from the’ Saving and Loan Association” bust to Junk Bond Crisis, Dot Com Bubble, Stock Market Crash of 87, Stock Market Crash of 2008 and many small “crisis” in between.

Government; Republicans, and Democrats were unable to develop long term economic policies beyond Down Jones, with devastating economic cycles. They were always trusting Wall Street for the nation’s financial health, which leads to the wiped out the life savings and pensions of tens of millions of Americans. And their answer is the elections of Donald Trump, who went through 6 bankruptcies leaving financial institutions holding the bag.

During this unexpected crisis, we have the most expensive military, military bases in over 80 places around the world with hard wares of no use in such a healthcare crisis. With the army eating the most massive budget, we found out that we have waived the rights of our national health to private health care institutions that left many communities lacking necessary medical facilities and without enough hospital beds for crisis as this.

Most, if not all, local or state governments gave up on caring for public health a long time ago. Now many communities across the country lack any “government” own medical facilities or hospitals. One has to imagine the entire country have 47,000 ICU beds when an expected 150,000 cases that will require immediate ICU care.

No Democrats nor Republicans have seriously given the national health and care any importance, leaving the national health to the private sector that decides when to open or close a hospital, not on community needs but the bottom line profits. Health care companies chose to close down hospitals in rural areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of communities across the nation without primary care while giving it’s executive $60 million-plus in annual compensation. Simply unconscionable.

Congress and the president are rushing legislation giving $2 Trillion to corporations and businesses. Most likely, this windfall to the corporations to use the money to buy back their stocks on the cheap. The legislation will leave out 45 million families denied the cash subsidies.

While not mandating these corporations giving all hourly employees working for multibillion corporation immediate complete health care coverage and paid sick leaves. In contrast, Congress must now mandate owners of Whole Food, Hoppy Lobby, Casinos, Papa Johns, Wall-Mart, McDonald, Burger Kings, Aldis, etc. to provide complete full pay for sick days and layoffs due to the national crisis immediate as part of the employment.

Perhaps it is time to rethink and evaluate what are the essential functions of governments withered away since FDR. One can imagine poor decades-long “blockaded” countries like Cuba sending its medical doctors and health care workers to help major industrial countries. Something to think about how our political system went wrong?

Author Details
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation and defense, in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association, Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.
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4 COMMENTS

  1. USA worships/serves Mammon*.
    Especially Boomers & Bible Belt.
    Trump & Biden’s Base.

    While Bernie beats beats Trump & all Dems in active duty & veteran donations… 2016, and now.
    And obviously, donations overall.

    * Often depicted as… an orange guy.

  2. The Senate failed to pass a “socialist’s” measures to help industries and businesses hurt by the shutdown. Republicans want to give away unrestricted cash to airlines and casinos to use as they wish ( buy back their own stocks on the cheap without guaranteeing the money goes first to the employees in the form of extended paid layoff and in support of guaranteed medical leave. The Democrats want none of that given the Feds just bailed out Wall Street some days ago with $1.5 Trillion, which no one knows what happened to it. This “socialist’s” bailout should go first to all of the employees and workers affected by the shutdown, with Congres inserting a provision that small and large employers should provide medical coverage and paid leaves forced by shut down. Key issues missing is funding to community hospitals and clinics and shifting tens of billions from the DOD budget to Health and human services. Time to make a real sweep of Congress and begins a massive plan to retire/purge the entire Senate within the next 6 years.

    • I just watched a Bloomberg News YT clip where a doe eyed anchor portrayed it as:

      “The market WANTS this, [GOP bailout] but Dems are being partisan”.

  3. In no time as both the Mayor of New York City and the Governor of New York, the health care systems of both the city and the state will break down, and this will be repeated all across America. In my previous article raised this issue, which should be a national priority on par with our defense and should not be viewed by our reckless leaders as ‘secondary” and perhaps part of “socialism”. Many local authorities would have no hospitals most if not all closed, recklessly waiving the health and safety to profit-oriented careless Wall Street owned business.

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