50 Years Of Socialism

This is an excellent piece from the PowerLine blog, reprinted here.  It should give us all pause.

After fifty years of socialism, Cuba’s economy has regressed to the point where its government is now encouraging farmers to plow with oxen. Government-owned oxen. Cuba gets 100,000 barrels of oil a day from Venezuela, for free, but still can’t afford to run its small supply of tractors (also government-owned).

“I am thankful for the revolution,” 52-year-old [Zenaida Leon] said. “But we don’t get boots, tools, irrigation that works.”

Socialism is the most inept, most destructive system of organization ever devised by mankind. Why would we even consider turning our health care system over to its discredited principles?

What’s the medical equivalent of plowing with oxen? Maybe someday our grandchildren will wait in line to be bled by leeches or have their teeth extracted with pliers.

UPDATE: The point is reinforced by Theodore Dalrymple, a British doctor, in the Wall Street Journal. He compares human health care (socialized) with veterinary health care (free market) in Great Britain:

In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to compare the human and veterinary health services of Great Britain, and on the whole it is better to be a dog.

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