20 ways Americans benefit from socialism every day

  • 02/27/2020 4:28 pm ET Brian Frazer
Are you a Socialist? It's impossible not to be. 20 Ways Everyone Uses Socialism Every Day 18

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The GOP—and much of America—is lambasting Bernie Sanders for being a socialist.

“His socialist policies will be the end of us!” they warn. “It’s like Communism with an ‘S’!” others rail. “America is a Capitalist country, and that’s what makes us so terrific!”

In case you didn’t know, Donald Trump and his cronies continuously exploit socialism with their tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury buildings. And America’s wealthiest family, the greedy Waltons, rely on socialism to subsidize their low-paid Walmart workers with Medicaid and food stamps.

That’s right. There’s always been plenty of socialism to go around in the U.S. of A. Everyone relies on it more than you’d think.

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1. Interstate highway system

Are you a Socialist? It's impossible not to be. 20 Ways Everyone Uses Socialism Every Day

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Without socialism, you would probably still have a dirt path from your house to the local grocery store, and there would be no highways or interstates. That Spring Break road trip would take a whole lot longer.

2. Mail

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Might as well stop and check the mailbox on the way out.

Hey, guess what? The second you touch that birthday card (Happy Birthday, by the way! You look great!), you’re a socialist.

Unless, of course, your aunt sent your card via UPS or FedEx, which would have cost more than the card.

3. Police

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No need to hire a private security team to protect your property.

Since you live in America, our socialist cops will protect you whether or not you’re a citizen or a taxpayer.

4. Fire Department

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Is your house on fire? Well, those guys in the red truck carrying that giant hose with the high-pressure water are socialists.

And so is that fire hydrant.

5. Schools

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If you attended any public school or send your children to a public school, you can thank socialism for your free education.

6. Courts

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If the private sector were responsible for courthouses, we’d never have justice. Because courts aren’t exactly profit-machines.

The courtroom, judge, and jury all exist because of socialism. Not to mention public defenders. [Note: Does not apply to food courts.]

7. Medicare

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Most senior citizens couldn’t afford private health care after retirement, so Medicare is literally and figuratively a lifesaver.

Socialism at its finest.

8. Medicaid

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Just think of it as Medicare for low-income people, and as another way socialism helps keep people healthy and alive.

9. Social Security

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It’s not called Capitalist Security, is it?

This safety-net slice of socialism helps senior citizens avoid living in poverty. It also keeps YOU from having to finance Mom and Dad’s golden years instead of saving for your own.

His detractors called FDR a commie for signing this into law, but it was so popular with the people, they had to make another law that said FDR couldn’t be president forever.

10. Sewers

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Every time you flush a toilet, you’re a socialist.

Our sewer system does a lot more than remove waste. It also helps prevent disease.

11. Soda

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Right now you are thinking, “Not Coca-Cola!”

Yes. Because the government subsidizes farmers to grow corn (and pays some farmers NOT to grow corn) to make cheap high-fructose corn syrup.

So if you’ve ever consumed a non-diet cola, you’re sipping on socialism.

Incidentally, Donald J. Trump has already bailed out farmers to the tune of $29 billion. Otherwise, they’d go out of business because of his horrid attempts at trade deals.

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12. Airports

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There’s a reason that air travel is (sort of) affordable—because taxpayer dollars fund airports and the FAA. Think what your baggage fees would be if they didn’t…

13. Amtrak

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Yes, Amtrak is owned by the federal government. So next time you’re riding the rails in a sleeper car dream about socialism.

14. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines

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Yep. Our national defense is owned, funded, and operated by the U.S. government—the very definition of socialism.

And 24 cents out of every tax dollar goes to the military-industrial complex.

15. Customs and Border Patrol

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Perhaps the most ironic of all socialist entities: CBP.

This federal government agency helps keep illegal immigrants out, as well as regulates trade.

“Build that socialist wall!”

16. National Weather Service

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Without this socialist service, you’d need to rely on looking out your window to figure out the weather which seems fine until a big storm is coming.

Being able to evacuate before the hurricane hits is invaluable. At any price.

17. Public Beaches

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Do you head to the coast when school lets out for the summer? Those public beaches you love to frolic on, that’s going to be socialism. Again.

You can thank Boston for creating the first public beach which they dubbed “The People’s Beach.” Massachusetts always got to be first…

18. Amber Alerts

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Amber Alerts have been helping track down kidnapped kids since the late 90s. The program was modeled after the inclement weather alerts from that other socialist program, the National Weather Service.

19. Business Subsidies

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Capitalist royalty like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos also relies on socialism in the form of all those business subsidies and tax breaks.

20. Water system 

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Every time we take a shower or wash some dishes, most of us are dripping socialism.

In fact, the residents of Flint, Michigan didn’t have to boil their tap water until they switched their system to a private (capitalist) company.

21. Garbage collection

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Trash day!

Unless you are paying a private company to collect your trash every week, then you are enjoying more socialism.

Oh, you take your own trash to the landfill? Is it owned by your county? Yep. Socialism.

22. Public libraries

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Public libraries all across the country are full of “free” books, “free” WiFi, and even “free” job training classes.

Those services aren’t really free, you are paying for them with your tax dollars whether you check out 10 books a week or don’t even have a library card.

Socialism at work.

23. Street lights

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If you don’t have to bring a flashlight when you walk your dog, you can say thanks to socialism for being able to see the sidewalk.

All those street lights lighting your path are funded by your tax dollars. Psst. That’s socialism.

24. The FBI and the CIA

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Just like your local police, border patrol, and the various branches of the military, the FBI and the CIA are also socialist programs paid for by your tax dollars.

25. NASA

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A giant leap for mankind? Not without socialism.

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