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.

Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.  We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are.  If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit, and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.

 

But just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned here in Poland, we know that these forces, too, are doomed to fail if we want them to fail.  And we do, indeed, want them to fail.  They are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, our countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched.  Through all of that, you have to say everything is true.  Our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are.  And if we don’t forget who are, we just can’t be beaten.  Americans will never forget.  The nations of Europe will never forget.  We are the fastest and the greatest community.  There is nothing like our community of nations.  The world has never known anything like our community of nations.

 

We write symphonies.  We pursue innovation.  We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.

 

We reward brilliance.  We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God.  We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.

 

We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success.  We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives.  And we debate everything.  We challenge everything.  We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.

 

And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.  That is who we are.  Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization.

 

What we have, what we inherited from our — and you know this better than anybody, and you see it today with this incredible group of people — what we’ve inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before.  And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again.  So we cannot fail.

 

This great community of nations has something else in common:  In every one of them, it is the people, not the powerful, who have always formed the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense.  The people have been that foundation here in Poland — as they were right here in Warsaw — and they were the foundation from the very, very beginning in America.

 

Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values.  We did not and we will not.  We will never back down.  As long as we know our history, we will know how to build our future.  Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests.

– President Trump, Warsaw Poland, July 7 2017

 

Full text of the speech is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/07/06/remarks-president-trump-people-poland-july-6-2017