Not forever…just for now

I thought this Ruffini health care retrospective began well, but what I don’t understand is once you admit to yourself that there are market failures that hurt people that government can ameliorate…where does that leave you?  Patrick says: “On health care, I have no idea what our basic guiding principle is. Seriously, I don’t.”  This sounds like an existential crisis, and I think I can help: it leaves you on the left.

The typical US economic policy divide is that Democrats want to use government to correct for failures while Republicans blame government intervention for the same.  Now, it’s certainly possible for that dynamic to change, and for the next right to be a European-style conservative party that embraces social investment & regulation while emphasizing free market methods of execution.  But that would require a much different Republican party, and more importantly requires that you first create the social investment and regulation.

Which is to say, if you want to expand the social safety net, all things being equal, you’re on the left in contemporary American politics.  Maybe, now that HCR has passed, or in a few more years after Obama’s ‘socialism’ has marched farther forward, you’ll find yourself on the right.  But advocating expanding government from the right means you’ve divorced yourself from political reality.

3 comments to Not forever…just for now

  • Outside his work with the US government, Ron is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd. which was created to leverage the $120B/year Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects in developing countries. Manna Energy Ltd. is the first organization in the world to successfully register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit program for water treatment. Manna also developed, under contract with a partner organization the largest water treatment intervention conducted by a private organization – a four million person program operating in Kenya, completely funded by carbon credits and is currently working on a three million person program in Rwanda.

  • Right now it seems like in every situation, satan is tnemtipg me to think things that i know are wrong. i have recently rededicated my life back to Christ and it seems the more i grow in God, the more temptation i face. i know that all i have to do stay in the Word and in Prayer, but so many times my flesh comes out. and the temptation im faced with is all consequence of the life God saved me from. a life of lusting in porn and in dirty jokes and music and tv. i can only thank the Lord Almighty for delivering me from all that. and now that i have gave it up, it seems the devil in every chance he gets throws it back into my mind. i’ve also just completed my first fast and now satan is tnemtipg me with food. he tries to get me to think about what i’m eating for my next meal even before i finish the one i am at. he’s then mixing in thoughts telling me to curse the name of the Lord. when these thoughts came, thats when i really decided to rededicate my life to the Lord. but I’ve come too far to turn back now. i know the only reason God’s allowing satan to tempt me with this is because he wants to fully cleanse me of my past. i believe that through great struggle comes great triumph and through all i’ve been through, the Lord is leading my life to a higher calling. i just ask you pray for me and that the Lord will lead my life where he wants it and that through this all i will be better Christian and have a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank You, God Bless, and Merry Christmas.

  • You Amy are such an inspiration to me! The love and faith in our Lord you both elxpmeify in your daily living is truly Saintly. I am extremely blessed to know you. God is great, Jesus is Lord!Love ya’,Rob Edwards

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