In the UK people are getting more and more upset as the NHS is increasingly defunded, and the resulting problems get worse and worse.
Survey shows high levels of abuse of UK doctors by patients,
Long delays for care and staff shortages are cited as the main triggers for what NHS leaders say is an increased readiness by the public to be aggressive towards frontline staff.
The UK conservative strategy is to defund the health system to make people hate it, so they can privatize it.
It is a STRATEGY. Recognize it.
Democratic government is about making regular people’s lives better. But you have to fight to keep it.
People think that government spending is like a “household budget” (it isn’t.)
So try this out. If a household INVESTS by putting solar panels on the roof (with a battery for storage) and converts appliances to electric it no longer pays for energy. Never again. After the investment is paid off (from the savings) energy is free.
“Spending” thereby SAVES. “Borrowing” thereby lowers spending.
If a household INVESTS in preventative healthcare it lowers spending on overall healthcare.
If a household INVESTS in making sure everyone has enough to eat, then the household members are more able to prosper.
The list goes on.
Democracy is the idea that government’s JOB is to spend (allocate resources) to make our lives better. Cutting “government spending” is cutting democracy.
And cutting democracy is the point behind efforts to convince people that “government spending” is somehow a bad thing.
The idea behind America was that finally regular people would have a government that works to make regular people’s lives better – and protects regular people from the things the rich and powerful do to enrich themselves at the expense of regular people.
Think about who benefits from convincing people to hold back on doing things to make regular people’s lives better, and from protecting regular people from harms and scams that enrich the wealthy and powerful at the expense of regular people.