Colin Kaepernick should receive significant credit for shinning a light onto the corruption within the American justice system which routinely sends innocent people to prison while targeting the poor and people of color who lack the resources to defend themselves from bogus charges and unwarranted uses of excessive force.
16% of the people exonerated of crimes they did not commit since1989 actually plead guilty to the crime they did not commit. 43% of the people exonerated of crimes they did not commit in 2015 actually plead guilty to the crime they did not commit.
“Our criminal justice system has lost its way,” said David O. Markus, a prominent Miami defense attorney. “For a long time, it was our country’s crown jewel, built on the principle that it was better that 10 guilty go free than one innocent be wrongfully convicted. Now sadly, the system accepts and even encourages innocent people to plead guilty.”
With that said Kaepernick’s comments on Castro’s educational and health care system shows how little he knows of what he speaks.
Castro did provide free education however there is a catch to receiving that education; in addition to learning the fundamentals every student is indoctrinated into the socialist/ideological policies of the Castro regime requiring them to promote those policies even after their schooling ends.
Using a militarized police state Castro has oppressed or locked up or shot critics of his policies. Hence the very educational system that Kaepernick lauds is one which would send him to prison for kneeling during the Anthem. And that is the price that a society would pay for nationalizing an educational system to the degree that Kaepernick seeks.
You don’t need to lift up a ruthless dictator in order to point out that more money should be spent on education than prisons; you don’t need to lift up a ruthless dictator to point out that the health care system needs fixing; for in doing so one undermines his own argument by comparing the remedies needed for one system to that of another failed system.
“I also agree with the investment in free universal health care,…” Kaeperncick.
There is no such thing as “free” in “free universal health care” or for that matter anything that would or could be provided by a government.
The total pay and compensation of the highest paid Santa Clara County doctor, Hollister Brewster, is $789,685. By comparison, Governor Jerry Brown, received a total of $268,039 in total pay and compensation for the same year. Brown oversees the total welfare of 39 million Californians while Brewster oversees only the medical care of 1.78 million Santa Clara County residents.
The total pay and compensation of the top ten Santa Clara County, (Socialism), doctors is $4,602,000.
As you can see there is no such thing as “free” health care.
Since Kaepernick seeks to have the government provide this “free universal health care” to all than someone is going to have to pay for it. There is a way to pay for it and that is to tax every dollar earned over $1,000,000 at 90%.
Kaepernick earned $16,765,753 this year. Using the 39.6% tax rate up to $1 million and 90% for every dollar earned there after Kaepernick’s tax bill for 2016 would be $14,585,177. His take home pay would be $2,180,575. $2 million would still place Kaepernick in the top 1 percent of American earners and therefore he should have no complaints about earning so much money compared to the other 253,217,000 American adults, the 99%, even though he would be handing over the majority of the fruit of his labor to others, “so that they can have free healthcare.”
It is astonishing at how naïve and ignorant a person can be in advocating for installing and increasing the power of an elected despotism while at the same time criticizing the corruption of that elected despotism which resulted from the very power that the person previously provided to it; more power than what the governed initially intended it to have all in exchange for fraudulent services.
“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
There is a way and a means to decrease health care costs while providing for greater coverage of health problems for every citizen but that way and that means is not to increase the dictatorial powers of the government but it is to empower every citizen by increasing the fruit of each citizen’s labor and the amount of fruit each citizen retains after paying the government for its services.
I can hear Kaepernick’s rebuttal now, “we don’t need to pay doctors $250,000 to $500,000 a year.” That’s right we don’t, the highest paid doctors in Cuba earn $67 a month. Thus, we don’t need to pay football players more than a half a million dollars a year either.
There is always more than meets the eye than what the propaganda machine advertises to the masses like how Cuba’s healthcare has been artificially propped up with an unsustainable system of subsidies that denies people the fruit of their labor while handing it over to government administrators.
Just because Cuba attempts to provide healthcare to everyone does not mean that its healthcare is quality healthcare for everyone or that on average the treatment is as half as effective and beneficial as other countries. If health care consists of providing no more than an aspirin for every health problem, from cancer to a cold and from malaria to a compound fracture, so long as everyone receives an aspirin, well that’s not much of a healthcare system. Yet it appears that even in Cuba the “haves” receive better care than the “have nots.”
If Cuba is the fountain of youth for healthcare as asserted by Kaepernick one would expect thousands of Americans to flock there for treatment, including Kaepernick, now that Obama has opened the door. Those on the far left who promote socialist programs as the panacea to society’s problems reveal their hypocrisy when they themselves do not want to be subjected to those very same policies nor limited to those services that they seek to implement and enforce on everyone else.
There is a reason why Cubans flee Cuba’s free education and healthcare to obtain freedom to bear the fruit of their own labor.
39 professional baseball players defected from Cuba in order to bear the fruit of their labor.
Unregulated capitalism and unregulated socialism have this in common, they both take the fruit of the labor of the majority and place it into the hands of a controlling minority they just use different means to achieve their ends. Kaepernick would do well to bear this in mind the next time he espouses an economic system that does not achieve that which he seeks to.
“When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.” Harry S. Truman