John on August 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm
Two clips have been posted of a Houston ACORN worker making calls for HCAN. First is this one:
I’m not even going to make the astroturf argument. It’s too obvious. While this lady’s heart is in the right place, I don’t think she’s presenting anything close to a full picture of what’s involved here.
The second clip is a bit more interesting:
She says “When you get older as you go through life, you get sick, you get older and you still need medical care.”
Of course older people are already covered by Medicare in this country. It’s pretty close to a single payer system for the elderly. And guess what, it’s going bankrupt fast.
Calling people to ask them to support your program is fair game, but I think what we see here is someone making a very simplistic “do it for the needy” argument without every raising the question about who will pay for it. The only answer hinted at here is “the government.” Of course the government doesn’t have any money it doesn’t take from citizens, both those alive now and those yet to be born.
The thing that bothers me about this kind of Euro-socialist, compassion-by-proxy is that it misses the reality inherent in all charity. The reality is that there are always, always, always going to be costs associated with kindness. Giving means someone has to sacrifice, to go without. Adding “government” to the situation doesn’t change that.
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