Monday, January 10

Why don't people get it?

Over the weekend I had a conversation with a leftist young acquaintance of mine who was railing about the War in Iraq and the ripoff that is Social Security.

He was very knowledgable and articulate and I was duely impressed at the work he had done in educating himself on these subjects. His biggest concern with the war focused on old white guys sending young people to die in Iraq for their own monetary and social agenda gains. He did not want his tax dollars being spent on funding war, but would rather his portion go to social and arts programs which he felt would enrich society.

As for Social Security he found it "repugnant" that he was being made to pay money into a system that he most likely will never see a dime from.

I explained how in a more Libertarian society he would be free to send "His" money to whatever program, group or person he cared to, to fund whatever he cared to fund.

I was in agreement with him and all his points until we somehow drifting into talking about what he called the "Right to Healthcare".

Well if you've read many of my entries here, you will know how the idea of "Wants" being labeled rights drives me crazy, so I did a bit of educating myself. I explained the difference between true "Rights" and his "Wants" which he seemed to understand. He then totally then ignored all this to tell me how much better off we'd all be as a society with "free" healthcare, and that he would rather see a portion of his tax dollars go to that then anything else, and that is was the caring/humain "right thing to do".

He didn't seem to grasp the idea that if you take money from others to fund your "right thing to do" programs, then the political tides turn, your money will be used for "whatever the current regime wants to do".

We're hopeless as a species!


Blogger Jen said...

I belive the quality of our healthcare system would decline even further if we switched to socialized medicine. I'd never be comfortable with letting the government make decisions about which doctors I could see and what treatments are available. Hospitals would start to operate like free clinics--dirty, desperate, and very 'third-world'. Sure, healthcare is expensive, but that is also largely due to the fact that so many people sue for malpractice. Having said that, I usually opt for acupuncture or other non-traditional methods of healing. It is unfortunate that my health insurance doesn't cover anything holistic, but it will cover the cost for any prescription drug that a doctor hands out (whether I need it or not). The system clearly needs reform, but just handing it over to 'the powers that be' isn't really a solution.

2:12 PM, January 11, 2005  
Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

Does he know how well "free healthcare" works in the places that have it?

As far as us being hopeless as a species - oh well, in the words of Ricky Nelson,
"You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself."

2:57 PM, January 11, 2005  
Blogger Living_on_the_Edge said...

Hell all you really have to do is look how well the "Free Healthcare" we already have works in this country!

But people think that their wants can be stolen from others.

I'm getting ready to start a campaign to lobby congress for "Free V8 Powered Rockcrawlers" cuz I have a RIGHT to have a really nice one! lol

10:07 AM, January 14, 2005  

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