Friday, June 03, 2005

Can solving economic problems be expensive?

Words such as "affordable" and "free" get used often by liberal politicians who demand some form of government welfare for the poor. That covers everything from "free healthcare" to "affordable housing". Now the question you should ask yourself concerning such ideas is, will more problems be created by the use of government intervention? So-called "free healthcare" is a good example. What happens to a doctor's office when they offer "free" services? They get clogged with so many people that you could wait months at a time to get to see the doctor; not to mention the fact that if you are a taxpayer the services aren't "free" at all. As for "affordable housing" you need not look further than our government housing projects. Ask the people who live there if they feel delighted to live in their environment. So we need to ask ourselves whenever a politician promises help from the government: " Could this eliminate one problem and create ten others?"