Government Cannot Be A Charity

Bill Collier- You say you want the government to pay for health care or for the poor and needy. The problem is not that we should help people who can’t help themselves. In fact, sometimes the left are better at identifying the needs than the right is, of course they do so to exploit a crisis.

But when you say you want a program to do this or that, understand three things: first, the political class will use it to buy votes and feather their own nests and that of their consultants, second, the global corporate elitists will get all the contracts because they own the politicians, and, third, the bureaucrats will take their cut and pay themselves well.

Nobody who loves the poor and needy and who wants health care for all is being serious about the problem if their solution is that the government takes from the producers and creates a program that doesn’t really transfer wealth to the poor, but to the political class, their corporate masters, and the bureaucrats.

Government can, at best, incentivize such charity and facilitate it when a mass response is needed, it can help with regulations and rules that promote equity and prevent exploitation and fraud, and it can certainly make it easier for people to succeed in their own by getting the bureaucrats and their rule books off the neck of the little guy.

The government is not a charity, it is a force, and it neccessarily has too many middle men and agendas that come between the beneficiary and the confiscated wealth to justify it filling such a role.

It would be savage to let people die because they don’t have money for health care. But the solution is to promote and facilitate charity, to end the obstacles to low cost health care (including excessive regulations and a system for licensing professionals that is overloaded and over-expensive) while empowering cooperatives, fraternal societies, and mutual assurance funds to replace for-profit “insurance” that is tied to your employer.

There are serious and workable solutions government can facilitate. But government is never going to be a good charity. It has too much waste, too many middle men, and too much of a temptation to use its “charity” to buy votes.

Pictured: the PA State Capitol building in Harrisburg PA