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The Real War on Children

Mark Steyn has a brilliant piece today that outlines exactly why it was necessary to uphold the veto on the SCHIP bill. He sums up the entire reason in the last two paragraphs:

I'm in favor of tax credits for child health care, and Health Savings Accounts for adults, and any other reform that emphasizes the citizen's responsibility to himself and his dependants. But middle-class entitlement creep would be wrong even if was affordable, even if Bill Gates wrote a check to cover it every month: it turns free-born citizens into enervated wards of the Nanny State. As Gerald Ford likes to say when trying to ingratiate himself with conservative audiences, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." But there's an intermediate stage: A government big enough to give you everything you want isn't big enough to get you to give any of it back. As I point out in my book, nothing makes a citizen more selfish than socially equitable communitarianism: Once a fellow's enjoying the fruits of Euro-style entitlements, he couldn't give a hoot about the general societal interest; he's got his, and who cares if it's going to bankrupt the state a generation hence?

That's the real "war on children": in Europe, it's killing their future. Don't make the same mistake here.

You must read all of Mark's piece. And then pass it on for others to read.


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Comments (16)

The intermediate stage of r... (Below threshold)
Burt:

The intermediate stage of refusal to give even a little bit back is well evidenced by the visceral reaction of the AARP to any suggestion of Social Security reform.

Excellent link! I am so sic... (Below threshold)

Excellent link! I am so sick and tired of the government handouts.

I do not think that we are going to stop this insanity, and like so many on the Left desire, we will end up similar to the Elite Europeans!

And then...

"And then . . ."Ex... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

"And then . . ."

Extinction. In most European nations the birth rate is well below 2 per couple. That is a game of Ten Little Indians.

Niches evolve. There is a ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Niches evolve. There is a subset of the whole population in those European countries with a higher birth rate than the rest, and they will eventually fill the niche abandoned by the others.

It is Allah's will.
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Just think of all those lie... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Just think of all those lies their telling kids in the schools like all this global warming poppycock bull kaka or PETA blabbering this animal rights nonsense

This fiscal responsibility ... (Below threshold)
jpe:

This fiscal responsibility is pretty novel from the right and, if genuine, a good thing. Its selective application, however, tells us that it this is probably not a bona fide embrace of fiscal responsibility.

That's the real "w... (Below threshold)
jpe:
That's the real "war on children": in Europe, it's killing their future. Don't make the same mistake here.
Weekly Standard:
Moreover, the projected budget deficit is not threateningly large, relative to GDP. Larry Lindsey, Bush's former chief economist, points out in his latest client advisory that "The projected 2006 budget deficit of 3.0 percent of GDP is reasonable if the economy continues to grow."
EU deficits:
On the back of the economic improvement, public finances improved markedly last year with the general budget deficit falling from 2.5% in 2005 to 1.6% of GDP in 2006.
jpe is busily trying to mak... (Below threshold)
kim:

jpe is busily trying to make lemons of lemonaide. Salud!
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Not to mention omitting tha... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Not to mention omitting that this year, the deficit as a percentage of GDP will be 1.2% - less than half the amount he trumpets above.

And, Hah Hah, lower than EU... (Below threshold)
kim:

And, Hah Hah, lower than EU. Hey, jpe, wouldn't you like a little intelligent design to help turn that mass of delicious cool aide into the fruit of a flower?
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The idea that we would be ... (Below threshold)
Ted:

The idea that we would be sending mixed messages in regards to how it would be funded. I think anyone for the bill should start smoking and for those who were thinking about quitting should think again. After all its for the children.

jpe is busily tryi... (Below threshold)
jpe:
jpe is busily trying to make lemons of lemonaide. Salud!

Trying to make sense of GOP economic thought, which is more like trying to square a circle.

Great article!... (Below threshold)
Amy:

Great article!

Mark Steyn is a genius. </... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Mark Steyn is a genius.

"But middle-class entitleme... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"But middle-class entitlement creep would be wrong even if was affordable" -- Steyn

You (expletive-deleted) conservatives got billions upon billions upon billions (and counting) for war based on lies, and you got to gall to balk at a program that would insure many of the nations children for a fraction of what you people spend???

"Once a fellow's enjoying the fruits of Euro-style entitlements, he couldn't give a hoot about the general societal interest" -- Steyn
Who do you think truly cares about the "general societal interest": a citizen of Amsterdam who gets around by bicycle or some American driving an SUV with a Bush-Cheney bumpersticker on the back on his way to NASCAR, to watch cars go round in circles for hours, polluting the air as they go? You conservatives have still more gall to talk about concern for future generations, given that you don't give a damn about global warming.

Herman, Gore said that deal... (Below threshold)
kim:

Herman, Gore said that dealing with Saddam was like trying to housebreak a cobra. And the globe is cooling, keep up. It's clouds and cosmic rays, not trace gases.
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