Long time reader, first time writer. 22 years old. Just wanted to comment briefly on something you mentioned about Obamacare. I have a lot of friends my own age who were all for socialized medicine, and wholeheartedly supported the idea of healthcare reform. We’re talking very, very, very liberal kids. They hate this thing. The overwhelming consensus among kids my age is pretty much as follows: We pay into social security which we KNOW we’ll never get anything from. In much the same vein, Obamacare is yet another way in which we’re being taxed to support a bunch of old people. Overwhelmingly, we feel that we’re being taken advantage of to subsidize a bunch of old people we don’t know, will never meet, and frankly shouldn’t need to be paying to support. Overwhelmingly, we had hoped to see a health care system that didn’t take advantage of young people and burden them even more than we already are. College loans are killing us, social security payments take a chunk out of every check, for those of us lucky enough to have jobs, and now this.
I can’t even tell you how many people my own age who voted for Obama have come to me and told me how disappointed they are in what he’s done with this whole thing.
Well, dudes, that’s how socialism works, it’s how any actual socialized health care system must work, unless the herd of unicorns with leprechaun gold arrive to save the day. Your error was not spending 2 minutes thinking through the question “who needs the health care?”.
What I wonder is whether socialism now, finally, has come to mean “take money from other people and give it to me” instead of the “solidarity” propaganda?
Of course, our modern youth do not have a monopoly on that sort of hazy wish fulfillment thinking. As the Wall Street Journal notes
Almost everything Congress has done in recent months has made private businesses less inclined to hire new workers. ObamaCare imposes new taxes and mandates on private employers. Even with record unemployment, Congress raised the minimum wage to $7.25, pricing more workers out of jobs. The teen unemployment rate rose to 26.4% in May, and for those between the ages of 25 and 34 it rose to 10.5%. These should be some of the first to be hired in an expansion because they are relatively cheap and have the potential for large productivity gains as they add skills.
The “jobs” bill that the House passed last week expands jobless insurance to 99 weeks, while raising taxes by $80 billion on small employers and U.S-based corporations. On January 1, Congress is set to let taxes rise on capital gains, dividends and small businesses. None of these are incentives to hire more Americans.
Congress says “we will punish employers until they start hiring again!”. This is the end result of a system of thought that always blames the private sector (or “wreckers”) for any failure of government policy. It’s basically the same thing I noted earlier — our ruling class simply cannot grasp the fact that you can’t overcome reality through legislation.