Apparently you don't pay attention to the number of Americans who are under employed or without jobs and on public assistance of some kind...the number is 47%. Raising utilities prices causes prices to be raised across the board as in food, gasoline, etc. which is a really bad idea during a downturn in the economy. We are still anemic in our economic growth so this isn't a viable or sustainable suggestion.<quoted text>
First of all in a market stall if you were buying $2 organic apples against the stall next door that sold for .50c but used tonnes of sprays and fertiliser to grow them who would you buy from ??? It's the same with alternative energy, unless the price goes up to its real value and a tax on it's emissions for generation then the poor ole solar panel doesn't have a chance. It needs sky high energy prices to become viable, not compete in a lop-sided market. People will not change their habits on a "feel good" basis you have to hit them in the pocket to do it.
As for AHC, to every other country on the planet it is viewed as a fundamental human right. That is, in a civilised world we look after each other when we are sick. The irony of that is everywhere even in the redneck states where they won't execute a criminal who is sick, they have to get them well first then kill them. I mean what is the point of paying for a Military in the terms of billion$ of dollars to protect American interests. Yet on the other hand saying if you get sick, well f...k you! look after yourself. There is not an ounce of logic in that sort of thinking. Wether it be laws of the land or road rules those things exist to protect the population as a whole. Not just those who can afford to drive a car. Health care in the USA is more expensive by a factor of one third than anywhere else in the world. That is NOT because its the best, the French have a far more healthier population than the US, so go figure. Something is wrong with that system. The whole point of universal health care is to make sure EVERYONE is covered. So to keep premiums down all the healthy 20 somethings are paying their share of health as well. That's how it works, sure it costs more because we all live longer these days so unless they make it mandatory to die at 75 it will keep going up. Why because birth rates are in negative territory which will also hit China hard in the next decade or so with its one child policy.
France? Did you really suggest we be more like France? LOL, their
tax rate is 75% and we all should be aware of the migration of the wealthy out of France! As far as ACA, Forbes is estimating 93 million will lose healthcare coverage in the individual and employer market that is not an improvement when prior statistics 85% were covered with a policy they like for themselves and their families. Several large company sponsored policies no longer cover spouses and children causing large expense for those families to try and cover spouse and children. These changes hit the middle class the same as a 30% tax. Real consequences for real people. Remember the middle class which has been decimated? Think what that means to a lower middle class or poor worker and their families? This isn't the mean old insurance company punishing policy holders it's the law of the land and insurance companies have to comply or face huge liabilities legally.
Climate- aggregate means temp has not increased for the last 15 years. If we have global warming then we should be able to prove continued warming during the last 15 years.
I have been a business owner and had employees and their families depend on me to keep them employed in a stable work and income environment. Higher taxes and regulations stifle and eventually kill small business. Congress is supposed to represent the will of the people who sent them not walk lockstep with an out of control government run by obviously incompetent utopian dreamers.