Government Healthcare - Worth Repeating

Below is a perfect (maybe simplified) example of why the Government should not take over ANY industry, including healthcare. It will drag us all down to depths never thought possible.

A friend shared the following with me...

Socialism

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class. The vast majority of the class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade, so no one would fail, and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D!! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise. The professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Does it even get any simpler than that?

Remember, the government is NOT a business for profit and derives it's power and MONEY from you and I. It can ONLY give to someone what it has TAKEN away from someone else.

You can't help the poor, by destroying the rich. You can't strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong. You can't lift the wage earner up, by pulling the wage payer down. You can't further the brotherhood of man, by inciting class hatred. You can't build character & courage, by taking away men's initiative & independence. You can't help men permanently, by doing for them what they could & should, do for themselves.

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Comment by Doug Golden on March 25, 2010 at 12:25pm
Ray,

We could honestly joust back and forth for days on this issue. It would be a prideful and lengthy debate. Neither of us would sway the other. Enjoy your day and best of luck here on Fohboh.
Comment by Doug Golden on March 25, 2010 at 11:29am
Ray,

I appreciate your comments. However, using a legislative mandate pushed that requires all Americans to buy health insurance from the federal government hardly qualifies as improved "regulation". It is the first step in a complete takeover of a system that comprises 1/6 of our economy. It is a step toward socialism. Next it will be immigration. Then the financial markets. Then energy, etc. Where does it end? This is clearly a progressive movement to government regulating everything in our lives. Again... is this not moving towards socialism? At no time in American history has the federal government ever forced a citizen to buy anything, until now. It is completely unconstitutional. It is also overwhelmingly unpopular.

Social Security and MedicAid programs are bankrupt. Our government does not have a positive track record on enacting any social welfare programs. Every social program created over the past 100 years has gone bad. Name one government social program that is financially solvent and a success? You can't. I argue that waste, fraud, and abuse is a huge contributing factor. While the government is regulating us who is regulating the government? This massive healthcare legislation will be more of the same.

There is abuse in any industry. Their is a limited role I believe that government can and should play in regulation. One can argue that over the past 25 years it is excessive layers of regulation under the guise of what is good for the people that has stimied our economy. Until government can prove it can regulate itself, be fiscally responsible and remember that they ultimately serve the people of this Republic they have zero credibility.

As far as regulation in the financial markets and auto industries, government has played a role in creating that mess. As well as in real estate. But that is another discussion. When you look back at the history of this country where innovation and growth was at it's apex, it was at times when there was less government intrusion. Less government in my opinion is a good thing.

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