AN OXYMORON. Government may be a necessary evil (though most of what people call necessity, I see as luxury at best), but it is evil.
Make no mistake about it. So when someone tries to sell you — scorn quotes — “good government”, run away.
Local Patriotic Hero of Liberty, Brian Thomas, had Catherine Crier on his Morning Show (550 AM, 5-9AM M-F) on Tuesday. Those whose memory extends back twenty or so years will recall Crier was put forth by the Northeast Liberal Media Establishment as a conservative-to-moderate former judge. One presumes she was supposed to draw We In the Right to the Approved Media Outlets, but matters didn’t shake out that way and the numbers continued to decline.
And then came Fox.
Crier might also perhaps be remembered as the embodiment of everything that’s wrong with the moderate, center-left establishment. Which might actually speak more to her failure to have an impact on the national conversation than anything about venues.
But that’s all water under the dam. That train has sailed and the ship has left the station.
Tuesday, Crier was out on a virtual book tour (which we indie authors understand does little to nothing for sales of — you know — actual books), an exercise in futility in which the author phones a radio station and attempts to wow the host and his listeners.
One topic of discussion was Health Care (Capital “H”, capital “C”.) You know when they do the capital initials, they’re not talking about real health care — better cast as medical care — but the so-called “insurance” racket, wherein the tax code has been jiggered to favor the “insurance” lobby. And Crier kept squeezing the old wheeze that, if you don’t have insurance, you’ll end up as a ward of the state.
The only reason that is even close to likely to happen is that medical providers are required — required — to provide medical services free of charge by the government. And so, those costs are spread to the rest of us, who do pay. (And, it should be noted, that doctors cannot — to the best of my knowledge — write off charitable care donations.) But there’s no reason matters should stand thus, and plenty of reasons they shouldn’t.
(And, one should by all means wonder, why should the government make that requirement — thus privileging, as we note below, medical trade above all manner of other private commercial transactions? It couldn’t, we ask, be driven by the corrupt influence of an invidious political ideology which uses “health care insurance” as a stalking horse for a darker agenda — one which eventuates in the enslavement of the populace, yoking it to the government wheel?)
Of course, the statists — betraying an abysmal lack of imagination or a perfidious nature, one — will cavil, “Well, then what happens to people who — through no fault of their own — cannot pay? Do we just leave them to die?”
Well, no. They become charity cases. And those private organizations voluntarily consituted for these purposes will ensure their care at a level according to those organizations’ resources.
But, before we even get there, let’s deal with that core question. What’s wrong with requiring that someone pay for his own care — or die? It’s a hell of an incentive, isn’t it? And, as a matter of fact, isn’t that exactly the incentive that all of us face in all of our life’s choices? Make arrangements for your clothing and shelter or you will die. Make arrangements for food and drink or you will die. Make arrangements for your transportation, or you will not be able to get to your place of employment, you will lose your job, not be able to make arrangements for your food, clothing, and shelter … and you will die.
Why should medicine be privileged above all those other areas of commerce? That it is a matter of life and death? Is not food also a matter of life and death? After all, I can go a long time ignoring a medical condition, but if I do not eat today, I will be hungry tomorrow.
Add all that to the fact — fact, people — that the biggest reason medical costs are so high is that the government is meddling in the market, starting in WWII, with the (progressive-socialist) notion of including health — scorn quotes “insurance” in a worker’s compensation package because the government, in a despicable, progressive-socialist move, has frozen wages.
Crier and her ilk argue that we need government regulation in these cases. Some will even go so far as to claim (falsely) that this is because “the market has failed.”
The market was broken when the government, gratuitously intermeddling where it has no business, perverted the price-signalling mechanism of that market. “Regulation” of a thing that is self-regulating is a fool’s game, and it’s time we stopped countenancing it. At all. Not even in the name of comity and civility. People who urge it do not have your best interests at heart. Whether they admit it or not — even to themselves — they are of ill intent. They might as well have as their goal the destruction of America, because that’s the end result of their programs.
All of this is encapsulated in the notion that there can be such a thing as “good government.” There is not. And, if you don’t have the time to marshall the entire argument, when someone tries to sell you “good government,” remember — “‘Good Government’ is an oxymoron.”
Cross-posted at Eternity Road.