THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 534, August 30, 2009
"Ding Dong the Drunk is dead!"
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Sean, please define "our best interests." Can you determine that for me or me for you? How can that be? We are each one responsible for ordering our own lives in non-aggressive, voluntary cooperation with those around us.
No legislative body, however well meaning or benevolent, can decide these things for usand certainly has no right or legitimate authority to even attempt it. Not to mention that all such legislation has been a disaster throughout historyalways implemented by violence and theft.
I reject the idea of "republic" every bit as much as I do the monstrosity of "democracy."
[Right on Momma!Editor]
Re: "Mayo Clinic vs Veteran's Hospital" by Dennis Lee Wilson
Investigate what a century of Uncle Sam's 'care' has done for the residents of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation. It's described in the linked article as 3rd world health care and has an infant mortality rate more than double the surrounding area. Odd, isn't it, that Daschle (touting himself as a health care expert) was their Senator for years?
How would America's rating change for longevity and infant mortality if those dependent on the government today were eliminated from the statistics.
Ever since reading America's 30 Years War by Balint Vazsonyi, hearing the word eliminate gets my attention. In Vazsonyi's experience, when the government uses the word eliminate, watch out. He is not the best author you will ever read and he sometimes repeats himself but his points are valid and you will be surprised how many politically correct terms and social justice were mainstays of his life under Hitler and Communism.
In a civilized society all transfers of ownership are voluntary.
Now, what should we do with the barbarians?
Government Price control
Re: "Because That's How They Roll" by Rob Sandwell
Having read Rob Sandwell's comments on government managed health care I cannot deny they are undeniably correct, no one has the right to force someone else to pick up his tabs, whether in the form of taxes to pay for health care or thinning tobacco and cotton to increase production.
That said, too many people cannot wrap their head around the essential evil of stealing someone else's wealth. They simply point to the suffering of a third party. Their excuses for stealing is "It's for the poor, it's for the children." some of them are essentially tyrants, too many have been brainwashed by hearing this cant over and over again so many times they can't imagine it could be fallacious.
So let us give an example of how government health care failed. A few years ago El Paso got left without a pediatric surgeon because Medicaid and CHIPS did not pay enough in this town for doctors in the field to earn a living after paying malpractice insurance. Now reliance on government subsidized health care is a consequence of poverty and brainwashing, but we were free to cough up the money to pay for a pediatric surgeon to come in or travel to where one was. What happens when the only health care is what the government pays for and there are no outside specialists to call in or go to?
And this inefficiency does not occur only with health care. In the mid 1990's the price of making tortillas in Juarez rose over the price set by the Mexican government. The government would not allow the tortilla factories to raise their prices to cover their expenses. The factories stopped making tortillas and the people of Juarez had no choice but to buy less tasty and much more expensive (even compared to the price raise the Juarez tortilla factories had asked for) tortillas made in El Paso.
Enslaving others to pay your bills is wrong. Artificially setting prices too low by government fiat is wrong, just as setting them too high by using the government to get rid of competition is wrong. It is wrong because it is evil. If you lack the ability or data to distinguish good from evil, it is also wrong because it doesn't work.
The devil has taught tyrants and other con men that you never give your victims what they paid for, you give them less or nothing. And government health care is one of those con jobs.
This line is totally out of context. On the other hand in my humble opinion as its author, it's true and funny enough to stand alone. Thanks to Ted Ball for discussion it came up in.
Ode to dumb America!
To the Congress:
The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775you have had 234 years to get it right; it is broken.
Social Security was established in 1935you have had 74 years to get it right; it is broken.
Fannie Mae was established in 1938you have had 71 years to get it right; it is broken.
The "War on Poverty" started in 1964you have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor"; it hasn't worked and our entire country is broken.
Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965you've had 44 years to get it right; they are broken.
Freddie Mac was established in 1970you have had 39 years to get it right; it is broken.
Trillions of dollars were spent in the massive political payoffs called TARP, the "Stimulus", the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009... none show any signs of working, although ACORN appears to have found a new b***h: the American taxpayer.
"Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took cars (that were the best some people could afford) and replaced them with high-priced and less-affordable cars, mostly Japanese.. A good percentage of the profits went out of the country. And the American taxpayers take the hit for Congress' generosity in burning three billion more of our dollars on failed experiments.
So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that "services" you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?
20% of our entire economy?
With all due respect,
Are you crazy!?
Forget The Tea!
Throw The Government Overboard!
Right Now, Which Looks Better To You?
The Supreme Court??
With Their Newest Member
The most effective political catharsis in times such as these is the squeak of a new rope being stretched by a traitor
The death of Edward Kennedy will undoubtedly lead to all sorts of commentary in TLE. I refuse to speak ill of the dead ( why should I deny someone else the pleasure?), neither will I heap him with unearned praise. Like all true left or right wing ideologues he leaves a legacy of a very few libertarian goals achieved and a whole bunch of actions ultimately harmful to liberty. with very few exceptions. few men are all good or all evil. Let us save the good and find some way to expunge the evil.
Ted Kennedy was the last political leader of stature of his generation, a combination of the undeniable charisma of his clan, great talent (please do not say he was not talented. It was this talent in the service of statism that made him so dangerous to our cause), media hype, and clever politicking. There are no leaders of left or right in his league and it will be a damn long time before we'll see his like again.
Ave atque vale Edward Kennedy, and may the next man in public office of your caliber be a better and more effective friend of liberty than you ever were for your causes, both good and evil.
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