12 January 2008
What would Franklin say about universal health care?
At the root of our motive to work is a desire to survive and to feel secure. Universal health care will be a demotivator to work and an incentive to plan poorly for the future. When the government redistributes wealth, it gives society a false sense of security and lulls people away into a state of carelessness and non-productivity. Such programs rob the industrious and give undeserved, (and perhaps more importantly) unsustainable rewards to those who have not labored for them. There is a way to help the poor and unfortunate. That is through charity and free-will giving. Free-will interactions of that form elevate both the giver and the recipient. Governmental redistribution of wealth is too easily taken for granted by the recipient and yielded begrudgingly by the taxed. Neither group is lifted and both are given incentives to work less (the taxed because he is deprived of his reward and the recipient because he receives without work).