Bernie Sander’s is a socialist and doesn’t believe in capitalism. Sanders has fought off this label and accusation with some success, but the hits just keep on coming with no end in sight. If Sanders is a Socialist and hater of capitalism, is that so bad? Is capitalism all that great? These ideas have been sparked by recent personal events and a television commercial.
The personal event:
I have been on the mend now for five weeks after suffering a heart attack (that doctors said was major). I had stents (3) placed in the heart after it was found I had two blockages of 100%. I am only 49 years old. But like many American’s I have burned the candle at both ends. Ate basically whatever I wanted. Enjoyed alcohol, and cigarettes. Basically enjoyed many available capitalist products of American life that many of us enjoy. I blame nobody for my predicament but myself.
That is until I saw a Wendy’s commercial.
Junior cheese burger, 6 chicken nuggets, fries and a drink, $4.00. Heck yeah that’s a lot of food for the money. It’s also a lot of FAT, Calories and Cholesterol too! So in the capitalist society that we live in, it is okay to sell food that has more fat and cholesterol in one meal ( for $4.00 to boot) then is recommended by the country’s health department in an entire day? Yes it is to many of us. Can you recall the anger and push back when New York City put limits on the size of selling a soda? The Nanny State! Screamed the likes of Hannity!!” telling people what they could do and not do.” But now post heart attack I feel differently. Could I have benefited if there was some government intervention when it came to my fast-food habits and other habits?
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From our wonderful capitalist system that allows to sell huge amounts of fat and unhealthy food to millions of American’s we have some winners besides the obvious, McDonald’s, BK and Wendy’s.
1> Health Care: The cost of 4.5 days I spent in the ER, ICU and getting surgery to put in the 3 stents? Roughly $195,000. Thank God for saving me and more importantly, blessing me with good health care.
>Nearly 800,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, 1 in every 3 deaths. By 2030 the cost of heart disease will cost $818 billion, with lost productivity exceeding $275 billion. (source cdcfoundation.org)
2> The drug companies. I am now on three medications with my cost for 3 month’s being $85.00. The insurance cost just for one month over $275.00
Can we blame capitalism for America’s poor health? Drug companies, hospitals and doctors are receiving windfall profits off of our poor health. Yet we hear many complaining of the rising cost of prescription drugs and health care. With politicians promising action! Is it that the politicians are too late? They really need to address the real issue (poor diets/health/habits) before the damage is done. This would include Senator Sanders.
What do I mean by address?
Federal standards on requiring all restaurants to supply nutritional information on their products. Packaging that clearly shows high sodium, fat or cholesterol.
A health tax on businesses/restaurants and food manufacturer’s that sell food that is unhealthy for consumers. This tax will directly support medicare and health initiatives.
Hating Capitalism? It certainly depends on what parts of capitalism that you look at. Is the purchaser of products responsible for their purchases? Example: McDonald’s serves a double quarter pound burger that has 70% your daily allowance for fat, add a large fry and you are at 94% ( nutrition.mcdonalds.com) should they hold some responsibility to their customers health? Or maybe the federal government needs to step in as the government in NY City did and force business to comply to a healthier standard?
Back to Senator Sanders and his alleged hate for capitalism. To my knowledge I have not heard him discussing any of the above. All huge profits for business! These profits made at the expense of us, all the citizens of the United States. Could we make different choices? Sure we could and many of us do. But many of us don’t and can’t or won’t. That is until it is too late, even then many of us don’t change. ( While in the waiting room of my cardiologist I heard a heart patient giving excuses to his doctor on why he couldn’t quit smoking. ) Tobacco companies have been held to some level of responsibility but still manufacture and sell their unhealthy products.
My position on Senator Sanders, he isn’t socialist enough and he doesn’t hate capitalism nearly enough. But maybe he’ll read this and add these issues to his presidential agenda.
Hate of capitalism? Balance is the key word, a balanced capitalist system is what we need for a happy, prosperous, long healthy life!