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    • givelifeachance2

      Best way to get a family wage is to roll back to husband as breadwinner, wife takes care of kids and grandma. Then with only one wage per household, employers can be more confident that they are not funding double-dippers and can offer a meaningful wage to cover the family. Another benefit from this is we can eliminate many of the school-teachers and nursinghome jobs which have been little more than babysitters so mom could work. As a veteran homeschooler, I know that a lot more moms could homeschool than do.

      Health costs would plummet if third parties weren’t paying the costs. Case in point, the orthopedist saw dollar signs in my ankle fracture last spring, knowing my insurance policy would pay for surgery. Luckily, several second opinion doctors said no surgery was needed, but overcharges and unnecessary procedures are happening all the time, and the patients have no incentive to correct the waste (even if they knew it was going on).

      Nuke the whole concept of health insurance, it’s a bankrupt scheme, as is Medicare. I like those health cost sharing programs and Amish type programs, and want a Catholic one. If USCCB wanted to be helpful in any way it would have coordinated that instead of setting us up for Obamacare.

      Turn the clock back? Sometimes you have to do that to get back on the right path.

    • Adam Baum

      “… but the state as the
      main guardian of the common good”

      Stop. Stop right there.

      The major problem with this essay is the above phrase. First, there’s no “common good”, especially under conditions of multiple peaked preferences, but even if we confine the discussion to the rare case where there is a “common good”, there’s no evidence that governments can identify it and pursue it. Too assign such a role to government is foolish wishful thinking.

      Governments in what was called Christendom are operating on fiscally unsustainable paths and covering up these deficits through the debasement of currencies, the surrender of national identities and pure chicanery. They are also encouraging dependency to ensure pliable electorates, encouraging and institutionalizing sexual immorality, and operating as agents of atheism.

      I grow very weary of “political science” academics whose fascination with government reduces them to the level of sophistication offered by seventh grade introductions to government. I want “political scientists” opining on government as much as I want pyromaniacs opining on fire. In the last century, Europe’s “main guardians of the common good” dispatched tens of millions to early and violent deaths. They had plenty of help in the USSR, Imperial Japan, China, Cuba, Cambodia and myriad of other lesser despotic realms.

      Even in the United States there have been frequent and profound assaults on human dignity despite the existence of Constitutional protections and segregated powers. Slavery, the Civil War, Segregation, the poisoning of alcohol to further prohibition and the Japanese internment and the HHS mandate are the best known events, but there are plenty of others.

      It is really, really time to acknowledge that government is at best a necessary evil, and at worst an intolerable one, to borrow a phrase. It really hasn’t changed much since Herod decapitated John to repay the fleeting satisfaction of his lust.

      • Matt Advent

        Fantastic reply sir. I’m glad you saved me the effort.