Sunday, November 6, 2011

Why can't we be friends? Examining Political Polarization

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD                                                      
                                                                       
Jeff Herschler

OK. Quick show of hands.  Who among us is in favor of mandatory safety belts in American automobiles?    How about federal guidelines dictating proper infection control standards in hospitals and ASC's?  And may I assume that the vast majority of us would not vote to eliminate federal oversight of pharmaceuticals?   And let's address TSA making us take off our shoes to pass through airport security:  Silly for sure, but I'm thinking we don't mind too much.  (see story:  Improved Technology promises to eliminate TSA's shoe removal requirement).  A few wackos on the periphery disagree but most reasonable men and women believe in a powerful government role for our society.  

Now. Yea or Nay.  Physicians should be allowed to own their practices and profit in that enterprise.  Citizens should be permitted to own private property including real estate and financial investments.    People ought to be monetarily rewarded for hard work and dedication;  those who are lazy and foolish will and should earn less.  Again, aside from a couple of kooks, I am receiving a lot of affirmative feedback.   Thus, it's safe to conclude that we overwhelming espouse free-market capitalism. 

So why not promote the best ideas for this country that embrace a strong, but limited, government that collaborates with a free market, subject to the rule of law?  In this Utopian world, each decision we make recognizes the need for balance between government and business.   Brand me an idealist.  Mock my naiveté.  Heck you can even call me wishy-washy for occasionally voting for a Democrat.  For crying out loud,  it's better than being a demagogue or an extremist.

Mr. Herschler is the Editor and Publisher of FHIweekly.

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