Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Modern Modest Proposal

All this talk of universal healthcare is small potatoes. Let's get back to basics. Americans spend more per capita on healthcare than any other country, but they spend even more money on something even more important: food! Let's nationalize the food and beverage industry. The government should be completely responsible for all food production AND preparation. Consider:
  • Economies of Scale: It would far more efficient for a government meal hall to provide food for 1000 people than it is for those 1000 people to provide for themselves.
  • Public Health: All you fat Americans are clearly ill equipped to make your own nutritional choices. Plus you could stand to get some exercise working on a collective farm.
  • Cost: Why spent $200 buying food at the grocery store when for just $50 extra in taxes, you could be eating what everyone else is eating?
  • Advertising: The restaurant industry spends billions on advertising, yet this programs sells itself! No more annoying McDonald's commercials! The Taco Bell dog is an enemy of the people!

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Daddy said...

Its already socialized.

One cannot possibly buy (nor import oneself)fine Italian and french sausages, on false pretext of mad cow disease in Sardenia in 1945, as to feed us corn (rumored having been genetically engineered to naturally produce bug killing poison) fed beef. One has to consume crappy but cheep lactose Wisconsin cheese as levies on imported lactose free ones make them cost prohibitive.
Or to consume cereals with HCFS chemical they feed us with to please the same corn industry, as sugar ones are hard to find.

The follow the pattern, instead of degrading food stamps that make poor people even fatter, they should have free wine stamps to support fine California wine industry, which may decrease drug use, reduce medical bills due to less fat, as well as to help our real competitive exporting industry to prosper.

AA Wulf said...

Har, har, har. You are so funny. Equating the health care overhaul to communism through such a witty link to satire. I'm sure no one else in the world has thought of such a thing.

Socialization of the food industry to such an extent as we are socializing health care (which, I may add, is hardly the huge socialization project Faux news would have people think and that apparently the authors of this blog are buying into, considering how much of the plan simply overhauls pre-existing social programs like Medicare and Medicaid) would cripple our economy. Your little satirical scare tactics are out of fear for yet another hit to your right-wing libertarian mindset.

From the more social side of the libertarian stance, this bill is huge, yes. However, health care is something that the government only has two options with: 1) get out and stay out or 2) take a firmer grip on and fix. After 50+ years of Medicare and Medicaid and the like, and all the under-the-table wheeling and dealing of the pharmaceutical industries with HMOs, it's impossible for us to look at this situation and say "oh, the government isn't needed here anymore, nothing to see here people, nothing to see. Move along, move along." Obviously there is a great need for tighter regulations and more aggressive coverage for preventive care. The only way to do this is to start putting regulations in place to clean up the neighborhood, driving costs down; to offer larger pools from which people can draw insurance from, again driving insurance costs down and creating greater access to coverage; and finally by forcing citizens to buy into some minimal form of insurance to further reduce strain on the system. Yes, it is state sponsored socialism, but it is hardly communist, and it isn't necessarily anti-libertarian! Whether or not it can be reconciled with libertarianism depends on how this thing is paid for, and how many unwarranted bureaucracies are established, and how much goes into added security in the sphere of patient privacy.

Yes, being forced to do anything by the government is a pain in the ass. Yes it defies the libertarian ideal. But it doesn't go against libertarianism. Libertarians have, and always will, recognize the need for government. Instead of putting so much fuel on the fire and siding with the idiot Republicans who tanked our economy to begin with by adopting a piss-poor deregulation strategy in the name of "libertarianism" but with the only goal to inflate the economy and make their friends rich; and instead of labeling the Democrats as Communists at every turn; maybe you guys should start coming up with your own plans to fix things and submit them to the Libertarian Party congressmen, instead of just bitching.

Robert Enders said...

It would appear that your idea of libertarianism differs from that of most Libertarians that I know. I'll leave it at that for now and focus at the issue at hand.

Your argument that the government should increase its involvement after 50+ years of Medicare doesn't hold water. Just because something has lasted a long time doesn't make it a good thing. A lot of government interference with our personal lives has been rationalized by the fact that government pays for a lot of people's health care. If you want to make choices about what to eat, what to drink, what to smoke, and who you can have sex with, then you have to be responsible for your own health care. With freedom comes responsibility.

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