Laissez Faire

06 May

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Leave Americans Alone

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I recall reading sometime in the late 80s or early 90s that the Federal government actually paid good money out of the public coffers to dissuade a vast number of pre-med students from continuing their education in the medical field, or more specifically, to NOT become doctors. Not because of higher standards, or the vastly improved health status of the population, or a glut on the global or regional market of doctors. In fact, during the same time this news was revealed, there was a longstanding attitude that America needed doctors, particularly in the rural areas, and anyone who has experienced city medicine at work would have surely agreed that more choices would have been preferable to the cha ching whiz bam thank you ma'am herd-like manner in which they were now being treated.

This program was conceived and operated as a companion to the program paying a farmer NOT to plant tomatoes, or cotton, or whatever else the government sees fit to control in deference, or paradoxically, in defiance of market forces. Yee haw! So much for the so-called laissez faire capitalism still propped up as the US economy's prime directive in all the textbooks but in reality is now sliding slippery down the greased throats of self-oriented politicians of both stripes. Frankly, I was stunned to see how far the now entrenched American way of keeping the workforce thin, and the prices up, had spred.

Keep standards high. But I tend to think that if every single American had a bonafide medical background, and I don’t mean surgeons, or pharamaceutical pushers, but good old-fashioned or new-aged holistic warriors, we would be a whole lot better off than we are now, facing this pandemic or that one. First, do no harm.
In this past Thursday's Pittsburgh Post-Gassette, the headline reads: FEDS PAINT GLOOMY PANDEMIC PICTURE. This should be no surprise. In this corruptive society of the spectacle, we understand that the media plays up the monsterous, the vainglorious, the wretched, injecting fear into every situation. After all, peddling fear and one's dwindling last chance at sex both sell in the marketplace of dualing opposites. If they don't we as pampered angst-riddled consumers believe that we are getting only one side of the story, that somebody is holding out on us, that the wool has indeed been pulled over our eyes. "Why didn't they warn us?" we bellow. Thus, the media has no choice but to pander to both the addicts of dysfunction and chaos as well as to those addicts of blind happiness and self-contentment.

The article starts like this—The White House yesterday unveiled a foreboding report on the nation's lack of preparedness for a bird flu pandemic, warning that such an outbreak could kill as many as 2 million people and deal a war-like blow to the country's economic and social fabric. It urged state and local governments to make their own preparations beyond the federal efforts.

...the report said a full-blown pandemic could lead to travel restrictions, mandatory quarantines, massive absenteeism, an economic slowdown, civil disturbances and breakdowns in public order. It warned that the health-care system - from doctors and nurses (another blog on that situation) to suppliers of pharmaceuticals—is inadequate to meet the country's needs in a flu pandemic. In the event, the article continued as if to emphasize, there may be insufficient medical resources or personnel to augment local capabilities.

...critics [of the report] were quick to attack what they said was the administration's slow reponse. Sen. Ted Kennedy, said the White House report represented the third attempt to write a flu plan, suggesting that no amount of revision can disguise the fact that other nations have been implementing their plans for years, while we are waiting to read ours for the first time today. He added, "The United States is at the back of the line in ordering essential flu medicines, and we're at the bottom of the international league in having a coordinated national strategy."

After decades of struggle against the basic unfairness & numerous pitfalls of the American brand of capitalism which leads to accumulation with no end in sight at the top, made possible by a battalion of laws written by the rich for the rich, who by nature of the numbers racket, traffick in warfare against the mere traces of trickle down integrity the lower classes not equipped with brilliant genius or drop dead beauty, both of which tend to open mighty doors that remain closed to the grunts and dreamers—unwilling to sell their dreams for a shekel or two in the tar pits of what's left of American industry—must make do with, and...

...after studying the frosty idealism of failed Communism and all of its sickening abuses and blind alleys, it was philosopher Friedrich A. Hayak who finally convinced me of the superiority of the Western system. The quickening point was a simple one, a mathematical one. In the absence of a omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent dictator who would give to all who asked (don't tell me God is the answer, if God's not the question), a centralized government simply can't REACT to market or intellectual forces with due diligence, in a timely fashion. But in the American system, MOST players, level field or not, have the opportunity to REACT quickly to those UNFORESEEN forces.

So why is America in the business of regulating any industries in terms of how many this, how many that we need at any given moment? Besides, what harm would a few extra doctors in this world have caused? Yes, weed out the bad ones. Keep standards high. But I tend to think that if every single American had a bonafide medical background, and I don't mean surgeons, or pharamaceutical pushers, but good old-fashioned or new-aged holistic warriors, we would be a whole lot better off than we are now, facing this pandemic or that one. First, do no harm.

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