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Vail Daily Editor Don Rogers: What’s to hate with socialism?

Don Rogers
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

So, we have socialized retirement, socialized education, socialized mail, socialized trains, socialized highways, and in some places even socialized trash pickup.

We have socialized money, socialized police, socialized military with its own socialized health care, socialized health care for the elderly, and some tender strands of socialized health care for children.

Tell me again how adding socialized health care for the general populace surely will bring on the end times for America?

As far as bogeymen go, this one is awfully familiar. We get along just fine with “socialism,” actually.

We’re even socializing car companies these days.

Privately, we have pretty much the most expensive and least effective health care in the industrialized world.

It’s clear something must change. Our health-care system is headed for disaster every bit as much as Social Security and Medicare.

Whether privatized or socialized, these systems require overhaul. Reliance on ideology over intellect is a chimera, not the answer. Social Security maybe could use some privatization, and health care might well need — gasp — a bit of socialization.

The notion that government couldn’t run a candy store might be true enough. But government builds roads and armies better than any cacophony of private enterprises could. I surely don’t want Blackwater policing my streets or handling work best left to the Marines.

Somehow we as a public need to get past crayon and butcher paper in our understanding of the evolving health-care debate. Enough with Palin and hysterical claims about “death panels.” Let’s move on from MoveOn.

How about we require the uprising to also understand what they are protesting? Nothing wrong with speaking out, but how about knowing what you are talking about? What’s truly real is complicated enough, and surely worth debate.

I sat in U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’ discussion with a smaller group of politicos and health-care providers before the town hall meeting Wednesday. I can tell you he is well-versed in the legislation. Count at least one congressman who has read the bills.

I love the counterintuitive notion that a public option would be a catalyst for competition among insurance companies. It’s probably true, too, given those soaring cost increases.

Cranky conservatives should consider that as much as we rail on Social Security, go ahead and try taking it away.

Seems we like our “socialized” lifestyle better than we might let on.

Don Rogers is the editor and publisher of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at drogers@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2920. He welcomes your comments.


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