October 26, 2009

THE EAGLE CAN'T CHANGE ITS SPOTS NOR CAN THE UR GET IT TO:

Why Government Health Care Keeps Falling in the Polls: The health-care debate is part of a larger moral struggle over the free-enterprise system. (ARTHUR C. BROOKS, 10/25/09, WSJ)

[P]ublic resistance stems from the sense that the proposed reforms do violence to three core values of America's free enterprise culture: individual choice, personal accountability, and rewards for ambition. [...]

An April 2009 survey conducted by the polling firm Ayers, McHenry & Associates for the conservative nonprofit group Resurgent Republic asked respondents which of the following statements about the role of government came closer to their view: (a) "Government policies should promote fairness by narrowing the gap between rich and poor, spreading the wealth, and making sure that economic outcomes are more equal"; or (b) "Government policies should promote opportunity by fostering job growth, encouraging entrepreneurs, and allowing people to keep more of what they earn." Sixty-three percent chose the second option; just 31% chose the first.

This is consistent with nonpartisan surveys showing that most Americans think our increasingly redistributionist government is overstepping its bounds. For example, a September 2009 Gallup Poll found that 57% believe the government is "doing too much"—the highest percentage in more than a decade. Just 38% said it "should do more."

We will continue to hear both sides of the health-care debate argue about particulars of insurance markets, the deficit impacts of reform, and the minutiae of budgetary assumptions. These arguments, while important, do not address the deeper issues involved.

The health-care debate is part of a moral struggle currently being played out over the free enterprise system.


The Left and the media wonder why Americans view Mr. Obama as so alien, but it's inevitable when he's backing assaults on our values, no matter how timidly. The transition from a campaign message that John McCain would tax health care benefits but, implicitly, Barack Obama would do nothing to them, to an Administration that wants to hike at least those taxes and radically restructure the entire health care sector only exacerbated or accelerated the sense of alienation.alienation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2009 6:05 AM
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