I had a caller today on the show who said that the "political system" is better than the "business system" because in business it is all about who has the most money, whereas the political system is fair.
He meant that systems like education and health care had to be done by government as opposed to private sector entities.
So I asked him why the education system is bankrupt, if the government is running it so well.
"It is underfunded!," he declared.
There is so much wrong with his view and his answer that I just broke out laughing. I was up against the news, so I ended the conversation, but here is where he is wrong.
1. Since McGuinty has become Premiere the teachers got a 30% raise, education spending is up $8.5 billion and there are 250,000 fewer students. Meanwhile they were caught spending like idiots when it was revealed that they regularly do things like spend $143 to attach a pencil sharpener to the wall.
2. Health care is also bankrupt in this province - and this country - and in Ontario we have had the eHealth and ORNGE scandals sucking up billions. (So far eHealth is $2 billion and we still don't have a system.
3. A recent study, which I profiled on the show, had our health care system coming last against 28 European systems in a number of measures, including wait times. The difference? They all have some measure of privatization.
4. The business sector, in the long run, cannot do well unless it serves the customer. If, in a competitive environment where the customer gets a choice, the business serves the customer, the business turns a profit. Without profit, there will be no jobs, no taxes and no government at all.
5. Customer choice, in education, health care and groceries is what is fair. Choice allows individuals to fulfill their own needs and desires, harnesses the power of competition and always - always - lowers prices over that of a monopoly.
6. Big government systems fail because they are not competitive. They legislate themselves monopolies and then they steadily deliver poorer service for more and more money. They are able to do so because of "useful idiots" who declare, against all economic experience, that a socialist monopoly will work "this time" if we just get the right people and spend enough money. It is like declaring that with another few million we will find sasquatch "this time."