Monday, August 19, 2013
The Nanny State
First to get something straight from the start. I am not a conservative that would be rallying against welfare and other anti poverty programs. I am just stating some fact which may or may not point towards some welfare programs. So here it goes, most of the developed world has become a big Nanny state to me. It is just not me but you can see how a capitalist country can never be one since you have to feed so many different people with different income levels that you become a welfare state in the process. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Food stamps, Section 8, low income housing schemes, student aid, housing aid, low interest rates and the list can go on and on. And it is not just the United States but most of developed world pride on themselves in providing all kinds of facilities to their citizens. And if that is not enough than the government tells you what to eat or not to eat and restrict certain kinds of things like we individuals are still in infancy and can't make a judgment call by ourselves regarding our own well being. Recently there was this push to limit the amount of soda one can purchase in New York and then we see the amount of calories we take on restaurant menus. And then there are different layers of regulation to protect us from ourselves. I mean has a capitalist society become a welfare society. Some programs for the poor are good but does it not perpetuate poverty without any means of poor people coming out of their welfare situation. It is really a huge debate which should be discussed in depth not only here but around the world.