75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America
not a bad thing. It benefits each and every one of us in one way or another.
fold is 75 ways socialism has improved, shaped, and built America.
nothing more feared and hated in America.
alone sends shivers down the spine of the American people.
syllables conger up images of Big Brother Government ruling over us all, telling us what to eat, wear, buy, and
think. Our children in national uniform being indoctrinated with propaganda in government education camps that
use to be schools, turning them into little slaves. While their parents work twelve hour shifts in the
concentration camp that slaughters rich successful billionaires, as the poor and needy get a million dollars a
month in welfare. A murderous government waging a war against freedom and liberty to gain complete control over
everyone and everything.
the way things were under that socialist Bill Clinton. And the way things are now under that socialist Barack
the USSR and how Democrats are turning America into it because our government will give money to poor people so
they don't starve to death. (Giving money to billion dollar corporations is NOT socialism somehow. You would be
a communist and a hippie to think otherwise.)
about to get scarier, because I have some terrifying news for you....
alive and well in America and it has been here for a very long time!
not all. it gets much worse! I hope your sitting down...
As it turns
out, You love socialism and you use it everyday, and you may not even know it! It may have even saved your life.
I know, this is bad...
and breath. It's going to be okay! We are going to get through this.
You see, we
are still a capitalist nation. In America, you can still make a billion dollars, get a giant tax cut, and pay
your employees barely enough to survive while you sail in your yacht to escape any guilt that might
inconvenience you. So don't freak out just yet!
is, socialism is all over America and people actually like it. Even you... Yes you!
I know, I
know. You're a conservative that believes in freedom and the constitution. You hate handouts and believe in hard
work and the individual. You think government should get out of the way and let you live your lives and allow
you to prosper on your own. You know that all rich people must have worked hard and all poor people are lazy.
There is no other reason why they could be poor considering life is completely fair and all people are born into
situations and environments that allow them to have all the opportunities and blessings that you had. There is
no fathomable way they could have 2 or 3 jobs they work very hard at but still can't make ends meet. You got it
all figured out.
even you get your kicks from a little socialism every now and then.
of this as an intervention, think of it as a coming out of the closet party. We know you are a closet socialist.
It's okay, you are amongst friends and we support you. Besides, we always knew...
taxpayer funds being used collectively to benefit society as a whole, despite income, contribution, or
Well I hate
to be the one to tell you, but Socialism, which you have been told to fear all your life, is responsible for all
Military/Defense - The United
States military is the largest and most funded socialist program in the world. It operates thanks to our
taxpayer dollars and protects the country as a whole. From the richest citizens to the homeless who sleep under
the bridge. We are all protected by our military whether we pay taxes or not. This is complete
roads and highways you drive on every single day are completely taxpayer funded. Your tax dollars are used to
maintain, expand, and preserve our highways and roads for every one's use. President Eisenhower was inspired by
Germany's autobahn and implemented the idea right here in America. That's right, a republican president created
our taxpayer funded, national highway system. This was a different time, before the republican party came down
with a vicious case of rabies that never went away.
Libraries - Yes. That
place where you go to check out books from conservative authors telling you how horrible socialism is, is in
fact socialism. Libraries are taxpayer funded. You pay a few bucks to get a library card and you can read books
for free for the rest of your life.
- Ever had a
situation where you had to call the police? Then you have used a taxpayer funded socialist program. Anyone can
call the police whether they pay taxes or not. They are there to protect and serve the community, not
individuals. This is complete socialism on a state level, but still socialism all the same. Would you rather
have to swipe your credit card before the police will help you?
Dept. - Hopefully
you have never had a fire in your home. But if you have, you probably called your local taxpayer-funded fire
department to put the fire out. Like police, this is state socialism. You tax dollars are used to rescue your
entire community in case of a fire. It use to be set up where you would pay a fee every month to the fire dept.
for their service. If you didn't pay, they let your house burn down. Sadly, a man from Tennessee had this exact
situation happen to him in 2011 because he didn't pay his $75.00 fee. I guess that small town in Tennessee would
rather let people's houses burn down that resort to evil socialism. So don't take for granted the fact that you
have a 24/7 fire dept. to put out your burning home thanks to socialism.
Service - Like
having mail delivered directly to your front door and paying next to nothing to send mail anywhere you want?
Well it's all made possible by socialism.
Loans and Grants - Did you go
to College? If you did, you family might not have been rich enough to pay your way through. So you got your
education anyway through student loans and grants from the federal government at taxpayer expense. Of course you
have to pay back the loans, but if not the government, did you know anyone else who was going to lend you tens
of thousands of dollars? Probably not. So the taxpayers lent you the money and you paid it back with slight
interest. The government grants you accepted were gifts from the taxpayer and the federal government that you
did not have to pay back. Socialism got you through school.
- Along with
our highways, our government used your taxpayer dollars to build bridges. This allows the public to travel
across rivers without having to sail or swim.
Collection - Like
having your garbage collected once a week instead of having to drive it to the landfill yourself? Thank
Landfills - Taxpayer
dollars are used to have places to dump all of our garbage that is collected by taxpayer funded garbage
right! War would not be possible without socialism. Your tax dollars are used to fight wars for your country.
This is Big Government at it's biggest. Private companies don't attack other countries, at least not yet.
Government is the only entity in America that can defend us from foreign enemies and our tax dollars are used
for every second of it. Socialism has brought down Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Bin Laden. War may very
well be the most socialist thing on this list.
Subsidies - Our
government uses taxpayer funds to pay farmers and businesses to provide their income and keep them growing food
for the public.
Central Intelligence Agency is vital to America's security. The CIA is completely taxpayer funded to protect the
public from enemies.
Federal bureau of investigations is a taxpayer funded government agency.
Health Care - As
Republicans in congress warn us of the evils of government-run health care, most of them are covered by
taxpayer-funded government-run health care. You literally pay for their health care while they tell you that
paying for your neighbors health care through a public option or single-payer system is socialism. They are 100%
correct, it is socialism. They're just not telling you that they like their socialist health care, they just
don't think you should have it. They are afraid you might like it better than the private insurance you have now
that funds their campaigns and gives them money to push what is best for them and not for you. Members of
congress are free to opt out of their evil government health care, but most of them don't because deep down,
they like socialism too.
Vaccine - In the
1950's polio ravaged the United States. Until Dr. Jonas Salk invented a cure, finally ridding America of this
terrible disease. Dr. Salk could have sold his vaccine in the free market and made millions and millions of
dollars. Instead he gave it to the federal government to begin eradicating polio. He said that he made plenty of
money as a scientist and felt it was too important to try and profit from or create a business
Republicans hate this taxpayer-funded government program because they have the nerve to tell corporations that
they may have to follow environmental rules ad regulations for the greater good of the earth and the people who
live on it. But if you don't like breathing mercury, drinking dirty water, and breathing in chemicals, you
should like this example of socialism working for the people.
Security - You pay a
tax to help ensure that our grandparents and senior citizens of America have money to live off of when they are
retired or too elderly to work. I love hearing rich people bitch about this one because the truth is that they
do not pay a social security tax, like most payroll taxes. This little piece of socialism helps prevent our
senior citizens from sinking into poverty and starving to death.
museums are privately owned by organizations and groups, but many are also taxpayer-funded state, national, and
Schools - Can't
afford to send your children to an expensive private school? Thanks to socialism and government, you child can
still get an education. Public education has been under attack for decades in this country by the radical right
because public schools don't teach Christianity to your children and it enables people like Barack Obama to work
hard, gain scholarships, and eventually become President of the United States.
System - Many
murders and criminals are behind bars right now and not out on the streets because of our taxpayer-funded,
federal and state run jails and prisons. Taxpayer money is collected and used to help protect all of society
from murders, molesters, rapist, etc. I know there's a lot of disagreement and controversy about how to handle
our prison system, but I think we can all agree that serial killers should not be freed into society. There are
also many private prisons in the United States. However, they have a higher escape rate than their socialist
counterpart. Besides, don't you see the bad incentives in having a private prison system that profits from
having people in prison? Since a business's top goal is to make more money than the year before, the only
feasible agenda would be to get everyone in prison.
Subsidies - This is
the type of socialism that is acceptable in the Republican party. You tax dollars are given to big corporations
to do things they should be doing anyway out of morals and ethics. Like not sending jobs overseas and hiring
people. Wouldn't you like a nice big check just for not breaking the law? To be fair though, many businesses do
earn their subsidies by advancing green technology and practice, donating to charity, helping communities, etc.
They aren't all bad. People just get mad when big billionaire oil companies get billions of their taxpayer
dollars while they're paying $4 at the pump. For the corporations that don't earn their subsidies other than
donating to their very own political party, it's merely welfare. Though however you look at it, it is
(VA) Health Care - Our
soldiers bravely go to foreign countries and risk their lives at the request of their government and the
American people. For those who survive, we as a country feel committed and obligated to ensure that they have
everything they need for the rest of their lives for their service to us in which we could never fully repay. So
we the taxpayers fund their health care in a government-run single-payer system for veterans. Many soldiers
return with mental and/or physical health issues that would cost them thousands in a private health care plan.
Socialism funds the military, the overall war, and also takes care of our troops when they return
Parks - Like going
to the park on a sunny day? Just being able to walk right in, or at the worse pay a small fee? This is once
again the work of socialism. If it were private, it wouldn't be a park, it would be someones back yard. That
small or non-existent fee will turn into a $15 fee faster than you can say "No Trespassing".
Elected Government Officials - From the
Supreme Court, to the President of the United States and all the way down to the County Dog Catcher, taxpayers
pay their salary and provide the funding for them to do their job. We pay for every aspect of their job. So in a
sense, I guess you could say our whole country is run on socialism.
Stamps - Republicans
fill with bitter contempt knowing that our government at the expense of the taxpayer is giving poor people money to
buy food they couldn't otherwise afford. This, like welfare, is what the right thinks socialism is all about, along
with mass murder. However, just like corporate welfare, welfare is socialism. I'll just end this one with a quick
story. I have been down and out in periods of my life and sought assistance via food stamps. Even though I was what
anyone would consider poor, I was not poor enough to get food stamps. Which means people who do get them, must
really, really need them. As far as my personal experience, they weren't thrown around like candy the way the right
would have you believe.
System - Do you
like having a sewer system to remove waste and prevent pollution and disease from seeping into our environment?
Thank the taxpayers of America and the socialist system it operates in.
is one of the most liked socialist programs in America. Most of us don't mind paying taxes to provide our senior
citizens with health care and hope the next generation will do the same for us. If you don't believe me, just
look at almost any poll. Most seniors would not be able to afford private health care. So this form of socialism
is a life saver for this nation's grandparents and senior citizens.
System - Whether
it's the murder trial of the century or a case in a small claims court, the taxpayers of America fully fund our
courts and legal process. You may pay for your own lawyer, but the courtroom, judge, and jury is paid for
through socialist means.
Flu Vaccine - You don't
have bird flu right now and probably aren't worried about it because our federal government used taxpayer funds
to pump vaccines all over America.
Bill - The G.I.
bill allows veterans to pursue an education by using taxpayer dollars to help them pay for most of their
schooling. It also helps them with loans, savings, and unemployment benefits.
Dam - Remember
when our country use to build things? Our government built the Hoover Dam using taxpayer funds. It is now a
vital source of power for the west coast.
Zoos - American
families have been going to the zoo for generations. A place where kids and adults can have fun seeing creatures
and animals from all over the world and learn at the same time. Many zoos are ran by the state and/or city,
using taxpayer funds to operate and even bring the animals to the zoo.
- I know,
the IRS is about as popular and well liked in America as a hemorrhoid, but think about it. The IRS is the reason
that we have anything. The IRS collects taxpayer funds for the federal government. The government then dispenses
these funds to our military, states, and social programs. If there is no one collecting taxes, no one will pay
them. If no one pays taxes, our country shuts down. Without money to operate, nothing operates. This may sound
like a good thing to some radical republicans, but for those of us with sense, we know this means anarchy in the
USA. The IRS gets a bad rap because if you don't pay your taxes or owe them money, they can be ruthless. Like
everything else, the IRS is not perfect, but without them we literally have no country or no means to run
Lunch Program - Some
children are living in poverty by no fault of their own. I'm not saying it is even their parents fault, but you
surely cannot blame a child for the situation they are born into. In most if not all states, there are programs
where children who live in poor households can receive school lunch for free. The taxpayers of the state pay for
this. Sounds like socialism to me, and also the moral and Christian thing to do.
Pentagon - Our
defense system in America is a socialist system from top to bottom. We as taxpayers fund the pentagon
government uses taxpayer funds to provide health care for low-income people. Republicans, the compassionate
Christians that they are, absolutely hate this program. What they fail to understand is that when people can't
afford to pay their outrageous medical bills, they don't. This bill does not disappear. The loss that the
insurance company, doctor's office, or hospital takes gets passed down to everyone else. So covering people and
giving them a low-income option reduces costs for them and everyone else. This is the main argument behind a
health care mandate. It's not to force you to buy health care out of cruelty. If everyone is covered, costs drop
for everyone. If you have no compassion for the uninsured, you can at least understand the rational in a selfish
- The Food
and Drug Administration is far from perfect. It is infested with corporate corruption and they have been wrong
many, many times. Countless times they have approved things that they later have to apologize for and have
banned things that would have helped people. However, they have also stopped many harmful foods and products
from being sold to the public and protect us everyday from poisons being disguised as products. While not
perfect, they are needed to prevent harmful food and drugs from being sold to you and you family. Without them,
corporations can send whatever they want to your supermarkets and drug stores without any testing or evaluation.
I don't mind my taxes going towards a middle man to inspect the safety of the products we are being sold
Health Care for 9/11 Rescue Workers - After beating
back GOP obstruction, Democrats finally passed a bill last year to allow government to help 9/11 rescue worker's
with their health care after many came down with horrible lung diseases from the toxins they breathed in rescuing
people from smoldering buildings. These brave citizens risked their lives and health to help complete strangers.
They deserve more, but covering their health care is a good start.
Flu Vaccine - Do
you have swine flu right now? Then thank government and the socialist structure.
Insurance (SSDI) - For those
who are disabled and cannot work, our government provides an income for them via taxpayer dollars as opposed to
the other option of letting them starve to death.
Run Beaches - Like going
to the beach? Like it when the beach is clean and safe? Like having lifeguards on staff in case of an emergency?
Then once again, thank the taxpayers and the socialist structure that makes it all possible.
Bailouts/Welfare - The whole
point of this post is to prove that we ALL use, benefit from, and like socialism. This example is a form of
socialism that the republicans not only like, but fight tooth and nail for. They don't like it when socialism is
used for working/poor people, but when it's for millionaires and their corporate donors, socialism becomes as
American as apple pie. The middle/working class who are the majority of taxpayers pay for welfare for
corporations and people who have more money than all of us combined. When our government bails out a bank or
gives a subsidy to a billion dollar corporation, you are paying for it.
Construction - Ever see
those construction workers in your town fixing potholes, erecting buildings, repaving highways and roads, and
fixing things all over town? They themselves and the work they do is taxpayer-funded state
Insurance - All your
working life, you pay payroll taxes. Some of these taxes go toward a program that temporarily provides for
people who lost their jobs until they can find another one. You pay for others, others pay for you.
Especially these days, you never know when you might lose your job. You may need temporary assistance until you
get back on your feet. The government recognizes this. UI also keeps the economy moving in times of recession
because people still have some money in their pockets to buy goods and promote demand.
Buses - If you
lack transportation, you can catch a city bus. Taxpayer funds and the fee you pay to take the bus make it
possible for millions of people to go to work.
- WIC is a
federally funded program to assist women, infants, and children. WIC helps low-income families by providing
funding for nutrition, education, and health care for children.
Snow Removal - Even
though sometimes it may take them longer than you like to get to your street, do you like having snow plow
service to clear our roads and highways in the winter? This is a state socialist taxpayer-funded
(Public Broadcasting Service) - PBS
operates on donations and government funding. The provide non-partisan news and information to the public. They
are the home of Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theater, and The Antiques Roadshow. Surveys show that they are
literally the most trusted name in news. I wonder how Fox feels about that?
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC
helps promote and enact the health and safety of the public along with helping to prevent and control illness
and disease. The CDC is a government program that operates on taxpayer funding.
- Is there
anything the republicans hate more? Of course I'm talking about the welfare that goes to poor people. Corporate
welfare is not only accepted in the republican Kabul, but it's mandatory that we give our tax dollars to
billionaires and not question the logic of it. Though if you look at it realistically and not through the red
scare glasses in which the right sees the world, welfare helps the economy. As I've said many times, when poor
people have money in their pocket, they buy things made and sold by companies. This creates a demand. To keep up
with demand, businesses must hire to keep up. If you yanked everyone who is on welfare off of it tomorrow, the
economy would take a blow and lose jobs due to the down tick in consumer demand because we just took what little
money they had away.
Street Lighting - Like being
able to see at night when you walk or drive? Thank Socialism.
Disaster strikes, FEMA is there to help pick up the pieces. As a part of homeland security and an agency of the
federal government, they use taxpayer dollars to help cities, states, and towns recover and rebuild. I don't
know to many private companies that could assist in disaster relief and ask nothing in return. Thank God for
Defenders - Ever been
in trouble and couldn't afford a lawyer? Well the taxpayers and the government make sure you still get
Children's Health Insurance Program) - S-CHIP is a program that matches funds to states for health insurance for
children in families that cannot afford insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Your tax dollars go
towards covering uninsured children, is that so wrong?
transports tens of millions of passengers a year in 46 states and three Canadian Providences. It is owned by the
federal government and your tax dollars are used to fund it. All aboard!!
Public Radio operates on private and federal funding along with public donations. NPR has been one of the most
trusted news sources in America for over 40 years.
Department of Homeland Security - Created
after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, this heavily federally funded department of the U.S. government helps
protect us from future terrorist attacks. This is the third largest department within the United States
- Do you
have a safe and healthy workplace that provides training, outreach, education, and assistance? Thank OSHA!
Brought to you by the taxpayers of America and socialism.
and National Monuments - The
Lincoln Memorial. Mount Rushmore. The D.C. National Mall. All brought to you and maintained with your tax
dollars. Socialism is patriotic?
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - The USDA
enforces regulations on the farming, agriculture, and food industries to ensure food safety, natural resources,
and hunger worldwide and in the United States. Your tax dollars are used to help keep what you are eating safe
and even feed those who are not eating.
Scholarships - if you
work hard in school and show true potential, our government will give you a scholarship towards college so you
can advance your education. Your tax dollars have been used to send future doctors, lawyers, scientists, and
even presidents of the United States to college.
of Health and Human Service - The
overall goal of HHS is to promote, implement, and ensure the health of the American people. Your tax dollars are
used to do this. Government looking out for the well being of it's people, imagine that!
Every ten years, our government collects data about our people and economy, to better serve and represent us.
From the forms that are sent to your home for you to fill out and send back in and to the census worker who
shows up and kindly asks you to fill out the form if you don't send it in, all taxpayer funded socialism. The
information collected is used to better understand the economic situation and population in your area. Not to
enslave you in a FEMA camp.
of Energy - This
taxpayer funded cabinet of the federal government oversees nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, energy
conservation, radioactive waste disposal, and energy production. To those of you who care about our environment
and would rather not witness a nuclear holocaust might consider this money well spent.
and Border Protection - the
CBP is the largest law enforcement agency in America. This is big government that republicans actually do like
because they don't like Mexicans immigrating to our country like our ancestors did. However, this taxpayer
funded, socialist agency of the federal government regulates trade, imports, and immigration.
of Education - This
cabinet of the federal government is actually the smallest. They administer and oversee federal assistance to
education. They also collect data and enforce federal laws and regulations involving education. Even though the
right thinks that this department is indoctrinating your children, they actually have no control over curriculum
Service - Your tax
dollars are used to provide highly-trained, skilled professional bodyguards to protect the President of the
Corps - The Peace
Corps is a volunteer program run by the government that helps people outside of the US to understand our culture
as well as helping us learn about other cultures. However they are more well known for their work with economic
and social development in less-fortunate countries. Sounds very Christian for being a socialist program,
of Justice - The DOJ is
responsible for enforcing the law. Socialism keeps our civilization intact.
Weather Service - Like
knowing when a storm, tornado, earthquake, or snow is coming? Socialism makes this possible and available to
White House - Our
taxpayer dollars through a socialist means pays for the house that the president and his family live in during a
presidents time in office.
- Like it or
not, our country would not be a country without a government. Every single day, government on state and local
levels serve us in ways we simply take for granted. Government as an entity operates and functions on our tax
dollars through a socialist structured funding system. From the military down to the county dog catcher,
socialism turns the wheels that make our society function.
- Laws and
rules make our democracy possible. Remove these laws and you have sheer anarchy. Laws do not appear out of thin
air. To have law, you need a government. You need elected lawmakers to make the laws and a government to
implement and enforce them. Socialism is responsible for every law in this country. Without our government and
lawmakers which exist thanks to socialism, there would be no laws. So the laws themselves, are enforced and
implemented thanks to socialism.
- As an
American citizen, you enjoy freedoms that many in other countries do not. Like anything else in this world, our
government is not perfect, but you should be thankful everyday that your country has a government that feels an
obligation to serve the people and protect their rights and freedoms. This is completely possible because of
government, taxes, and socialism. Do you think the private sector would do a better job of governing our
country? Do you think corporations would enact laws to help protect and serve you and your family or them and
their profits? The reason you can read this blog and the reason I can write it whether you agree with it or not
is because of the freedoms we have here in America enforced and protected through socialist means. Our entire
civilization depends on us being a people united. Socialism is a glue that binds us together and makes possible
the things that we could not accomplish as individuals working against each other.
I don't care
who you are.
poor. Teaparty Republican or Liberal Socialist.
from at least one or more of these 75 American Government-Run, Taxpayer funded Socialist programs, agencies, and
argument is not for a completely socialist nation. This would not work. A completely capitalist nation would not
simply saying that I, as a Democratic Socialist, feel that the two can co-exist. I know this because they always
have. Socialism and capitalism have always co-existed in America.
believe in freedom. I believe options are a form of freedom.
Right now in
the United States of America, I can send mail through the public postal service or I can choose a private option
like FedEx. I can send my kids to public school or private school.
we don't want a government takeover, we want options. We think we should have the freedom to be able to choose
to have government health care if we don't like our private plan.
If we are
18-64, we have no options or freedom over our own health care. I don't understand why this isn't viewed as a
corporate takeover of health care.
not a bad thing. It is a foundation in this country of ours. Claiming socialism is bad because of radical and
non-factual comparisons to Hitler and Stalin is like saying all guns are bad because of the Columbine killers
and Jared Loughner.
socialism and communism are very, very different from Democratic Socialism here in America. I'd explain further
but this topic is for another post, this one is long enough. Besides, socialism defeated
just stop the madness and have a serious discussion about socialism and the role it plays in
"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our
democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this
country" - FDR