Mark Steyn on Greece and entitlements
- Our own Greek tragedy (Washington Times)
We hard-hearted, small-government guys are often damned as selfish types who care nothing for the general welfare. But, as the Greek protests make plain, nothing makes an individual more selfish than the socially equitable communitarianism of big government. Once a chap’s enjoying the fruits of government health care, government-paid vacation, government-funded early retirement, and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest. He’s got his, and to hell with everyone else. People’s sense of entitlement endures long after the entitlement has ceased to make sense.
Writing off health-care reform as “another entitlement” rubs me a bit the wrong way, sorta like writing off Nancy Pelosi as a Marxist. As far as I can tell — bear in mind that I don’t trust the CBO’s estimate for the Senate bill — nothing about the HCR plan on the table immediately establishes another country-fucking entitlement like Social Security or Medicare. Some of the proposals that are barely within visual range of practical, like clobbering the employer-plan tax subsidy, might actually reduce government health spending (without, you know, Canadian-style waiting lists). Treating HCR as if it’s an attempt to establish an American NHS is trite and stupid.
(Nothing like health-care reform to make me feel like a concern troll on my own fuckin’ blog.)
What California’s doing instead of something
Speaking of trite and stupid, the California State Assembly has declared the first week of March to be “no-cuss week”.
Stingray comments. I’m in awe.
Pedants are we
…what the shit? National Grammar Day?