Monday, March 24, 2008
On Saturday March 8, 2008 State Senator Larry Pogemiller and State Representative Phyllis Kahn held a town a meeting at the Brian Coyle Center in South Minneapolis. The advertised purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from constituents on topics like the state budget, the gas tax and transportation funding. In reality, it was a way for these two long-time DFL incumbents to tell you what they think of your ability (or lack thereof) to think and act for yourself.The other was Freedom Dogs, with audio confirming these quotes.
Direct from Senator Pogemiller: "I think it's simplistic and naive to say people can spend their money better than the government."and he went on to include... "The notion that everybody can individually spend their money better than government I, I just think is trite, wrongheaded and anti-democratic."
I have a hard time believing anyone could be this arrogant. I was listening to the podcast attached to this post from Cafe Hayek, wherein Russ Roberts debates a physician in favor of single-payer. Russ said something I thought rather profound: We don't want health care, or health insurance. What we want is health. And the question becomes then, who can better help optimize your health. You? Your doctor, whom you pay directly? A committee of doctors? A panel of government bureaucrats? I'm pretty sure most us would not choose the last option.
Because that is the case of people spending other people's money on other people. The track record on that kind of arrangement isn't very good.