Friday, January 28, 2011
A Modest Budget Proposal
This fresh look has inspired me to change my position on universal healthcare. It is unamerican to make people buy health insurance. This is a start but it doesn't go nearly far enough.In a move that even Michelle Bachman will like, I think we should also repeal the law that requires hospitals to treat the indigent.That way people still won't be able to skate until they get sick and then have the rest of us pick up the tab for their ER care. While we are at it we might also just outlaw health insurance outright. It just encourages sick people to seek care and we can't afford that anymore.This is also a bow to the consumer protection wing because we all know the waste and operating expenses of the insurance industry. Buying insurance to try to save money is like trying to beat the casino. It can't be done so let's protect all of us from being ripped off.With no price controls from Insurance companies(let's include Medicare here) prices could float in a free market.Who could argue against free enterprise? We would save billions every day! No more safety net. The circus is always more exciting without one. I know there are naysayers out there that would complain that we need to look at other issues and Lord knows I've harped on Healthcare before so lets move on.
Consumer protection. Get rid of all of it.Natural market forces will sort out the safe and unsafe products. Buyers who are killed by unsafe products aren't likely to buy them again.Their neighbors and loved ones will probably not buy either or a least go for a good discount.EPA? If it wasn't for those clowns we wouldn't have to buy oil to fry our fish.Straight from the water to the pan in it's natural gulf coast lubricant, that's how I like it.
Social Security is a drain on our system. We have promised more than we can deliver. The rich don't need it and it would be unfair to means test eligibility. Simple, lets just get rid of it. We can put the "Trust Fund" toward more tax cuts at the top or maybe eliminate corporate taxes all together. In a nod to those Darwinists, we can see if the fittest do actually survive.(Probably not, but we won't know unless we try.)
Locally, we can do away with Tax abatements for corporations. They are actually a redistribution of wealth where communities trade property tax revenues for the right to levy income taxes on workers. We are not going to need those new jobs anyway. You see, the secret to the jobs crisis is that in reality we have plenty of jobs. We just have way too many people.If we implement these proposed changes, our population will drop like a rock and we will soon return to blissful prosperity. If we need an extra boost we could also bring back that tasty treat "Soylent Green" Yum.