Monday, August 10th, 2009

Socialism

★ This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on my blog about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.

Socialism

2 Comments on “Socialism”


  1. The free market breaks down primarily in two scenarios:
    1) Market Power – A market player gets so large as to allow anti-competitive behavior (monopoly, monopsony, etc). This is currently going on not in a national market, but in local markets. Blue Cross/Blue Shield might have 75% market share in one city, while it has 0% share in another city. Compare to Coke/Pepsi which have similar market shares across the county. Nonetheless, this type of local monopoly leads to anti-competitive behavior.

    2) Poorly Drafted Laws – Governement currently supports various interest groups (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies, consumers, Pharma) in bizarrely drafted laws that were designed primarily to ensure that locally elected offficials got reelected by supporting their constituents and donors agendas. A rep from NJ is going to be completely in the pocket of Big Pharma (many are based there), while a rep from central Indiana might support Medical Device Manufacturers (many are based there). Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” That pretty much sums up the state of health care legislation.

    We are currently in a situation where these two horrible powers are both competing for primacy at the expense of the other. If you think it is simply one or the other causing this mess, I would encourage you to do more research outside of opinion pieces on the internet.


  2. This is a good website I can not believe that I didn’t find it earlier!

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