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Old June 8th, 2009 #6
Kievsky
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This particular quote is so true:

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4. Eliminate all subsidies to the sick or unhealthy. Subsidies create more of whatever is being subsidized. Subsidies for the ill and diseased breed illness and disease, and promote carelessness, indigence, and dependency. If we eliminate them, we would strengthen the will to live healthy lives and to work for a living. In the first instance, that means abolishing Medicare and Medicaid.
The minute you can show yourself to be "sick" in some way, you can get a raft of subsidies and all this pressure to work your ass off to support yourself is suddenly taken off. I don't blame the people who accept the subsidies -- it makes perfect sense for them.

It's just like "special ed" versus "gifted programs." Special ed gets lavishly funded, while "gifted" kids are on their own. Maybe that's not a bad thing. I don't know. But the USA certainly rewards dysfunction and punishes excellence.
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