It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
Could it be wasteful? Well on some level because not ever cough we get turns into something serious. But sometimes the coughs we get DO turn into something serious and by having a base level of guaranteed health insurance for all; you'll go a long way into addressing these issues. Which further lowers costs to insurance companies by spotting major aliments early on when treatment is easier and cheaper. But we never even got that discussion. It was socialism this and death panels that. This abandonment of intellectual discourse and discussion has seeped into just about everything; even this public works discussion. There is immediate, knee jerk reactions which prevent intelligent discussion on the matter; and that goes a lot further into harming us and the future of the Republic than some temporary public works program could ever do.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
There is backlash any time the powerful live too well at the expense of everyone else. I have said this many times, and so far NONE of you ubercons have responded to it. Economically speaking, it is better to have 1000 millionaires instead of 1 billionaire.
Whats the matter, nobody wants to argue that point?Go ahead, destroy the middle class. The poor are used to being poor, so they don't notice much change. But the middle class will rise up and replace the political parties who fail to represent ALL of their constituents....just as soon as they get their heads out of the sand. AND, one more time, I am not poor. The wife and I are wealthy, and pay a lot of taxes. Not obscenely wealthy, just $125K annual retirement income, and $700K in property assets. More than the wife and I need. And we never had to cheat, lie, steal, misrepresent, etc. to get there.
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.