"Word assassin" --politicians or pundits who use particular words like killers use knives; slicing
relevance and meaning into a farcical illusion where a substrate of mythical rules are supposed to
exist and even work in a practical un-complicated manner.
Hence, the idea the "markets" are better than "government intrusion" is a meme that is trotted out
everytime these co-opted bitches called Rethuglicans speak into a media microphone. Ask them
about the failures of the 35 states who actually tried the high-risk pools, only to have them all
fail and wind up costing every state more money. Maine apparently did a better job, but that is
because Maine created a state tax to pay for the subsidies to insurance to cover high-risk people.
Facts and historical evidence don't seem to apply however because these people just BELIEVE that
this time it will be different.
And even what Maine did is a typical dumb-ass delusional self-proclaimed conservative idea(as
against a REAL
conservative idea btw)
-- find someway to subsidize large corporations at more cost and less efficiency in the name of
removing the big bad government with lower cost and more efficiency ... because ??? ... because the
something called the "free market" being always better than something called "government intrusion".
NEWSFLASH: There is AND NEVER HAS BEEN any such thing as a free market, and government intrusion is
intrinsic to the market. The fairy tale would have you believe these are two separate competing
entities, when they are one and the same. The rubes are tossed out this cherry pie to make them
easily manipulated by the rogue vicious aristocrats and crony capitalists who could care less about
a functional, long term social order, and have the hubris and millions of dollars to resist the
ALL "markets" or business
interactions are affected by
rules that are established at the community, state, and national level. Persons or institutions
with leverage always lean toward asserting rent seeking ability, and slide towards oligarcy and
monopoly. Citizens and people all agree that there are certain entities that should not be subject
to the whims and vicissitudes of prices and costs. In the past, daughters were negotiated for
marriage by requiring a "dowry" from the interested patron involving large sums of cash. In various
Asian countries, impoverished families often farm out their young daughters to pimps. In early
1800's europe, poor and middling debtors were thrown into debtors prisons for years when they
reneged on their bills; while wealthy patrons and members of the aristocracy got extensions and more
loans. Not every member of the so-called "free" market is of equal stature and has equal
opportunity -- which is the initial postulate that supports all of the deductive reasoning behind
the marvelous benefits of a "free" market.
AND when your initial postulate (your presumed basic fact) is false, that means everything else that
follows is complete bullshit. But remember, these critters get paid well to preach this bullshit.
Government is the means by which the economy and social order blend into a beneficial and least costly
manner that will last long term. Destruction or misunderstanding of government is due to short term
thinking, short-sighted weakly founded ideas , and frankly ... vain selfishness.