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Jim DeMint says that Gateway Community College will force Yale to shut down

In an op-ed piece, Jim DeMint made the following claim:

 

ObamaCare will destroy the private-insurance market, incentivize businesses to cancel current health coverage for their employees, create physician shortages, and force Americans and states into total dependency on the federal government. After all that, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the free market to resurrect a private health-care system built on doctor/patient decision-making.

 

This is a great argument, because it follows standard conservative logic in situations like this:

  1. Any time there is a cheaper option (like community college), people will obviously rush to it and abandon the more expensive alternative (like Yale)
  2. Because publicly funded institutions (like community college) get funding from the government and do not have to “compete” on the same playing field as private institutions (like Yale), they will always be cheaper
  3. Therefore, if a publicly-funded institution (like community college) is allowed to exist at all, it will COMPLETELY DESTROY ALL PRIVATE ALTERNATIVES (like Yale), as well as destroying capitalism entirely.

 

However, although this is an excellent argument that is perfect in every way, we here at LiberalBias.com believe that Jim DeMint has failed to see the true scope and genius of what he has said. In fact, this argument doesn’t need to only be applied to Obamacare… it can be used to shut down any number of evil, sinister things!

For example, we should shut down community colleges, like the Gateway Community College in New Haven, which is obviously creating unfair competition for Yale. The argument goes like this:

 

Gateway Community College, in New Haven, Connecticut, will destroy the private Yale University, incentivize students to drop out of the University, create teacher shortages, and force students and teachers into total dependency on the federal government. After all that, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the free market to resurrect a private university system.

 

Similarly, isn’t having an army just getting in the way of the profits of private contractors like Xe/Blackwater? These poor, beleaguered soldiers contractors are doing such a great job of caring for our overseas interests, it can’t possibly be good for them that the army is encroaching on their turf. The argument goes like this:

 

The United States Army will destroy the private Blackwater/Xe Military Contractor Service, incentivize young men to drop out of the army, create command-chain shortages, and worst of all will force soldiers into total dependency on the federal government. After all that, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the free market to resurrect a private military contractor system.

 

The list goes on and on. In summary: Jim Demint puts forth a great argument, but doesn’t apply it widely enough. If he were a bit more creative, he would see that it’s actually an argument against any government of any kind ever…. which is just how we like it.

 

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

 
3 Comments  comments 

3 Responses

  1. Good one! You totally got me!
    Of course, I don’t see why destroying the corrupt, greedy, inflation-causing private health insurance companies would be a bad thing, but that’s just me.

  2. MoeLarryAndJesus

    Does Jim DeMint have a facial expression that DOESN’T resemble a sphincter? Because I haven’t seen it yet.

  3. As long as there are rich people who don’t want to be anywhere near poor people there will be a place for private anything, clubs, schools, businesses, sports, beaches, etc. If you have a capitalistic system. People who can afford more will pay for more to let themselves believe they are better than the rest. Yale and Harvard will be fine.

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