OK to Both Accept Government Money and Criticize It

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When critics of Obamacare begin to enroll in Obamacare, they’re likely going to be accused, directly or indirectly, of hypocrisy from some quarters. But it won’t be hypocritical. If the government all but destroys the health insurance market through Obamacare and other forms of government intervention in that market, then the critics of Obamacare have no choice but to enroll therein. They’re, in effect, trapped into participating in that system.

It’s a similar situation with Social Security. Sometimes critics of Social Security are construed as hypocrites for accepting Social Security money. But that’s erroneous. If the government hampers or destroys your ability to save for retirement by coercing money out of you to put toward Social Security, then you have little choice but to accept Social Security payouts.

Moreover, with Social Security, the government took our contributions but didn’t invest them in actual savings funds. Instead it spent the money. We can’t help that – that’s what we’d like to see changed. It’s like being forced to invest in a Ponzi scheme. You would rather put your money elsewhere but you’re essentially told at gunpoint to invest in it. Later you’re accused of hypocrisy for taking the payouts. But not taking the payouts would amount to extortion and self-imposed impoverishment. If you had your way, you wouldn’t in a million years have invested in the Ponzi scheme. Where else are you going to get the money due to you?

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