February 20 The winter storms that have hit many states across the United States have killed dozens of people. In the face of the crisis, some politicians in the United States have swove their responsibilities and even claimed that it is “the sad product of socialist government” to ask the government for assistance when they encounter difficulties.
This statement quickly aroused a backlash in public opinion. British scholar Tom Foddy pointed out in an article on the Russia Today News Network on the 19th that the United States mocked the so-called “socialist country scene” while not interested in bullets, bombs or things outside the pockets of private enterprises and has no intention of protecting the American people.
The full text is excerpted as follows:
America’s poor infrastructure has been again in the spotlight this week because of a shocking power outage in Texas — a inevitable consequence of Washington’s choice to spend money on bombs than in the public good.
Texas is facing an unprecedented crisis after a large-scale cold wave. Some areas have been cut off water and electricity for several days, and the food supply chain is in severe tension. Reports indicate that dozens of people have died.
The long queues and empty shelves in the grocery store seem to be the scene of the so-called “socialist country” that the United States laughs at. But what did the federal government and Congress do as Texas struggled to “thaw”? Nothing.
In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has little ability to adequately cope with natural and environmental disasters on its own land. The novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of nearly half a million Americans. Such a failure is shocking for a country that controls the global military and war machine, but it is no coincidence that similar mismanagement is nothing new in the United States.
In fact, this is an integral part of its political and social system – the free market is put above the public interest, and the promise to the arms dealer exceeds the promise to the ordinary people. This means that the infrastructure construction in the United States is selective and poorly organized. Therefore, it is not surprising that the United States lacks the will or ability to respond in the face of Texas events.
“Big government is not good” has always been the motto of many American politicians. In the United States, government intervention in various aspects such as economic and social services is often regarded as a problem.
Many people believe that the free market is the “ultimate virtue” and firmly oppose government-led public infrastructure construction, especially in areas such as health care. Simple health care plans, such as Obamacare, have caused a huge impact. Controversy.
Infrastructure in the United States is usually managed on the basis of “profit”, and the need to make money prevails over the motivation to serve the public interest.
While the U.S. does have public service provisions, the application process is often incomplete and flawed unless you have money.
This is why the Texas crisis occurred. In addition to climate warming, extreme weather and other factors, it is worth noting that the energy infrastructure of the United States is also a private “for-profit” enterprise.
Rather than prioritizing the responsibility of making money to make a profit, businesses prioritize the installation of high-quality infrastructure, which is why one bad weather is enough to destroy the entire system. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans also proves this, but enterprises will not bear political consequences.
The United States has shown little interest in large-scale infrastructure construction, and the military budget sold by both parties together reaches trillions a year.
The National Defense Authorization Act is an unshakeable presence in Washington politics, and as for health care and infrastructure, it is not a political priority.
Both the Texas crisis and the coronavirus pandemic have clearly warned people how difficult it is to obtain public investment under the constraints of the current political system.
In short, Washington will not be interested unless it is about bullets, bombs or private enterprises. This is why the United States has repeatedly shown inability to protect its people, as we have seen in Texas.