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What is public good?

Ayn Rand wrote:  “You propose to establish a social order based on the following tenets: that you’re incompetent to run your own life, but competent to run the lives of others-that you’re unfit to exist in freedom, but fit to become an omnipotent ruler-that you’re unable to earn your living by the use of your own intelligence, but able to judge politicians and to vote them into jobs of total power over arts you have never seen, over sciences you have never studied, over achievements of which you have no knowledge, over the gigantic industries where you, by your own definition of your capacity, would be unable successfully to fill the job of assistant greaser.”

Recently, we adopted the most important piece of social policy we have seen in our lifetime.  I say this because it is the turning point for America.  The Healthcare Bill Congress passed has allowed them to overstep boundaries and take into their own hands the “public good”.  We allow men and women who can not control their own lives or finances to decide what is best for all of us.

What is the public good?  Someone define it for me.

Some of you will say it is something that can be agreed upon as a “good for all”.  I am here to tell you, this does not exist.  You can never please everyone.  As long as mankind is in control:  There will always be poverty. There will always be thieves.  There will always be one person who is better at a task than another.  There will always be competition.  There will always be unrest.  There will always be violence.  There will always be hunger.  There will always be someone who finds pleasure at the expense of his brother.

One man’s “good” is another man’s sorrow.  There is no such thing as public good.  It will never be.


Stimulus Package

I personally believe that the government is robbing millions of hardworking taxpayers of money and calling it a “stimulus package”.  This past week, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina had a tough decision to make, to accept or not accept the stimulus package.  This piece of legislations caused a great deal of controversy in this southern state.  There were a lot of protests for and against the stimulus package.  

For those people against it, they believe that since we did not support the stimulus package to begin with, we should stand on our morals and values and continue with that decision.  This means that since the package passed, we, as a state, would not accept it either.  

People protesting for the stimulus package represent two sides to the argument.  One side believes that it was a good move on the governments part and it will help our economy (I completely disagree with this argument).  The other side states that taxpayers in South Carolina are paying for the stimulus package anyway, so we may as well benefit from it.  They especially mention that it will help us to pay more teachers and thus benefit our schools and the future minds of America.  

Now, I can understand both sides.  It is very important to stand by your morals and values.  But, at the same time, if we are going to be paying for the stimulus package anyway, why let all the other states reap the benefits?  Governor Sanford had a tough decision to make, and I do not envy him for it.  Governor Sanford finally did accept the stimulus package, becoming the last governor in the country to do so.