In an op-ed piece, Jim DeMint made the following claim:
This is a great argument, because it follows standard conservative logic in situations like this:
- Any time there is a cheaper option (like community college), people will obviously rush to it and abandon the more expensive alternative (like Yale)
- 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
- 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:
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 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.