Recently in a Town Hall the Republican Member of the House of Representatives for the First District of Iowa, said
"Why should a 62-year-old man have to pay for maternity care?”
Which prompted a response that is said to have gone viral
You can find the full uninterrupted text at
Congressman Rod Blum in a Dubuque town hall (Monday) night asked, “Why should a 62-year-old man have to pay for maternity care?”
I ask, why should I pay for a bridge I don’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read?
Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate? Why should I pay the salaries of politicians I didn’t vote for, a tax cut that doesn’t affect me, or a loophole I can’t take advantage of?
Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t
It’s called democracy, a civil society, the greater good. That’s what we pay for
I feel I need to reply to her, Because what she calls Democracy,
What she expressed was a variation of
From Each According to their Abilities, to Each According to their Needs
It is a slogan that Karl Marx made popular in his writing Critique of the Gotha program, published in 1875. The German original is Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen.
Maybe it could be considered a statment of democratic principles in the former DDR or Deutsche Demokratische Republik. also known in the West as East Germany, but IMO not in America.
It is one of the Fundamental Principles of Leninist Marxism ie Communism.
It is a sad state of affairs that our educational system is turning out citizens who confuse them with us.
In my mind Congressman Blum brought up one of the minor problems
To me the effect on Young Working Families has been far worse.
I was speaking to a young lady who works were I often like to eat about this,
She and her husband do not qualify for subsidies,
They had paid the fine because it was cheaper than the premiums, but you know how nasty the State can be when it does not get all the money if feels entitled to
So now they pay the exorbitant premium and have such a High Deductible that they have to pay for all their healthcare out of their own pocket.
You know for " the greater good"
As a result she told me she has to be REALLY ill before she goes to the Dr.
This was not the first young working person I have had this discussion with,
The tale is usually the same,
They had a Catostrophic Plan that was inexpensive and affordable, now not available
They now have burdensome Premiums and Deductible so High they never qualify for any assistance from their Insurance
Obamacare MADE them get Insurance under penalty of Law but it did not provide healthcare
So much for. "I make this promise to the American People, If you like your Dr and you like your healthcare you can Keep them PERIOD"
All of this done for the Greater Good.
Makes the Taste of the phrase Greater Good sour in my mouth,