Having big government is not rational

In a Feb. 20 letter, the propaganda ministry of the writer repeated Obama (“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”) talking points in ways that would embarrass a third-grader.

Everything is going great with Obamacare! What a blessing it is for people to be forced to work less because of the costs of Obamacare and a higher minimum wage. If we raise the minimum wage, only wonderful things will happen.

This is not rational thought. It’s an embarrassment. The writer’s bumper sticker slogans leave out some pretty important facts. Obamacare has led to the cancellation of more policies than it has created. The mix of enrollees is so actuarially out of balance that it will either collapse or require a taxpayer bailout. The president’s endless rewriting of the law poses serious constitutional issues. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 will throw at least half a million Americans out of work.

The writer thinks such government decrees will magically help us all. That begs the question: “Then why not decree a minimum of $20 or $50?” We don’t live in an Alice-in-Wonderland fantasy world. Congress cannot make someone worth a certain amount by making it illegal to pay him something less. If lack of skills, youth or inexperience, or simply the nature of a job, are only worth $7.50 to an employer, decreeing that the worker must be paid $10.10 doesn’t mean the employer will happily eat the loss of $2.60. It means that the worker who can least afford it will be thrown or automated right out of a job.

But to government worshipers like the writer, it makes no difference what evidence, facts, logic, history or reason suggest. All that matters is that government get bigger. Mere intentions always trump actual results. At some point in life, as we evolve from children to adults, we are supposed to put aside childish thinking. As adults, we are to use our brains and put our shallow emotions in their proper place. But sadly, some people just never grow up.

Lawrence W. Reed

Newnan



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