Death Panels

Pearls of wisdom from our corporate overlords at Koch Industries the American Enterprise Institute. You can’t make this shit up:

In a world of scarce resources, a slightly higher mortality rate is an acceptable price to pay for certain goals — including more cash for other programs, such as those that help the poor; less government coercion and more individual liberty; more health-care choice for consumers, allowing them to find plans that better fit their needs; more money for taxpayers to spend themselves; and less federal health-care spending. This opinion is not immoral. Such choices are inevitable. They are made all the time.

Consider, for example, speed limits. By allowing people to drive their cars at speeds at which collisions result in death, our government has decided that the socially optimal number of traffic fatalities is not zero. Some poor souls die: There were more than 30,000 traffic fatalities on America’s roads in 2013. If we didn’t accept that risk, we’d lower the speed limit to a rate at which accidents simply don’t kill, such as 10 mph. Instead, we’ve raised it periodically over the years, and you can now go as fast as 85 mph on a few highways.

Collateral damage, y’all. Well, I suppose if you overlook the fact that we do lower speed limits all the damn time (in places like school zones, neighborhoods, construction zones, high-density pedestrian areas, etc.) AND if you blithely avoid acknowledging that the auto industry spends bazillions (and the government mandates) safety measures like air bags and seat belts etc. etc., not to mention mandatory insurance coverage for when accidents do happen, if you ignore all these and dozens of other things you might have a point. But since I won’t, you don’t.

You, sir, win the Failed Analogy Award of the year. You’re also an asshole. And a sociopath.

God these corporate idiots and their free market fairy tales. And yet, they’re always the first ones to go whining to the courthouse when something happens to them and their precious darlings. Just Go Galt on your freedom island already and leave running the country to the rest of us who have some common sense.

BTW, no discussion of the American Enterprise Institute is complete without providing a list of who they represent.


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9 responses to “Death Panels

  1. greennotGreen

    OTOH, a slightly lower birth rate is infinitely moral, but almost no one wants to talk about that.

    • It depends on how we get that birth rate. If it’s family planning and birth control, that seems OK to the majority. If it’s having pregnant women suffer, starve, get sick and suffer high numbers of miscarriages, I don’t think anyone would consider that moral.

      • greennotGreen

        Yes, I suppose starving pregnant women could be a form of birth control, but I hadn’t really thought of that. However, I’m afraid there’s a growing minority that wants to reclassify some forms of birth control as abortifacients and to drive family planning clinics out of existence, so I’m not sure how long we’ll be able to say that “family planning and birth control [seem] OK to the majority.”

      • But that’s what this guy is basically saying. A “higher mortality rate” is acceptable in the interests of “less government coercion and more individual liberty; more health-care choice for consumers,” etc. So what if pregnant women can’t afford/access prenatal care. That’s the cost of Glibertarian freedom!

        Of course one has to question if it’s really “freedom” when it only applies to the select few. But, move along …

  2. Moira MacGaothin

    Sick assholes. But they are the people that Americans love. Otherwise, they wouldn’t keep electing their puppets. All Americans think they could be rich like the Kochs some day, so they continue to support them. See Keystone. See fracking. See bank rules eliminated.

  3. Shorter AEI: I’m happy to see you dead if it saves me some money.

  4. Shutter

    From ‘Independence Day’, a human being speaking to an alien invader…

    “What do you want us to do?”


  5. tao

    AEI = Fink Tank. Finding whatever conclusions their sponsors desire.

  6. “Shorter AEI: I’m happy to see you dead if it saves me some money.”

    Shorter, still.

    “Fuck you, takerz!”