Most Americans lack knowledge about Democratic Socialism. In fact, Americans are educated and convinced by their TV's and what their reporters and programs tell them. They usually tie Democratic Socialism with dictatorships, totalitarianism, anarchy. I simply blame their media which is also another Capitalism machine profit making ONLY.
In Capitalism, you may be thinking that you get what you earn, but in reality review your pay stamp and see how much taxes are deducted from your pay checks by government instead of the government cutting that taxes from the people you work for so you can live better. However, government and corporate set a site a rules that you follow, you earn just enough and "not too much and not too little" so you depend on working for them. Meaning, more profit and growth for the company but little growth for you as the worker. When was the last time you get a rise?. You have to depend on Unions and other organizations to defend you, speak for you so corporates DO NOT throw away your OWN RIGHTS out of their windows. If pay was fair, and corporates were for NOT just for profit but for the family and people that grow them than there WOULD BE NO labor Unions to start with. They gave you certain amounts of days for sick, as if they know how many days you will be sick, and limited vacation days. There are times you can't even afford to miss a day of work because of bills.
In Capitalism, people who do the hard labor is paid the least, and ones who work the easiest jobs are paid the highest pay. Their excuse is that a person with a degree is paid more because of his/her experience. How about the one working in fields or minimum wage jobs who did not have the chance or the money to go to college?. Even your health care, retirement, and college tuition is in the hands of private corporates who are ONLY there for making profit. If your parents went to college you have a good chance of going to college because they put money a side for your education. If parents did not go to college, than you're on your way and you have to turn to again CORPORATES such as banks to take a loan to get education. In many cases, banks will turn you down your loan request to get education, because of your credit history not necessarily a bad credit but that you did not even have a credit history, of course you just graduated from high school and never used credit card. Again, it is all about how much more money they can profit from you. Shouldn't government PROVIDE this when they tax you so much?
When times get tough, these corporates SIMPLY LAY YOU OFF. Do they care about your bills, your family?. As long as they are not making more money, they simply don't care about you. It is all about greed. It is not that they lost money or anything, remember when they file chapter 11, or say they cutting costs they still got MILLIONS if not BILLIONS but they are not making MORE profit as they planned and because of that they let you go. Sadly, people who MADE companies what they are today are simply sent home, because the company chose greed over value and mutual respect for the people that worked for them and made them grow.
Sometimes, companies travel to other countries to bring home foreigners to work for them for less money, while the average American who has the experience and college degree is not hired because he/she expected to ask higher salary.
So what is good about Capitalism?.
In Democratic Socialism, you don't see this corporate misbehaves. Because, it is NOT the corporates that run people's lives, but the people they elect in office.