Don’t Blame Republicans for Failure to Repeal Obamacare - The Objective Standard

So, we see that they are not even going to try to repeal Obamacare. As Joe Kiernan, on CNBC, observed, you can’t take away an entitlement, once granted.

The temptation is to say, “Those goddamn spineless Republicans.” That is a mistake. The problem is not in the moral character of the representatives. They are our representatives, after all. They should not need a spine, only the desire to be re-elected. And the electorate, as they read it, does not want to cut off the looting of the productive to fund the irresponsibility of the parasites. Or, as the public sees the situation, we must not strip away from the helpless that which is rightfully theirs, by virtue of their need.

And right there you see the power of ideas. Egoism holds that one is entitled to what one has earned. Altruism holds that one is entitled to what one needs. Egoism holds that rightful ownership of a value comes from the act of creating it. Altruism holds that rightful ownership of a value comes from the state of lacking it. . . .

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