Thursday, September 02, 2004

Welcome To The Jungle

The good people at the CATO Institute have something new in store for you this coming fall season. "Oh gee what?" you may ask. Well it's called the Ownership Society and in the ownership society, "patients control their own health care, parents control their own children's education, and workers control their retirement savings." This is a magical place where everyone has access to all available information to make rational decisions, where rational actors are rewarded and the others . . . Well life's bitch ain't it?

Once again the suits from D.C. pledge fealty to the "market" at the expense of common sense. A country in which a sizeable number of people believe Elvis is still alive is clearly not ready to place management of its citizens affairs in the hands of the masses. Gee, isn't that why we have government in the first place? Coming on the heels of the stock market's five year stagnation, the Ownership Society is at best an ill-conceived paean to the robust Clinton years and at worst a cynical ploy to teach Hobbes on a massive scale. Anyone else hear that school bell?

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