Toxic Words: by Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

The Great Dr. Thomas Sowell thinks politicians use the word “entitled”, to hide reality from their unsuspecting voters. In his recent article titled, “Toxic Words” (read here), Dr. Sowell sets the record straight about one of the favorite words used by politicians, “entitlements”.

Here are some excerpts from the article.

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes.”

One of these words is “entitlement.” to hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranting affordable housing to “a living wage.”

The reality is that the human race is not entitled to anything, not even the food we need to stay alive. If we don’t produce food, we are just going to starve. If we don’t build housing, then we are not going to have housing, “affordable”or otherwise.”

Particular individuals or groups can be given many things, to which politicians say they are “entitled,” only if other people are forced by the government to provide those things to people who don’t need to lift a finger to earn them. All the fancy talk about “entitlement” means simply forcing some people to work to produce things for other people, who have no obligation to work.



I listened to Bernie Sanders speech tonight after his victory in the New Hampshire primary. He said he wants a single payer health care system, among other “entitlements”, that will be provided by Government.

Government can provide healthcare if it mandates that people in the healthcare field provide it (without pay), or healthcare can be paid for out of the money government borrows, prints, or confiscates in taxes.

We know people won’t work for free. We know healthcare costs will rise because government has no profit motive. We know that taxing, borrowing, and printing lead to unsustainable debt. The only thing single payer succeeds at is giving Government more power over each individual. If government can mandate that we must have health insurance, it can mandate how much and what kind of healthcare each of us receives. It can also tell us what we are allowed to eat and what kind of activities we are allowed to engage in. Essentially government will run our lives because we believed politicians when they told us we had a right to healthcare. That is not freedom, that is tyranny.

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