7/2/2009 12:38:34 PM
SA on the same path to America's future
Our "new" government (still the ANC, but controlled by the Communist party and Trade Unions who bullied their way in at "Polokwane December 2007") have come up with what could be plagiarism of what you described above about the forthcoming medical system and taxation thereon.
There's a wonderful phrase "if it's not broken, don't FIX it"........acgrred the private health system in SA covers a small percentage of the population, but IT WORKS. The public health system has been in utter total undeniable CHAOS for at least the last 12 years. Doctors all over the country are currently on strike to endeavour, not only to get realistic salaries themselves, but also not to be working with less than 30% of necessary personnel.
Yet the "Public Servants (Disservants) get four times as much salary for being unqualified to even sit behind a desk - let alone drive all the smug 4x4's that hog the road. The doctors risk their lives daily to use taxi's (and I KNOW you know about them, cos I'm the idiot who muttered about that too near the mike at the Port Elizabeth breakfast in May 2007).
I work for an NGO which is at the forefront of Advocacy in uplifting civil society, urban AND rural, and encouraging them not to be afraid to express their opinions. The poverty and destitution in the Eastern Cape is indescribable, and we use the ABCD approach of upliftment - "Asset Based Community Development" - whereby we guide civil society to explore their own potentials and then work around those potentials to uplift communities. Needless to say, we get NO government support... my personal opinion is that government doesn't want to encourage folks to have opinions, let alone express them - does that sound familiar - it's called democracy, but it doesn't work that way.
Democracy needs to be bottom-up, not top-down ... society's tired to death of being "told" - seen any TV coverage of the multiple outbreaks of "service-delivery" protests since yesterday .. it's growing by the day. People who've successfully learned to HAVE AN OPINION AND NOT BE SCARED TO EXPRESS IT.
Advocacy is not all we do - we are very hands-on and currently developing an NGO Hub for the Eastern Cape. We are the ECNGOC (Eastern Cape NGO Coalition), currently comprising close to 400 member NGO's - that's a powerful "voice" and able to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.
And the current issues are SO SIMILAR to what you describe that it's scarey, very scarey indeed.
The US IS the world leader - your phrase "if America survives" is even more scarey. Leftist, rightist, centre-ist ... they ALL make the same mistakes - is it cos they disregarded Plato, about the independence of judges/administrators/senators....way back then, the me-and-mine concept was identified as a major source of corruption.......WHAT'S NEW???