Why America Should Not Become Europe
There is a reason we broke from Mother England. There is a reason we have not wholeheartedly embraced the socialist techniques of Europe. It’s the same reason we are the most desired destination for immigrants (legal and illegal) around the world. It’s the same reason our soldiers volunteer to fight in distant lands and put their lives and limbs on the line. It’s the same reason our Founders pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor.” Freedom. That state of existence which allows us to make our own way, like the pioneers of the West, to pull out what is best inside of us and achieve, and accomplish and, yes, have that American dream of our own place, with a garden, a car and a family. In America there is no limit to where you can go with a can-do attitude and the right amount of effort. Let Europeans affect disdain for our way of life — but take note how many come to live here.
And so, the great genius of American know-how prospers in a context of capitalism and free markets and limited government. Our innovations in medical science surpass all other nations because people are allowed and encouraged to work hard and create and invent, make mistakes and start all over again. In fact people from all the world come here to receive medical treatment. John Stossel did a recent great piece on the American medical system compared to others. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab8cDxLNRkE&NR=1.
And yet there appears to be a desire to be like Europe from our leadership in their desire to have a single-payer Government-run medical system. This video shows how our President has suggested in the past that this type of system is really what America needs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-bY92mcOdk. The current push for reform could just be the first step because, after all, once the alternative Government system is in place, either (i) private insurance will fade away being unable to compete with the uncompetable or (ii) Congress and the White House will continue to attack the profits and “unfairness” of private insurance. After all, President lambasted the insurance companies for making large profits in a recession so if they continue to make profits they will be stopped. And how is that relevant exactly? We want people to make money in and out of recession. That is what makes our country free. How is it that an American President can be criticizing people for legally making profits in tough or good times! American entrepreneurs breathe for the opportunity to make money in any economy.
Why do we want to be like Europe? It is not in our nature. Americans prefer independence and innovation, not dependence and stagnation. Let us solve the problems of the uninsured through state and local efforts and through charity, not through the horribly inefficient Federal government. It doesn’t matter who is in the White House. This is not the American way.