So.... who should be responsible for what?
I thought of this regarding the 'social safety net' that some Western European *cough*socialist*cough* states have, and how it works (or doesn't). There, it's the responsibility of the government to care for their citizens. Then I thought of the rhetoric that got tossed around when Obama's health care bill was about to be passed, about "rationing health care" and "free choice" and "free market". If you pay much attention to American politics, the 'social safety net' is definitely not supposed to be the responsibility of the "overreaching" and "ever-expanding" government -- it's supposed to be in the hands of private firms
who pretty much own the government anyway.
So, who is responsible for health care? For school? For elder care? For pre-school? For homeless shelters? -- and moreover, who should be? is it possible to provide adequate services in a free market environment (assuming the lack of near-monopolies that exist today)? Is legislation necessary to provide these services?
Go, Topic, and may the
Force Power of Meandering Conversation be with you.