Economic equality

There is no such thing as economic equality. There never has been, there never will be.

There have been times and places through-out history where large swaths of population shared relatively equal economic statuses.
Mostly poor. But, there have always been those who were poorer and those who were richer.

My point is that artificial attempts to re-distribute wealth have always met with limited success. Mostly by making the bulk of the population poorer.

The U.S. has been singularly fortunate in balancing free enterprise with re-distribution of wealth.
We have a very large and prosperous middle class. Which is exactly what we want.

We need most of the population to be content. As all politicians should know, you threaten that contentment at your peril.

So the challenge is: How do we bring more people up from poor and into the contentment of the middle class?
And how do we do it without impinging on the comfortable lifestyles currently enjoyed by the middle class?

Radical changes to their health care system isn’t it. Telling them the government will now have even more control over their lives isn’t it.

What exactly is the problem with health care?
That it’s expensive?
What part the insurance? Services? Both?

That insurance companies have too much control over treatment options?
That doctors have to carry massive malpractice insurance just in case they make a mistake?

Does everybody get to drive a Mercedes?
Huh? Did I make that turn too fast?

If I work to buy a Mercedes, does that mean my unemployed neighbor gets one too?

Anything anyone has they earned, or someone earned it for them.
My parents have worked hard all their lives to ensure their children and grandchildren have advantages they didn’t.
We benefit from their efforts. I am very fortunate.

Why should my efforts or my parents efforts be usurped for the benefit of someone else?

I’m not insensitive to the plight of the unemployed & uninsured.

Posted on 2009-08-11, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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