House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is floating the idea of privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs following multiple reports of abuses and delays of care at the agency. “I still like the idea, and especially now,” Boehner said in response to a question from the Columbus Dispatch about whether he still supported turning over veterans’ care to the free market. Boehner had considered the option “more than two decades ago,” reporter Jessica Wehrman notes.
This is an excellent idea: whenever a public entity falls short, let’s privatize it.
Along those same lines, whenever a private entity falls short, let’s socialize it!
So, WellsFargo screws homeowners with bad mortgages? Credit Suisse enables tax evasion? Socialize all banks!
Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns mismanages investment funds? Socialize all investment houses!
Wall Street tanks the economy? SOCIALIZE WALL STREET!
Isn’t this fun? To what else can we apply this logic?
GM hides killer defects? Socialize all car companies!
Merck markets Vioxx based on falsified studies? Socialize pharma!
Food recalls? Socialize agribusiness!
Wardrobe malfunctions? Low ratings? Oil spills? Mine collapses? Chem plant explosions? This could go on forever!
Thanks, John Boehner, for your most excellent reasoning skills.