Need to solve the health care problem? Easy: allow healthcare providers to deduct from their taxes the costs of treating those who cannot pay. It’s beautiful: doctors and patients make all the decisions (not insurance companies or the government).
This proposal helps everyone, but Congress ignores it–won’t consider it, would never allow it–because most politicians care not about the poor, the rich, nor any individuals but themselves. Most politicians, left and right, are statists. Though they may make a show of attending a church or synagogue, the statist faith falsely preaches that the state is god, and that politicians are angels of infinite benevolence.
Statists are no angels; they are demons. They are fear personified. Behind his smiles and handshakes, the statist harbors a secret fear of every elector. He fears the poor in numbers, the rich in power, but his greatest fear is that the people will realize this truth: freedom works.
When government is limited to establishing equality under the law, enforcing contracts, and protecting life, liberty, and property, the politician is small and powerless. This is the statist’s greatest fear, and his greatest desire is its polar opposite: to become all-powerful. He marches through history toward that desire, at times leaping forward, occasionally nudged back, but never ceasing in his effort to advance against the freedom of individuals.
The statist’s end is always to relieve the individual of power, that it may be lost in the abyss of centralized control. To be clear, power taken from the individual by government is lost, because the government cannot use it. Government is a force that may prevent individuals from using power, but it has no creative energy, and when government’s force rises, society’s power falls. When the demon achieves his ultimate goal of becoming all-powerful, he establishes a society of individuals who have no ability to exercise power at all. What follows is hell.