The Insatiable Greed of Socialists

The Progressive Socialist Party is already busy circling the wagons around the veteran-murdering mess that is government “healthcare”, or the VA as they’re called in this particular case, howling their old shibboleths about how the “problem” with private sector healthcare or, indeed, private sector anything, is “greed.” Which the government is somehow magically free of.

We’ll take a break to allow for the howls of laughter to die down. Then we’ll tell you the one about the “greedy” oil companies versus the “beneficent” state. Who makes more off of a gallon of gas? Spoiler: It AIN’T Exxon Mobil.

The BlogFather, the Puppy Blender himself, has words about that socialist progressive nonsense:

And, ironically, a for-profit medical system might actually offer employees less room for greed than a government system. That’s because VA patients were stuck with the VA. If wait times were long, they just had to wait, or do without care. In a free-market system, a provider whose wait times were too long would lose business, and even if the employees faked up the wait-time numbers, that loss of business would show up on the bottom line. That would lead top managers to act, or lose their jobs.

In the VA system, however, the losses didn’t show up on the bottom line because, well, there isn’t one. Instead, the losses were diffused among the many patients who went without care — visible to them, but not to the people who ran the agency, who relied on the cooked-books numbers from their bonus-seeking underlings.

And, contrary to what Klein suggests, that’s the problem with socialism. The absence of a bottom line doesn’t reduce greed and self-dealing — it removes a constraint on greed and self-dealing. And when that happens, ordinary people pay the price. Keep that in mind, when people suggest that free-market systems are somehow morally inferior to socialism.

Yeah. Much like His Imperial Majesty, who has some apparently totally irrelevant personal, FIRST-HAND knowledge of socialism and socialist anything, has been saying for a decade and a half. At least. While shouting and pissing into the wind for all the good it has done.

Guess what?

WE FUCKING TOLD YOU SO!

Capitalist “greed.” Now that’s a good one. It’s really based on mankind in general (and progressive socialists in particular) having a strange idea of what “greed” is. Here’s what it’s NOT:

Somebody asking a lot of money for something, more than what you think is “reasonable”, is not “greed.” It’s somebody, if you’re right, that is, and your opinion about the asking price is shared by more than you and your pet rock, pricing themselves out of the market. Let’s be more specific. Let’s say that “somebody” is Joe. He’s very good at swinging a stick and hitting a ball. Problem is, Bob is just as good, and he wants only half as much as Joe. It doesn’t matter a brass obol whether Joe is asking for $20 million or a buck fifty a year, all that matters is that Bob can deliver the same good at half of that. That doesn’t make Joe “greedy”, it just makes him dumb. Or maybe he just believes that the time he needs to spend swinging that stick is worth $20 mil to him and Bob doesn’t.

It doesn’t matter. It’s not “greed.”

“Greed”, in one of the less grievously imbecilic definitions commonly used, means “demanding something more than what you’re offering is worth.” That’s still not true, it just means that you’re out of tune with the market you’re selling in, but we’ll play with that for a moment just for shits and giggles.

Because the “worth” of something is exactly equal to what somebody else is willing to pay for it. It doesn’t matter a bit if you think that $20 mil/year is “too much” for having a grown man swinging a bat if somebody is willing to pay him that to do so. And him asking that somebody to pay just exactly what he’s willing to pay is not “greed”, it’s called a “business deal.” If the buyer is unhappy with that price, then he has only himself to blame because he didn’t have to make that deal. It’s not Joe being greedy, it’s the buyer being a damn moron.

No. Greed is demanding something that you’re not entitled to, that you haven’t earned. Joe is offering something. It’s up to everybody else to decide what they want to pay him for it, but the fact remains that he’s the one swinging the bat. He learned that, he got good at it, and he’s offering his services. Or Joe could be a manufacturer of dildos, for all that we care. Thing is: He made those dildos, and it’s up to the buyers to decide what they want to pay for them. If he’s asking $1,000 a pop and somebody’s willing to pay it, he’s not “greedy”, he just knows what the market will bear. Because if he’s asking too much, even if dildos turn out to be a vital commodity without which none may survive, somebody else will make a cheaper dildo.

Greed is demanding stuff for something you did not do a damn thing to bring about.

And you know who’s very, very good at demanding payment for something that they did fuck all to achieve?

Government, that’s who. Just how many government workers were involved in drilling that oil that “greedy” Exxon Mobil are daring to ask money for?

Zero. Much like the number of brain cells inhabiting the collective skulls of all liberal progressive socialists on the planet.

Yet the government makes out like a bandit on every sale of a gallon of gas while Exxon Mobil gets a fraction of that.

THAT’S greed, and nobody does it better than government.

The government takes a chunk out of your paycheck every two weeks, if you’re lucky enough to still have a paycheck in this socialist “paradise” that the Obamarrhoid voters created. Let’s say they “only” take 15% of it, net. Did they do 15% of your job? Did you have a bunch of fat, overpaid, underworked government parasites show up at your place of work and say “take an hour and 12 minutes off, I got this?”

Did they?

No. They didn’t. Yet the government still feels entitled to the earnings of 72 minutes of every workday of yours.

That’s greed.

“Oh, but they do deliver something. Like national defense!”

Sure. And we do have to pay for that or we’ll end up working for different masters although, at this point, it’s getting harder and harder to see how that would be a worse deal than what we’ve got right now. Slaving for Harry Reid or slaving for Vladimir Putin? You make the call. But we digress.

But who’s making the real money on the national defense side? Our soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen or, say, the REMFs at the VA? The same VA busy murdering veterans by the bushel load to “earn” bonuses for themselves with no accountability at all? Unless you consider “early retirement with full bennies and no penalties” accountability. And that’s on the off chance that they get caught.

Those government paper-pushing, fat, corrupt, incompetent, borderline imbeciles at the VA top make salaries well into 6 digits a year.

How much does your cousin, currently on his third deployment to the sandbox, make a year? And keep in mind that if he fucks up, he won’t be facing “early retirement to spend more time with his family in his 6 bedroom mansion”, he’ll be facing death. Or, if he’s really fucked by Fortuna, an injury and consequent euthanasia at the hands of the VA.

All of it government. And private companies are “greedy?”

To summarize: If a private company charges too much for inadequate services, it faces bankruptcy. If the government does the same thing, they face, at worst, nothing and, more likely, a raise as their budget is raised because their murderous incompetency is, obviously, due to “insufficient funding.”

Yet none dare call the government greedy.

Fuck them.

Thatisall.

11 comments

  1. 1
    Draven32 growls and barks:

    NOT NEWS.

    The VA being f***ed up and not actually providing real medical care to vets is NOT NEWS to anyone that has ever had to use it.

    Having had to take their bulls**t for twenty-three years, I can assure you: it is nothing new. It isn’t news to us. We’re already sick of it.

    I’m sick of being told there is ‘nothing wrong with my legs’ when they prescribed me to walk with a cane at age twenty. Why is there ‘nothing wrong with my legs’? Because as soon as they admit there is an issue, it becomes a case of how long there was an issue, and if the issue has been persistent for … 23 years. 20 years ago, I was told my a (non-VA) doc that arthroscopic surgery on both knees would vastly help. The VA? Insists that either there is ‘nothing wrong’ or that the surgery would be ‘not cost effective’.

    My father, also a vet, was in a wheelchair starting in 1981. In 1992, he had bone spurs in his shoulders that needed to be removed so he could push his chair. I moved back in with him to help around his place, and push his chair when he needed it, etc… and at that point they were going to do the surgery in ‘three months’. Then they decided not to do it. Then they decided to do it. Then they decided not to do it. I moved back out after 2 1/2 years of this BS. Then they decided to do it.Then they decided not to and bought a $3500 power scooter to avoid it. Then, finally, four years after I had moved back in with him, they did the surgery, and ended up having to repair a lot of damage to the rotator cuffs in his shoulders that wouldn’t have been there if they had done the surgery earlier.

    This is typical of them. This is ALL typical of them. And this is EXACTLY what we’ll get with single-payer healthcare. EVERY medical item you need- prescriptions, surgeries, specialists, etc… will be weighed against whether or not it is ‘cost effective’.

    Note: i restrained myself and censored or removed the cursing. I really would have liked to cuss up a storm, but I think you get the idea.

  2. 2
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Well, there might be a bright side to this. Maybe that deserter Bergdahl will need to be treatment at the VA.
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  3. 3
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    At Hines VA in Stillannoyed(!) I’ve had a double bypass done in ’99, hours after an angiogram showed blockage in one artery. The surgeon, Dr. Wu (a Fellow of the VA-Loyola medical complex), said he took the opportunity to examine directly the anterior of the heart an had the second bypass done right there. In recovery I found 22″ wound on my right leg and was told by my wife that I was on the table for 4.5 hours. I healed well and became sedentary for more than a year and that harvest area in my leg did not fully heal until six visits, three of which, were to repair a bi-furcation I tore while in cardio-rehab. nine months after my original heart surgery a crusty old Viet Nam era surgeon, took a radio-active probe (looked like a small allen key) and swept i under the affected wound and I was better in a few weeks.
    Hines since, (fifteen years) has changed the way they receive more than just Gov money; tapping into patient’s health plans and receiving Big-Pharma drugs and Big-Med equipment for extended testing and evaluation.
    I went three years without seeing my primary care doctor until he sent me a registered letter for a March appointment. He tells me I have to have a treadmill test for a fifteen year scheduled evaluation.
    I’m 59yo and I felt okay; two stress tests, a metal stent and a Plavix prescription for 18mo, an added B/P med has me less likely to run any marathons (or small errands for that matter) any time soon. My femoral insertion point bled internally for three hours, turning my right upper leg purple for a week afterward. Now, my primary care doc is unresponsive and I haven’t spoke to him since our one appointment in March.
    I tell all, that I know what will be their sock when the GovMed gets their hooks into them.
    Just a datum until a null is needed.

  4. 4
    Draven32 growls and barks:

    If he really did desert and then get captured, I’d hope he ends up not being eligible for it.

  5. 5
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    A link to an Indiana web page put my comment in the bittlocker I, presume.
    I have a VAH history of clinical collusion with the Hines-Loyola medical center here in Illinois. If I hadn’t known how to get them to work for my benefit, I wouldn’t have survived to reach my 59th B-day. I was forty five in ’99 and wouldn’t have lasted more than a year with-out the bypass that I had received. The follow up care that kept me going back for clinic and a doubtfully needed hernia surgery was for their progress and did little to improve my post operative condition.
    I had improperly prescribed drugs that, by themselves, were somewhat harmless but taken together, they could cause liver damage and debilitating systemic failure in time. I had pancreatic inflammation that nearly wiped me out 5 years ago and four episodes of gout since. Though Hines said I could become diabetic I still am not fitting into their criteria for it…yet. I fit in the no-cash no-plan sliding scale and I feel that that presents them with a cost-sum evaluation of my continued long term care.
    Hines performed an angioplasty last month and now with the 18mo Plavix prescription I am not doing my best in my work in the home remodeling field. Too many chances for small injuries to become very messy ones.
    What can I tell to other vets to help them, except to be their own advocate.
    Medicine is science not magic. Magic needs no verification, no proof of validity, and abhors investigation.
    What did anyone expect from Ta’ Magic Negro?

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    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    Abolish the VA, sell all the buildings and real estate to private concerns, and take the VA’s budget and asset sales proceeds and use them to establish a trust administered by a panel of veterans elected by their peers to provide veterans with the funding to seek needed care in private hospitals.

    The main reason why care at the VA sucks is because it is a federal bureaucracy. It is the g*damm EPA with different letterhead. Government-run anything always has and always will suck. Taking the whole shitaree private should cost less and get better results.

    But this makes wayyyy too much sense, and robs a host of incompetent mandarins of their sinecures, so it will never happen.

  7. 7
    bruce growls and barks:

    i use the va for some things but not for anything life threatening like a recent lung infection.i turned blue,my wife called the ambulance which took me to a private hospital where i got the best care in our state.the va should be privatized so that doctors run the place and not bean counters.

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Ladies and Gentlemen. Ok I apologize for the insult. We must not fear, for President Precious is on the case! He’s getting into shape to take on the VA bureaucracy!
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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    LC SecondMouse @#.

    But this makes wayyyy too much sense, and robs a host of incompetent mandarins of their sinecures, so it will never happen.

    Unless, optimistically, the US Gov’t goes terminal first!

  10. 10
    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    THe VA is crying about being broke, but they’re spending a couple of million to make over the lobby at Audie Murphy in San Antonio? What was wrong with the old one? not a goddamn thing.

  11. 11
    Draven32 growls and barks:

    Surprised face. :|