1. "Imagine a city where all the major economic planks of the statist or "progressive" platform have been enacted: living wage laws, strong public-sector unions that militantly protect above-market wages and benefits, high taxes that redistribute income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and bloated government bureaucracies.
Would this be a shining city on a hill, exciting the admiration of all? We don't have to guess, because there is such a city right: Detroit
2. "The founding principle of the U.K.'s National Health Service
, that care should be free to all regardless of ability to pay, has great merit. But so attached to that worthwhile idea are the English that many recoil in horror when words such as efficiency and profit are even mentioned in the field of healthcare.
All that various reformers in both major parties have been trying to achieve in the past four decades is the creation of a system more responsive to consumer demands, to drive efficiency, innovation and quality while making scarce resources go further."
But alas, so entrenched is socialized medicine in the U.K. that any attempt to introduce competition or market forces is immediately rejected by socialism's "sick patient."
HTs: Small Dead Animals
and Pete Krieger