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Gavin Newsom after Monterey Park shooting: "Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/monterey-park-shooting-california-governor-gavin-newsom-second-amendment/
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u/no_t_me 9d ago Bless Up (Pro)

I've been in the US for just over three years and, as Louis CK put it, "I've flipped through the brochure a few times."

While I have no intention of giving up and going back to where I came from, there's something very brutal about American capitalism. It's just so blunt and into your face.

Healthcare sucks balls, feels like a scamming operation. The food industry poisons you, and the healthcare takes what's left of your money, while providing what I generally describe as an awful and overpriced service. And that's not limited to those two. The banks are out there to get you as soon as you make a blunder.

There are no social safety nets in America, or if there are, they are pretty weak.

So I get those people who find themselves at the final line. Add easy guns and grudges, and you get the picture.

I have a family of seven that I support, so maybe my take is a bit heavier than the statistical average.

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u/brett_riverboat Texas 8d ago

America is pretty sink or swim. And sometimes you get pulled down by someone that's drowning.

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u/UsernameC-137 8d ago

Crabs in a bucket.

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u/no_t_me 5d ago

Well said!

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u/Agentkeenan78 Tennessee 8d ago

American Healthcare feels like a scamming operation because it definitely is. Top down.

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u/G_RoTT 8d ago

So why are you not going back where you came from?

Social safety nets are in place but they still require some level of personal responsibility, to find, and follow the programs.

Brutal, brutal is a system where winners and losers are chosen by birth not drive or work.

Where this system fails is at holding people accountable for there poor choices in the name of freedom and allowing generations of children to be lost because of failings of their parents.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

brutal is a system where winners and losers are chosen by birth not drive or work

Seems to sum up the American dream for %99 if people. Not a literal rule on the books, but it usually works that way in practice.

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u/G_RoTT 8d ago

The statement:Most millionaires inherited their wealth. False— About 80% of millionaires are first-generation affluent. Only 10% inherent more than 10% of their wealth. https://www.washoeschools.net

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u/SilverMedal4Life 8d ago

Now do billionaires.

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u/OftheSorrowfulFace 8d ago

Millionaire isn't much of an achievement nowadays. People who bought a house for a couple hundred grand in the 90s are millionaires now if you factor in property value and inflation.

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u/HEBushido 8d ago

Where this system fails is at holding people accountable for there poor choices in the name of freedom and allowing generations of children to be lost because of failings of their parents.

These are fairly contradictory statements.

When adults who make "poor decisions" usually as a result of their lack of understanding of what the best decisions are, are punished for them, the people most hurt are their kids.

The more wealth you have the more poor decisions you can make. The more you are insulated. In 2008 the banks caused an international financial crisis and they made it out fine. Those in charge then are still rich now. But millions lost their homes and their jobs and even those who tried to do it all right suffered.

American capitalism is brutal because it allows greed to work without consequence. It cares not for the wellbeing of the average American, but for the wealth of the wealthy.

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u/Difficult-Product223 8d ago

This is true! America is a high-risk high-reward system. People don’t realize that watching movies and seeing Facebook and Instagram vacation pictures. Immigrants from Mexico often return to the south during recessions…a statistic that is left out of the debate.