Class Warfare Blog

April 6, 2017

I Don’t Get It

The definition of “it” in the title is probably very, very long (very!). In this case it is our current debate about healthcare.

There is continuing support for certain functions of government to be paid by the government. Unlike knuckle-dragging conservatives, I do not see “government” as being some outside agency closely representing a skin cancer (something you want shrunk and or carved out), but as a representative of “us.” We are completely fine with “single payer” K-12 education. Citizens and non-citizens alike can register their children to attend a neighboring school and there the children receive an education with no further costs. (Yes, I do know there are myriad costs associated with a child in school, but those are not directly related to the education they receive.) This is, accurately, not a “single payer” system as multiple government agencies are involved, so maybe a better description is “government paid” for this schooling. We also have many other services that are “government paid.” For one, the military. For another, our government offices. When you go to your local councilman or alderman’s office for information or a complaint, there are no fees associated with those services. In all of those cases, the “government”—remember that means “us”—picks up the full tab.

The argument goes that those services are “essential,” that is we all need them and money should be a barrier to whether or not you receive those services.

Oh, there are also the police, fire services, the courts, etc. There are many things that fall into this category of “things we all pay so everyone can partake equally.” In some cases, this is the “many” protecting itself from the “few.” Many vaccinations are low cost, even free, to avoid the spread of diseases.

I don’t get why health care is not one of those things.

I understand that people, especially politically conservative people, have bought into a capitalistic “pay as you go” culture, uh, well, kinda sorta. The biggest proponents of “individual liberty/individual responsibility” are not all self-made people, many inherited money. If Donald Trump had invested all of the money he inherited in stock market index funds, he would have four times as much money now as he claims to have, according to some accounts. (So much for him being a good businessman, he has managed to lose only three quarters of his potential net worth. He is, at best, a mediocre businessman.) The Koch brothers inherited millions (and built upon those, yes). Mitt Romney, who claims that nobody helped him, was given two million dollars of “seed money” to help him get started as well as being given access to his really well-connected father’s associates. The Walton clan … well, daddy made the big pot for them.

For those without great wealth in this group are people who received help along the way from government (aka “us”) agencies. Help with their educations, help with business loans, help from other government agencies, etc.

But them poor people, they lack drive and ambition. They should go out and start a business. Really, you mean those business startups that have a 90% failure rate after three years? Where would they get the money to take that very risky venture? The banks? Wall Street? Venture Capitalists? (Sorry, laughing so hard my sides are aching.) If you haven’t noticed, over the last 30-40 years, businesses have stopped investing in their own business. They have accumulated trillions of dollars of cash reserves that are just sitting there. So, these are the people poor people are to emulate? (Step 1 Pile up a mountain of money. Step 2 Sit on it. Neoliberal Business Practices 101)

Poor people need to go out an get a job, then? Oh, do they mean the jobs conservatives have suppressed wages on for decades so they do not pay enough to meet a person’s expenses? Those jobs? All of the anti-union, anti-minimum wage rhetoric is not coming from poor people, it is coming from the same conservative ass holes who are insisting that everyone should “pay as you go.”

I do not want single-payer healthcare. (Currently I have Medicare and a Medicare supplement policy, and I pick up the slack those two do not cover, so there are at least three payers there, certainly at least two.) I want government paid health care. It is at least as important as an education for our kids, if not more so.

There’s more but my spleen just gave out.

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Poverty is not due to a lack of character, it is due to a lack of cash. (I don’t know who said this first.)



  1. There are lots of places where the government has been truly transformed into a pay as you go system. You only get access to ANY government services by paying fees that are really just bribes.
    I think that’s what Ayn Rand, Rand Paul, and Paul Ryan are planning on bringing about


    Comment by Guy Brandenburg — April 6, 2017 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

    • I live in Chicago where “pay to play” is the operative principle of city management. This is, however, illegal nor should it be condoned ever. If we are to pull of this representative democracy experiment we need access to our government. Unfortunately access is not all that is required, we also need them not to be bought and sold by wealthy interests!


      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 7, 2017 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  2. And all the “socialist” brothers cried AMEN.


    Comment by persedeplume — April 6, 2017 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  3. Those same asshole politicians that clamor for pay as you go, sure don’t mind having their taxpayer funded health care for life do they?

    I believe there is a strong correlation between wealthy politicians, and hypocricy.


    Comment by shelldigger — April 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • I think it is as firm a belief as “if their lips are moving, they are lying.”

      On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 7, 2017 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  4. You should put this into a manual and send it to every representative and senator — plus the POTUS and his cabinet — because I really, really don’t think they “get it.” (Put a special cover on the one for Mitch McConnell.)


    Comment by Nan — April 6, 2017 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

    • Unfortunately, they are getting “it” and by “it” in this case I mean money and lots of it. Along with that money, they get their marching orders from their rich paymasters. If it were only a case of being able to convince our legislators of something but, it is hard to get someone to believe something when they are being paid not to. (I forget who said that first. Will Rogers?)

      On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 5:58 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 8, 2017 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  5. I can join in with a hearty Right On Brother! One day we will become a civilized country.


    Comment by Holding The Line In Florida — April 6, 2017 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

    • Right now I am not holding my breath. I was raised as part of the “Progress is our most important product” generation yet I find my government has a tag line of “Regress is our most important product.”

      On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 11:48 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 7, 2017 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  6. Providing actual healthcare to people in this country would require abandonment of central American myths … that one is self made … that if one doesn’t make it they are personally defective … that people get what they deserve. Ain’t gonna happen in this religious/profit fueled state where the Dems and Repubs serve the one and same ‘belief’ structure.


    Comment by Zach — April 8, 2017 @ 8:12 am | Reply

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