More or Less Equal

There’s an uncomfortable truth out there that needs to be addressed if we are to have any meaningful debate. In the great United States, all men are created equal. (“Men” obviously includes anyone born here, even women, so don’t try to pin that on me.) After they are created, though, some people become more valuable to the nation than others. Everyone knows this; it’s just a fact. So why treat everyone the same when they’re not the same? Really, aren’t you doing a disservice to our nation by wasting resources on people who resources would be wasted on?

Maybe the hottest topic that this basic truth plays into is the current health care debate. When considered at the most fundamental level, this is a question about how to allocate limited resources. There simply isn’t enough ‘health care’ to go around, at least at today’s prices. (And who would want cheaper health care? It’s bound to be worse, like stuff from a dollar store.) So the question becomes: who gets health care? Well, we already have the answer to that. The people deserving of health care are the people who can afford to get health care. The free hand of the invisible market has already decided who is worthy and who isn’t.

That may sound cruel, and it may be. But that’s the way the free market works. There’s no incentive to work if everything is handed to you. If you don’t want to die of a curable disease, then get a job. And not as a Wal-Mart greeter or something, cause they don’t get insurance. Get a real job. Because, although everyone may start out equal, you want to make sure you become more equal than others.

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