When politicians decide to make something “free”, what that really means is they pass the typical cost on to others who don’t directly benefit from the goods or services being provided. Those folks in turn make adjustments to make up for their loss by alleviating this cost via something else – their customers, their charities, their investments. When people are made to pay, repeatedly and significantly, for something from which they did not benefit, the ripple effect of passing the buck continues until it gets back to the people to whom the benefit was originally given. Have you spotted the problem?
And when the patient, in this case, finds themselves in harder circumstances than before, they request more government assistance again. If the government agrees, they push the additional costs to a group of people who again gain no benefit, and the cycle continues. This is why everything “socialized”, from medicine to groceries to electricity, continues to rise in price until no one can afford the basics, and the government must step in and actively set price and wage controls on everything. And that’s when the real havoc begins. See Venezuela and South Africa for the latest in a long line examples of this. Regardless of the motivation, whether it’s compensation for perceived past injustices, or a simple moral impulse to make something “free”, when government intervenes too far into individuals’ freedom to transact for goods and services with a provider of their own choice, without coercion, really bad things start to happen.
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Reggae Hawaiian band “The Green” said it aptly in their song “Power in the Words”: words can come out of us so easily – positive or negative – if we don’t think first, and words have power. Power to heal and power to hurt. What we saw in the Senate Judiciary committee the last few weeks has been all about words, mostly words intended to hurt. Judge Brett Kavanaugh was subjected to one of the most vicious character assassination attempts of any presidential nominee in our history. Despite the committee’s ranking Democrat having possession of the “evidence” of Kavanaugh’s supposed malfeasance in hand since July 30, she would not share the contents of the letter with anyone or even address the claims made in the letter until the 11th hour.
What followed was an absolute circus that made a mockery of the presumption of innocence by attempting to use innuendo, rumor, guilt by association, and every other rhetorical device of demagoguery to cast Judge Kavanaugh into such a despicable light that he would either be defeated in committee or withdraw from consideration. In the end it was a left-leaning woman, Sen. Susan Collins, who decided she’d had enough, said she did not believe Kavanaugh’s accuser, and voted to confirm him despite phenomenal pressure against her. So Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as a supreme court justice. But the words used to destroyed him will undoubtedly linger a long time for him and his family.
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