Posts tagged libertarian.
Anonymous asked: Unless the US is going to start refusing care to all uninsured (i.e. letting people die in the ER who can't pay which is immoral), you can't have a perfect free market. Without a perfect, or close-to-normal free market, you can have competition and no individual mandate, and still see rising costs. I'm actually very pro-free market in most situations but this is one in which that doesn't work.
If you’re real goal is to lower health care cost to make it more affordable to the masses and thereby increase the number of people covered, the free market is the only way. Part of the problem now is the fact that (the majority of) people don’t hold themselves accountable for the costs of their health care, they just pay whatever price is offered because their insurance pays for it…so hospitals will charge what ever they want, then the insurance companies pay those prices, then up go our rates.
If you could shop for health care in a supermarket, like you can shop bread, then you could compare benefits and prices and choose the best solution for you. This would drive down costs
If you want to increase healthcare coverage to more people you need to remove the government from the equation. Healthcare should be viewed as a commodity subject to the same principles and laws of economics as everything else. Price controls, rules and regulations, licensing laws, subsidies and taxes only work to make healthcare more expensive while lining the pockets of the political connected. Instead let the market respond to the needs of the consumers.
The government now has the authority to tax, not based on income, but on behavior.
Know your rights.
This makes me happy in so many ways.
Anonymous asked: you think the previous administration didn't use drones?
Oh, I know they did. And I take issue with that too. But here’s just one of my many problems with Obama. Go back and take a look at all of his rhetoric, both before and during his 2008 campaign, and compare him with the President we have today. Now just try to tell me he’s not a lier and a hypocrite. And let me ask you a question. If Obama had an R in front of his name instead of a D, would you feel the same way about his actions as President? Would you still be a blind and loyal supporter or are you a hypocrite too?
We need to be more careful about what kind of people we elect to be our leaders, because the quality has become more than a little thin.
Now if you think you do have rights, one last assignment for you. Next time you’re at the computer, get on the Internet, go to Wikipedia. When you get to Wikipedia, in the search field for Wikipedia, I want you to type in “Japanese Americans 1942” and you’ll find out all about your precious fucking rights, Okay? All right. You know about it. In 1942, there were 110,000 Japanese American citizens in good standing, law-abiding people who were thrown into internment camps simply because their parents were born in the wrong country. That’s all they did wrong. They had no right to a lawyer, no right to a fair trial, no right to a jury of their peers no right to due process of any kind. The only right they had: “Right this way” into the internment camps! Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government took them away! And rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. You see all, sooner or later. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government does not give a fuck about them! The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply does not give a fuck about you! It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.
The State is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior strength. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is strongest.
It is great comedy to hear the secular, pro-gay left, so hostile to states’ rights in virtually every instance, suddenly discover the tyranny of centralized government. The newly minted protectors of local rule find themselves demanding: “Why should Washington dictate marriage standards for Massachusetts and California? Let the people of those states decide for themselves.” This is precisely the argument conservatives and libertarians have been making for decades! Why should Washington dictate education, abortion, environment, and labor rules to the states? The American people hold widely diverse views on virtually all political matters, and the Founders wanted the various state governments to most accurately reflect those views. This is the significance of the 10th Amendment, which the left in particular has abused for decades.
Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.
I just put myself through the torture of watching J. Edgar and I now hate that man even more than I did before, if that’s humanly possible.
Another thing that caught my attention is a liberty they took at the beginning of the film. They referred to the attacks as “Bolshevik Communist” bombings, which is a half truth and almost an outright lie, as they were Anarchist bombings carried out by Galleanist Anarchists…which was an Anarcho-Communism group operating in America beginning circa 1914. Today, would be mostly likely be categorized as a Libertarian Socialism group.
Too many Conservatives today are looking for another Ronald Reagan, when they need to be looking for another Barry Goldwater. What they’re failing to realize is that we have one, in Ron Paul (or Gary Johnson). In 1989, Goldwater stated that the Republican party had been taken over by a “bunch of kooks”. With morons like Santorum floating around, it’s hard to disagree.
Despising every power, social and political, which is founded on violence, I am for the individual, and the people have misunderstood me. The government in which I believe is that which is based on the mere moral sanction of men. Buddha, Moses, Plato, Socrates, Christ and Schopenhauer are to me the real sovereigns; for they rule not by force of armies and money, but by moral authority. Just as I hate a hereditary potentate, so do I hate a cheap parliament. A political party has never accomplished anything for humanity. Individuals and geniuses have been the pioneers of every reform and of progress. The real law lives in our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them.
I don’t get it. I can walk into CVS right now and buy a pack of condoms or plan B no questions asked. When did contraception become an issue in the first place?
The stated purpose of health care reform was to address the problem of uninsured patients who either face bankruptcy due to exorbitant bills, or rely on the free emergency care hospitals must provide. But the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) does far more than require Americans to be insured for catastrophic illness and other major medical expenses. To be approved under the ACA, an insurance policy must include extensive coverage for routine care.
In a sense, medical insurance is meant to mitigate life’s unfair and arbitrary tragedies: Some people are plagued by chronic illness or struck by a devastating health crisis, and need costly care to prevent death or disability. Fertility, however, is a normal part of life and a healthy function of the human body. Contraception is arguably an essential personal need for many, especially women; to call it an essential medical need is a stretch, except where pregnancy would pose a grave health risk.
I think it’s really greedy to say that everyone else owes you contraception. Where the heck did this idea come from?
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” — Mark Twain