Website owner: James Miller
Let us talk about social justice. It is an interesting topic. There is an important, fundamental principle of justice. It is an intuitive, natural law. What is it? Well, it is this: Justice demands that a person should not be forced to pay for costs that are due to the immoral, foolish or bad behavior, conduct or actions of other people. It demands that people who conduct themselves prudently and well should not be forced to pay for the costs incurred by people who conduct themselves in foolish, bad or immoral ways. Immoral, foolish or bad people should have to pay for the consequences of their own conduct. Some people live by healthy, prudent, intelligent, sensible life habits. Others follow unhealthy, imprudent, foolish, bad or immoral life habits that incur costs. What are some examples of bad life habits, bad conduct? To name some: drinking, smoking, overeating, drug use, sexual immorality. The person who does not drink, smoke or overeat, who is health and diet conscious and who carefully maintains his weight at a healthy level, is likely to be much healthier and have far fewer health problems than a smoking, drinking, obese person. Consequently he is likely to incur far fewer medical expenses. And thus it is only just and fair that his medical insurance premiums should reflect costs for people who, like himself, take care of themselves and have good life habits. His premiums ought not be based on some overall average that includes people with all the bad life habits. He should not be forced to pay the costs of the bad habits of other people. Each man should pay only for the cost he incurs. It has been in the news that the MEDICARE program is going to start paying for weight reduction programs. With two thirds of Americans overweight that is going to dramatically increase the cost of the MEDICARE program and consequently the premiums that people must pay into the system. Should a person who has for many years watched his diet and carefully kept his weight down at a healthy level have to pay these higher costs due to people who can't, and probably never will, control their appetites? So much for that. Let us go to another social habit that incurs enormous social costs: sexual promiscuity. Our society spends huge amounts of money supporting single, unmarried women and their illegitimate children. Question: Should an honest, hardworking, responsible, moral person be forced to pay (through taxes) for costs arising from their immoral conduct? Should he be forced to pay (through taxes) for the housing, food and general keep of lazy, promiscuous, irresponsible people who make no attempt to control their sexual appetites -- along with all their illegitimate children? The rules and laws of any society should encourage healthy, good social behavior and discourage bad, wrong behavior. And they certainly should not encourage immoral, bad behavior. But this is exactly what you are doing when you force the good, moral, responsible people of a society to support the immoral, foolish, irresponsible people. And with the welfare system that we have today the hardworking, responsible citizens do support the non- working, lazy, immoral through taxes. That is not social justice. That is not any kind of justice. This is creating incentives of the worst kind. It is encouraging lazy, promiscuous, irresponsible, immoral behavior. July 2004
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