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Collectivism’s cost

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if is it constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?

A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property is not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superceded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?

The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles: individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are a testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable”.

Ed Konecnik
Flushing

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