Being a socialist means never having to say you are sorry or wrong. Whether you are a Big Socialist of the Soviet, Cuba, Nazi type or just the Little Socialist in Brooklyn or Boca who reads a few MSM scare articles and thinks government should tax more and spend the revenue on this or that program, the suffering their programs create harm real people. History shows that Big Socialists always needed the Little Socialists to assume and maintain power. While the Big Socialists were given enough rope to prove that following socialism's policies always leads to tyrrany, oppression and gulags, we have seen no shame from the Little Socialists.
The Little Socialists however survive to push in many different ways the same use of government to intrude on our lives and inhibit our right to our property and thus our lives. Little Socialists never consider property rights of individuals as anything but selfishness. They see human suffering as caused by the property right proponents. But they are the modern killers. They are the ones who take opportunity away from the little people.Cafe Hayek has an interesting post
containing a graph (that I cannot reproduce here
) showing the relative data on healthcare spending in a number of countries and the 5-year survival rates for colon and breast cancer. The 2 cancer-types are the most prevalent today for men and women. 5-year survival rates seem small but are a measure of the enhanced lives cancer victims lead when properly treated. Here are some of the results:
US: 12.7% Healthcare spending per GDP; 5-year cancer survival rates: Colon 60% Breast 82%
UK: 6.9% Healthcare spending per GDP; 5-year cancer survival rates: Colon 36% Breast 63%
France: 9.6% Healthcare spending per GDP; 5-year cancer survival rates: Colon 45% Breast 72%
Germany: 10.5% Healthcare spending per GDP; 5-year Cancer survival rates: Colon 48% Breast 68%
The numbers may appear relatively close but imagine falling into the differential percentage.
Little Socialists have good hearts and sleep well knowing they are helping their fellow man. They will never say they are sorry. In fact, they will pursue the programs that have failed. Without a worry.