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Posted by Bill Ward on April 7, 2011, 3:56 pm
On Thu, 07 Apr 2011 09:30:01 +0100, Giga2" <"Giga2 wrote:

No offense, but on what do you base that opinion?

Posted by Giga2 on April 7, 2011, 7:09 pm

For instance the NHS would be a good example. This is basically a state
controlled healthcare market in the UK, and it works pretty well (*note not
perfectly). There ia also no free market in guns here, or heroine.

Posted by Bill Ward on April 7, 2011, 7:51 pm
 On Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:09:11 +0100, Giga2" <"Giga2 wrote:

OK, but I meant to ask on what you base your opinion, not who agrees with
you.  Here in the US, we base, or are supposed to base, our government on
the Declaration of Independence, to protect the "self evident" rights to
"life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".  The Constitution describes
the mechanism by which that happens, through the application of several
enumerated powers. The power to redistribute wealth, or subsidize, is not
one of the enumerated powers in our Constitution.

That principle's drifted a bit from inattention, but is in the somewhat
messy process of being restored.  

AIUI, your system is based on the Magna Carta and tradition.  I wouldn't
presume to tell you Brits how to run your country, but do you really
think it's working out better for you now than if you hadn't turned hard
left a few years ago?  How long will your healthcare system and all the
other subsidies last?

We're going through a massive reevaluation of the "spend your way out of
debt" plan, and it doesn't look good.

Posted by Giga2 on April 8, 2011, 7:47 am

What about having an army? That is wealth taken from some to pay others so
is a kind of redistribution. Or police, or adminstrators etc.

What you mean even more socialist!? Definitely not.

UK healthcare system one of the most efficient in the world AFAIK.

Don't you mean 'borrow your way out of debt' lol.

Posted by Bill Ward on April 8, 2011, 3:28 pm
 On Fri, 08 Apr 2011 08:47:28 +0100, Giga2" <"Giga2 wrote:

Providing for the common defense is one of, and one might argue, the most
important of the enumerated powers.  I view it as purchasing and
overseeing a necessary service, not as "redistribution".  The same could
be said for providing a justice system.  Redistribution is taking one
taxpayer's money and giving it to another because of some perceived
"entitlement" to certain goods others have produced, such as health care,
food, housing, windmills, and other unearned values.

Those are not included in the basic human rights of "life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness" guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence,
and enforced by the Constitution.  To guarantee them is to impose slavery
on those who must then provide them without compensation.  

What do you think is the difference between redistribution and socialism?

Fine, as long as you're happy, but I've heard differently.

That too, but IMHO, if we stayed within the Constitution, we wouldn't be
in debt.

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