So Ben Stein told Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room today. And so it was with public education, Medikare, Medikaid, Social Security, and every other federal entitlement program once upon a time.
He’s right. Socialized medicine seems to be supported almost exclusively by those who believe that those who are more successful than they are owe them reparations.
Those two statistics are not so close by mere coincidence. A mere three percent of taxpayers support Jokerkare, and they probably all own stock in insurance companies.
The solution? Take the vote away from those who neither pay taxes nor serve their country. They were never intended to be able to vote. Only men were able to vote before 1920, during the Progressive Era, Leninism, and the birth of the welfare state, when the idea came into vogue that government should extort us for our earnings in order to provide inferior goods and services (and any good or service which is consumed outside of the free market is necessarily inferior) to those who cannot afford respectable free market goods and services. Women did not pay taxes, nor did they tend to serve in the military, hence their disenfranchisement.
Do I believe in the disenfranchisement of entire groups of people? Not on the basis of identity politics or genetic characteristics, but on the basis quantitative qualifications. Those who do not pay taxes or serve their country already sponge off of the taxpaying class when they make use of public schools, roads, law enforcement, and the air which government for some reason thinks they have the right to tax. The vote is not a natural right. It is something which should be earned by contributing to one’s country, however unwillingly.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Our founding fathers had an app for that. Just because it had some bugs doesn’t mean we should throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Hat tip: Hot Air Pundit.