|John Donovan's sophomoric essay on Socialism|
Mr. Donovan's hilarious exercise in attacking the straw man of socialism appeared in the March 4 Review:
It's so enjoyably bad that it almost does not merit comment, except perhaps for this claim, "The actions of past City Council members who wrongly used federal mandates to deny Charles Keenan his property rights, will now add to the city of Half Moon Bay's financial woes."
Um, federal mandates? John is trying too hard. Everyone else on both sides of this issue knows that it turned on the interpretation (correct) of HMB's LCP as certified by the California Coastal Commission. There was no federal law involved whatsoever.
In the United States, conservatives have never bashed socialism because its specter was actually stalking America. Rather, they've wielded the cudgel against such progressive reforms as free universal education, the minimum wage or tighter financial regulations. Their signal success is to have kept the United States free from the taint of universal health care.
The result: We have the world's highest health-care costs, borne by businesses and employees that cannot afford them, nearly 50 million Americans without coverage, infant mortality rates are higher than those in 41 nations -- but at least (phew!) we don't have socialized medicine!