It turns out that when men and women shed their faith, they don’t necessarily get more liberal, but they do get more tribal and vicious.

National Review’s David French offers an excellent observation that as society, and individuals, become less “religious,” they become less reasonable and more superstitious. French documents others who have noticed the same thing.  You can read the full article here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449789/post-christian-america-superstitious-intolerant-reality

 

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Of course, there are financial costs.  Socialized healthcare does not pay for itself, but is dependent upon increasing subsidies.  In this country, Medicare patients must pay for supplemental insurance themselves to cover essential services.  Those who live in nations with socialized healthcare systems must travel to other countries, including the US, to get the medical care they need.  Premiums go up.  Taxes go up.

However, the real cost is in human suffering.  Perhaps the most compelling example of this is Charlie Gard.  This UK infant was diagnosed with a terminal, incurable disease, and the state ordered him taken off of life support.  His parents wanted permission to try an experimental treatment in the US, but the UK courts denied their request.  You can read a concise summary of the case here: http://www.unionleader.com/editorial/Pray-for-Charlie-Gard-The-cost-of-socialized-medicine-07262017  Charlie’s mother offers a more personal and detailed account here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/charlie-gard-mothers-full-statement-sorry-couldnt-save/

In short, socializing medicine takes power away from individual and family, and puts the power into the hands of faceless bureaucrats who do not care about individual and family (unless it is their own).  In the case of Charlie Gard, the UK healthcare system actively killed the patient.

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The United States Postal Service violated the Hatch Act to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  The illegal practice of pressuring managers to release employees to campaign for Hillary wasn’t really a new practice, the investigation found.  They’ve been pressuring managers since 1990 in support of Democrat candidates.

Postmaster General Megan Brennan has promised to end the practice, but the postal service will take no action against high-level administrators or any other staff.

Read more here.

Fifty years ago, we declared war on poverty.  What Ronald Reagan said 30 years ago is still true.  Poverty won.

Timothy Goeglein offers an excellent summary of President Johnson’s greatest success and greatest failure – the growth of government into a behemoth that has crushed the American spirit, increased racial tensions and institutionalized crime and poverty.  You can read the full article here: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/lbj-vs-the-nuclear-family/

Rachel Sheffield enumerates the costs of the Great Society’s failures: $22 Trillion to date (with an additional $14 Trillion projected in the next 10 years), a decline in eligible workers in the labor force, a large increase in single parent households, a large increase in the proportion of US citizens living on welfare, etc.  You can read her short article here: http://dailysignal.com/2014/05/22/great-society-50-years-later-failing-americas-poor/

Ironically, the Great Society has failed worst those it meant to help most, poor minorities in the poor, inner cities.  Historian Walter Russell Mead succinctly described this:

After the Medicare/Medicaid catastrophe, the single greatest policy failure of modern America is urban policy.  Since the Great Society era of Lyndon Johnson, the country has poured hundreds of billions of dollars into poor urban neighborhoods.  The violence and crime generated in these neighborhoods costs hundreds of billions more.  And after all this time, all this money and all this energy, the inner city populations are worse off than before.  There is more drug addiction and more social and family breakdown among this population than when the Great Society was launched.  Incarceration rates have risen to levels that shock the world (though they make for safer streets); the inner city abortion rate has reached levels that must surely appall even the most resolute pro-choicers not on the Planned Parenthood payroll.  Forty percent of all pregnancies in New York end in abortion, with higher rates among Blacks; nationally, the rate among Blacks is three times the rate among white women.  Put it all together and you have a holocaust of youth and hope on a scale hard to match.    – Walter Russell Mead, The Shame of the Cities and the Shade of LBJ

What they were elected to do.

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The Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House.  When the Democrats controlled these, they gave us Obamacare.  But Republicans, even Senators who swore to repeal the healthcare fiasco, can’t bring themselves to repeal or replace or even significantly amend.

More and more, the Republicans seem to be Democrats.  (The Democrats seem to be Socialists.)  I guess we’ll have to try again next time.