Sunday, August 23, 2009

Capitalism or socialism

I am not in the habit of copying an other's material but this excerpt from Fox News is too good to pass up:

Democrats, realizing the success of the President's "Cash For Clunkers" rebate program, have revamped a major portion of their National Health Care Plan.
President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Sen. Reed are expected to make this major announcement at a joint news conference later this week. It's called... "CASH FOR CODGERS" and it works like this: Couples wishing to access health care funds in order to pay for the delivery of a child will be required to turn in one old person.
The amount the government grants them will be fixed according to a sliding scale. Older and more prescription dependent codgers will garner the highest amounts. Special "Bonuses" will be paid for those submitting codgers in targeted groups, such as smokers, alcohol drinkers, persons 10 pounds over their government prescribed weight, and any member of the Republican Party. Smaller bonuses will be given for codgers who consume beef, soda, fried foods, potato chips, lattes, whole milk, dairy products, bacon, Brussels sprouts, or Girl Scout Cookies.
All codgers will be rendered totally useless via toxic injection. This will insure that they are not secretly resold or their body parts harvested to keep other codgers in repair.

All of this speaks to the broader issue which is now being debated in our country. I keep asking myself why it is not socialism to bailout banks, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and brokerage firms but it is socialism to offer government subsidized health care? The answer must have something to do with the recipients of the government monies. If they are rich the government is preserving capitalism. If the recipients are poor or struggling middle class it is socialism.
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