domingo, 23 de novembro de 2008

Segurança Social

Uma das razões pelas quais a direita se encarniça na luta pela destruição da segurança social é muito simples: os trabalhadores que gozam de regalias sociais tendem a votar na esquerda. Um dos think tanks da extema-direita aqui nos EUA (o Cato Institute) avisou que se Obama conseguir passar um plano de segurança social o Partido Republicano pode sofrer um enorme revés.

Para a direita a religião é um factor fundamental, que permite manter as massas ocupadas com assuntos como o aborto ou o casamento gay, em vez de as deixar considerar as oportunidades que uma distribuição justa da riqueza proporcionariam ao mundo.

Uma das primeiras coisas que Bush fez em 2001 foi transferir o apoio social para organizações religiosas. A outra prioridade na cartilha da direita é desbaratar as finanças públicas para não haver dinheiro para a solidariedade social (small government, como eles dizem). Mas vale a pena ler a opinião do sr. Cannon:

Blocking Obama’s Health Plan Is Key to the GOP’s Survival

Ditto Baucus’ health plan. And Kennedy’s. And Wyden’s.

Why? Norman Markowitz, a contributing editor at PoliticalAffairs.net (motto: “Marxist Thought Online”), makes an interesting point about how making citizens dependent on the government for their medical care can change the fates of political parties:

A “single payer” national health system – known as “socialized medicine” in the rest of the developed world – should be an essential part of the change that the core constituencies which elected Obama desperately need. Britain serves as an important political lesson for strategists. After the Labor Party established the National Health Service after World War II, supposedly conservative workers and low-income people under religious and other influences who tended to support the Conservatives were much more likely to vote for the Labor Party

I’m no student of British history, but that sounds about right. Markowitz continues:

The best way to win over the the portion of the working class in the South or the West that supported McCain and the Republicans is to create important new public programs and improve the social safety net. National health care [and other measures] will bring reluctant voters into the Obama coalition. That is how progress works.

Republicans might want to take note.

(Anyone who thinks that Obama’s plan is not socialized medicine should read this.)