GAY CANADIAN SOCIALISM
North Georgia Dogma interviews DiscountBlogger Michael Demmons, who delivers a sermon against socialism. Noting that he grew up in Canada,
It’s hard, for example, to explain to people the horrors of a healthcare system that is basically free (until you look at your paycheck.) Listen. People here think that if we have universal healthcare, things won’t really change (except that everyone will have insurance.) I have news for you. In Canada, we pay $6.00 for a gallon of milk. $16-$18 for a dozen Budweiser (or any crappy beer.) If you smoke, expect $9 for a pack of cigarettes. Eggs, chicken, meat of any kind is outrageously priced because of marketing boards. There is a nationwide Goods and Services tax of 15% that applies to almost everything. Where I am from, gasoline is about 80 cents a liter. That’s about $2.75 a gallon in US Dollars. And income tax is a much larger portion of your paycheck than it is here. If you want “free” healthcare, prepare for that. That’s socialism and it’s really hard to get that through peoples’ heads.
Worth remembering, certainly.
Amusingly, this response was elicited from a rather unrelated question:
[W]hat’s it like to be a gay male living in America who is more politically aligned with this country’s right than its left?