Paging Comrade Obama: Kill The Profit Motive And You Kill Modern Medical Advances And Prosperity‏

By Donald Joy

Good economic policy accords with human nature.  This is why governments and societies which respect capitalism succeed, and those which see capitalism as bad, fail.Rational self-interest (not greed, which is excessive self-interest) is part of human nature, and it is normal and healthy.

Altruism is healthy, too, and on a higher plane, spiritually, than normal self-interest, but you can’t help another person unless you first have something to help them with–have enough of your own primary needs sufficiently met, in order to be able to donate or exchange any kind of goods (material or intangible) at all; to be able to engage in socially beneficial conduct and relationships.  This principle applies to all voluntary human interactions.

It is this fundamental, divine truth to which socialists like Obama and his deluded base seem to be oblivious.  Their stubborn, wrong-headed philosophy of attempting forced egalitarianism only results in increasing uniform poverty among a rapidly growing lower class, while the upper crust of government-connected elites enrich themselves more and more obscenely.  What’s even worse is that social conduct and relationships suffer in this distorted scheme, too, as fewer people bother to build private charitable networks and mutual-aid societies when government do-gooders rush to sieze more and more revenue from private hands, declaring that all solutions to social ills can be enacted by government force, instead.

Obama and the Democrats’ 2014 catch-phrase and campaign theme is turning out to be, apparently, that of supposedly confronting “income inequality.”Taken at face value, such an agenda against “income inequality” agenda amounts to nothing less than outright communism.  Taken to its logical and historical conclusion, it is a recipe for economic disaster.

It is the same economic approach and regimen which resulted in the prisoner-populations of Cuba, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union, where socialist central-planners jealously forced just about all economic activity under their purview, declaring the profit motive bad, outlawing free enterprise, and pretending to make everyone “equal” in a supposedly classless society which amounted to a nightmare of squashing anyone who might make a peep about offering a different, better idea, product, or policy, and squashing all prosperity in the process, making everyone equally poor except the high-living party elites running the vast prison.

One of the hallmarks of socialism is its hostility toward and targeting for elimination of the “bourgeoisie”–the prosperous middle class, who pose an existential threat to the socialists/statists, in large part due to their relative economic autonomy.   The fact that they are mostly capable of self-sufficiency and of running their own lives means they neither need nor want big-government central-planners micromanaging their every decision, and therefore the middle class must be decimated by the likes of Obama–even while Obama and his Democrat fellow-travellers hypocritically, falsely speak of “protecting the middle class,” “fighting for the middle class,” and “growing the middle class” in their cynical ploy to get middle class people to vote for more doomed Democrat policies.Fortunately, some of the biggest lies of Obama and his party have now been realized by millions to be what they are–outright lies.What is yet unfortunate is that the socialists have still largely suceeded in convincing so many that it is the profit motive of capitalism which is to blame for the alleged awfulness of income inequality, and the alleged awfulness of various other disparate outcomes upon which envy and class-conflict are based, that they think it is a viable campaign strategy for the upcoming mid-term elections.

And so, it is the same old badmouthing and attempt to eliminate the profit motive, which Obama and his fellow travellers have deployed in their destruction of our health care system–the abject economic horror known as Obamacare.

Yet that same profit motive is what has given modern medicine and pharmacology such marvelous breakthroughs over the last several decades, which is and has been in Obama’s crosshairs all along.

Socialized medicine regimes only barely limp along in other Western, developed economies such as Canada, Sweden, and Great Britain, with just enough marginally-satisfied customers to keep their populations from revolt (not to mention that numerous dead and dying recipients of inferior medical care delivery really can’t make much of a political peep, can they now?) only because the profit motive has still been somewhat alive in America in order to drive the innovations enjoyed by patients in the more socialist countries–countries which ride along on the coattails of our advances and revolutionary medical developments!

It is mainly due to the existence of the remnants of capitalism, and the research, development, and marketing activities of extremely competitive, profit-seeking enterprises (mostly here in the United States and wherever making a profit is still allowed), which have produced the miracle drugs and the space-age, mind-boggling medical technologies enjoyed by citizens throughout not only the developed world, but increasingly throughout the emerging economies and the third-world, even more and more.

Just how, exactly, do the do-gooders propose to do good, anyway, without the goods with which to do?  Capitalism supplies the goods.  The profit motive provides the primary impetus for production of goods, without which distribution of any kind is utterly out of the question.

It has been shown over and over again that production and innovative development are comparatively stagnant when private interest is not operative.  The phenomenon in economics known as “the tragedy of the commons” illustrates this amply, wherever and whenever collectivist do-gooders seek to co-opt or get rid of private incentives.

The next time some deluded cheerleader of socialized medicine tries to point to Germany or Finland or wherever as if they’re some kind of success story, remind them that the real success story is that capitalism has prolonged lives and given people unprecedented standards of living throughout the world, and that without it, there’d be no excess of goodwill nor goods to spread in the first place.  Then send them this article.  Tell them an ounce of preventative self-interest is worth a pound of stagnant Obama-carcass.

About the author: Donald Joy

Following his service in the United State Air Force, Donald Joy earned a bachelor of science in business administration from SUNY while serving in the army national guard. As a special deputy U.S. marshal, Don was on the protection detail for Attorney General John Ashcroft following the attacks of 9/11. He lives in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia with his wife and son.

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  • Abby

    If only they were teaching these economic principles in our classrooms in an unbiased sense when discussing economic policies and do case studies of each theory and see which one proves to be the one that improves lives of the most people…The propoganda spewed to the uneducated parrots we call teachers think they know what they are talking about because they’ve been told (not conducted a comparative study) what to think. Education is not about free thinking anymore its about control of the masses.

  • Zundfolge

    Its by design. Obama hates America, “The West”, Capitalism, Christianity, Caucasians and the Constitution. Anything he can do to cause America to be “taken down a notch” he’s committed to doing. Anything he can do to make the lives of average Americans (the most evil people in history in his mind) less happy, less healthy and shorter he’s also committed to doing.

    Didn’t anyone here read Dreams from my Father? He lays it all out right there, he sees his life’s purpose as furthering (if not outright completing) his father’s life work … BHO Senior was a Marxist and anti-colonialist that openly called for the end of Capitalism and the punishment of The West for “the crime” of bringing civilization to Africa.

    Evil, wretched people … both of them.

  • redwolf6911

    Obama is an ignorant, arrogant, vicious moron. He literally hates this country and its people.

  • Sam

    Obama was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, who also is his real father, and he was taught that “technically, people can be taxed %100 as long as the government gives them back what they need”.
    It will be a cold day in hell before I resort to begging for foodstamps and welfare because all my money was taken by the government.

    • pudintain

      Finally someone got it right! Barry Dunham-Davis, bastard child…

  • Choomer Watcher

    Study the Career of Choomer, Barry Soeterro – Nee Obama and it becomes more and more obvious that lying and crime pays – the illegitimate toto from Kenya becomes the World Leader with a greater following than Unser Adolf ever dreamt of. All that you have to do is be born with no conscience at all. That will help you a lot. Try denying that Obama is now a Multi Millionaire, and that the other 99% of Americans are now his very own tax indentured Peons. You jest all pay up and smile – you hear me !

  • Nanci Alley

    Hang the Son of a Bitch POTUS! End of his regime!

  • D S

    Good article. Too bad our Liberal citizenry can not read and understand. If they could read and understand, this article would educate them and they would no longer vote for Liberal/Democrat causes.

  • PatCindyCunningham

    Wouldn’t anyone like to delve into Obama’s brain and see what makes him tick? It seems his hate for America has made him want to dismantle it so it no longer is the only superpower in the World. Doesn’t he know that forces in this World like Russia, China, and the Islamic State of Iran would move into dominate the World?
    Or, is he planning on making it blend with the European Ideology and use a Socialist style of Government? Seems to me, all of the above and them some.
    As far as I am concerned, Barack Obama is a Communist at heart and would like to see America turned into a Government controlled entity much like under Stalin in the old Soviet Union. Of course, without all the murder and mayhem, or maybe not.
    To have a controlled environment like that, violence would be the next step. His hatred toward anything white could help bring along violence, plus the fact many Americans would resist.
    That of course is where we stand, this day, Monday January 6 2014. Here is this Man in our White House, changing the set up that has been here for over 230 years. Here is a man that governs by divisive Political means and has divided a nation.
    Where is the outrage, and why isn’t this Man being impeached or, at least Investigated. Everyone in Congress who purports to be a Patriot should join in. Those who don’t, are an enemy of America, and should be dealt with accordingly.

    • scot sims

      What crimes has the President committed that you can offer verifiable proof of? We’ll wait’

      • pudintain

        Hello you ol’ Cyber Warrier Troll you…Let me count the ways!

      • PatCindyCunningham

        Sorry Comrade, discus was down for a while. One more thing, who is WE? Are you just a tad schizophrenic or just glad to see me? Or maybe, you are in an echo chamber? Like the Liberal I sling charges that are probably true but, unverifiable, via Whitewater, Lewinsky, and a few others. Until Obama and Holder stops blocking investigations and the real truth comes out, I am unable to. That will be when old Harry Reid is no longer in charge of the Senate and a Special Prosecutor is presented. You know this, I know this, and the whole Country knows this. So enjoy your day and, Troll away!

        • scot sims

          The current conspiracy theory: President Obama & Eric Holder have barred the doors and prevent the defenders of truth and light access to the information that would prove them correct. All the digging by thousands have not yielded a thing – even Benghazi has proven nothing, because there is nothing.

          Keep on waiting.

          • PatCindyCunningham

            No matter what I tell you, will not get through to you. Fast & Furious? Obama used executive privilege to close down the investigation. All the material on the IRS scandal was redacted to a point it was useless. The survivors of Benghazi have been threatened if they testify. Remember Watergate? Nixon fired the Special Prosecutor and yet, he had to resign. Obama isn’t going to be able to resign. He is going to be indicted. Now wait on that!

          • scot sims

            This is all probably true/false hearsay.

            Thanks for the enlightenment.

          • PatCindyCunningham

            Typical rubber stamp answer from a typical rubber stamp Liberal. Have a nice rest of your life Lib.

          • scot sims

            Just what I expected. You couldn’t even supply sources for what you posted. I imagine you “read it on the internet” and know it’s true.

            Re: Nixon. Yes he fired the special prosecuter, but he resigned as Congress was preparing articles of impeachment that had the information that would have sent him to prison.

            Still waiting for “the information” that would indict President Obama.

          • PatCindyCunningham

            Why don’t you give me your name address and phone number and after Obama is indicted, and thrown in Leavenworth Prison, then I will get together with you and explain it to you. I can tell now the only way you might understand is if you read my lips.

          • scot sims

            All I ask is simple: Show me & the world concrete verifiable proof.

            Unfortunately None of you have been able to do it.

            I feel sorry for you.

      • Toastertreat

        Leftists demand proof as if they were Clarence Darrow and life itself was a formal trial. It’s only a cheap tactic designed to stifle debate.

        Look here. It’s midnight and there’s a man coming out the back door of a Best Buy. He’s wearing a hoodie and carrying a flat screen TV. To most people, that’s proof. Or maybe we should ask him. Hey Bud, are you a criminal? No, I ain’t no criminal. OK then. Have a good night.

        • scot sims

          False equivalence. Fail.

  • DouglasDauntless

    Having read this, I would like to know how you are going to stop Obama and the Progressive Senators and Congressmen who love this guy.

  • Devasahayam

    Only one flaw in your logic Don — that’s been 0bama’s plan all along!

  • Trust no one

    This assclown needs to be impeached NOW and Imprisoned once out of office! We don’t need no stinking Marxist in the White House!

  • reggiec

    Advances in
    technology are adapted in a free market society when the actual cost of
    implementing a new technology is less than the cost of retaining the technology
    it will replace. (Read that last sentence again! It is critically
    important that it is understood.)

    The only way to accurately determine those costs is in a
    brutally honest examination by individuals or companies who will invest in the
    technology as a means to make a “profit”. Experts in every field associated
    with the technology will carefully examine the significance of all the costs of
    implementing the new technology and its benefits in comparison with the old. If
    the new technology survives this examination and is found to be profitable; it
    will attract investors and replace the old system. It will have passed the test
    of having a truly positive EROEI ratio and not one artificially supported by
    government interference.

    The free market, as far as the energy debate is concerned, is
    a system that uses money to measure the viability of an energy source. Instead
    of energy returned over energy invested (EROEI); you have profit returned over
    money invested (PROMI). If there is no profit; the venture is a failure. They
    are both subject to the same limitations; just with separate terminology.

    The profit motive based on brutal reality and adherence to
    that ever present EROEI ratio far surpasses any ideological approach to
    renewable energy sources. Government subsidies will only prolong failed programs
    based on “hope and change” that are dependent on the absence of reality.

  • Toastertreat

    All true. But preacher, meet choir. This gospel needs to get through to the stubborn lunkheads that view self interest as base and backwards. i wonder if words alone can actually pierce the skull of a communist … I’m thinking ten thousand volts up the butt would help things along.

  • Will

    There are some problems with your argument. Firstly, provision of healthcare by any variant of social model does not preclude a capitalist market. Just because you end up with healthcare provided communally via some form of taxation or insurance, does not mean that the healthcare provider is bound to any part of the drugs or equipment market for instance.

    The contracts given in a socialised system can be bigger, with potential for greater economies of scale with the mass membership of social healthcare, but they should still be pushing competition, not denying it. This should result in savings in healthcare costs.

    Secondly, the profit driven model of new drugs in particular is not delivering significant innovation. The number of new drugs introduced to the market has fallen dramatically in the last 20 years. Developing genuinely new drugs is expensive and high risk – the potential for failure of a new drug is high, and research and trials relatively expensive. Delivering new derivatives of old drugs on the other hand is relatively cheap, so this occurs more frequently. One significant problem is that new drugs are frequently tested against a placebo, and not older, generic (i.e. no longer copyright protected) ones. This results in data to prove that drugs work, but not how good they are in comparison to cheaper alternatives. Marketing and education programs run by the industry result in greater uptake of more expensive, newer drugs, but there isn’t necessarily any evidence to prove they are more effective than the old ones.

    Testing of old drugs against new ones would be enormously beneficial, but there is no money in it so it does not get done. In these cases, the imperative to pursue profit is making health care worse, not better.

    If you look at the WHO ratings, the US is near the bottom of the more developed countries, but is highly unusual in not having some sort of socialised health care.

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