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Government Run Lemonade Stands

I like this clever and easy to grasp analogy to the health care system.

4 thoughts on “Government Run Lemonade Stands

  1. OK, so what is our other option – leave our wonderful system alone?

  2. No system is without its flaws, but our system has provided health care for millions of people without many of the problems plaguing other countries that have moved to a socialized system. Without getting into specifics, let me just state a principle.

    Our country was established “by the people, for the people”, right? Another way of saying this is that the people have delegate their own natural rights to the government as a way of pooling or conglomerating their rights into a system that can administer and protect those rights. We have law enforcement that is authorized to arrest and even kill to protect life, just as we have a right to self-defense in the preservation of our own lives.

    The question can then be asked, do I as an individual have a right to go to my neighbor and demand $5,000 to give to my favorite charity because that charity does good? How about demanding that money to pay for a friend's surgery that my friend can't afford? How about to pay for a museum in a distant state? How about to pay for construction in another country? Obviously, the answer to these questions is no, I have no right to do this. Therefore, that right cannot be assumed or transferred to the government because it isn't constitutionally authorized to assume powers I don't have.

    Our Constitutional Republic based on natural law is turning into a Democracy (because we preach it so much) where those who get 51% on an issue pass laws that justify unconstitutional actions.

    I really recommend reading the short treatise by Frederick Bastiat entitled “The Law”. You can read it for free online or order it through Amazon, etc… Bastiat was grounded in principles of freedom and his essays were published in the mid 1800's in France to try and dissuade the French people from adopting socialism.

  3. There is socialism and there is nonprofit or publicly pooled insurance. They are different. One has doctors paid by the government and the other is insurance which pays private providers. In addition, since when have the Canadians complained about their system? Have you asked Canadians themselves?

    And what about our system is democratic. It is a republic. Do we directly vote for a President? Do we directly vote on a national health care system? A republic is healthy only when the system is healthy, and ours is not. Corporations and banks have pretty much taken over. You won't get representative governance until the money is out of the system. Altogether.

  4. If the government pools the money, that's socialism. The definition of socialism is government controlled. As for Canadians and other countries that have socialized medicine, there are plenty that complain. They also complain about really high taxes. If you look at a history of taxation in our country, you'll find incredibly low rates and temporary rates of a percent or two. Now we're so high with government involvement we'll never get back down to that level.

    Your second paragraph is a little confusing for me. I'm not sure what angle you're coming at this from. On the one hand you're advocating government involvement in insurance and on the other you sound like Glenn Beck that corporations and banks need to be slapped down to remove their influence. I'm with you on that. Global companies want power and they're moving us toward global governance. We do have to remove every congressman who votes for a bill without reading it because that means they're voting for it based on someone else telling them to.

    Find a country where socialism has worked out well to prosper the people. You can't find one. Socialism doesn't lift anyone but the leaders. It oppresses the poor. I'm listening to Thomas Sowell's book “Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage 1” and he points out how it wasn't till the U.S. cut off foreign aid to South Korea that it took off economically. Hand outs to the poor individually or as nations, don't help. They keep them on the welfare dollar till because there's no need to improve their own economy. We need to help them gain skills.

    Anyway, I'm rambling now so I'll quit. 🙂

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