Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tom Harkin and other proponents of central planning were the wrong people to be asking the question, "What do you have?" leading up to the recent, so-called health summit. As the below video of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez demonstrates, central planning can't even keep the lights on for the top thug in that once-prosperous country. (Video with English commentary can be found here.)
And if Chavez, sitting atop vast petroleum and hydroelectric resources, can't even keep the lights on, how will Barack Obama keep us healthy?
The state is not omnipotent, and initiating force against others not only produces nothing, it hinders those who can produce when not repeatedly robbed and bossed around by thugs.
Any question by a central planner to the effect that you need state planning to produce anything is a bluff designed to distract from the fact that his own answer to "What have you got?" is "Only what I can steal from someone else."