Friday, November 23, 2007

Preschool for All

Remember this?

Heather Cook writes Canadian Brand Socialism: Failing the Sick and Poor and quotes this report finding,
The policy thus provides the greatest benefit to upper-income families, who as it turns out make greater use of subsidized daycare services.
Cook concludes,
To add fuel to this fire, national childcare advocates are pushing for the government to further restrict private daycare options in Canada, after an Australian company – 123 Busy Beavers – began buying up Canadian day care centers. The company’s only crime seems to be that it’s the largest such company in the world.

It seems to me that a little free-market competition might help to keep the costs reasonable and the options open for Canadian parents.

It’s clear that the Canadian brand of socialism is no longer effective. Canadians are clinging to the safety nets of “free health care” and “subsidized programs” without thinking things through. They don’t stop to ask themselves “what would happen if the tax money currently earmarked for health care and subsidies stayed in my pocket?”

If Canadian socialism can’t take care of the children and the sick, what exactly is it here for?
Today's Socialism is taking care of someone for sure; just not children, sick, or workers.

It's that reality that makes me still feel a leftist after chucking Socialism. Socialism and progressive politics just not the people's program anymore.

Also check Spontaneous Solutions on queues and waits in Stuff Rich Miller Would Never Post (Rich did).

Americans don't like queues. Americans want choices. Collective solutions have a nasty habit of benefiting those least in need, and removing everyone elses choices.

So our question in Illinois then, is what exactly is Blagojevich here for? Like Canadian Socialism, the Gov's not in it for the sick and poor.

2 comments:

Laotzu42 said...

[quote]Today's Socialism is taking care of someone for sure; just not children, sick, or workers.

It's that reality that makes me still feel a leftist after chucking Socialism. Socialism and progressive politics just not the people's program anymore.[/quote]

I like what you're saying here Bill and I agree, but what's the alternative? Or, is there an alternative for the poor? This reminds me a little of how I felt when I watched "Live Earth". Just feel good promotion for the people who do the most consuming to tell the rest of us to change our light bulbs and we'll save the planet.

After your concerns regarding Stem cell research I wondered what you thought about this weeks announcements. http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20071123/ts_csm/astemcell
(Hopefully that link comes through)
Seems like a good step forward.

Jeff

Bill Baar said...

I thought it great news on stem cells.