That got your attention, huh?
As evidence I submit my venture to Sundown in the City on Thursday.Â Sundown in the City is a series of outdoor concerts put on each summer in Market Square.Â There’s no charge for admission, and they draw insane crowds.Â I haven’t been to Sundown in the City in a couple of years, but I went on Thursday to see Robert Earl Keen.Â Huge crowd, and an unbelievable amount of smokers.
Before I go any further…I don’t care if you smoke.Â You have every right to do so, and I think the ban on smoking inside is a bunch of crap.Â It’s your body-trash it if you want to.Â If I don’t want to be around it, I can (and do) choose not to be around it.Â That problem is easily solved.
But I didn’t realize that so many people still smoke.Â What is this, 1978?Â Maybe they were smoking so much because they aren’t allowed to do it inside anymore?Â Maybe they are all nervous about the fact that gas and food prices are so high?Â Maybe they spent the money they would have spent on fuel for this years family vacation on cigarettes since they wouldn’t be able to go anywhere this year?
I don’t know.Â But I started thinking that, while gases prices are high, they aren’t so high that people can’t afford the luxury of cooking themselves from the inside.Â I mean, this is literally just burning money, and a lot of it.Â To be fair, I didn’t hear anyone complaining about gas prices in between puffs, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that some of them had complained in the last 24 hours, probably the last time they filled up and bought a pack of smokes.
So as high as prices are, I think we’ll survive–at least long enough to demand in our old age that someone give us free health care to take care of all those problems caused by smoking.
I’m talking about the broader sense of “rights”, not rights that are specifically listed by some document written by a bunch of 18th century lawyers.Â I’m talking about the concept of rights.Â How do you define that concept?
Do rights encompass all of the things you’d simply like to have?Â Are they the things that are necessary to sustain life?Â Are they the things necessary to live comfortably?Â Maybe everyone has a different answer.Â For me, the easiest way to answer the question is to consider the things to which I’m entitled.Â And for me, the things I have a right to end where the rights of others begin.Â I’m able to determine which rights I have by defining the rights, or entitlements, I don’t have.
I’m not entitled to anything that requires a sacrifice on the part of anyone else.
I may covet these things.Â I may try to trade for these things.Â I may wait for others to decide to give me these things.Â I may even try to convince someone to give me these things now.Â But I can’t take these things, at least not morally.Â Sounds reasonable enough, right?Â We can agree is true?Â If so, then we must also (by logic) agree that the contra positive is true.Â More specifically, I am entitled to anything that does not require a sacrifice on the part of someone else.
If that made sense, keep reading.Â If your brain is already scrambled by the terms “entitled”, “contra positive”, and “logic”, that’s cool.Â Just come back in a few hours…I’ll be posting another edition of “The Roost” later tonight.Â I pride myself on providing a little something for everybody.
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I think Coma has hit it pretty much right on the head, and many people may not be seeing the complete picture…
If I didnâ€™t need health insurance, I sometimes wonder how my life would be different because I think I would have probably gone down a different path in the last five years.
That’s strong. So let’s think about this. What would be the result if health insurance were disconnected from employment? I mean, it’s not a far-fetched idea–they don’t pay for your auto-insurance do they? But most people need their car to get to and from work every day. And you’re not even required by law to have health insurance like you are auto insurance (at least in Tennessee).
I realize when I read posts like this that Iâ€™m not the only one who is a slave to my health insurance. I wish it were different but itâ€™s not.
Would I be self-employed if it werenâ€™t for this issue?
The answer is yes.
For all of the complaining large companies and corporations do about rising health care premiums and cost of insurance, taking the power (because that’s exactly what it is) of providing health insurance away would be even worse for them. Imagine a mass exodus of people away from their “real jobs” and into other sectors of the work force. We’d probably see a rise in entrepreneurial ventures–would this be a bad thing for our country as a whole? Or maybe lots of people would choose to work for smaller established companies that are doing interesting and innovative work–doing exactly what they love to do all day instead of something they hate just for the “benefits”.
Sounds crazy and paranoid, right? Maybe. But have you ever asked yourself why Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) are only available only to people with high deductible insurance? I can’t think of any reason other than the fact that making HSAs available to everyone would result in a large number of young people saving like mad during their first 10 years in the workforce so that they could afford the risk of striking out on their own in their 30s and 40s. And who would that hurt? I can’t think of anyone who would be more hurt by this than large companies. An easy solution? Lobby to make sure their employees are not eligible for HSAs because the deductible of the health insurance provided by the company is too low.
Let’s take that line of thinking to its logical end, and I’ll ask the question again in a different way. Who has the most to lose by people being able to obtain health insurance without an employer?
As an aside for all of you out there who are supporting one presidential candidate or another because they’re promising you they’ll have *shudder* the gov’ment “give” you health care, I hate to break it to you…
Not. Going. To. Happen.
There are too many people with too much money that can’t afford for this to happen. They’d lose every truly industrious and intelligent worker they have. And if you truly believe that any of the three candidates with a shot to win aren’t in the back pocket of some large business; if you truly believe that any of the three wouldn’t sell “hard working average Americans” down the river in favor of big business in a heartbeat, you probably aren’t smart enough to read this post to the end and understand it anyway. But thanks for trying.
From the KNS:
Burchett and the House sponsor, Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, said the measure would help protect the health of hospital patients, their families and medical staff.
That’s funny, because every time I drive by a hospital I’m utterly amazed at the number of supposedly educated health care professionals who are standing outside puffing away and turning their faces into catchers’ mitts and cooking themselves from the inside.
The real shame is that hospitals don’t currently have the legal right to decide where people can smoke on hospital property, right? Right?
Hospitals already have the power to block smoking on their property if they wish, he said.
Power? Wish? This guy makes it sound like the hospital could handle this on their own. How preposterous! How can anything be decided or handled without the gov’ment?
I’m not complaining…this measure failed. I just can’t believe it was ever even considered.