After noting that the the current health care bill passed by Pelosi and crew spells out imprisonment for those who don’t join the proper risk pool, Ace gets to the core of the problem:
Economic activity is human activity, after all. Economics is not somehow divorced from humanity. Economic choices are not made of their own volition, passive-voice, without an actor. People make economic choices — and socialism demands an ever-increasing control over those choices, and therefore the people who make those choices. (Or, more accurately: formerly made those choices.)
Furthermore, apart from the basic definitional aspect of socialism that requires a loss of freedom in exchange, supposedly, for economic security: Socialism has almost never worked as intended, but rather creates new problems and new poverties and new ways to exploit the system (black markets, for one); socialism therefore always requires even additional laws against once-unobjectionable and perfectly-legal behavior. In other words, not only does socialism require a small buy-in, in the form of loss of freedom, but it is always accompanied by unplanned-for (?) additional losses of freedom to “correct” for all the systematic irrationalities and distortions it creates.
He’s right. Economics is the study of how people do things with money (not how money does stuff with people).
It is especially risible to me, in gallows-humor way, that the left continues to call us lunatics for fretting about increasing state control and increasing state coercion and increasing state outlawing of previously-legal behavior and freedoms even as, in their very first bill out of the socialist box, they propose jailing Americans for engaging in unobjectionable behavior which no one ever before dreamt of being a crime.
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I might note that once imprisoned, a person will be given “free” government health-care for the period of the incarceration. Do any others find this remarkably heavy handed and, yes, even frightening?
Read the whole thing and then let me know.