Well this I didn't expect. So you are not who I thought you were and I apologize. I thought you were on a high horse like many people seem like, meanwhile I think its more that you lost faith.
Im glad you replied. I was wrong and I was probably wrong about many other people too. In this country yes giving government more control would absolutely not help. (Actually I live in Canada but, its just a monkey see monkey do what USA does country, we do have medicare but for how long.... So everything that happens there affects us pretty much the same)
But there are countries that do very well for the people with tight government control. I don't know how long they will last in that good state, time will tell. I have always believed in a hybrid system. Capitalism works, but it needs heavy (non-corrupt) government control. The government control is supposed to be there to prevent the elites from taking over too much. Thats why a government monopoly is needed where monopolies easily can develop or there is a significant public interest (telecom, healthcare, food,education). Free education maximizes the productivity in a country. Free education filters who gets to further education based on performance, not whos daddy can pay the most money. This in turn churns out more productive educated people, instead of selecting people for education from a much smaller set (those can afford it) we choose from everyone. Kinda like why China can come up with good athletes. Not hard when you can choose from 3 billion, but if they only took those that can pony up $100k, chances of finding someone exceptional would be much less. In a lot of european countries cities lay telco cables and corporations all have equal access, competition! In Canada we have total oligopolies. Government says hey, you can get cable from these companies, but in reality you can get only from one, where your geographic location decides who owns you.
I still believe in big government. It is FAR form what I see here. Tons of control, but its not for the benefit of the people. An uncorrupt socialist government in a capitalist world could make a good difference, but people are too afraid of it. And maybe they are right. There is a lot to loose still, it could still be a lot worse than it is.
Really sorry about your wife too. I heard of people with similar problems (but other illnesses) getting the medication from mexico/canada/cuba. Might not be legal, but some laws are really just meant to be broken. Had similar issues in canada (and insanely certain provinces in canada where others would provide)
The resource problem is also a real issue. Buying all this throw-away chinese crap is not helping (china can also make good quality stuff, it just seems like we dont want to buy it). I do miss the times when things were "fixed". Now car-mechanics became parts swappers, and its easier to buy a fridge/washingmachine/AC etc. than to get one fixed. Im still in university so I'm not that old, but even for me it's very noticable how disposable everything is. Not a good thing at all.
So yea, the world is very messed up. Part of why I am also thinking of moving. I mean those black friday shoppers. Look at them. Now imagine them wanting a candy bar when resource scarcity kicks in and we live on food tickets. Yea... Not pretty.
And I didn't mean that we dont need people that work. I am just fed up with the people who are like, if I did it they could too, and if they didn't its because they are lazy mentality.
That quote kinda makes sense too. But government does not have to be corrupt. That is what type of government control I meant. One for the people by the people. Capitalism is fine as long as such a government exists to watch out for the people and step in. Whats happening here in the north A. is that government no longer functions for the people, its paid off. Maybe this is the reason why people fear more control. One thing for sure is eventually we will have a major reform with some new type of gov. Wathever that is im sure human greed and stupidity will eventually fuck it up. But if that eventuality can last a generation or two, then at least we dont have to live like multinational drifters :P
Anyways Im rambling on like an ADD person (maybe i am?). I hope the best for you and your wife. It's not easy for sure. Me being in university I understand the kid in college part too. Saw a comic not too long ago. Kid goes home carrying a giant bag saying debt on his back. His father yells out: "In my time after school we started from nothing but we made it on our own and didn't move back home. Grow up!" Kid: "I wish I could start from nothing...." Made me laugh. Even my hopes are after finishing (last year hopefully) to stay home a year or two to pay off everything. That is if I find a job.... There are problems in the world. There are a lot of protesters too. But the fact that a lot of them just loot and destroy the first chance they get doesn't help their cause at all. Eventually things will have to change. It's up to the people to decide how far they let things go.