Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Affordable Government?

"After political crusades for "affordable housing" ended up ruining the housing market and much of the economy with it, many of the same politicians are now carrying on a crusade for "affordable health care." But what you can afford has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of producing anything. Refusing to pay those costs means that you are just not going to continue getting the same quantity and quality-- regardless of what any politician says or how well he says it...

What is most frightening about the political left is that they seem to have no sense of the tragedy of the human condition. All problems seem to them to be due to other people not being as wise or as noble as they are.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "Think things, not words." In words, many see a need for "social justice" to override "the dictates of the market." In reality, what is called "the market" consists of human beings making their own choices at their own cost. What is called "social justice" is government imposition of the notions of third parties, who pay no price for being wrong.

Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Muammar Qaddafi and Vladimir Putin have all praised Barack Obama. When enemies of freedom and democracy praise your president, what are you to think? When you add to this Barack Obama's many previous years of associations and alliances with people who hate America-- Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, etc.-- at what point do you stop denying the obvious and start to connect the dots?" ~ Thomas Sowell

My perspective:

The market is justice. The market is a collection of free people making decisions that are best for them according to their wants and desires. When a third party comes in to dictate what decisions can be made, even if their motives are noble (which they rarely are), then that act is itself immoral and not just. As long as the decision is personal and does not imposes on anyone else's freedom without their consent, then there is no reason for a third party, especially government, to come in and distort the market by limiting our freedom to choose.

Affordable Housing is a perfect example of how the markets fail when they are distorted, and how government involvement leads to disaster. The question should not be, should we have affordable healthcare, that answer is easy. Yes we should, and yes we can. We just need to free the market from the chains the government currently has binding it. The question we should ask is can government provide affordable healthcare at all? judging by the large deficits government always runs, I would think that the answer is no, government cannot provide affordable healthcare, and should not try, for it will ruin that market too and put us in the same situation with our healthcare as we are now in with our housing.

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