achieving REAL RESULTS FOR OUR COUNTRy requires a market economy, not socialism.
1. Check on the Market: Our Democratic Process Protects Workers and Consumers
Even with its flaws, capitalism is still the greatest chance a society has to achieve freedom, fairness, equality, and morality, because it allows us to acknowledge our flaws, find solutions, and move forward in an even better direction. Some examples of America using our democratic form of government to place a check on the free market include anti-trust legislation preventing monopolies and the abuse of consumers, the Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage, 40-hour week, overtime pay, etc), the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (minimizing dangers in the American workplace), unemployment benefits, and much more.
2. A Market Economy Preserves Individual Freedom and Reduces Poverty
A market economy properly regulated by a limited democratic government is the best way to ensure citizens have personal and financial freedom. As politicians like Senator Sanders and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continue to bash capitalism, they often cite Denmark and Swedish economies as examples of socialism that we should copy. This is incredibly misleading, as Denmark and Sweden both embrace capitalist, market economies. Nordic countries are only able to pay for their large welfare states with the wealth created from capitalism. In reality, if we gave up America’s capitalist economy in exchange for a socialist one, we would end up less like Denmark and more like Venezuela.
The Left misleads the American youth into believing capitalism is less moral than socialism, but studies show that capitalism has lifted at least 1 billion people out of poverty, while socialism has led to the ruin of economies throughout history, resulting in inflation, sky-high unemployment rates, starvation, and dictatorial governments that take advantage of the weak economic situation.
3. Innovations and Incentives in our Market System Will Save Our Planet
83% of Americans believe finding green energy solutions should be a top American energy policy priority. About 50% also want to prioritize keeping costs low, which means finding realistic, common-sense solutions, not economically-illiterate proposals like the Green New Deal that will result in average Americans paying higher taxes, paying significantly more in energy bills, and bearing the burden of now-expensive basic life products as businesses shift their rising energy bills onto consumers (Source).
Consumer desire for better treatment of the environment is not only encouraging businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators to provide and create greener products and business practices, but it’s also causing investors on Wall Street to consider the efforts a business is making to be environmentally-friendly before investing their money.
Big businesses and individuals across the world are also putting a major focus on alternative solutions like carbon offsets, an opportunity to balance out your carbon output by investing in carbon capturing efforts, including planting new trees, propagating coral, and much more. Big businesses like Google have employees dedicated to ensuring carbon offsets are going to quality efforts, but individuals can learn more about how to offset their individual carbon emissions and at many other great online sources.
4. Affordable Healthcare, Not Free Healthcare
Medicare for All and other government-run health programs will force healthcare providers to be paid a price that is not sustainable for their businesses. Numerous hospital executives, doctors, and other healthcare providers have announced if they were forced to be paid the Medicare rate that Senator Sanders is proposing, they would be forced to close their doors (Source). This becomes a major problem when the Left wants to make healthcare a declared right. It will result in the healthcare workers across this country being forced by the government into labor they do not wish to complete.
The quality of healthcare in countries whose governments control it is significantly poorer than the quality of healthcare in the United States of America. Services in socialized healthcare systems are determined on a “need” basis, meaning if the government determines you to be too old or sick to recover, you will not receive treatment (Source). Cancer screenings in countries with government-run systems are refused to patients over a certain age and often spaced out over multiple years instead every one or two years to save money, resulting in increased cancer rates (Source).
Here are examples of reasonable steps we can take to increase access, decrease cost, and improve the quality of healthcare in the United States:
Increase access to affordable healthcare by ensuring every American can buy their own private plan
Make basic healthcare affordable again by repealing Obamacare’s damaging regulations that raised premiums for young adults by as much as 44% (Source).
Use competition, transparency, and proper regulation to reduce the cost of and increase the access to prescription drugs.
5. Solving the Real Problem in Higher Education
The Left’s focus on getting “free” college for all is doing a major disservice to present and future American students by taking the attention away from the most pressing issue: the cost of higher education. Changing who pays for college is not going to fix the fact that the cost is skyrocketing.
A four-year degree in America today costs about $105,000. In 1989, that same degree was $52,892 when adjusted for inflation, which is a 2.6% yearly growth rate. In that same time period, wages have only risen about .3%, meaning the cost of higher education has grown 8 times the rate of wages in less than 30 years, making it more and more difficult for students to pay back their egregious loans (Source).
To make college affordable again and prevent America’s youth from being chained to hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt for decades of their life, YAAS suggests the following common-sense solutions:
Reform High School Guidance Counseling: Place more focus on career planning, trade and technical schools, and future financial planning, and less focus on pressuring teenagers to assume they need to follow the standard 4-year degree no matter the cost.
Reform Federal Funding for Higher Education: The more money the federal government shovels into the higher education system, the more money educational institutions continue to charge (Source).
End the Ridiculous General Education Requirements: Forcing students to take nonsense prerequisites and general education courses before they can take career-specific courses is a scam. It’s a way to prevent students from graduating in less than four years disguised as a program to create well-rounded students. A student pursuing a degree in accounting to be forced to take art, poetry classes. You should be able to go to college specifically for training and education in your desired field.
Provide More Flexibility to Students: Colleges are making it more and more difficult to graduate in less than four years. Refusing to take transfer credits from other universities or college-level high school courses and limiting the number of credits per semester are just some of the examples of the ways colleges make it increasingly difficult for students to create a unique college plan that fits their financial situation.