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Capitalism – Think Outside The Box

Written by on February 7, 2020

Story by Chuck Tackett

Capitalism – Think Outside The Box

“While you were so worried socialism would take away your freedoms, capitalism stole your passion, took your savings, sent your job overseas, robbed you of your health care, dismantled the educational system, and put you in debt.”

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Recently, I was watching a couple of television shows I like on regular free TV. They were “New Amsterdam” and “The Resident.” As I was watching both of these shows, my mind drifted to the above Facebook post.

“New Amsterdam” is a hospital TV series that follows Dr. Max Goodwin. Dr. Goodwin has become the new Medical Director of one of the oldest public hospitals in the United States. The hospital has been neglected and Dr. Goodwin was hired as its new Medical Director. His goal is to reform some of the bureaucracy in order to provide the best care for the hospital’s patients.

Like “New Amsterdam,” “The Resident” is similar in its premise in battling bureaucracy. Where they differ is this TV drama focuses on the lives and duties of staff members. While they delve into the bureaucratic practices of the hospital industry, in its 3rd season, the storyline switches to the medical staff dealing with owners and shareholders with no medial experience who only care about making a profit. Patient care is not their primary concern and will cut corners when they can usually to the detriment of patients.

Watching these two TV medical drama shows also reminded me of that evil ass hooker Martin Shkreli also known as “Pharma Bro.”

If his name sounds familiar, he was arrested a few years ago for securities fraud. He is best known for jacking up the prices of certain medications from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill to make a profit for a drug company, in turn, making him and the other stockholders rich. I remember that devilish smirk on his face as he was being led to prison. He is the poster boy for American capitalism and greed. He didn’t get in trouble for harming poor or middle financial class Americans who couldn’t afford their much-needed medications. He broke the cardinal rule of ripping off other rich people: a line you do not cross.

For decades, greedy ass corporations have shown their disdain for the environment, their workers, and the public, in the name of capitalism, often with the blessings of Republicans, who are usually pro-business. In November 2020, we have an opportunity to change how businesses deal with the public when it comes to money and profits.

I am hoping you all will do some critical thinking of not accepting the same ole, same ole. We need to think outside the box when it comes to the greed of businesses. Workers are quickly being replaced by robots and automation. There has been only ONE candidate who has addressed this problem and has a plan to deal with it. Last month, we honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday. Let’s all go the way of Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who wants to bring the concept of Universal Basic Income to the entire USA, and not just the state of Alaska. Martin Luther King Jr. was a big supporter of Universal Basic Income back in the 1960s. He felt it was the only fair way to help all people get out of poverty. Instead of constantly hearing his “I Have A Dream Speech” let’s think outside the box and implement a more equitable way to deal with poverty; $1000 a month tax-free to EVERY American citizen 18 and over to stimulate the economy. Universal Basic Income is practiced around the world. It’s damn time the USA gets with the program. we can’t depend on corporations, Republicans, and rich folks to play fair.

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