Refining the Democratic Platform

It occurs to me as I’m writing about US domestic policies that to this point I’m coming off pretty liberal-democrat. Well, in some cases that’s true, but in others, it’s not. Im a strong supporter of capitalism who recognizes that there are real and significant areas where this system either fails or doesn’t provide any solution. In these situations, I think it’s entirely appropriate for the government to step in.

I do believe the government has a strong role to play in individual welfare, for example

  • Providing equal opportunity to individuals with a high-quality education and protection from discrimination.
  • Providing universal access to quality healthcare.
  • Ensuring that those who are truly incapable of taking care of themselves are cared for.

On the other hand, I don’t think it’s the role of the government to

  • Provide unconditional welfare or support to those who are able bodied
  • Pitt the working class against businesses
  • Punish those who have seized their opportunities and done well for themselves through unreasonably high taxes

In my view, this is where individual responsibility kicks in. And that’s where the democratic party often gets it wrong. Once a society has provided an individual access to opportunity – through education, a fair legal system, etc – it is up to that individual to make the most of it. If the person seizes the opportunity, society benefits as does the individual. If the individual doesn’t seize the opportunity. Well, we need uneducated workers too. It’s just that, statistically speaking, their wages are going to be far lower than a college graduate. Don’t want to work? Too bad. Neither do I.

Our government, particularly under democratic party leadership, has spent decades trying to establish a system where individuals were no longer accountable for their actions. Don’t have a job? Don’t worry, the … Read the rest